Why Us

A quick note to say thanks very much for the Day Skipper Practical completion As usual, Dave Shims was the perfect instructor and tutor for the practical side. His obvious knowledge, skill and experience was apparent and everything was presented in a calm and pragmatic way. Dave is a credit to Fastack South and it is reassuring to know that the qualification needs to be earned yet the level of instruction gave me confidence that it was achievable. I shall be back for Coastal Skipper once I have racked up some more miles and experience.
Best regards
Bill Durrant

I can only echo Bill’s comments and thank you for an excellent course I hope to see you in 2016 for the Coastal Skipper course.
Mark Hewitt

Just got home from a fantastic weekend sailing with Dave. Being new to sailing, I decided to take the RYA 'Start Yachting' course, and I wasn't sure what to expect. We were assured we would definitely get "our money's worth" and we got to see many different places sailing up the Solent, whilst also following the RYA syllabus. Dave obviously has a passion for both sailing and instructing. At one point the wind started to get quite strong, making all us beginners a little bit nervous, Dave's many years experience at sailing shone through, and he was bouncing around the boat with his sea legs and helped us all feel more confident and safe. He has a great skill at keeping all the crew involved, with a patient, easy-going teaching style. Thanks again for a great weekend...can't wait to do the competent crew course.
Steve Cusmans

Just wanted to drop you a quick email of thanks for the excellent competent crew course that I attended. Dave was an outstanding instructor and was able to take us through the syllabus very efficiently and effectively ensuring that we were able to pick up the basics but also extending us somewhat towards some of the more complex areas such as picking up mooring buoys under sail. In short I would wholeheartedly recommend Fastack South and Dave as a fantastic Instructor
Best wishes

Wanted to thank you taking myself and Steve through our Yacht Master prep week I am sure we would not have passed the exam without your support, flexibility and the expert tuition from Dave our Instructor. The boat was in fine order (on-board heater was a key requirement), you arranged the week around our specific needs, and Dave knew exactly what had to be done to get us ready for the exam. He is a calming influence and really made the difference during those nervous evenings of cramming. I would recommend Fastack South sailing school to anyone looking for a personalised approach.

Ticked Day Skipper off the old bucket list under Dave Shimells' fantastic teaching. I look forward to racking up some monster sea miles and partaking in more merry banter!
All the best,