The Salty Sage

07919 623523

5 Clifden Terrace | Lostwithiel
Cornwall | PL22 0AW


who is this salty sage?

As you may already have discovered on the how I can help you page, there are various coaching options, all including an initial online ‘chemistry’ session then subsequent 1:1 life coaching sessions.

A great way to then consolidate and really embody your goals is to explore them in the natural environment. For David, his number one go-to place is the sea and if you like he will take you there too for a coaching session. 

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune…
- Shakespeare

David’s love affair with the sea began when he found himself alone underneath a dinghy at the age of 8, having capsized and been flung up the beach by strong Cornish waves. Wow! Here was a force to be reckoned with! 

Since then the sea has always been part of his life; sailing across the Atlantic, pottering about the Cornish coast, importing Portuguese olive oil under sail on the 100 year old Bessie Ellen, or working on his boat for the next sailing adventure. He is happiest being in, on or next to the sea. 

After his upside-down beach experience, his father taught him that; ‘the sea is safe as long as you remember it is dangerous’. Since then he has grown to respect and trust the sea, knowing that whilst its primal power can cause chaos, it also puts his worries in perspective and returns him to the land whole and peaceful again, ready for the next challenge.

Imagine then David in his element; leaning contentedly against a warm rock after a summer swim and sifting lazily through his life, at one with the waves. Or as a free spirit sailing barefoot with friends in his oldest clothes, gently dropping anchor at the end of the day and cooking freshly-caught mackerel over a driftwood fire on the beach. 

He also knows, as a marine scientist and a searcher, that where the solid land meets the liquid sea, this creates a fertile edge for both organisms and ideas. It’s in the potential of this disruptive edge that David finds the inspiration for his coaching.

‘Feel the fear and do it anyway.’

- Susan Jeffers

If this life of simplicity sounds too easy, don’t be fooled; it took many turns to get him here! 

As a young man he decided to forge his own life by following his dreams and holding out for his goals, despite set-backs. 

By the time he was 30, David and his partner had, with their blood sweat and tears, raised the funds to buy a classic 45ft wooden sailing boat, Sea Witch, and were poised to circumnavigate the globe. Standing on the deck on the day they became the proud owners was a pivotal moment when David realised that he really could turn an ambitious dream into reality. At that point he would not have swopped lives with any of his heroes!

Throughout his life he has allowed himself to think big without fear or limits and followed the maxim that ‘everything that happens to you in life is an opportunity for positive change’. 

Nowadays he continues to create a rich and vibrant life, by embracing change and taking strides far outside his comfort zone, to where he can grow and find purpose.

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.’

-C.G. Jung

David’s life philosophy has led him to some high-profile positions. Despite his childhood struggles with dyslexia he’s been a leader in some truly great projects. He was a senior project manager on a £12 million project building the huge wooden tall ship STS Tenacious, he’s been the deputy harbour master in Fowey and on the way he picked up a master’s degree in marine science and a commercial Yachtmaster qualification. Then (why stop there!) he bought and converted a run-down farm in Cornwall and created a thriving holiday business. Oh, and he also has 15 years’ experience as a professional outdoor pursuits instructor. You get the picture. In short, here is a man as comfortable sitting on a rock or a meditation cushion as he is in a boardroom, discussing the finances for an ambitious project. 

He also has three offspring who he secretly feels very proud to have helped raise into creative, thriving and independent young adults. 

His life has been marked by some painful losses, but instead of crushing him they have become the crucible in which he has learnt compassion and self-knowledge.

‘I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.’

- Mark Twain

Now approaching the grizzled, white-haired phase of life, David describes himself as a ‘retired single-minded alpha male,’ ready to use his life experience with others as they reach for their dreams. It is his firm belief that these aspirations need to be taken seriously as the pathway to true purpose and now, as a fully qualified life coach, he is passionate to offer tools and encouragement to support others. 

David’s working style is to create a safe space where you can leave your judgmental self behind and fully explore your dreams as future realities. Then you will work together to find the courage and vision necessary to bring them to life. 

I must go down to the sea again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 

- John Masefield

Perhaps then you will go down to the sea with him to breathe life into your new intentions. If David’s approach sounds right for you, get in touch to schedule an initial ‘chemistry’ session and begin the adventure.