Gold Coast Marine Training (GCMT) – Meet the team



Heidi van Woerden is GCMT’s director. Heidi has over 16 years’ experience in the maritime industry skippering and crewing on a range of commercial vessels around Australia. She has a Master Class 5 and Marine Engine Driver 3 and has substantial sailing experience. Heidi is also a marine scientist and environmental consultant and has a genuine passion for the ocean, the protection of marine environments and boating which provoked her to share her knowledge and experience with others in a professional learning environment.

Trainers and Assessors

Mary Jane is a commercial skipper with loads of experience operating her commercial vessel at Gold Coast Canal Cruises. She also works at Volunteer Marine Rescue saving people who run into trouble out at sea. Mary Jane is a patient and thorough instructor who makes you feel at ease. 

Ben Oxley is a master class 5 commercial skipper and has over twenty years’ experience driving large commercial sailing boats. He has spent much of his time working as an operations manager and trainer in the bare boat charter yacht industry. Ben has a big sense of humour and if you attend one of his courses you are sure to be in stitches laughing all day long.

Zac Hunt is a master class 5 commercial skipper. He has over fifteen years’ experience driving commercial vessels including charter boats, fishing vessels, barges and tugboats. He also has operated jet ski tour companies in the past and has loads of experience driving jet skis. You will be in for a super informative and relaxing day with Zac.

Phil Walters is a commercial skipper and shipright by trade with over forty years’ experience in the marine industry. He has raced and built some of Australia's most famous super maxis over the years. Phil has worked as a trainer and assessor teaching boat and jet ski licences for over six years. His courses are full of extra information regarding safety and maintenance to vessels.