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