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Patrick and Libby Allaway - Oyster 545
"Being new to sailing Neil has provided my family and I with invaluable sailing, navigation, safety, and operation of equipment knowledge and support. Neil is an excellent coach with considerable experience, knowledge, and attention to detail providing significant confidence to manage the boat in all conditions. He has done an outstanding job in helping me with the specification for my new Oyster 545. I highly recommend Neil and his team at Above and Beyond Boating both for training and boat management. Neil is very passionate and takes enormous care to ensure he provides an outstanding service""
 Rob Aldis - Azzure 46
Completed the Mentor Program to prepare to sail to the Whitsundays, race at Hamilton Island and sail back single handed....he was even running kites most days!
Jon and Sarah Linton - Dehler 46
"I can honestly say that I would not be using or enjoying my yacht Llama nearly as much as l do now without his help and guidance. Llama is my 1st yacht and working with Neil has massively increased my knowledge and sailing ability. Most importantly his constant focus on safety has given me great confidence when taking family and friends out to sea allowing everyone to spend more time enjoying owning a boat. I cannot emphasise the value of working with Neil and the ABB team highly enough."
Jeremy Gormly SC
Senior Counsel & Mediator
"Neil's company Above and Beyond Boating provides a great training service. He is very easy to spend a day with in training, you get great training and you will never feel ripped off. He is keen to provide a good service to his clients and he does. If you want good training or vessel management, see Above and Beyond Boating. We have been grateful for an excellent service.
Grant Rollerson
Implementation Consultant
"As a sailor who's cracked the podium at World Champs in SB20, 18 & 14-foot skiffs, won Cowes Week in IRC1 & Extreme 40s and been in boats since overnighters with the folks on Lake Rotoiti as a 5-year-old... I'm here to thank Neil for teaching me the many previously unknown facets of the Yachtmaster program. Highly recommend Neil to all sailors regardless of standard"
Mary Bickley
Hanse Brand Manager, Team Windcraft
"Our boat owners who have and do use Neil's services speak very highly of him. They are delighted with the results and high level of ongoing service. I am very happy to recommend Above & Beyond"
Neil recently led my team of 6 crew through a 3-hour Man Overboard class and each one of us learned heaps. Well worth it! Neil's teaching style and professionalism is first class. His practical knowledge is invaluable, and combined with excellent coaching skills and helpful personality, I wouldn't recommend going anywhere else for coaching and advice in advancing your boating needs.
Toni Fox

I have done a lot of sail-boat racing in my life in various countries. Neil put this experience into a coherent framework with a disciplined approach to trip planning and anticipation increasing my confidence and competence. I cannot recommend him too highly to anyone who really wants to learn full on salt-water navigation.

Philip Grove

The Yacht Master Theory course with Above and Beyond Boating was fabulous! Neil is a great teacher; he made the course enjoyable and the whole learning process was very well supported. Neil also provided support in preparing to go cruising for the first time - very practical and reliable in advice and support. Highly recommend!

Jennie Fogarty
After a few failed solo attempts at birthing we reached out to Neil at Above and Beyond for some needed training. He took us through step by step of the birthing process and guiding us through on how to feel comfortable with our yacht and the steering process. as well as effectively controlling the boat in different scenarios. After a 3 hour session we feel incredibly comfortable with birthing our boat, as well as steering in general. Thanks so much!
Henry Quennell
"Highly Recommend"

Neil instructed me on achieving my Yachmaster Offshore Shorbased Certificate. Fantastic tuition. Highly recommend Neil for this course and all his offerings. Gives you peace of mind on the water.

Mark Wharton

A great learning experience. Neil really knows his stuff and I'd recommend Above & Beyond Boating to anyone wanting to build their sailing knowledge.

James King
"Well worth both time and money"

You don't know what you don't know! The 90 minute Man Overboard course highlighted a number of safety aspects and the practical, hands on approach let us all appreciate how challenging real situation would be. Off to upgrade my life-jacket now too. Highly recommend.

Karyn Gojnich
"Excellent safety & general sail training & maritime advice"

ABB can be highly recommended as a perfect place for beginner sailors, but also for more experienced sailors who need to brush up on sail handling, boat handling and general marine safety including radio and man overboard procedures. Neil has a great reputation as a knowledgable and highly experienced sailor who has a patient and calm demeanour.

"Beyond Yachtmaster was beyond expectations"

Neil assembled a brilliant team to deliver an entertaining and informative day for those people who have completed their Yachtmaster theory with Above And Beyond Boating. The practical demonstration of the asymmetric kite provided me with a fistful of useful tips. A highlight was the exquisite food prepared with the simple facilities you could expect to have on your yacht. Delicious! Having some of our fellow Sailors share their ocean-crossing experiences was valuable and delivered with humour and humility. The remaining sessions being offered will be a must. Thanks Neil and team for taking us beyond Yachtmastery.

Rex O'Rourke

I participated in Neils sea safety course prior to the 2015 Hobart race. I found the course to be extremely thorough and professionally presented, particularly the on- water and pool sessions where we were required to replicate retrieval drills with a life size and weighted 'dummy'. I experienced the reality and the complexities of dealing with life safety and life saving situations first hand, which was invaluable. I wholeheartedly recommend Above and Beyond Boating to anyone considering venturing offshore.

Stephen Ellis
"EXCELLENT Yachting Australia Sea Safety and Survival Course

I undertook this course in the lead up to the Sydney to Hobart race - and it was worth every minute / cent! Neil is an approachable instructor, facilitates practical and theory content professionally (without making it dry!), and provided relevant follow up with course resources. The Man Overboard workshop was an eye opener: it's very helpful to put theories into practise, to figure out exactly what can go wrong, and learn how to prevent tragic accidents. I felt much more mentally prepared for the RSHYR after the two day workshop, and was pleased by how many of the theories / skills I put into practise during the race. Neil did a great job differentiating the content so that everyone was able to apply it to their own agendas: cruising, offshore racing, experts, skippers, crew and novices.

Katherine F
"Amazing Instructor & Fun Sailing"

Neil is one of the best sailing instructors that I have ever had the privilege of sailing with. I have sailed with Neil many times over several years and he has never failed to make learning to sail fun, safe and exciting. Neil has guided me through all the phases of sailing (as well as power boating), from my first days on the water to multi-day trips to trans-Atlantic crossings. There is no one I trust more on a boat.

Seth Mandell
Great course! We learned so much especially as it was all practical which is the best way to learn. Neil is very knowledgable with good stories relating to his experience. Made you really think about safety in a new light. Highly recommended.
Judy Readman
Neil runs a fantastic training for cruisers and racers alike. His passion for safety at sea is evident and he espouses knowledge and shares his vast experience making the training relevant and experiential where possible. I would definitely recommend Neil and Above and Beyond Boating to all yachties.
Emily McCutcheon
Neil's Safety at Sea course was terrific. I learned an alarming amount about safety at sea that I was alarmingly unaware of for 40 years
Simon Ford
Neil is very approachable and has a great attention to detail when working. He made everything more enjoyable but kept it professional at the same time. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Simon Matthews
Neil supplied me with an excellent a mix of theory and onboard coaching to pass the RYA Yachtmaster. This was tailored to my unusual situation as an experienced sailor, but with no prior sailing qualifications. Neil added great practical insights to the standard YM syllabus and was a most effective teacher and coach.
Mike Carroll
Neil worked for some time as the captain of Oyster 56-59 Amanzi. He ran a well maintained and nicely presented vessel. He was also well regarded by his crew.
Eddie Scougall
Neil helped me refine my handling of my 40 foot power boat and also put me through my radio license. I found Neil to be punctual, professional, extremely knowledgable and easy to get along with. His instructions and coaching were clear and greatly helped improve my driving skills. I would recommend Neil to anyone.
Simon Wetzlar