News from Cullen Sea School

The Cullen Sea School management team would like to wish you a very Happy New Year and all the health and happiness for 2017.

New face on board

Katalin will be on maternity leave during the first half of 2017, and her position will be covered by Mhairi McLean from Portknockie. Mhairi is a freelance business writer who brings extensive management and international business experience to the Sea School. She is lucky enough to be back in the Moray Firth after 16 years living abroad in countries including Japan, South Korea and Germany; having worked within management and business communication fields there. In running her own business, she particularly appreciates the hard work and dedication required to coordinate such a large-scale community project.

As a keen wild-swimmer (in the summer), Mhairi is also excited about promoting and exploring what the 3 Harbours (Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen) can offer the community and visitors to the area.

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Mhairi will be using the email address so please do get in touch with her with any of your questions in the next few months.

Current courses

Upcoming classes:

Cullen Fire Station CPR classes

There is still an opportunity for you all to get involved in this free calss run entirely by the Cullen Fire Station crew who are qualified in CPR. These classes will run at the evenings on weekdays, except Monday. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us on

RYA Certified First Aid Classes

Our management committee is busy setting up these courses for January and February. Our prices for a one day course will be around £60-£80.

RYA VHF classes

Cullen Sea School could run these courses again if we get enough interest (min. 5 people). To cut down the cost we can always do the in-house training by our certificate holders. Books for these in-house training will be made available at the Cullen Sea School.

Current activities


Our boatbuilders have been busy starting work on our second St Ayles skiff which they will complete over winter. This boat will serve as a second rowing skiff available for our keen and large group of rowers.

The management committee has also purchased 3 mirror dinghy kits which will be built over the next year then taken onto the water by people who are interested in sailing.

New kit: sea kayaks and paddle boards

The Cullen Sea School management committee has also purchased 4 high performance sea kayaks and two brand new 2017 SUP boards to add to our kit. These will be ready for hire and tuition during 2017 summer season.

Cullen Sea School Rowers

CSS rowers is a sub-group of the Cullen Sea School with Shona Smith taking on the chair role, and Sheila Shand assisting her in a secretarial role.  Liam and Finlay are now responsible for setting rowing times with Willie’s help.  Fiona Mckechnie’s experience in the coastguard will be put to good use as Safety Officer, whilst Chris Winstone takes on the role of Events Organiser for both social and water-based events.  Two of our team, Beverley and Julie-Ann, will see to organising training  needs for new and more experienced rowers.

The group hopes to be self-funded as far as running costs are concerned and Sally Smith has taken on the job of fund-raising coordinator.  The younger members of the team will promote the CSS rowers to the local secondary schools to encourage younger members of the community to participate.

We are a friendly group of individuals who look forward to putting on a programme of social rowing and training for competitive rowing for all in the coming months.

If you are interested to join to our club, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sheila on

We are currently running rowing sessions mainly at weekends dependent on weather and water conditions but hope to return to a busier schedule once the good weather starts.

Looking into the future

The development work also includes getting our AALA (Adventurous Activity) licences in place so an extended programme of watersport tuition and classes can be run from 2017.

As part of our licencing we are looking to recruit a Chief Instructor and the job advert can be find on the following link:

Please pass this excellent opportunity onto everyone who might be interested as this position will be an important element of the development of the Cullen Sea School.

More information on these projects is available from the coordinator, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mhairi if you have any questions.

How to get involved?

Last but not least please do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep posting your pics and point of views so we can all be kept up to date with this great project being delivered in the Three Harbours Area of Moray.

Other posts of interest

Cullen Harbour Gala – Sunday, 29th July

Cullen Harbour Gala Programme Cullen is getting ready for its annual Harbour Gala, which is set to take place on

Cullen Sea School to welcome The King’s Swimmers

The Cullen Sea School is entering into an exciting few weeks of accommodating several open water swimmers led by the

Launch of the third rowing skiff & the first mirror dinghy

Cullen Sea School in partnership with Buckie Community High School is gearing up for the launch and the official naming