Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours

Meet Your Boat Crew and Guides

Your skipper and boat crew will be suitably experienced and qualified and are primarily there for your safety. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of local folklore, geology, wildlife and natural history. We draw from a pool of excellent skippers and Crew/ Guides including:

Derek Gordon (Skipper/Founder)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
 

Derek’s experience operating boats has given him the opportunity to gain an intimate knowledge of the coastline around Scotland’s islands and the mainland.

Skippering responsibilities have also taken Derek all the way around Ireland including visits to Skellig Michael, by sea from central London to Skye, north to Orkney, and along most of the canals and other navigable inland waterways in Scotland.

Derek is dual-qualified MCA Master 200 and  RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. He annually undertakes additional maritime training.

Nicola Kulesza
(Crew/Guide)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
Nicola has worked on the West Coast of Scotland for the past 6 years and has landed on almost every Hebridean island. Nicola has a degree in Zoo Biology and her passions include wildlife conservation, landscape photography and art.

In addition to being a popular guide, Nicola is an experienced photographer, boat skipper and has Spanish as a second language. Nicola is also one of handful of medics trained to rescue large whales entangled in fishing gear at sea!

Peter Webster
(Crew/Guide)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology, an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology and is currently studying for an M.Sc in digital mapping. Peter worked as Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012, where he managed dive operations working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs.

Subsequently, Peter worked as the first mate for one of the UK’s fisheries enforcement groups. Peter has completed several thousand dives from sites including Scotland, Antarctica, Iceland, Argentina and the South Pacific. Peter is also an avid photographer, certified photo instructor, and boat skipper.

Sarah Long
(Crew/Guide)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours

With a background in education and a BSc in Environmental Sciences/Biology, Sarah loves to share her knowledge of Scotland’s amazing natural history. Sarah’s love for wildlife, conservation, and Scottish islands have fuelled her passion for marine ornithology. She has previously lived and worked on the Isle of May and assisted on countless seabird surveys on various Forth Islands. Later this year, Sarah will be spending time further afield studying petrels and shearwaters in the Azores.
This will be Sarah’s third season crewing and guiding on the west coast of Scotland, including St Kilda and North Rona.
During the winter, Sarah volunteers for seal surveys on islands near her home city of Edinburgh and explores natural places around the world.

Dave Horrocks
(Skipper)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
Dave”s career background has been in Adventure Education. After many years of coaching and leading expeditions in small boats, around 15 years ago he made the transition to bigger ones. He is a Yachtmaster Offshore in both sailing and powered craft and is a Yachtmaster Instructor. He loves to shares his passion for Scotland’s west coast and her islands and has spent much of the last 40 years visiting and exploring them, both in his own vessels and as guide, skipper or instuctor with guests.

Christian Daniell
(Crew/Guide)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
Christian discovered his passion for marine life at a young age, and has spent his life committed to wildlife and conservation. Since earning a BA in Biological sciences, his work has taken him from marshland to the deep sea. After working with the Rutgers University Marine Field Station in USA, Christian worked as a research technician at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in Bahamas, assisting with research focused on shark, stingray, and sea turtle protection. In 2018, he interned on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, engaging with a global audience through livestream. He is currently in the final stages of completing a study examining the effects of laws protecting sharks in the Bahamas, and how their numbers have changed in the past decade. Outside of research, Christian’s passions include scuba diving, boating, hiking, playing music, and sculpting sea life. 
 
Christian discovered a love for the west coast of Scotland while exploring the Inner Hebrides, and is excited for his first year with North Coast Sea Tours. 

Meet Your Boat Crew and Guides

Your skipper and boat crew will be suitably experienced and qualified and are primarily there for your safety. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of local folklore, geology, wildlife and natural history. We draw from a pool of excellent skippers and Crew/ Guides including:

Derek Gordon (skipper / Owner)

Derek’s experience operating boats has given him the opportunity to gain an intimate knowledge of the coastline around Scotland’s islands and the mainland.

Skippering responsibilities have also taken Derek all the way around Ireland including visits to Skellig Michael, by sea from central London to Skye, north to Orkney, and along most of the canals and other navigable inland waterways in Scotland.

Derek is dual-qualified MCA Master 200 and  RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. He annually undertakes additional maritime training.

Nicola Kulesza (Crew/Guide)

Nicola has worked on the West Coast of Scotland for the past 6 years and has landed on almost every Hebridean island. Nicola has a degree in Zoo Biology, has a firm passion for wildlife conservation, landscape photography and art.

In addition to being a popular guide, Nicola is an experienced photographer, boat skipper and has Spanish as a second language. Nicola is also one of handful of medics trained to rescue large whales entangled in fishing gear at sea!

Peter Webster (Crew/ Guide)
Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology, an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology and currently studying for an M.Sc in digital mapping. Peter worked as Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012, where he managed dive operations working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs.

Subsequently, Peter worked as the first mate for one of the UK’s fisheries enforcement groups. Peter has completed several thousand dives from sites including Scotland, Antarctica, Iceland, Argentina and the South Pacific. Peter is also an avid photographer, certified photo instructor, and boat skipper.

Sarah Long (Crew/Guide)

With a background in education and a BSc in Environmental Sciences/Biology, Sarah loves to share her knowledge of Scotland’s amazing natural history. Sarah’s love for wildlife, conservation, and Scottish islands have fuelled her passion for marine ornithology. She has previously lived and worked on the Isle of May and assisted on countless seabird surveys on various Forth Islands. Later this year, Sarah will be spending time further afield studying petrels and shearwaters in the Azores.
This will be Sarah’s third season crewing and guiding on the west coast of Scotland, including St Kilda and North Rona.
During the winter, Sarah volunteers for seal surveys on islands near her home city of Edinburgh and explores natural places around the world.

Dave Horrocks
(Skipper)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
Dave”s career background has been in Adventure Education. After many years of coaching and leading expeditions in small boats, around 15 years ago he made the transition to bigger ones. He is a Yachtmaster Offshore in both sailing and powered craft and is a Yachtmaster Instructor. He loves to shares his passion for Scotland’s west coast and her islands and has spent much of the last 40 years visiting and exploring them, both in his own vessels and as guide, skipper or instuctor with guests.

Christian Daniell
(Crew/Guide)

Boat Crew for north scotland sea tours
Christian discovered his passion for marine life at a young age, and has spent his life committed to wildlife and conservation. Since earning a BA in Biological sciences, his work has taken him from marshland to the deep sea. After working with the Rutgers University Marine Field Station in USA, Christian worked as a research technician at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in Bahamas, assisting with research focused on shark, stingray, and sea turtle protection. In 2018, he interned on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, engaging with a global audience through livestream. He is currently in the final stages of completing a study examining the effects of laws protecting sharks in the Bahamas, and how their numbers have changed in the past decade. Outside of research, Christian’s passions include scuba diving, boating, hiking, playing music, and sculpting sea life. 
 
Christian discovered a love for the west coast of Scotland while exploring the Inner Hebrides, and is excited for his first year with North Coast Sea Tours.