Instructors at Coastwide Driving School

Barry (Manual)

Barry (Manual)

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter, Corporate driver trainer, 4WD trainer

Teaching Areas: Caboolture

Teaching Experience: more than 5 years

Transmission: Automatic, Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai / Toyota

Recognition: Instructor of the week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle is an enthusiastic driving instructor with over 20 years of customer service experience.

 

After taking on the role of a full time stay at home mum Michelle studied and trained as a driving instructor. This provides a flexible work life balance around school and parenting. This balance fosters an enjoyable one on one environment that benefits the students progress.

 

Michelle loves teaching our new drivers and enjoys watching students progress in both skill level and confidence.

Check out the in car cleaning processes that Michelle uses to keep you safe.

 

 

“I want to teach safe driving habits and to respect everyone on the road.

I am a friendly, patient flexible and nurturing instructor who will work with you to achieve your goals.” 

Thank you Michelle.

Peter

Peter

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter

Teaching Areas: Sunshine Coast

Teaching Experience: 16 years +

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i30

Recognition: Instructor of the week

Peter is our team leader for the Sunshine Coast. He is a very experienced trainer and well known and regarded in the Sunshine Coast region.

"Been a Driver Trainer since 2003.... Years of K2D. Was teaching son how to drive and I enjoyed his lessons so much that I figured I could do that - I would enjoy doing that!

Love Manual, auto is boring, I am passionate about teaching students how to actually use a clutch...Ryda for years...Love what I do!

Motoring enthusiast. Raced Minis, MG's years ago.

Easy going, user friendly person with a lot of experience in my area, a lot of my lessons are from referrals from satisfied and appreciative students and families.

I want to help as many people achieve as great a level of safe/experience as an early driver as I possibly can."

Urmila

Urmila

Qld Driver Trainer and Keys 2 Drive Accredited.

Teaching Areas: Brisbane North

Teaching Experience: over 3 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Suzuki Swift

After training as a Driving Instructor, Urmila joined the Coastwide team with a passion for teaching and road safety.
Urmila lives on the northside of Brisbane and is looking forward to teaching you how to drive.
Urmila has flexible work hours to suit your needs and a focus on delivering excellent results.

 

Simon

Simon

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Area: Sunshine Coast - southern end

Transmission: Auto

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Hyundai i30

 


In my previous career as a pilot for more than 30 years, safety has been at the forefront of my daily job. I'm excited to use the principles I have learned, and along with the team at Coastwide, help contribute to a new generation of safe and confident drivers.

During my time, I have lived and worked in 5 different countries and I met my Chinese wife working in Beijing. I love to deal with people from diverse backgrounds and different cultures.

I'm also a father of four and I want the road to be safer for them and for your families.

In my spare time, I'm a golfing nut and enjoy flying RC aircraft.

 

Christos

Christos

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Area: Brisbane

Teaching Experience: 7 years +

Transmission: Auto

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Suzuki Swift

 

Christos is a laid-back and friendly industry professional that has been working as a driving instructor for seven years.

He is committed to creating a stress-free environment for students of all ages and backgrounds to learn the life skill of driving.

Robert

Robert

Experienced Trainer: Bayside to Logan & all South East Suburbs.

Driver Training since 2017

Robert's career background was as a corporate trainer in the financial services management which has a strong regulated environment.

Robert has a strong passion for instructing and he wants to see all drivers consistently enjoying a safe driving experience whilst also having a positive and fun learning experience . 

Robert's aim is to ensure all of his students develop the capacity to actively manage both the learning journey and also gain the personal management skills to successfully navigate their driver training, including their attitudes and behaviors, irrespective of their previous driving experience.

Robert has a very patient nature and also the ability to change his own teaching methods to suite your needs. His encouraging approach and communication style ensures a supportive learning environment for each individual student.

 

Catherine

Catherine

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Area: Brisbane Southside

Transmission: Auto

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Hyundai i30


Catherine is a positive and experienced trainer that has been working with young people for almost 15 years as a music tutor. It seemed a natural transition to join the Coastwide team with her husband Robert (who teaches manual) as an instructor. Conscientious, kind and patient Catherine believes that creating a safe and calm space for students to start their learner journey as it ultimately should continue; making calm and safe drivers ready for their independent driving adventure.

 

 

 

 

Walter

Walter

I am Scots born, Kiwi raised, living in Oz. Family oriented with a love of sports and a good sense of humour.

I spent 28 years as a cop in New Zealand, 10 of those years in traffic.  I have seen the best and the worst of driving behaviours and their outcomes.

I love driving, and I love teaching others to drive, safely and correctly, through teaching individual students, as well as the group programs of Ryda and Defensive Driving I am involved in through the school.

 

Murray (Manual)

Murray (Manual)

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter

Teaching Areas: Brisbane West, Brisbane South

Teaching Experience: 2 to 5 years

Transmission: Automatic, Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i20

Awards: Instructor of the week

Murray is an experienced adult trainer with extensive experience in the aviation industry and driver training. He qualified as a QLD Driving Instructor and accredited with Keys2Drive. He assists Rightway Driving School trainee instructors during their Certificate IV course. Murray has also worked with driver-training for Police Citizens Youth Club. He is also a RYDA presenter in Qld.

Murray is passionate about good safe driving, and imparts a calm and patient learning environment for students. Murray has an understanding of vehicle mechanics and road craft for Car Control, including positioning / speed / gears / acceleration.

He is a Commercial Pilot and qualified flying instructor, with 25 years experience in transport and aviation.

Murray keenly follows Formula1 and rugby union, and enjoys music, art and live theatre.

Julie

Julie

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Area: Sunshine Coast - southern end

Transmission: Auto

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Mazda 3


My past career as a Driving Examiner on the Sunshine Coast was most rewarding, challenging and fulfilling career path which I loved immensely, but I couldn’t talk and assist – which I found very difficult!

I’ve also been a Primary School Teacher on the Coast for approximately 15 years, so educating, teaching, instructing and directing students is a huge passion of mine.

Combining both career skills will give me a huge advantage to be able to not only assist yourself/child to pass the driving test, but to teach to drive safely and correctly for life!

April

April

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter

Teaching Areas: Sunshine Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 15 years

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Suzuki Swift

Recognition: Instructor of the week

April has been teaching students to drive for 15 years in manual transmission. She is highly sought after by local residents due to her empathy and care for young people who maybe feeling very nervous about learning to drive and her technical skill in teaching.

April uses a structured lesson plan, so the learning to drive process has continuity and over the period of driving lessons on the Sunshine Coast the individual achieves the highest level of competency and importantly life long safe driving habits.

April has a broad roster so that she is available for lessons when it best suits learner drivers still attending high school.

Patrick

Patrick

Patrick was born in Brisbane and has lived here his whole life.

What do you love about your being a driver trainer?

"I really enjoy being a Driver Trainer because I get to meet many people and pass along my 26 years of experience. It’s a great feeling when someone passes the licence test but I feel far more satisfaction knowing they will be a safe and defensive driver far into the future.

Outside of training...

Patrick is interested in cars and motorbikes, computers and games, occasionally a fishing trip and travel.

 

Patrick is Keys 2 Drive accredited.

Murray (auto)

Murray (auto)

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter

Teaching Areas: Brisbane West, Brisbane South

Teaching Experience: 2 to 5 years

Transmission: Automatic, Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i20

Awards: Instructor of the week

 

Murray is an experienced adult trainer with extensive experience in the aviation industry and driver training. He qualified as a QLD Driving Instructor and accredited with Keys2Drive. He assists Rightway Driving School trainee instructors during their Certificate IV course. Murray has also worked with driver-training for Police Citizens Youth Club. He is also a RYDA presenter in Qld.

Murray is passionate about good safe driving, and imparts a calm and patient learning environment for students. Murray has an understanding of vehicle mechanics and road craft for Car Control, including positioning / speed / gears / acceleration.

He is a Commercial Pilot and qualified flying instructor, with 25 years experience in transport and aviation.

Murray keenly follows Formula1 and rugby union, and enjoys music, art and live theatre.

Rob

Rob

Qld Driver Trainer, Licensed Driving Instructor - NSW

Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Brisbane Northside 

Teaching Experience: 2 to 5 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Golf Auto (European style indicators)

Rob is an experienced member of our team who has recently returned to Brisbane after being in NSW. Rob has a professional approach to his training and enjoys working with his students to achieve their driving goals. He also has a European style vehicle which may suit your needs if you have this style of car (Left hand indicator control) on your home vehicle. It is also great experience for those who don't have this type of vehicle at home.

 

Michael

Michael

Qld Driver Trainer, RYDA Presenter

Teaching Area: Northern Brisbane/Southern Moreton Bay Region

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Silver Mazda 2

 

Having had 10 years of being a driver instructor and assessor, I know the skills, confidence and abilities required for people to gain their driver’s licence.

Before becoming a driving instructor, I worked in the printing industry and was a manager in a large, busy factory in the ACT, supervising many people and training apprentices in my team. My excellent communication skills helped me liaise with others, to troubleshoot to solve problems. My calm, respectful manner allowed me to support others to meet job deadlines and job requirements.

I am bi-lingual (Spanish) and have taught many students with another language as their first language other than English, how to drive. I have taught many ages of people how to drive, from 16 years of age up to adults getting their licence for the first time.

I believe we all learn best when calm and in a positive head space. I have a patient and relaxed manner which supports my students to have success as drivers. I provide my students the reassurance and knowledge necessary to be confident and safe drivers. 

I am a mad keen fisherman and love going out on the boat. If I don’t see you out on the water casting a fishing rod, I’ll see you on the road learning to drive!

 

Andy

Andy

South Roster!

Qld Driver Trainer, RYDA presenter, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas:  Sunshine Coast

Teaching Experience: 3 years

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Mazda 2  Manual

Andy is a fantastic member of our team and has a passion for the industry and passing on his extensive experience.
His customers love his thoughtful approach, calm nature ability to explain new ideas in simple steps.

Sue

Sue

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter

Teaching Areas: Sunshine Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 20 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Toyota Yaris

Sue has 20 years of experience as an Instructor and has also spent time as an Instructor/Assessor in Adelaide. She initially decided to become an instructor after teaching a friend to drive and enjoying the experience.

So far, Sue has delivered approximately over 20,000 driving lessons.

Sue hopes to contribute to our community by creating drivers that are competent with both the skills and knowledge as well as incorporating defensive driving to improve their awareness on the road.

If you are looking for an instructor that has years of experience and is both passionate and patient, then Sue is the right instructor for you.

Sue's long-term goals are to continue teaching and promote safe driving skills and road awareness.

Scott

Scott

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Area: Sunshine Coast

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Kia Rio

 


I have been in the transport industry for over 35 years and am passionate about the safe operation of vehicles, whether they are motorcycles, cars, heavy vehicles, and even aircraft.

I love driving and also teaching and look forward to passing on the knowledge I have learnt throughout my career, promoting defensive driving and safe driving skills.

Aaron

Aaron

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Areas: Sunshine Coast

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai Accent

 

 

 

Barry (Auto)

Barry (Auto)

Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter, Corporate driver trainer, 4WD trainer

Teaching Areas: Caboolture

Teaching Experience: more than 5 years

Transmission: Automatic, Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai / Lancer

Recognition: Instructor of the week

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allister

Allister

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Areas: Brisbane CBD, and Brisbane North

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Hyundai Accent


Allister has experience in the industry, a patient approach and a relaxed teaching style you can't go wrong.

Covering all suburbs Brisbane CBD, and Brisbane North and also Keys2Drive accredited.

Allister has a real passion for teaching manual, and feels that it is a valuable skill to have even if you only ever drive automatic cars.

Allister is dedicated to helping his students become the safest driver they can be.

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Angie

Angie

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Area: Sunshine Coast

Transmission: Auto

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Suzuki Swift


After teaching my eldest teenager to drive, I found I really enjoyed the process of teaching as well as watching their skill and enjoyment of driving improve, so decided to obtain my Driver training accreditation.

Currently still having learner drivers in my household, I understand the importance of building confidence and awareness on the roads. Being able to pass on the skills to encourage good, safe and defensive driving that will stay with new drivers is my aim during their lessons.

Steve

Steve

Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Areas: Sunshine Coast

Teaching Experience: 11 years +

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Hyundai i30

 

First look at Steve's great new car!


Steve is an experienced instructor in many fields of training and assessment. He’s trained in many of his lifelong passions! He’s been a passionate trainer and assessor since 2010.

Steve’s rewarding training career developed from his love of boating and deep-sea fishing. He worked in the marine industry as a Recreational Marine Driver License (RMDL) and Jet Ski License (PWC) instructor. Steve then went on to work as a Professional Driver Trainer with RACQ. He taught 4WD training for the mining industry, 2WD defensive driving, company employer assessment drives and medical assessment drives.

WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Steve’s impressive list of training qualifications and experience also includes his life-long passion for two wheels. His training portfolio also includes QRide Motorcycle training and assessment.  

Steve says training is not all about instructing. First you must have a deep desire and passion to sincerely want to “help” people learn in the area that you are training in. A trainer is so much more than “just an instructor”, yes, we instruct, we also coach, we are also teachers, we mentor, we are great listeners, great communicators, with patience as deep as the deepest oceans and we are naturally an empathetic bunch!

My goal is to not just equip the student with the necessary skills to pass a practical driving assessment. My goal is to imagine each learner driver as my son or daughter, teaching them defensive driving skills for life and instilling in them, a positive driving attitude helping save lives on our roads.  

Let’s train together, lets learn together and most of all, let’s build an exciting appreciation for safe driving.

Let’s get wheels turning!

Andrew

Andrew

Accredited Master Driver Trainer QLD, Licensed Driving Instructor - NSW, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter, Trainer and Assessor

Teaching Areas: Sunshine Coast

Teaching Experience: 5 years +

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: White Mazda 2

Andrew has a passion for safe driving, and became a Driving Instructor in Sydney in January 2016, and updated this qualification in September 2018.

Being a Physiotherapist for 30 years, I've seen a lot of injuries caused by inadequate care and attention on our roads. While living in the UK, I completed an Advanced Driver Course and has been a Member of Institute of Advanced Motorists (Roadsmart) for over 15 years.

Working on Sydney's busy North Shore area, I became Keys 2 Drive accredited and qualified to be a NSW Safer Drivers Course Module 1 (Classroom) Facilitator and Module 2 (on road) Coach.

I became a Trainer and Assessor in late 2016, and started training new Driving Instructors / Accredited Driver Trainers for PVET Institute, a Registered Training Organisation in NSW and Queensland.

I continue to improve myself with ongoing professional development and in 2019 became a recognised Master Driver Trainer with the Australian Driver Trainers Association.

I relocated to Sunshine Coast in September 2018 and look forward to providing guidance, support and empowering new drivers.

Sandy

Sandy

 

New Auto Instructor 

Sandy initially became a qualified driving instructor because her own children had commenced learning to drive and she wanted to undertake training which would help her to equip them with the right attitudes, skills and knowledge to become safe, responsible and competent road users. Having a background in both education and customer service, it then seemed a logical choice to gain her accreditation as a Driver Trainer and assist other learner drivers to develop safe driving habits.

Sandy is a calm, patient and friendly driving instructor and is available for bookings in Bribie Island and surrounding areas.

 

Book online today before Sandy books out!

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