Mark is qualified as RYA Yachtmaster Ocean(Power & Sail) with Commercial Endorsement, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor(Sail) and RYA Cruising Instructor. GMDSS General Operators Certificate is also held.

A sailing enthusiast since 1980, he has worked as a delivery skipper and sailing instructor on coastal, cross channel and ocean passages. Mark has also covered 8000 nm as a crew member with Newhaven lifeboat and is a RNLI Search & Rescue Navigator.

Power qualifications are MCA Master 200 gt, STCW 95 and MCA Advanced Engine Course.