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These are some of the comments made by our students:

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  • just wanted to say thanks for the Med Care course, enjoyed them both, although the bum got a bit numb towards the end!.  Would recommend your school and Sue to anyone thinking of doing courses.

    Brian Campbell-Bottoms -
  • Karen, again thank you for your professional and friendly approach in teaching this RYA Day Skipper Theory Course. It was most enjoyable and I’m so pleased I passed it 

    Melvyn Cooper -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Very good course.  Instructor used good level of practical and lecture materials.

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

    Rich Walker -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Just wanted to say thank you very much again for the medical course.  I found it very valuable.

    Sarah-G -
  • 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 -
  • Just to say thank you for providing such a great Diesel Engine Course on Saturday. Les was fantastic, and made what at first seemed very daunting into a day of relaxed learning (the best kind). I think that it has prompted Felicity and I into thinking about doing some more RYA courses

    Annabel Wilkins -
  • Just a short note to say thank you very much. I thoroughly enjoyed the two courses I did with you. I found both very well structured and that nothing was too much trouble. The classes are held in a relaxed and interactive manner.

    Once again thank you.

    Peter Norval -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Sue's excellent knowledge of subject matter made for a highly informative course.  Her method of instruction was clear and easy to folIow.  Thank you.

    Rob Clark -
  • We wanted to let you know how excellent we thought the diesel engine maintenance course was on 23rd June. Les was a first rate teacher and taylored the course to suit our engines which was so helpful. He also gave us lots of useful tips related to the engine and some which were indirectly related. My cousin, David, said the course was much, much better than he was anticipating - 'Brilliant' was the adjective he used. My son, Tom thought it was extremely interesting - high praise from an 18yr old! Please could you relay our thanks and appreciation to Les. We have booked our ferry to go and sort out the engine sooner than planned and we are so glad we came on the course! 

    Ruth -
  • Just a short e mail to thank you very much of your patience and understanding over the last 5 days.The course was great, pitched at the right level, well paced and superbly presented. And most importantly of all, I enjoyed it.

    Jonathan Pyper -
  • Thank you Karen for getting me through my Day Skipper Course.  I must have been one of your biggest challenges but with your endless patience and fantastic teaching skills,  I made it.  I would highly recommend the Emsworth School of Navigation.

    Fliss Konieczky -
  • The RYA Diesel Course run by Emsworth School of Navigation was an amazingly packed day.  Our tutor Les Cox ran through the systems he would be covering and I wondered if this would be too technical for me but he went through every part of the specification in a methodical way and we were able to handle and study the smaller engine parts.  Les soon had us changing filters, checking the impeller, checking and fitting the drive belt, bleeding the fuel system, battery management, replacing a temporary head gasket and discussing fuel management. Having a ratio of 1 tutor to 5 students meant we had some personal tuition and were able to share our experiences. I really enjoyed this course and think it was great value for money.

    Pauline Powell (Westerly Owners Association) -
  • Karen – Hope all is well and thanks for such a great course two weeks ago – very well structured and presented.

    Robert Palmer -
  • Really enjoyed the course & Les was excellent & full of helpful personalised tips.

    Thank you

    David Chinn -
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for the course. I thought it well structured and extremely well conducted. I like your style ! You make all the topics interesting and the personal anecdotes add significantly.

    David Joll -
  • 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 -
  • Quick note to say many Thanks for an excellent course on Monday. I now can't wait to get my hands on my diesel engine and pull it apart....safe in the knowledge that I can put it back together again.
    Les was excellent, please send him my best wishes.

    Nick Child -
  • The guys really enjoyed the course last week so thank you for arranging it and to the course tutors.

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

    Robert Palmer -
  • 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 -
  • Karen, thank you very much for your excellent teaching of the Day Skipper Theory Course. I really enjoyed participating and enjoying the subject. Thank you 

    Jo Bell -
  • Just to thank you for the recent Coastal Skipper course. I think you judged it just right and found the course both instructive and fun. You quickly made me remember all the Day Skipper stuff I'd forgotten and managed to do in a few days what I had failed to achieve in months on the correspondence course (and at the same price). Emsworth is a pretty little town and the whole experience was very pleasant. I would recommend you to anyone. 

    Peter Malone -
  • Thank you for all your help, I will be recommending you for further training.

    Stephen Giles -
  • Just a note to say thanks for a great week – I thoroughly enjoyed the training in this (often overlooked) aspect of being on the water.  Your approach to sharing knowledge and skills was second to none and I certainly benefited from the individual tuition provided as an integral part of the weeks course. Best wishes and thanks again – continued success for you and the school...!

    Gordon Pownall -
  • Very enjoyable course.  Martyn kept the course very light abnd practical

    James Somerville -
  • 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. 

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the course.  It had an easy mix of theory and 'hans on'.  Would definitely recommend to others.  Well laid out and well taught.

    Roy McClintock -
  • The course was delivered at an appropriate pace for all levels of knowledge.  Topics were covered in depth with a valuable use of teaching aids to emphasise key points.  The instructor support and enthusiasm during the practical elements was greatly welcomed and provided a fun and professional learning environment.

    Stephen Saw -
  • 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 -
  • No improvement for me. I really enjoyed the course and as a beginner I came away with a great deal of useful information.  Andy's instruction was first class.

  • 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 -

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