About Us

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Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe and arguable one of the most interesting to explore by boat. With all its nooks and crannies, islands, rivers and bays there are never ending adventure possibilities. Plus for those progressive boaters, being situated in the middle of the south coast is ideal for endless trips to the Solent, West Country and further afield.

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Harbour Sea School runs from the idyllic Parkstone Bay Marina, with its gorgeous views, sheltered waters, infamous café / restaurant and home to the Sandbanks Boat Club and much much more, there are fewer places you would want to call your home of boating.

Our instructors are not only highly qualified and experienced, they are also extremely passionate for what they do. Learning, progressing and enjoying boating is addictive and exciting. To be a part of an individuals experience can be highly contagious and extremely rewarding. Hence why we take pride in our high standards of delivery.

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Our relationship with the Sandbanks Boat Club means we have access to a huge variety of boats of varying size, design and performance, which is an unbeatable asset in progressing students experience.

Coastguard Rescue helicopter and Harbour Sea School, 20170525028As a school we are committed and proud to offer the highest level of tuition possible.

(Picture Left) Our staff training in May 2017 with HM Coastguard Helicopter AW189 and her amazing team was one of those really valuable moments that help us build our knowledge and experience.





Courses we offer:


Have a read of some of the Feedback Comments from our courses!


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Our Staff

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 12.30.09Since Stuart bought Parkstone Bay Marina in 1996, then known as Mitchells Boat Yard, it has quickly gone from strength to strength. Stuart is a keen sailor and a qualified accountant. After 20 years stuck in a dark office he decided to make a dream come true and run the Marina and as of 2010, decided to promote safety & training by opening Harbour Sea School, offering all boat users the chance to iron out any bad habits, further their knowledge and develop their boating skills.
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore-based
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Power)
  • RYA / MCA Advanced Powerboat
  • RYA First Aid

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Will has taken over the operations side of the Sea School after managing a local water sports center for the past 5 years. He is a very patient instructor with more passion and enthusiasm than thought possible.
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA VHF (SRC) Assessor
  • RYA Safety Boat Instructor
  • RYA First Aid

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  Henry has resonantly joined the team here at Parkstone. With previous experience from Poole Quay Boat Haven he's quickly fallen into place. Being an experienced RYA Instructor in Power boating, VHF and First aid he is a great asset to the Harbour Sea School team!    
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA First Aid Instructor
  • RYA VHF SRC Assessor
  • RYA Safety Boat Instructor
Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 14.20.29 Chris is a passionate powerboat instructor with a large wealth of experience both as an instructor and also as a skipper himself. He is the Principal of The Sandbanks Boat Club and he plays a very active role within Harbour Sea School and is always around the marina to help answer any questions.  
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal
  • RYA Powerboat Instructor
  • RYA PWC Instructor
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat
Claire has recently climbed on board here at Parkstone Bay and is taking on the role of Centre Administrator for Harbour Sea School. Claire can be found in the main Parkstone Bay Marina reception and will be the welcoming voice for any Sea School enquiries.

Our Boats

The Cap 20 is a stylish vessel equipped for any adventure with plenty of comfortable seating.