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Live, on-line and face-to-face SQA tuition in
Navigation and Stability

Small personal groups
Tutorial support for OOW and Chief Mates students

Passing your SQA exams is an important step towards achieving your OOW and Chief Mates CoC and we want to be a partner in your success

Reasons why Ewan's Classroom is best suited to support your study needs:

‘Excellent and consistent tuition tailored to individual needs, Ewan has an outstanding grasp of what the examiners are looking for in an answer. I couldn't have passed without him!’



Expert, targeted tuition for those studying for CM SQAs. Ewan dragged me from zero-to 'hero' SQA ready in scarcely 5 weeks, by way of his Zoom prep course. 100% recommend his services. Book with confidence.’



‘Ewan was my lecturer for Stability and Navigation for my Mates and Masters. Cleared both the exams like a breeze, special thanks to extensive knowledge and delivery skills of Ewan. Now that his lectures are available online, recommend all aspiring students to take the benefit.’



"Real game changer. Instead of studying by heart the theory and spitting it out like a parrot, you get to fully understand it and see how everything is affected and why"

MC Student

“Ewan is one of the best persons I've come across and you can tell he's truly there to help us, as he loves what he does.”

MC Student

Ewan Kirkbride

MSc Maritime Operations and Professional Cert. of Education

Experienced Nautical Lecturer

I have accumulated years of sea going experience on an extensive array of ship types and trades. This includes General cargo coasters, Reefer, Product tankers, VLCCs, Container and Cape sized Bulk carriers. During this time I obtained my certification culminating in my UK Class 1 Master Mariners’ (FG) Certificate of Competency.

My working life ashore has broadened my professional experience with time spend in the Port Operations and Shipping Sales departments for Nedlloyd Agencies as well as a Marine Officer for The Bristol Port Company.

I started teaching at Fleetwood Nautical Campus of Blackpool and the Fylde College in 2006 and earned a Professional Certificate in Education from the University of Lancaster before moving to Liverpool John Moores University in 2010. There I achieved my MSc in Maritime Operations alongside my lecturing commitments.

Throughout my lecturing career I have specialised in the provision of SQA Navigation and Stability modules, together with the challenging and enjoyable addition of Master’s Compass. Although all of this teaching has been at Chief Mates’ level, I have successfully expanded my portfolio to include teaching OOW SQA in recent years.

Ewan Kirkbride

Master Mariner

Expert face to Face Tuition

The Zoom platform provides all of our students with live face to face tuition whilst maintaining the dynamic of a classroom environment. After all, we can all learn from each other.

Multimedia Teaching Tools

I employ all of the usual teaching methods that can be found in a standard classroom.

Students will benefit from tuition material being presented in a variety of visual media best suited to each.

People learn in different ways and this multi-method approach is intended to reach and benefit all students.

Traditional whiteboard teaching methods continue alongside modern electronic counterparts to ensure full coverage of the material in an easy to understand way.

Proven teaching methods

I have been lecturing nautical science subjects since 2006 and have always been involved in the delivery of MCA/SQA exam subjects to both Chief Mates and OOW students.

I have taught students of all abilities and experiences with a proven record of success.

I use a direct, no nonsense approach to teaching which when mixed with a keen sense of humour is likely to keep students attention throughout.

Phil Ashton's online Tutorials

  • Require additional help to Pass your Officer of the Watch & Chief Mates Navigation & Stability Exams?

  • Discover easy-to-follow online video tutorials & learn how to answer past exam papers.  The video tutorials will help you practice & gain confidence in answering SQA exam questions relating to navigation & stability.

  • Learn from the best. Tutor Philip Ashton, maritime lecturer with over 30 years maritime experience. He’s helped 100s of students pass their exams.

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