I had some previous sailing experience and even an ocean voyage but was many years ago, I was hesitant about doing the course from the crew certificate stage but I went ahead and I completed the 5 day crew course in July 2010.
It was a great experience and well worth the money and defiantly learnt a lot of valuable information and experience and had a great time in beautiful Thailand while doing the course, the instructors Captn Tim and Chris where very experienced and enthusiastic at passing on their knowledge.
Also the Gulf of Thailand has a wide range of sailing conditions with a major port, all types of navigation markers & an international shipping lane to experience.....Can't wait to go back to do the rest of the courses.
I just joined the weekend racing in the Selangor yacht club (Maylasia) and you won't believe it, I was so welcome by the skipper after we completed the race (we won the race with free beer and fried chicken wing), really have to say thank you to all your theory and practical training in Ocean Marina and in Ko Samui regatta. they were very impressed and the first thing after we berthed the yacht is, the skipper came to me and asked for my mobile and email address, and booked me for the next weekend race...
If your looking for an IYT accredited sailing school with a touch of adventure, check this one out. Knowledgeable and seasoned instructors, potential to sail a great variety of boats (I learnt on a 32' Beneteau, 38'Fountaine catamaran, 42'Jeanneau, up to a 52' Wharram!) Throw in anything from 10 - 30knots of wind and you're having fun. The instructors are very knowledgeable and experienced. I was able to complete all three courses to bareboat captain and each course was well planned, informative and fun. We spent just enough time in the classroom to understand the material, but best of all we had great practical lessons while sailing in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. Recommended.
I wanted thank you again on Sunday after our return for all of the guidance and experience you shared with me during the four days spent on the water... my best regards and respect for all the experiences and "tutoring" you have provided me over the last couple of years - I look forward to even more advanced nautical education gained from you in the near future and onwards...
Cheers, Greg J.
Having never been on a sailing yacht before, attending your IYT Bare Boat Skipper training was a vital decision for me. Now, since I have learned all the necessary and important basics I feel ready and confident to go out sailing and to gain experience. The IYT Bare Boat Skipper Certificate was for me the "entry-ticket" to the international sailing community. Thank you very much for your professional training.
I attended for three one week sessions split over two years under two different captains. My feeling was that the experience was worth the money and the instruction was free. I also returned for an overnight mile builder. Probably I will return again for more sailing experience. Thailand may be the best place in the world to sail. It is difficult to rate the instruction, because I have only been to Gulf Charters, however, I don't know what they could have done to make it better....
I took my flotilla skipper, bareboat skipper and vhf all together.
I have been working at sea for over 25 years. Man and boy so to speak. I elected to get as much done as possible. at the time Gulf Charters were just starting out. their enthusiasm, commitment to students, understanding and ability to impart the experience of the ages are a tribute to the professionalism with which they regard what they are working to achieve. so many establishments around the world pursue the sausage machine approach. suck em in, churn them through and take the money.
Gulf Charters and its dedicated staff demonstrated the patience of joab since they believed that it was in their interest that their students were the best. A pleasure to recommend them. as a result of their time patience and commitment i have gone on to complete my Master of Yachts S/Y Commercial 200GRT qualifications with 7 East Yachts in Antibes. the success of which is in no small part attributable to the buys at Gulf Charters.
I am a 62 year old lifelong powerboater and budding sailor. The training at Gulf Charters helped me both with Power boating and of course sailing terminology and techniques. The two things that impressed me were (1) Everything was explained with a why, including a range of risks, proper planning and responses. (2)Learning to sail in the Gulf of Thailand was just plain cool.
Gulf charters runs a professional operation and while I have not been able to take advantage of the join in cruises, they have a good network programs to build sailing time while having a very good time with like minded people. As an expat working in Singapore, I kicked myself for not having gone over much earlier. It very economical and easy to get to the school.