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Great 2-days theory.  Monty was consummate professional throughout, which made it so much easier be use he had an obvious enthusiasm for the subjects he was teaching . . . . ‘did we make it fun’ in one word ABSOLUTELY. I really enjoyed the theory and it made it such a wonderful experience because everyone was so kind and helpful.  I would definitely recommend the school.

Alan Stewart
Day Skipper Plus
I just wanted to give some feedback and let you know my son Adam enjoyed the Sailing and nautical info on your page, https://www.mendezmarine.co.uk/links/ . He recently did a project about the British navy, and the age of discovery, and learned quite a bit about sea-faring and ship building. It really got him hooked! He’s been doing quite a bit of research during his computer free time- he had mentioned your page a few times, and I thought you’d be glad to hear!
Adam has struggled to find hobbies and subjects that interest him lately, so I was thrilled when he expressed an interest in Sailing and boating!
We are going to get him some lessons in the spring hopefully, but He wanted to send you a note and suggest an article to share on your page about various knots that are helpful for any sailor to know, https://www.hmy.com/a-scouts-guide-to-boating-knots , which he really enjoyed. I thought it was a really neat article, and was hoping you  might be able to include it on your page? I would love to show him he could contribute another cool nautical article!
Thanks again for encouraging Adam’s interest in the high seas! Hope you enjoy the article, and if you end up being able to include it, please let me know! Happy New Year, and hope to speak again soon.
Adam fuller
Website information

” I contacted Vanessa and Paul, as I’m on my pathway to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, and asked them to help me with my development. From the outset they have been nothing but supportive and have taken the time to see me as an individual. Recently we completed my first Qualifying Passages cross channel to Guernsey and back (210 Nm) as part of their ‘Motor Cruising Mile Building’ product on their 37ft Princess. So many learning opportunities along the way and lots to take onto my next week long mile building package in February. For any budding YMO’s out there, Mendez Marine is the place to do your training!”

Tim P
Mile Builder

Many thanks for your help (Vanessa) yesterday on board and for Paul throughout the week making my stay as comfortable as possible!! It was a great day and finished today also especially great knowing I passed my yachtmaster 😁

I seriously enjoyed the week and the exam also which is strange because exams usually end up being really nerve racking but I managed to keep my cool and succeed in passing 😁😁 super happy.

Mat Norman
YM Prep and Exam

From the very get-go of this course: the email and phone interactions before it began, I have experienced nothing but positive encounters. The staff were friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming and the service provided by Mendez Marine was efficient and of a very high quality from start to finish.

Monty was a fabulous and thorough teacher, and made the course really fun. He (and Paul!) were fantastic teachers throughout the course – at all times I felt confident, reassured, and in safe hands. I feel as though I learnt quickly, and that’s because of the quality of teaching provided.

Cecily Warner
Day skipper Practical

“Excellent instruction, Sharon was patient and explained everything well. RIB was in good condition and well maintained.”

Sonja
RYA Powerboat Level 2

“Amazing Time, Amazing everything.”

Annabel
RYA Powerboat Level 2

Had the pleasure of a days tuition yesterday with Mendez Marine and was lucky enough to have the man himself doing the tuition. Jon was superb, and has now given me the confidence to helm my newly acquired T40! He even had my wife taking the boat up the marina and turning it around, which is something I never thought she would do!

I had the misfortune of being given poor advice when my T40 was delivered by being told to use the central helm and the sticks which is why I was not confident with what I was doing. It was yesterdays tuition with Jon that showed me just how manoeuvrable my boat is with my stern thrusting outdrives. Absolutely brilliant stuff and 10/10 to Jon and Mendez Marine.

Jonathan
Own Boat Tuition

Just to say a big thanks to Keiran for his great attitude and attention to detail with boat handling. Also to Jules for putting us at ease during the exam. We had trying conditions but I enjoyed the week, start to finish. Great team.

Many thanks, Simon…

Simon
RYA Yachtmaster Conversion

Another very good session with Kieran last Friday, despite the weather and malfunctioning bow thruster just at the end of the day when the wind was strongest !!

I got a lot out of the day and Claire did amazingly well under Kierans tuition. He was very calm and helped her gain loads of confidence.

James
Own Boat Tuition

I have been very impressed with all aspects of the course run by Mendez Marine and my instructor Kieran. The course from start to finish has been a great experience, positive in every way. I felt informed, safe and I think the knowledge passed on exceeded the syllabus. I will definitely be continuing my boating education and would be very happy to entrust my further education to the staff at Mendez Marine.

Paul
RYA Powerboat Level 2

Boat fantastic, instruction great! Made to feel very welcome and nothing has been a hassle. Facilities more than adequate.

Matthew
RYA Yachtmaster Prep

Great instruction, facilities and equipment! Jon was really patient and helpful – thank you!

Jodie
RYA Powerboat Instructor

Julie is a great instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Has the ability to make things simple. I was made to feel at home and everything is kept to a clean standard.

Matthew
RYA Yachtmaster Prep

We were delighted to have Jon come on our own boat as an instructor. Not only is he a good companion to have as crew he is also a gifted instructor who enabled us to achieve more than we thought possible. He also taught us a lot about our boat that we had not already discovered. This was definitely money well spent, and even enjoyed!

Keith
Own Boat Tuition

I wanted to take a moment to just say how incredibly impressed I am with the quality of training. Steve is an absolute credit to your business, I was extremely nervous about the practical because I had struggled so much doing the theory work, but Steves relaxed and fun way of teaching meant that from the moment I met him I felt at ease and able to enjoy every minute thoroughly. I will definitely be continuing my training with yourself and also plan to do a couple of charter days so that I can continue to develop.

Andrew
Day Skipper Practical

Hi Jon, Just to say thank you to you and Julie for three brilliant days, me and boys have realy enjoyed everything and have gained so much confidence.

On board now are two very made up kids and a very proud dad.

Thanks again!

Nafe
Own Boat Tuition - Fairline Targa 47

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Day Skipper course – not even the duff weather yesterday could change that, although I’m very glad it wasn’t raining when we did the night passage.

Motala is a lovely craft and was most comfortable to stay on. She is also a very forgiving even when there is a total plonker at the helm!! The food and facilities provided were all top notch. And I can’t heap enough praise on Pete – he really made the whole experience great fun, interesting and the learning easy to absorb.

So all in all 10 out of 10 for this.

Ian
Day Skipper Practical

Thanks Jon, you removed all the fear and stress that Ruth and I were expecting. It all seemed quite daunting when we were driving down, but that soon faded away and the whole day was very enjoyable. We learnt a lot yesterday and feel we can take the boat out again and practice a little more in the harbour.

Mike
Fairline Targa 30

Bob and I participated in this training today.

We really enjoyed it: the trainer, Nick Rolf was excellent: very engaging and able to create a great learning environment on a hot, sunny Saturday [no mean feat!]

This is by far the best training on First Aid that we have attended with lots of practice and great tips for working in confined spaces on boats.

We especially appreciated joining in with the people who work at the club in various capacities.

More of the same please!

RSYC

I want to take the opportunity to thank you again for your work on my instructor evaluation last week in Ft. Lauderdale. Your skills in evaluation and instruction are excellent, and all your feedback was spot on and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your confidence in me to carry forward as an RYA instructor.

Jeff
Ft. Lauderdale

Hi Jon, it really wasn’t too much of an issue and your team are so professional that everything went smoothly.

Thank you so much to you and to everyone who has been involved with organising everything for me. Its been a wonderful experience and everyone is so helpful, nothing’s too much trouble.

I will be in touch soon as a few days chartering would be a great idea to keep practising.

Cindy

I recently purchased your RYA DVD “Boat Handling for Sportsboats and RIBs”.

I have found it very useful and informative.

Chris

Everything on the prep week was perfect, now I can use what I learnt to further my career on Sunrays/Yachting.

Thanks again!

Scott
Yachtmaster® Exam & Prep Week

We enjoyed the VHF course. A lot was familiar, but there were a couple of interesting differences. As before, Julie made it quite good fun. We’ll be back to do the radar and survival courses.

Garry
RYA VHF Course

Very many thanks for the expert tuition this evening Jon, I really appreciated it.

Mike
Own Boat Tuition

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know how pleased we where with the training we received over the last weekend. Both my wife and I had the best weekend of boating since we took up the sport some five years or so ago. A trip over to the Island for lunch was always a dream, but Peter made it a reality and showed us it was very easily accomplished with a bit of forward planning! He was a fantastic tutor, friendly, and just very good company for the two days. It was like having a mate onboard with us!

Here’s looking forward to some good weather so we can put our new knowledge to practice!

Thanks Again & Best Regards

Julian
RYA Powerboat Level 2

Just a short note to thank you and your excellent staff for a well structured event on Sunday. The clear and calm way the concept was delivered was refreshing. Please thank your staff.

Colin
Social Sunday - Holding Station

Just to say a very big “Thank You”  for today – I had a great time, learned a great deal but most of all had great fun. Will sleep well tonight after all the fresh air and sea breeze! Looking forward to the next time. Best wishes for your continued success and inspiration.

David
RYA Powerboat Instructor Course

We had an enjoyable two days with Julie. The weather was probably good for training as it gave us some interesting challenges. We are looking forward to the next two days next weekend.

Garry

A truly BIG thank you for an amazing few days, I can’t wait to get out and practice now. I’m really, really eager to try and cement in my new found knowledge and skills!

Fingers crossed the weather will improve for this coming Easter weekend.  Whatever happens have a great time and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Once again many thanks Julie for your incredible patience, encouragement and hard work over the last few days.

All the best

Gina
RYA Day Skipper Practical

Just wanted to say thank you for your time, patience and good advice yesterday.I will be reciting 1,2  1,2 in my sleep I am sure, I just need to remember to recite it when I am at the helm.

Lots of good manoeuvres and techniques for me to practice. It’s also so nice to know what Freya won’t do so that I’m not thinking that I am failing if I can’t get it to do it!

Once again many thanks

Kind regards

Ian
Own Boat Tuition

Having just completed my VHF course with Julie I had to write and say how good the training was and I wasleft feeling confident that I could use the radio in any circumstances, many thanks.

Bob
RYA VHF Course

Firstly I must say what a really great day I had with Julie today, I really enjoyed it and Julie is a lovely lady who is a great teacher and gets the point across very well, I am looking forward to my next session with Julie.

Shawn
Own Boat Tuition

Just wanted to say how much we thoroughly enjoyed our two day intermediate course, and Steve was excellent. It did everything it said on the tin.

Please give our thanks to Steve for putting up with us for 2 days!

Thank you

Anne & Len
RYA Intermediate Powerboat

A note to express our appreciation of Steve’s tutoring last weekend. He achieved more for us all than I had expected might be possible.

Please pass on our thanks and appreciation.

Magic!

Tony
RYA Intermediate Powerboat - Own Boat

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