Our History

In the mid 90’s our founder became chairman of the canoe lifeguards on a beach on the south coast of England, he combined the lessons learnt there with his experience at sea on passenger ships and tall ships sailing Europe and the Caribbean to form Coastal Safety as a training and safety service for large maritime events.


1996 saw the Coastal Safety Service perform at the International Festival of the Sea in Bristol, England. A dozen dedicated and highly trained lifeguards and marine safety technicians borrowed two safety boats and took on the role of safety co-ordinators for the festival.

There followed a number of such festivals and tall ships races in Portsmouth, England  where “”Coastal Safety” were requested to provide a safety cover for numbers of up to 50,000 spectators and participants.

Over the years Coastal Safety provided safety cover at the following events:

  • Waterfest – Weymouth Harbour, England
  • International Festival of the Sea – Bristol, England
  • International Festival of the Sea – Portsmouth, England
  • Tall Ships Race – Portsmouth, England
  • International Festival of the Sea, Newport, Wales
  • Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, London, England

Recognising that internationally accepted qualifications were required , Coastal Safety quickly became a Royal Yachting Association training centre, this was granted in November 1996.

In 2003, Coastal Safety started running training courses in Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and so Coastal Sea School ME was formed.

Today, the training arm is known as “Coastal Sea School” and grows from strength to strength. Amongst the many clients on the portfolio we are proud to include:

  •  Members of the UK Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force
  •  UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  •  Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  •  Bristol City Docks
  •  Condor Ferries
  •  Maritime Coastguard Agency
  •  Chiquita Bananas
  •  Shoreham Harbour
  •  Weymouth Harbour
  •  Portland Harbour
  •  West Sussex Fire Brigade
  •  Dubai International Marine Club
  •  Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
  •  Emirates Palace Hotel and Marina
A number of support consultancies were formed providing the following services which are available to suitable organisations worldwide:

  •  Safety Training
  •  Security Training
  •  Web Hosting and Design
  •  ICT and Web based information systems
  •  High level Web Security Backup
  •  Lifeguard Training
  •  Marina Services
  •  Yacht and Ship Brokerage