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Power boat 2
Great experience. Top quality ribs nd equipment used for training. Plenty of time spent out on the water with a very knowledgeable and competent instructor - Brian. Will be going back to Solent Boat Training for my level 3 power boat and yacht master course.
23/10/2019 13:10:37
Day Skipper Practical - Excellent
Just completed Day Skipper Practical with SBT. Really impressed with all aspects of the contact I’ve had with these guys right from the start. Firstly they are reasonably priced (and run courses regularly throughout the year. The joining instructions were detailed and told you everything you need to know in advance and what you need to take etc. After arriving at the office and being issued with good quality fowl weather gear we met the rest of the students (2 comp crew and another day skipper), meaning there were 5 on the boat. Our skipper - Paul was very knowledgeable although he did have this annoying habit of every now and then turning into some kind of pop quiz master and asking strange questions about balls and horns! Top tip - study you markes, lights, sounds and shapes!! Seriously though, the instruction was very effective and well presented on a level that made it easy to understand for everyone and was easily absorbed. The style of instruction was spot on for the crew profile we had. Paul was very good and pointing out errors in a way that was constructive and helpful and allowed you an opportunity to learn from them. Spent lots of time sailing around the Solent in some good winds and able to cover off everything with enough time to re visit and practice anything we needed to. The yachts are well looked after and well equipped. Probably some of the better sail training /charter boats I’ve been on. Really good week with lots of fun and laughs, but learned loads. Very impressed with SBT, Paul and all the team. Will certainly recommend them to anyone thinking of sail training. Thanks for great week
19/10/2019 13:14:30
Powerboat 2 Course, Great instructor and course
I had a greqat time on this course I had limited knowledge and found the course very interesting informative, whilst being fun too. The instructor (Dom) made sure that even though the weather was not the best we got the most out of the course by changing the days around a bit. I will be back again for both Day Skipper theory and Advanced powerboat courses. Overall a great course at a great price. Cant recommend highly enough.
19/10/2019 13:12:54
Comp Crew (5 days) - Phenomenal for newbies
Went into this course with no prior knowledge of sailing, nor experience! But with the help of our amazing instructor (Paul) and all his extensive knowledge, I managed to learn the basics and become a useful crew member in merely days The crew mixture was carefully planned by the training centre with a 50/50 split of comp crew members and day skippers and worked brilliantly, allowing both sides to bounce everything they've learned so far off one another and coordinate the vessel we trained on as a team. The experience was great and I really felt like I learned a lot. Our instructor made sure to push us hard, but kept us smiling, all while we faced strong winds and rough waves out on the solent. Absolutely recommend this course to anyone with an interest in sailing
16/10/2019 13:16:06
Comp Crew/ Day Skipper week
Fantastic week with a great instructor (Paul) and crew. Had been a little worried about the weather in October. However was put totally at ease with Pauls mass of knowledge, understanding and guidance. Couldn't have asked for more. The split of 2 comp crew and 2 day skippers worked really well, allowing us to learn from them and have enough to keep us all busy. Thank you for a great week! It was emotional! Will be back soon :) T
15/10/2019 13:19:33
5d Day Skipper Training
Thanks for 5 days intensive day skipper practical training, expertly delivered by Paul with a depth of knowledge and skill any salty sea dog would be in awe of. The mix of 2 skipper and 2 crew was a perfect balance to learn from each other as Paul pushed us to our limits, whilst keeping it fun. Our progression and development was measured in the widening smiles of our achievements though out the week. Incredible journeys start here. Want to challenge yourself as day skipper or competent crew, book yourself in, you won't regret it! Andrew H
15/10/2019 13:18:17
Jim L
Amazing week doing Day Skipper practical. Very challenging conditions but amazing fun with a fantastic crew on board. Paul (instructor) showed incredible patience and humour whilst passing a mere fraction of his vast boating know-how on. Would certainly recommend and couldn't fault. Jim
14/10/2019 13:21:57
One Day Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance Course A+
I've been sailing for years but although I thought i had a handle on engine maintenance I still learnt a lot from this course. I couldn't fault the day, the training given and the facilities were excellent. The day shot by as the trainer kept us all engaged.
14/10/2019 13:20:40
Leisurely day on the water
Matthew and his crew are friendly and enthusiastic. You can get involved with the sailing or just sit back and relax, or a bit of both. Tasty selection for lunch!
13/10/2019 13:23:23
Excellent courses
I have just finished a third course with Solent Boat Training. The day skipper course this week was fabulous. The quality of the tuition, the standard of the boat and equipment, and the overall atmosphere and friendliness experienced made for an excellent week. Previously on a mile-building trip, and a competent crew trip, I was similarly impressed.
12/10/2019 13:24:36
Diesel engine course
Good training course following the RYA syllabus with a few extra nuggets thrown in to boot. The classroom facilities are good enough and the price also met the mark and expectation level. Shamrock quay marina offers free parking and there is also an EV charging point if you have gone electric in your car.
11/10/2019 13:37:12
Great course, great people
I did the 5-day 'Competent Crew' course with Solent Boat Training (SBT), having never sailed before. This is the course required before Day Skipper Theory and then Day Skipper Practical, at which point one is able to charter yachts anywhere. It is an intensive course, packed with information, and living on the boat (although there are evening visits to the various marinas). My instructor was a lady named Steph and she was absolutely terrific: an extremely good sailor, of course, but whose expertise did not preclude her from being enormously patient and imparting her immense knowledge with extraordinary charm and good grace (despite many early mistakes by those she was teaching). The boat itself was great for learning to sail, quick but sturdy (Bavaria 38), and the food on board was actually extremely good, as was the accommodation. I am back to the Day Skipper Theory thing shortly, which I have also booked with SBT, as I will all subsequent phases of my training, as SBT is truly excellent, I could not recommend it highly enough.
11/10/2019 13:36:08
Full on but great fun
There was a lot of very useful and interesting information packed into a day but it was made very enjoyable by the instructors we had. As we’d had a previous course it was free for us and we only paid for the exam. Fantastic value.
11/10/2019 13:34:34
Highly Recommend Powerboat Level 2 Course
I took the L2 Powerboat course- the instructor, Chris, was incredibly diligent and patient, adapting to the different needs and ability levels on our boat. The facilities, kit provided (waterproofs) and boat were actually in very impressive condition. In addition, I stayed on the 49' sailing yacht provided within the cost of the course and this was more than enough for my needs. Would also be great for couples or families. All in all- this was a great course, really sociable and was I thought, great value. I looked to do similar in the US and it was seemingly double the price at least. Great course!
11/10/2019 13:32:59
Attended RYA Powerboat Intermediate Course
The trainer and team were very knowledgable and experienced with a friendly delivery promoting easy learning.
11/10/2019 13:30:31
Excellent competent crew course
A great week sailing around Southampton Water & The Solent in variable weather with the most patient instructor possible. I learnt loads and had lots of fun in the process. Highly recommended.
11/10/2019 13:28:38
Brilliant week
I recently completed the day skipper course with Solent Boat Training. Our instructor Steph was an excellent teacher, the boat was well maintained and I had a really enjoyable week. I would highly recommend Solent Boat Training to anyone. Many thanks to everyone involved.
11/10/2019 13:27:22
Great training course in testing conditions!
The training course was excellent, I highly recommend SBT and will use them again for further training. Thanks.
11/10/2019 13:26:07
Excellent training
Was very impressed with quality of training and instructor (Chris). Instructions were very accurate and accomodation was great,just need to remember excellent toilets are available on the marina only. Very limited number of participants made the training focussed and valuable. Thanks SBT, want to come back for more.
08/10/2019 13:52:21
Excellent two days
The training delivered by Paul was excellent. He had a very engaging approach which helped get the best from the me during the course. Excellent facilities and a perfect balance of classroom and hands learning. No hesitation in recommending.
03/10/2019 13:54:36

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