About Us

Founded in 2014, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre was set up to be a vessel to help achieve the Andrew Simpson Foundation’s charitable objectives. We are passionate about encouraging young people into sailing and watersports and we pride ourselves on giving the best experience possible. We operate with the best kit, at the best locations and with the best instructors.

Portland, UK

World-class sailing venue with consistent winds and breath-taking scenery of the Jurassic Coast. Enjoying watersports in Portland Harbour is safe, fun and unforgettable.

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Portsmouth, UK

Ideally located on the stunning shores of Langstone Harbour, our Centre in Portsmouth has a very wide range of activities for all ages and abilities. With both water and land-based options, there is something for everyone.

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Reading, UK

ASWC-Reading’s centrally-located lake is perfect for a quick escape to learn and pursue your favourite adventures. Close to major UK transport links and set in a safe and enclosed inland area, we have both water and land-based activities to suit all.

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Lake Garda, Italy

Our first overseas location on the spectacular shores of Lake Garda, a renowned venue of excellence for watersports offers the perfect balance between relaxing and being active for a trip you will never forget. Feel like you’re truly escaping with a fantastic range of water and land-based activities.

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Our Team

Alex Porter

Alex joined the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre 2015 as the new Centre Manager. Having worked in the Watersports Industry in the UK and overseas for over 20 years, Alex has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge. His leadership skills will help drive and mentor the team to develop their skills to carry on providing excellent tuition and service to all of our customers.

RYA Dinghy Coach Assessor, RYA Powerboat Instructor, RYA INP Windsurfing Instructor, BCU Kayak/Canoe Coach, BSUPA Instructor, PADI Rescue Diver and Yacht Master.

Savannah Gordon

Savannah joined the team at ASWC Portland in 2018.

Ever since she discovered watersports she’s been fascinated. She moved to Poole Harbour, started crewing in a couple of club races and the rest is history. She became a Dinghy Instructor in 2015 on the Isle of Wight and qualified as a Senior Instructor in 2017. This has allowed her to work in multiple centre’s across Europe and finally bought her to ASWC Portland! Her main focus is to increase school participation, maintain sales and organise the boys in the office.

Savannah also holds a degree in Photography and is usually found behind a camera taking epic snaps on the water!

Nathan Bloss

Nathan joined the team as Chief Instructor in November 2017 and brings his knowledge and experience from various centres around Europe and in the UK. Fresh from 7 seasons of working abroad, he has arrived at an exciting time for the centre, Nathan will be helping to drive our new and exciting foiling programme and to help develop the next wave of sailors and instructors.

RYA Senior Instructor with Multi-hull and Advanced Endorsements, RYA Powerboat Instructor, RYA Planing Windsurf Instructor, VHF Short Wave Radio and BSUPA Instructor.

Nathan Staley

Sailing from a young age and competing at a National Level, Nathan became a Dinghy Instructor at the Age of 16 and began instructing at his local club. He attended Swansea Institute of Higher Education where he studied Watersports and Adventure Activity Management.

Nathan has worked in a number of different countries, teaching both children and adults how to sail. He has been Centre Manager in ASWC- Portsmouth for 7 years and is passionate about the industry and introducing as many new people to watersports as possible.

Ben Lee

Sailing from the age of 6, and working inland from age 16, Ben has since studied Watersports Management at Southampton Solent University and has worked aboard for several different providers. During that time, he competed in windsurfing and since then has worked in the UK coaching for the RYA Zone Squad and started with the ASWC – Portsmouth in Sales and Marketing from April 2017.

RYA Windsurfing Advanced Plus Instructor, Senior Sailing Instructor with Racing and Keelboat Endorsements, Powerboat Instructor with Safety Boat.

Hermione Garner

Hermione has recently joined the Andrew Simpson Foundation as Operations and Community Sailing Programmes Coordinator. She has worked her entire career in the watersports industry as a Dinghy Instructor, then Senior Instructor for centres around the UK, and more recently as Resort Manager before moving into an Operations Manager role in the holiday industry.

She is excited to be working with the Andrew Simpson Foundation and getting involved in the growth of the centres and the charitable programmes of the foundation.

Paul Outram

Paul grew up on the Channel Islands and has always been involved in anything water based! Sailing since aged 8, he has now been working full time in the watersports industry for over 20 years developing his personal and coaching skills and experience. He is the new Centre Manager of our Reading centre, focusing on building a busy and friendly centre offering a wide range of watersports.

RYA Centre Inspector / RYA Coach Assessor / RYA Windsurf Trainer, RYA Powerboat Instructor; Commercially Endorsed Yacht Master.

Shaun Priestley

Shaun has worked in the Marine industry for 12 years. This experience has included coaching roles at several Laser Worlds and other international regattas as well as the RYA Paralympic pathway. Now a RYA Coach assessor Shaun is one of the coaches at the forefront of the RYA investigation of Foiling into the national sailing scheme. This extensive experience which also includes operations management will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team.

Jo Priestley

Jo is joining the team from Bermuda having worked for the America’s Cup Endeavour Program as the Club Development officer. Previous work has taken her around the world working in several overseas Sailing schools including France, India, Oman and Italy. This work has been in sales, communications and centre management.

Aaron Smith

Aaron grew up sailing having competed in the Optimist from a young age. This included 2 worlds and achieiving 2 top 3 results at national level. As he progressed he became a keen laser sailor and raced in several national championships as well as 5 Laser worlds – 1 in the 4.7, 4 in the Radial and 1 in the Laser Standard, with several top 3 results under his belt. Now a RYA SailFoil and WindFoil, RYA Senior dinghy, RYA windsurf instructor and a qualified race coach he is a great asset to the ASWC Lake Garda.


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NEW Youth Performance Programme Launched at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres for Aspiring Future Champions

Due to demand, the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres have launched a new class specific performance training programme to provide young people with the opportunities to access affordable, high-level sail training in Optimists, Lasers, RS Fevas, 420s and BIC Technos.The aim of this programme is to provide a clear participation pathway taking young people from entry level/grassroots sailing into the recognised RYA racing pathways.

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