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About us
The Above & Beyond Boating story...
Above & Beyond Boating was founded in 2011, and we are passionate and dedicated to making sure you achieve your boating dreams. The founding principal of the business and all of our training programs is to ensure that you use your boat as often and safely as possible.

The programs we have created and deliver to the boating community enable you to choose your pathway. You can use our online courses to develop your skills and enjoy world-class coaching on your boat. We are the world leaders for bringing blended learning to your home, office and boat.

Neil is qualified as a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor for power and sail, Australian Sailing (AS) Sea Survival Instructor and Office of Maritime Communications (OMC) Remote Assessor for radio licensing. Above & Beyond Boating are the only organisation in Australia to be recognised by the RYA for online learning, classroom tuition and practical training. Our online learning courses are the industry favourites, due to the customer experience, competitive pricing, incredible completion rates (industry average is 30% we operate on 99%) and delivering professional, clear, effective training in a convenient, structured and effective way.

We believe in helping everyone in our community achieve their boating dreams and help them follow the rules of ABB in their boating. Make sure you join our mailing list to get your complimentary training resources straight to your inbox and don't miss our next event.
Seminar's & Workshops
Neil and the ABB team have visited and presented at many yacht clubs, cruising divisions, and boat owner events to encourage boaters to get on the water and achieve their boating dreams. 
One of our most popular events has been the 'Man Overboard Masterclass'. This is a 90 minute seminar to help boater's implement a a suitable plan for recovering a man overboard on their own boat. 
Please contact us if you would like Neil and the team to speak at your club, association or event. 
Man overboard masterclass
Adventure planning
Blue water sailing preparation
Sea safety workshop

Meet the team...
Neil Driscoll

Neil has packed 25 years of teaching experience into his online courses.

His passion for keeping people safe  on the water, whilst helping them achieve their boating dreams, shine through at every step on your journey with Above & Beyond Boating.

The years of teaching in classrooms and on the water prior to creating the online courses have allowed him to create an efficient, comprehensive, proven and enjoyable training experience for you.

Niall Powers
Training & Content Manager

Niall is an active sailor, racer, instructor and coach and uses his qualifications and broad nautical experience in dinghies, powerboats and yachting to ensure we deliver you an excellent experience on and off the water. 

Niall was also the recipient of the 2019 NSW/ACT Instructor of the Year at the Australian Sailing Awards.

Head of Overboard Operations

Bob is our gravel filled artificial human. He is 80KG dry and has been instrumental in our techniques we have developed and teach through our training and seminars.

Helping our community...

In 2019 ABB ran complimentary man overboard training for hundreds of boaters at clubs around Sydney. These include the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Greenwich Flying Squadron, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, The Royal Motor Yacht Club (Newport), and the Sydney Amateurs. Learn more about the MOB Masterclass...


The Firefighter family day on the water initiative was created by Above and Beyond Boating to provide a way for the boating community to give back to the men and women who have been battling blazes across our country in 2019 and 2020. Learn more about this initiative here. 


Neil assisted SWD in creating and implementing a training framework on and off the water that ranged from safety and seamanship for volunteers through to training a Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race skipper to complete his Yachtmaster Offshore accreditation. 

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The Rules of ABB...
Go on adventures
Use what you have
Never compromise on safety
Leave your comfort zone
Look after your boat and she'll look after you
Continually develop your skills
Keep It Simple Skipper! 
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