Born in London, molded in the Royal Navy, Elliot Seatherton* has been practicing bridgemanship and navigation since the mid-1970s. A deck officer specialized in navigation and pilotage, he started teaching, whilst continuing to practice, in the early1990s. His use of bridge simulators for training and instruction began at the same time. He has commanded warships and military vessels, skippered yachts and been master of powerboats.
Roaming the waters of the world he has been to every continent, lived on three, and has sailed in all the oceans. Traversing seas, rivers, canals and lakes he has enjoyed visits to many countries and out-of-the way places such as Bird Island, South Georgia and Home Island in the Cocos Islands, Australia. Yacht racing to nowhere-in-particular was always fun.
In 2011 he began as an instructor at the Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA), now the Maritime Institute, and simultaneously started as an instructor at the USN’s Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling Trainer (NSST) in Norfolk, Virginia.
In addition to his military qualifications, he is a Qualified Assessor, holds a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster Offshore certificate, power endorsed, and an RYA Powerboat Level II license.
* Pronunciation is “seather” as in ’weather”