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Simon Winkley

Simon is an experienced marine professional who specialises in all the SWM services. He provides private windsurf and wingfoil lessons all year round at QMSC. Away from our base at QMSC, Simon runs windsurf clinics at The Official Test Centre (OTC) in Portland Harbour (Weymouth, UK) and windsurf/wingfoil clinics in warm, windy locations through Sportif Travel. He is a Team Rider for Starboard, Severne and Freewing and has written many magazine articles.


Simon has worked for over 25 years on boats and boards all over the UK & around the world and once sailed across the Atlantic. As a coach Simon specialises in the delivery of windsurf and wingfoil coaching, RYA first aid training and RYA instructor training. He is one of the very few RYA Trainers qualified to run the RYA Advanced/Advanced+ Windsurf Instructor course.

Coming from an engineering background, Simon attends to a wide range of marine services from our base at QMSC: repairs to boats and boards and dinghy trailer servicing.


He is also a marine photographer with a keen eye for the perfect shot.

He can be booked to speak at sailing clubs about windsurfing, winging, coaching, personal development and approaches to learning.

Simon's passion for getting the most from watersports is reflected in the quality of all of the services provided by SWM.

RYA Appointments

  • ·RYA Advanced Windsurf Trainer

  • RYA Wingsurf & Wingfoil Trainer

  • RYA Dinghy Trainer (formally known as Coach/Assessor)

  • RYA Keelboat Trainer

  • RYA Multihull Trainer

  • RYA Training Centre Inspector – UK and Overseas

RYA Qualifications

  • RYA Advanced+ Windsurfing Instructor

  • RYA Windfoil Instructor

  • RYA Wingsurf Instructor

  • RYA Wingfoil Instructor

  • RYA First Aid Instructor

  • RYA Senior Instructor Windsurf

  • RYA Senior Instructor Dinghy

  • RYA Advanced Dinghy Instructor

  • RYA Keelboat Instructor

  • RYA Multihull Instructor

  • RYA Powerboat Instructor

  • RYA Advanced Powerboat

  • RYA Safety Boat

  • RYA Short Range Certificate

  • ICC International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

Other Watersport Qualifications

  • BSUPA Stand-up Paddleboard Instructor

  • British Canoeing Awarding Body (BCAB) Canoe Coach & Kayak Coach


Honours Degree in Environmental Studies (2:1) from Liverpool University


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