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These are some of the comments made by our students:

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  • 3rd course done at ESN, top quality instructors at exceptional prices. Thank you.

    Rich Walker -
  • Thank you also for a most informative and enjoyable day yesterday. Not only did I learn a lot but it was fun. The next challenge is to remember it all! To this end, the notes will be useful refresher material over the coming months before next season when practical use of VHF will be possible again.

    Tony Stimson -
  • Karen, Thank you very much, on behalf of Alex and I, for the training you gave us last week.   You made it a pleasure to be there and I do feel that we learned everything we could within the time provided, as well as giving us a insight on what there remains to be learned.

    Matthew R -
  • I am sorry not to have sent a message straight away to let you know that I thought that the Diesel Engine Course was excellent. Les was very good, and patient with us. I learnt a lot, and now feel more confident. I have found the engine manual which was hiding on board my boat with a pile of other stuff, and in fact I have now found a box with most of the spares for the Volvo 55 that I might need. I will get all the other things, and then hopefully will have no problems on the sail round to the mediterranean in August.

    Roger Vickers -
  • Just wanted to say thank you for running such an efficient and enjoyable and instructive course yesterday. We all enjoyed it and it was incredible how much you got through in the time and how you made something we all thought was rather terrifying so much fun. I do not think it could be done better. I shall feel so much more confident now and have you to thank for that.
    Many thanks and good sailing.

    John Edge -
  • Good presentation, talk and powerpoint split up nicely with practical work.  Interst kept up throughout the day.  Very happy with the course.

    Alan Hall -
  • Just a quick email to thank you for the course yesterday - it was very enjoyable as well as being instructive and I had a really good day.

    Charlotte L -
  • Excellent course overall.  Well equipped school and location.  Brilliant instructor, open style, interesting, gets learning points across effectively, really enjoyed everything

    Karl Fisher -
  • I just wanted to say how good the course was last week Martyn was a brilliant tutor and such an interesting man, the course has given me the confidence to go ahead with my plan to start working for myself as a marine engine and electrics technician.

    Bill Wardoper -
  • Hi Karen, I just wanted to write and say thank you for such a well run course.  We were both nervous about not having much exoperience of sailing theory, but you started right from the basics and covered the why as well as the what.  It was very interesting and suprisingly enjoyable.

    Nigel Virgo -
  • I thought this course may be too advanced for me but it was absolutely the right course for a pleasure cruiser. 

    Peter Leggett -
  • Firstly a big thank you for arranging this course.  This is what I have been trying to master for years in a haze of well meaning advice and reading without really understanding what I was doing. Andy was an excellent teacher and the syllabus was pitch perfect for me.  My objective was to feel confident in tackling small electrical tasks and I now do.  Terrific.

    Barry Edmonds - Westerly Owners Association -
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the RYA First Aid Course yesterday and found it very helpful and instructive

    Adrian Smith -
  • The diesel course was absolutely fantastic, what a great instructor. I learnt so much about my engine.

    Toby Norman -
  • Hi Karen, Just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for course I did with you last week. I really enjoyed the course, I found your subject knowledge and style of teaching great. I will be recommending you to anyone wanting to do any of the navigation type courses.

    Kevin (Bob) Hoskins -
  • Thank you for an interesting course last week, it certainly taught me a lot regarding the VHF sets themselves, Very enjoyable indeed and once again many thanks

    Danny Cain -
  • Absolutely brilliant teaching on RYA Day Skipper Theory Course by Karen.  Thank you for being so patient with us - we're all excited about our next steps.

    Lucy Thomas -
  • Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the First Aid course last Friday. It was nice to have a course based on the requirements not on the tutors gory experiences.
    A very well run course. Many thanks

    Brian Skeet -
  • Today's First Aid course was excellent one of the best I have had in all the years that I have had to do such courses. Sue is a very good instructor and covered the course in a very effective and pragmatic manner.

    Mike Machin -
  • After an intensive, full week of Day Skipper training I have to commend Karen Dorontic, an amazing and inspiring tutor!  She is extremely patient and knowledgeable.  I would highly recommend the Emsworth School of Navigation to those wishing to undertake this course.

    Amanda Diaper -
  • Just to let you know I really enjoyed the diesel engine course and Les was such a good teacher that the day flew past.

    Sally Cholmondeley -
  • Thank you very much for the excellent course last week: I really enjoyed it and appreciated your very clear teaching style. I expect I shall be back at some point for further training!

  • I really enjoyed the course and, for a novice like me, it has given me a really good grounding in the essential areas and helped to consolidate what I have learned from other reading. It will make for a safer hobby and more enjoyable one too as a result of the increased confidence it has given me.

    ‎I'm sure I will be back!

    Howard Matthews -
  • Thank you for your excellent instruction and patience last week.  I was impressed with how you recognised our weaknesses in order to set a personalised homework each day and with your calm pacing of the course in order to cover everything we needed to know during the week in order to achieve the required standard to succeed in the exams.  I now look forward to more tidal sailing miles with greater confidence and when the time comes to do additional classroom courses before the next practical exam you will be the first port of call!

    Neville Moody -
  • I thought it was perfect. Explanations were extremely clear and this enabled me to apply what was being taught to the variety of questions and exercises posed. Your course definitely made me feel that a subject which can inspire concern or worry can in fact (with practice) inspire confidence. It was excellent, thank you. 

  • Karen came to Hillingdon to run the VHF Radio Course 'in-house' which is a brilliant service. It was professionally run, in a friendly atmosphere, with good visual aids and equipment. Our group was small which creates a great learning situation and it was a productive and enjoyable day. We will definitely be using Emsworth School of Navigation for future courses for our staff.

    Jeff Creak - Hillingdon Activity Centre -
  • Done a few courses these last few months and this was by far the most informative and enjoyable.

    Richard Walker -
  • Just wanted to say thanks again for the VHF Course today. I thought the instruction was excellent, and I really enjoyed the course.

    John Wilson -
  • Just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your tremendous teaching, patience & good humour throughout the course. It was a fantastic learning experience and it would have been horrifically hard without your excellent explanations. Anyway, just wanted to say that it was fantastic and that I really enjoyed it.

    Lydia Forbes-Manson -
  • Thank you for an excellent course on Saturday - Les was a superb instructor and I really learned a lot. I wish the course had lasted longer - there is so much to learn! Les was a fount of knowledge.

    George -
  • Firstly thank you so much for the great course...despite all of our initial reservations about attending such a thing :-) we all thoroughly enjoyed it, learnt a lot of useful and vital stuff, and were VERY impressed with your teaching. We shall certainly spread your word. Thanks again

    Lizzie Dymock -
  • Another great training session today with Andy Johnson on boat electrics, following yesterdays equally superb day on Diesel Engine Maintenance presented by Les Cox.

    Martin Langan -
  • Hi Karen

    I really enjoyed the course and for a novice like me it has given me a really good grounding in the essential areas and helped to consolidate what I have learned from other reading.  It will make for a safer hobby and more enjoyable one too as a result of the increased confidence it has given me.

    I'm sure I'll be back

    Howard Matthews -
  • I just wanted to pass on my thanks to Les for the way he delivered yesterdays Diesel Engine Course.  It was hugely informative and very hands on.  He also included a host of additional practical tips which will be invaluable when I purchase my own yacht.

    David Macfarlane -
  • Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say a huge thank you for an enjoyable VHF Radio course last Sat. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't keep up, as I had been unable to read up before hand due to a tight work schedule. But due to your relaxed and comprehensive teaching, I was able to achieve my goal.
    I'm looking forward to our sailing holiday in Greece even more now! Thank you again and I hope to do another course soon and will definitely come to ESN.

    Freya Carter -
  • Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed my course with Les on Friday, he really is excellent at his job. Being the only attendee of course had its advantages and I thank you for still running it on that basis.

    I learnt so much and it certainly has given me the confidence to tackle any issue with my engine, especially if at sea.

    Tony Hughes -
  • Karen, your style of teaching I consider excellent. Patience and empathy.... rock solid knowledge....confident.... kind..... yup Karen....... really good. Thankyou. If you are vetted by RYA from time to time and they need teaching recipient feedback, tell them to give me a ring.

    Geoff Newsome -
  • Great intro- thank you

    Jane Phelps -
  • Hi Karen,
    I just wanted to say a big thank you for running such a good Navigation course over the w/e. I wasn't really looking forward to it as was convinced I wouldn't understand any of it, but its now all so much clearer. The real test was when I got back I picked up a navigation book (how keen is that!) which I'd previously tried to read and given up on as it was double dutch - and suddenly it all made sense! I'm really looking forward to putting it all into practice (though equally slightly dreading being responsible if and when we end up on the mud!). I thought your approach was really methodical ( just what I needed) but you also made it interesting which is why I just about managed to maintain concentration levels until 5.30 yesterday! I'll definitely recommend it to other sailing friends - specially navigation idiots like me who are completely starting from scratch!

    Charlotte -
  • Hope all is well and thanks for such a great course two weeks ago – very well structured and presented. 

    Robert Palmer -

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