Rod Swales

Rod Swales

Rod is a retired Electronics Design engineer and his interest in sailing started when holidaying in the Greek Islands which started him thinking “what a lovely way to visit the many otherwise inaccessible bays and beaches”.

Realising that it would be sensible to learn how to sail safely he attended the YCTC shore based theory courses commencing in 1985 and culminating in 1988 with an Ocean Yachtmaster  Certificate. He always calls this certificate “Ocean Yachtmaster – brackets desk” since at the time he had only one cruise under his belt – Poole to Weymouth and back and he has never completed the associated “Ocean” practical examination. He did then back up much of the theory with practical certificates up to the level of Coastal Skipper and also holds a Certificate of Competence issued by the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency. He is also a qualified RYA shore based Day Skipper instructor and holds certificates for Small Craft Basic Sea Survival (twice), First Aid and Maritime Radio Operator.

His has logged well in excess of 13,000 miles at sea and notable cruises include: Iceland, South Coast of Ireland, Clyde to Solent, Portugal to Las Palmas, D-Day landing beaches/Baie de Seine, North Brittany, several visits to the Channel Islands, Scilly Islands and West Country.