Here is some of the more recent feedback we have received from our students.
Courses Made Life Easy
I did the course, got my ocean YachtMaster week before last. The shore based courses I did with you really made my life so easy, although there was still plenty more to learn.
I'm down in the south of France seeing if I can get a job on a yacht.
I can't say enough about your courses the content is spot on, the notes for the ocean stuff were great in preparing for my ocean oral.
Colm Keenan June 2012
Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore is a step up
I really enjoyed this course - I found it fascinating and I was always eager to move on to the next part. I quickly realised that the marking was more severe than on the Day Skipper course and this meant that the attention to detail had to be more precise. This is only a comment, not a criticism.
The key point for me was the importance of your comments in the marking. Whilst I felt that I had understood the course lectures, my first attempts at most of the exercises were disappointing. I felt the need to resubmit several of the answers to confirm that the "penny had now dropped" second time around. In particular, this showed the value of the practice chartwork exercise before the actual chartwork exam. I got all the tides wrong due to not checking my previous work first. Your "wake-up call" helped me to do much better in the actual chartwork exam. I just hope that I have now retained the information.
Many thanks once again to you and also to Marion for your rapid response and patience throughout the course.
Steven Greenwood May 2012
Prompt and Thorough Feedback
That´s great Peter, thanks to you and Marion for the excellent learning material you have created and the prompt and very thorough marking throughout.
Angus McIntosh April 2012
Good Material and well Explained
Getting the marking back online the next day worked well. The CD was good to use. the material was good and some of the more difficult concepts were well explained. I've really enjoyed doing the course and I'll do another one one day. Thanks very much!
Susan Heron March 2012
That Personal Touch
Thank you very much for putting up with me and helping me over this course. Although it may not show I did learn quite a lot and will continue to try to use and improve the skills this course has given me. This was a very interesting and at time frustrating course but over all I'd have to say I did enjoy it. Again thank you for your patience.
Greig Carroll February 2012
Help and Support
Thanks for all the help you & Marion gave me it was much appreciated. I got my cert this morning. Attached is the feedback form. I will defo recommend you to anyone that needs to do this course & I will be doing future courses with you.
Clare Hickey January 2012
Sructure and Flexibility
A big thank you, for your support and guidance over the last 12 months. I thought the course was well structured and the flexibility of distance learning enabled me to fit the studying around a busy home / work life. I would definitely recommend Tiller to others.
Nigel Hosking December 2011
Dreams or Nightmares?
Peter, Thank you, I am relieved and happy(to have passed the exams). I see secondary ports and cyclonic depressions in my sleep the last 2 weeks and I’m not joking!
I think it was really worth it this course, I’ve learned many things and mostly not so much hard facts, as the right attitude to some things.
I can’t imagine how somebody would do this course in 5 days in a classroom, it’s simply too much to really sink in in 5 days, I’m glad I did this course at Tiller.
Dimitri Liaos September 2011
Comprehensive, Clear and Well Set Out
Thank you. I have enjoyed doing this course and have learned quite a bit from it. I thought the course material was very comprehensive, clear and well set out, and had the right balance of theory and practical advice. I will certainly recommend it to others thinking of doing their Yachtmaster qualification.
Thank you too for your helpful comments along the way.
Jeff Llewellyn August 2011
The whole course was very well broken down in to little steps.
I was very satisfied with the course and will not hesitate to recommand it to other persons.
Andreas Sekinger - June 2011
Easy to follow and plenty of back up.
Many thanks for sending my marked papers through and for my pass certificate which I was delighted to receive!
I just thought I’d send you a quick e-mail to say that I enjoyed doing the course, albeit it took me a bit longer to get through than I originally estimated, and would recommend it to anyone who, like me, struggles to find time to do a 5 day residential type course. I found all the course material was excellent and very easy to follow, with plenty of back up via the website and would certainly consider doing further courses this way in the future. Best of all I still have it all for future reference as I printed out each section and have kept it in a folder along with my exercises and revision notes!
Martin Barnes - June 2011
Some students just come back for more and more. You will see earlier comments from Andrei below
Great quality lectures and accompanying material. The lecture on anchoring and scope in small depths was a real eye-opener. Also, despite trying, I could not remember the individual types of clouds before reading the Tiller weather lecture. I also liked that you had included revision lectures, although I did not need to use them. I would wholeheartedly recommend Tiller courses.
Andrei Badea - April 2011
Comprehensive and Most Stimulating
I found that all aspects of the course were comprehensive and most stimulating to work through. It was thoroughly enjoyable.
I believe that material presented is finely honed and readily learnt with excellent worked examples and questions throughout the lecture notes.
Robert Akielan March 2011
In a Different League
I thought the written course material excellent - I particularly liked the frequent questions to make sure I grasped the issues as I read. Further, the examples were not simply theoretical, but relevant to what I might experience in real sailing situations - and therefore far more valuable than many more theoretical books on the subjects. The outstanding lectures, to me, were those on Weather (Part 2) and Passage Planning, with their host of local examples. I expect to refer to them again and again. Compared to the company I took my Day Skipper shorebased with, your course is in a different league and I'd have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
I look forward to my Radar and First Aid courses with you later this year - and to putting my new-found knowledge into play over 2011 and beyond. I may be back for the Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased in due course!
David Milne - Feb 2011
On Passing the Exams
That is great news. Thank you.
I have been thoroughly impressed by my Tiller experience and would definitely recommend studying with you to others. In case it is of any use, feel free to use some or all of the attached feedback on PR material...
I was a little wary of doing a correspondence course at first and only opted for this when I couldn’t find any classroom based courses with dates that suited me. In retrospect, I am delighted that I chose this path as I am convinced I have learned (and will remember) more this way.
This was the first time that I have studied using distance learning and it is definitely not an easy option (you still need to do all the work!). However, having wisely followed the advice given in the Tiller course guide on how to plan and undertake my study, I comfortably completed the course in the timescales I was targeting.
The strengths of the Tiller course for me:
· Frequent questions throughout the lectures self-tested my knowledge and understanding and left me well prepared for the course and exam papers. There is no option to sit quietly in the classroom during lectures letting others answer all the questions for you.
· The materials were all excellent: written in a very amenable and straightforward way, clearly based on Tiller’s experience of knowing the areas where people can struggle or get confused.
· All the extra materials on the CD outside of the lectures were great additions and I used most of them at some point including: slide deck presentation, web links, additional papers, on-line CollRegs self-test.
· The marking of course and exam papers was very prompt (far quicker than I was expecting) and balanced encouragement with clear advice on areas for improvement.
· Any questions throughout the course were responded to in a promptly, friendly and clear way.
A very happy student looking forward to applying it all on my practical course next week.
Simon Close - December 2010
Depth of Knowledge
Hi Tiller Folks,
I took my Yachtmaster exam last month. I went initially for the Coastal, but after a few days at a ‘prep school’, the instructor put me forward for Offshore. The examiner on the day was very happy with my depth of theory, and so passed me with far less ‘probing’ than the others in my group were subjected to.
I think this must be testament to the quality of your YM theory course, as this has pretty much been my main source of ‘book knowledge’.
So, thanks very much, it turned out to be well worth the effort.
Jeff Adams - November 2010
The Full Set
I found the three tiller courses which I have done (day skipper, coastal skipper and finally ocean) excellent to work through as well as being very interesting and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone
I would love to be able to put it all to use some day...
Noel Kelly - September 2010
Another One Added to the Ranks?
I would just like to say what a thoroughly enjoyable weekend I had messing about in your boat. Pete is a great instructor, amiable and relaxed and carefully pointing out how to do things properly. It is so easy to forget large chunks of information just after being told it.
We were blessed with the weather and everyone got on really well together. I found that the best way to learn sailing was to stand up and do it. Sometimes I stood up and couldn't remember what to do but Pete was always there with a gentle reminder.
Competent crew next for me? Who knows? The sails still have magic in them for me.
John Roxborough - June 2010
What worked well?
- Flexibility and quick turnround time
- the backup materials were generally very useful as well
- lots of useful and very important information. I liked the checklists in the Safety module.
Emmanuael Van der Stichele - May 2010
Thank you for the great course.
Andrei Badea - April 2010
This is the second course that I have done with tiller. In both courses the standard of tuition has been excellent and I have recommended the school to other people.
Dr Mark Ashman - April 2010