Southwest Powerboating is owned & operated by Diane Bush and Ian Lawrence – both highly experienced instructors.
Diane known to most as ‘Di’ has been involved in the outdoor leisure industry for over 20 years.
Her chosen career has taken her from the murky waters of the North Sea, across to Europe and on to New Zealand. She spent a couple of years skippering the Ambulance boat ‘The Star of Life’ around the Scillies
Diane has interests in many sports including Sailing and Windsurfing for both of which she is an RYA Advanced Instructor; however the Powerboating has gradually taken over partly due her involvement with the Falmouth lifeboats. She is a Helm on their Inshore or Atlantic 75, and Mechanic on their all weather Lifeboat which is the Severn class and the largest in the RNLI fleet. She is a Powerboat and PWC trainer, and was appointed by the RYA as an Advanced Powerboat Examiner last year. She is also one of a handful of female Yachtmaster Power Instructors.
Ian, after qualifying as a vehicle technician and domestic electrical technician, joined the armed services and gained numerous qualifications relating to power vessels both operational and leisure while at the same time gaining both Sail and Powerboat RYA qualifications. This enabled Ian to gain considerable experience with a variety of vessels in challenging situations. On leaving the service he was employed at the Royal Navy Sail & Power Boat Training Centre in Falmouth instructing mainly RYA Dinghy & Power Boats courses including advance levels, other duties included Yacht charter and maintenance. Ian holds his Yachtmaster and has skippered on many different types of vessels both leisure and commercial. He with Di crossed the Indian Ocean and also the Atlantic. Ian’s qualifications include RYA Yachtmaster Power Instructor, RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor, SRC, Diesel engine along with First Aid. He has spent much time instructing youth organisations across the UK.
Between them they provide a relaxed and professional environment, delivering a high standard of instruction with a breadth of knowledge seldom found. So you really can be assured of quality training in a wonderful environment.