New jobs, new lives
The Chinese philosopher Confucius said ‘Find a job you enjoy and you’ll never work a day in your life’
Travel, team spirit, a personal challenge and great job satisfaction - that’s everyday life after Flying Fish.
For some it’s a first career, while others are changing direction later in life. If you don’t want to enter the rat-race or you’re trying to escape from it, you are facing a problem we can solve.
Peter & Jane
Peter and Jane Craggs spent 30 years inland in North Yorkshire, Peter as a dairy farmer and Jane a business manager at NatWest.
“We decided when we hit 50 to make changes,” recalls Jane. “We wanted a hobby we could enjoy together when we retired and thought learning to sail would be fun.”
“We enjoyed it so much we decided to take it to a professional level,” explained Peter.
“I signed up for a Yachtmaster course with Flying Fish and Jane for Coastal Skipper.”
A year later, they were cruising the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, as skipper and first mate on a private yacht. They are now just starting their fourth season out in the BVI’s running a 46ft Catamaran called Heartbeat 111.
“We initially sailed monohulls - then progressed to catamarans which seem to be really popular out here, explains Peter.
“They are certainly much easier to work on as you are not constantly running up and down the steps in the companionway….”
“We’re combining our love of entertaining with our love of sailing – the perfect life,” says Jane. Gordon
Aged 22, Gordon Young from Scotland had always loved sailing and wanted to make his passion his career.
Four years after completing a Yachtmaster course with Flying Fish he is captain of a 72ft performance yacht based in the Med.
“I would definitely recommend working on yachts full time as I love it. You get to see some of the world’s most beautiful places. The Galapagos, Tahiti and Croatia are my favourite so far. I get to go sailing a lot and I enjoy the technical challenge of looking after such a complicated boat. Also, no day is the same so there is no chance of getting bored.
The money is also very good and you should be able to save a large amount if you are sensible…..” 4 Tasha
At 27 Natasha Wakefield discovered windsurfing in the UK and after a few months was completely hooked.
“By the end of the year I had decided that my ambition was to become a windsurf instructor and work overseas.”
Three months later, she ditched in her job as an art gallery curator in Sussex and joined a Windsurf Instructor Professional Traineeship with Flying Fish in Sydney and Greece. Tasha now enjoys endless summer, teaching in Lefkas from April to September and in Margarita from November to March.
“Working as a windsurf instructor is everything that I thought it would be and more. It’s so rewarding watching the smiles on people’s faces as they progress and enjoy windsurfing. My dream has become reality – life is awesome!”
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