Testimonials

See what our students say:

Ian

"Just a quick note to say thanks for all your support during my course. I would recommend it to any and everyone as the best and only way to gain the knowledge prior to safely getting on the water"

Marie

"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to become an Urban Truant. I knew my week under sail with you would stand out from the others, and that’s why I dropped everything and arrived in glorious sunshine for my adventure.

I couldn’t pick a highlight because everything exceeded my expectations. The boat lived up to her name, the trip was full of interest and my crewmates added to a very enjoyable experience.

I hope to put my new-found sea legs and all the knowledge I gained from you towards an interesting future.

Thank you for your patience, friendliness, support and expert guidance, which went above and beyond. I will always remember my first voyage on Inspire, it will be a treasured memory – until the next time."

Alan

"We already have a RIB but it wasn't until I nearly damaged it trying to park in wndy conditions that I knew I needed some proper training! Our instructor was really patient and took us through loads of scenarios - I feel so much more confident and can't wait to take out my RIB again!"

Dale

"My RYA Cruising Instructor “Instruction and Assessment” week with Urban Truant not only provided me with some key skills and tools to go out and be an Instructor but also gave me more confidence in the delivery of the various briefings and demonstrations as there was lots of excellent guidance and support provided during the week.

The week was nearly all “boat based” so there were lots of opportunity to practice the techniques hands-on and the environment was further enhanced with individual cabins and a very well provisioned galley."

Elizabeth

"I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant week on the water in by far the largest boat I have ever sailed!"

Caroline

"I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for a great week aboard Inspire.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous about spending the best part of week on board a boat with three people I'd never met, as well as being a bit nervous about some of the tasks as crew on a boat - especially hopping off with the lines!
 
However, Rich did a great job at putting everyone at ease and creating an atmosphere which made the learning interesting and fun.   I feel like a learnt a huge amount and it was beneficial to be on the course with the Day Skipper pupils as I was able to watch and learn some of what they were required to do.   It was also very good of Urban Truant to arrange for the Americas Cup events to coincide with our course - it was fantastic to see the boats at such close quarters!
 
I finally sussed the clove hitch and the fear of hopping off with the lines has gone.   I came on the course so that I would feel confident that I knew what to do from my own knowledge rather than being asked to do a task.   This week has without a doubt achieved that aim and has been a good laugh into the bargain.
 
I've already recommended Urban Truant to two of my colleagues at work and would happily do so to anyone looking for a very high quality training, with a level of comfort (own cabin, great food) that you wouldn't normally have."

Terry

"Thanks for a great course last week. We did have some excellent sailing and great opportunity to put training and instructing into practice.

I was very pleased choosing Urban Truant in so many ways.  Firstly, as I mentioned, I found the website attractive and easy to use when booking the course and found no problems with the on-line teaching and test you sent me. The modern office and classroom compliment well the image you set out in the website.  The boat was in good order and clean when I boarded and ,despite cold weather, we were able to stay warm and dry all week thanks to the heaters on board.  The quality and quantity of food was very good and easy to prepare and, the nice touch of adding some beer and a bottle of wine, went down very well.

The quality of teaching from Richard goes without saying.  His approach and support from our constant questioning never distracted him from the job in hand.  His level of experience and  instructing ability was so evident and gave us a good idea of what's required, often with  a bit of a step change highlighting the standard required.  He also have that nice balance of not just being a good instructor but someone who, because of his experience, is an interesting guy to talk to over a beer."

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