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Colin Trowles

Principal and Chief Instructor of Blue Lamp Afloat is Colin Trowles, a power boat instructor with over 18 years experience in instructing on power boats. 

Colin is proud of his RNLI background which adds additional interest to the courses he delivers, with particular emphasis on safety on the water and accident prevention. A former RNLI volunteer, he went on to train and assess volunteers as an RNLI training assessor on inshore lifeboats, from the North sea to the Solent and inland waterways. 

Colin is also a VHF assessor and First Aid Trainer and an advanced Power boat instructor. Colin has worked for a number of training centres during his RYA career but his ambition was to own and run his own centre delivering quality tuition to its clients on a personable basis. 

Now with the latest acquisition to Blue Lamp’s fleet, the former St Peter Port lifeboat, clients will be able to participate in training courses in a unique and formidable environment.

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Barry Leake

Barry is a qualified RYA Powerboat and Safety Boat instructor with experience of driving a number of craft and has completed the RYA Powerboat Advanced course.  He is also qualified as an RYA Senior Instructor (Dinghy Sailing) and an RYA/MCA Yacht master Offshore (Sail).

Barry has been instructing at Blue Lamp Powerboat School for since we were established. He has also taught RYA powerboat courses at various other venues both inland and on the UK South Coast.


As well as power boating Barry is an experienced sailor and yachtsman and has successfully raced sailing dinghy’s and large yachts for some time competing in National and International events including Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) races.  In 2008 he was a member of the GBR Commodores Cup crew.   Recently Barry has just returned from racing in the prestigious 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race.  


Barry is a multi disciplined instructor and with his experience of both power and sail he notably delivers fun and informative instruction at Blue Lamp

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