Meet Sammi, Seascope France RYA instructor.
Seascope France would now like to introduce you to our next super hero, Sammi, our Power Boat Level 2 and Personal Water Craft Course Chief Instructor.
- Hi Sammi, lovely to see you again, thank you for coming in to see me.
Hi, my pleasure. Lovely to see you too.
- Tell us a little more about yourself and what you enjoy..
I LOVE the great outdoors - having grown up with my brother and sister on a sail boat, I adore the sea and anything water sports related, in particular water skiing as my family were involved in this at international competition level when I was growing up.
When not on the water, as a family we enjoyed spending time in the mountains skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing and all things adrenaline!
I am never happier than when on the water or on the top of a mountain!
Along with my passion for being active and being in the great outdoors, I am a mother to 3 wonderful teenage girls!
- You used to work on yachts, right ?
Yes I spent many years working on yachts - mainly as a chef but I tried pretty much every role, except for engineer, that position is covered by my brother, who currently works on a 55m yacht currently based in the USA!
- Have you always been interested in the yachting industry ?
Yes, having grown up on a sailing yacht, our neighbours were the superyachts, so it felt quite natural to enter into the yachting industry. It meant that I was able to live my passion, while at the same time travelling the world, discovering new places, meeting new people and earning a living. What more could I ask for?
- You spent a decade of your childhood living onboard a 58ft yacht with your family cruising the world, what did the day look like back then ?
Life was very different back then and growing up on a sail boat had its drawbacks - growing up as a teenager, on a boat with your parents and siblings and very little in the way of other teenage company..... but I would not have changed it for the world - the memories and experiences were unforgettable and would I do it all again? In one word YES! My parents gave me that sense of adventure and love of the outdoors.
- Describe to us a typical day in your life now.
Ha! there is no typical - everyday is different - this is what I enjoy. I generally teach one jet ski course per week (1 day course) and one or two power boat courses a week (2 day course) depending on demand.
I might be teaching the same course as last week, however everything about that day is different, from the weather and sea conditions, to the students on the course.
The Power Boat 2 and jet ski courses are both very hands on which is what I enjoy the most, after all I grew up handling boats everyday, checking the weather, being aware of the dangers, dealing with emergency situations - oh yes, accidents did happen! I enjoy sharing my real life experiences with my students which I believe helps them to relate more easily to what I am teaching them.
- You have 3 daughters, would you like them to follow your path ?
They are all very different and I do not think that the yachting industry would necessarily suit each of them, as a mother you do not really mind what your children choose as long as they are happy!
For my eldest, this might well be a career in yachting, she has a natural ability (like her mother), she has started out in the industry and is loving it!
What is there not to love? Let's see what path my other two daughters choose to follow...
Thank you Sammi for the chat, so interesting listening to your life adventures!