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Meet James Brooke

James has been a Yachtmaster™ Instructor for over twenty years, training new boat owners and families around the world.

As a former Royal Marines Instructor and RNLI Lifeboat Crewman, James founded the Academy to share the extensive knowledge he gained over many years at the helm. He enjoys helping individuals and families learn the skills and develop the confidence required to fulfil their boating aspirations.

‘As a boy, I discovered a love for the sea which grew to become a lifelong a passion. From those early days, I have been very fortunate to experience the very best training in the world and it’s a privilege to impart that knowledge for others to benefit.’

With a team of the finest instructors in the world, the James Brooke Academy provides tailored and personal training on every type of vessel and offers luxury yacht charter as a relaxed introduction to the yachting lifestyle. With a worldwide reputation within the marine industry and unrivalled access to the world’s leading yachting brands, the James Brooke Academy of Nautical Excellence is the perfect start to your yachting journey.

Based in Lymington’s prestigious Yacht Haven, the Academy has operating bases around the world and exclusive access to a growing selection of yachts in the UK, the south of France, the Balearics, the Caribbean, and Dubai.

"James it was a pleasure meeting you and spending time with you over the last couple of days. I really enjoyed the ICC course, thank you for explaining everything I needed to know and to do it in a cool, calm and collected manner. I now feel confident to get my own boat and get out on the ocean!"
Stuart Middleton
Chairman, Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club


From the basics of learning the ropes, to the fine art of advanced boat handling.


Creating memories on the water that last a lifetime.


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