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Shearwater Sailing School

Woolverstone Marina, on the River Orwell, Suffolk

Dear Tom/Mark


Many thanks for operating an excellent and enjoyable weekend course.

I was very impressed with your teaching style, Tom and your calm and efficient way of handling a diverse bunch of students..


I was surprised how much I learnt despite having sailed all my life!

It was very instructive being made to pre plan each manoeuvre and give the rest of the crew clear instructions before starting - a fault of mine which my wife has been pointing out to me for years!


Thanks again for an excellent weekend.




John Williams (ICC, March 2017)

I had a first class training week with Tom and Mark - Highly recommended and a wonderful sail to Brightlingsea and back.


Oli - Day Skipper March 2017

Ho, well, we had a REALLY great time. I said to Bev she instructs without appearing to instruct, it’s an art; you find yourself just doing it!


The kids were getting stuck in and Françoise did loads of things and all really well,  calmly, like she’d been doing it for ages. My problem now, going to have to spend some money on a boat!  


Kids looking at doing DS theory too!


Yup, the progression is palpable, very grateful to you and all at Shearwater.


Five very satisfied customers!


Kindest Patrick (Day Skipper and family sail April 2017)

Very enjoyable weekend ICC training with Tom and co,

I'd nearly forgotten how good it is to be on the water!


Nick (ICC Weekend April 2017)

Hi Mark


We had a fabulous day. Tom is a credit to the company. He impressed everyone with his easy company, great teaching style and ability to instill confidence in the greenest of sailors.


Mike - Family day sail before a Med sailing holiday - June 2017

Hi Mark,


I wanted to mention how much I enjoyed and thought how well the VHF course was presented. Further more I also wanted to highlight the amount of knowledge and experience I gained from the Day Skipper course, it is very difficult to find an instructor who has the time and patience to teach a wide range of experience and produce an efficient and effective crew. The whole experience has increased my confidence and I can't thank you enough, it has given me the boost to look forward to future courses and improve my sailing ability.

Once again thank you.


Brian. 6 Day Course Sailing to London and Return - June 2017

Hi Mark,


I just wanted to say thanks for what was a brilliant course. Vernon was a real inspiration,  a great instructor, very calm disposition and genuinely nice chap too. I will certainly be looking to do some more training with you.

Mark S (DS Course July 2017)


Good morning Mark

Our sincere thanks again for a fun and informative weekend excursion.  The core values of Shearwater were transferred under the full glory of the Suffolk sun.

Kindest regards

Oli - Family weekend sail June 2017

Hi Mark


Just a quick note of thanks for a fantastic week aboard Shanti II. The course was great, and Bev was a fantastic instructor. She really understood the strengths of each of us after just a few hours together and put together a really well thought through week of training (and fun!), that stretched each of our abilities perfectly. I'm amazed at the progress I made in such a short space of time and very happy to have earned my day skippers ticket. Please do send on my thanks to her.


All the best

Jeremy (Day Skipper, Aug 2017)

Hi Mark,


It was an absolute pleasure to meet you last weekend on my Day Skipper course. Thank you very much for your hospitality and letting me stay on board both Fridays. I am very impressed by your sailing school and the way the course is taught. I am also very impressed with Tom's instructing skills. He is a natural! It was a great experience and more importantly great fun and I will definitely be looking to come back early next year to further my knowledge and get more sailing experience. I think my wife Amanda may also be interested in coming along for a Competent Crew course.


Thanks again and look forward to seeing Shanti II again very soon.




Day Skipper Oct 2017

Hi Mark


Firstly I'd like to say a massive thank you for making us welcome from the onset, you created a friendly atmosphere from the start and made everyone feel at ease. The friendly atmosphere and your approachable personality made for a thoroughly enjoyable course, it felt like a holiday with a bit work.


We thoroughly enjoyed sailing with you and wouldn't hesitate in taking on the next level of courses with you and Tom and also would not hesitate in recommending Shearwater Sailing School to anyone wanting to learn to sail.

Thank you also for showing us the local area for us to sail and for all the helpful tips, much appreciated.

I honestly look forward to the next time we can get out on the water with you so in the meantime if ever you need an additional crewman let me know.




Chris & Sarah (Oct 2017 Day Skipper and Comp Crew)

Hi Mark,


I enjoyed the Day Skipper course immensely and it has really boosted my confidence with handling a yacht and navigation.  Tom is a first class instructor who maintained a really fun atmosphere on the boat while delivering a professional and safe course and sharing his knowledge and experience.


Chris - Day skipper Oct 2017

Tom & Mark,


A quick note of thanks for all the tuition, patience and professional advice that allowed me to earn my Day Skipper ticket. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.



Steven. November 2017

Hi Mark Just completed the day skipper course in August 2017. I just wanted to let you know what a great job you guys do .Bev was a fantastic teacher and we completed the course with a great sense of achievement.The mixture of fun incorporated in the learning was a fantastic combination. I thank you very much and look forward to sailing in the Med !!!!! Best regards Mark.


Thanks Mark