See what our students say:

Alan - Own Boat Tuition

"We already have a RIB but it wasn't until I nearly damaged it trying to park in windy conditions that I knew I needed some proper training! Our instructor was really patient and took us through loads of scenarios - I feel so much more confident and can't wait to take out my RIB again!"

Dale - RYA Cruising Instructor

"My RYA Cruising Instructor “Instruction and Assessment” week with Urban Truant not only provided me with some key skills and tools to go out and be an Instructor but also gave me more confidence in the delivery of the various briefings and demonstrations as there was lots of excellent guidance and support provided during the week.

The week was nearly all “boat based” so there were lots of opportunity to practice the techniques hands-on and the environment was further enhanced with individual cabins and a very well provisioned galley."

Elizabeth - RYA Online Theory & Day Skipper Practical

"I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant week on the water in by far the largest boat I have ever sailed!"

Ian -RYA Online Theory Day Skipper

"Just a quick note to say thanks for all your support during my course. I would recommend it to any and everyone as the best and only way to gain the knowledge prior to safely getting on the water"

Marie - RYA Competent Crew

"Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to become an Urban Truant. I knew my week under sail with you would stand out from the others, and that’s why I dropped everything and arrived in glorious sunshine for my adventure.

I couldn’t pick a highlight because everything exceeded my expectations. The boat lived up to her name, the trip was full of interest and my crewmates added to a very enjoyable experience.

I hope to put my new-found sea legs and all the knowledge I gained from you towards an interesting future.

Thank you for your patience, friendliness, support and expert guidance, which went above and beyond. I will always remember my first voyage on Inspire, it will be a treasured memory – until the next time."

Terry - RYA Online Theory and Competent Crew & Day Skipper

"Thanks for a great course last week. We did have some excellent sailing and great opportunity to put training and instructing into practice.

I was very pleased choosing Urban Truant in so many ways.  Firstly, as I mentioned, I found the website attractive and easy to use when booking the course and found no problems with the on-line teaching and test you sent me. The modern office and classroom compliment well the image you set out in the website.  The boat was in good order and clean when I boarded and ,despite cold weather, we were able to stay warm and dry all week thanks to the heaters on board.  The quality and quantity of food was very good and easy to prepare and, the nice touch of adding some beer and a bottle of wine, went down very well.

The quality of teaching from Richard goes without saying.  His approach and support from our constant questioning never distracted him from the job in hand.  His level of experience and  instructing ability was so evident and gave us a good idea of what's required, often with  a bit of a step change highlighting the standard required.  He also have that nice balance of not just being a good instructor but someone who, because of his experience, is an interesting guy to talk to over a beer."

Adam S - RYA Day Skipper

"The Best of the schools in the hamble area and the theory website was really good too!"

Michael H - RYA Day skipper

"Very well organised with excellent standards of tuition and food!"

Adam P - RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

"Brilliant, fast, safe, fun, highly recommended."

Bryan S - RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

"Ive had the best two days training ever. Would recommend to anyone."

Chris C - RYA Advanced Powerboat Course

"An amazing 2 days, enjoyed every minute of it. An absolute must if you’re interested in powerboating."

Andrew C - RYA Day Skipper

"Do It Now!"

Peter G - RYA Powerboat Level 2

"Excellent instructor, very knowledgeable and friendly. Good course content and very useful skills learnt.
Also in a great location."

Paul D - RYA Powerboat Level 2

"A very well taught course. A must prior to taking a boat out on your own."

Sarah M - RYA Competent Crew

"Urban Truant provide great instructors who give you the tuition you need to be a confident sailor"

Olivier - RYA Day Skipper

"Thanks again for the course, everything has been excellent, Richard as an instructor, the yacht sails beautifully, the food ... everything really. I am sure we'll get more done in the near future; Yacht Master is next ! plus I have a few friends I'll be really happy to send your way."

Keylan H - RYA Online Theory & RYA Day Skipper

"A very thorough, safe and fun course. Has really improved my confidence."

K Norstrand & A Hunt - RYA Online Theory RYA Day Skipper practical

"We would definitely recommend Urban Truant for its overall excellent approach to the course."

K Hunt - RYA Day Skipper

"Another very thorough & enjoyable couple of days on the water. Good food as well makes for happy sailors"

O Reullon - RYA Day skipper

"Fantastic crew & company. Instructor had plenty of experience and memories (antidotes) to share – couldn’t have wished for a better sailing course. Great weekend sailing (and eating!)"

Theo I - RYA Coastal Skipper

"A great experience and felt like a client not a profit margin.
Sailing with urban truant is a no brainer – don’t even think you are getting a better deal elsewhere – you are not!"

Paul and Caroline W- Bespoke skills refresher

"As predominantly inland water/coastal sailors with 35+ years experience we found our few days with Rich to be an extremely helpful and enjoyable experience. We were impressed with the way in which he quickly assessed our individual needs and concerns and tailored an appropriate approach.
We received useful reminders on passage planning, navigation generally and boat safety – all offered in an intelligent and understandable way.
The boat was well prepared and comfortable to sail even with five of us on board.  We all enjoyed the food, with our individual needs being well met.
We enjoyed helming the boat and left our few days thinking that we should consider returning for further updates."

Nick - RYA SRC/VHF course

"I found it amazing.  The on-line interaction makes it feel live and it is very easy to learn."

Karen - Bespoke Skills refresher

"We had a really fantastic weekend with you and are very grateful!  You managed to quickly ascertain our needs and the teaching was all very relevant and excellent!  A great refresher and update.
As you know, I carefully researched who we should go with for our weekend and we were not disappointed  Everyone in the Urban Truant team who saw or spoke to us was very helpful and you stood out to me - way ahead of other companies at the Boat Show!
The boat was great and food excellent.
We had a fab weekend and will be back for more!!"

Catherine - RYA Day Skipper

"We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Vince is already planning when he can do his coastal skipper training. I'll be a bit out of commission for the next while, but will catch up once little one is a born and a bit bigger. 
We're very happy we learned about Urban Truant at the London Boat Show. 
So, thank you!"

Martin - RYA Coastal Skipper

"I was very impressed with Urban Truant, both the course and the service."

John - Milebuilder

"Just wanted to express sincere thanks for a fabulous course. 5* to Richard and Kieran. "

Sam S - RYA Coastal Skipper

"Just wanted to say how brilliant Will was over the last week. He is a great instructor. Calm and precise with great visual techniques to help you understand the processes you are learning. He is a natural teacher. Thanks for pairing us with him, it really work well, and he was also great company in the evenings!"

David - RYA Day Skipper

"Can I just give a massive thank you to Urban Truant for a terrific start to sailing, and my instructor Richard. Also my shipmates Ian & Quintis. With all their help I have managed to achieve far more than I thought I could. 10 modules of the fourteen completed and signed off in one weekend!
I can only say I am very impressed with the level of tuition and help that as a complete novice i have received from your company and can't wait to continue with my course."

Simon - RYA Day Skipper

"Many thanks for giving us such a great week last week. We all came away having learnt so much and we were very appreciative of your patience and felt that you totally “got us” and you style and approach was perfect – making it all great fun. Enjoy your summer and may be catch up on future courses..."

Benedict C - RYA Day Skipper

"This is just a quick email to say thankyou to you and your team. 
For your records please record my email as one instigated by me and not in response to any feedback requirements.
I would just like to say thank you for being such a first class teacher these past two weekends. Your approach was fast enough to cover the material to the depth needed and yet at a pace that allowed us all to ask questions and to feel confident about our understanding.  Your approach was absolutely first class, Friendly, interactive, relaxed and fun but also professional.  Top marks to you, our tutor. Thankyou."

Jenny and Gary - RYA Competent Crew

"Excellent course, thank you. Richard was a brilliant instructor - interesting, patient, kind and funny,  The course was so good and covered all the subject areas (and more!), The practical was amazingly valuable."

Rik F - RYA Day Skipper

"Many thanks for all assistance in trying to help with my predicament, it was refreshing to receive some helpful input after being let down at such short notice."

Kim - RYA Day Skipper

"I have come back to my studies with renewed enthusiasm having spent 3 days with Rich.
It all makes so much more sense and I understand the need for the detailed calculations in reality now- having been hit by a freak squal that reduced visibility and increased wind speed considerably, to say nothing of the hail and rain!
I wondered why people bothered passage planning in such detail- I now know!
Thanks and see you soon for part 2!"

Dale - RYA Cruising Instructor

"My Cruising Instructor “Instruction and Assessment” week with Urban Truant not only provided me with some key skills and tools to go out and be an Instructor but also gave me more confidence in the delivery of the various briefings and demonstrations as there was lots of excellent guidance and support provided during the week. The week was nearly all “boat based” so there were lots of opportunity to practice the techniques hands-on and the environment was further enhanced with individual cabins and a very well provisioned galley."

Liz W - RYA Day Skipper

"I hit the ground running after the July Day Skipper practical course and seem to have been reeling from one event to another ever since.
I just wanted to thank you for a brilliant week on the water in by far the largest boat I have ever sailed!
The practical course made sense of many aspects of the theory."

Catherine - RYA Competent Crew

"I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for a great week aboard Inspire.  I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous about spending the best part of week on board a boat with three people I'd never met, as well as being a bit nervous about some of the tasks as crew on a boat - especially hopping off with the lines!
However, Rich did a great job at putting everyone at ease and creating an atmosphere which made the learning interesting and fun.   I feel like a learnt a huge amount and it was beneficial to be on the course with the Day Skipper pupils as I was able to watch and learn some of what they were required to do.   It was also very good of Urban Truant to arrange for the Americas Cup events to coincide with our course - it was fantastic to see the boats at such close quarters!
I finally sussed the clove hitch and the fear of hopping off with the lines has gone.   I came on the course so that I would feel confident that I knew what to do from my own knowledge rather than being asked to do a task.   This week has without a doubt achieved that aim and has been a good laugh into the bargain.
I've already recommended Urban Truant to two of my colleagues at work and would happily do so to anyone looking for a very high quality training, with a level of comfort (own cabin, great food) that you wouldn't normally have.
Thank you so much again - and best of luck for the Fastnet!"

Giles (DS)

"Very pleased with a well-organised training course. Jim was a great natural instructor.

Gregor (CC):

"A life changing experience that I shall value for life. Jim was a joy to be instructed by and always made us feel safe onboard. Thank you!

Kim (DS):

"Really enjoyed the week, it was a shame the weather stopped the play! Lots learnt from a great instructor. Thank you.


"Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for an incredible 5 days last week on our Urban Truant Day Skipper practical. All aspects of the course were delivered beyond our expectations. A particular mention must go to Jim who really set the tone for a successful course, working hard, learning loads and having a laugh while doing it. We certainly got the maximum out of the 5 days.
Thanks again, we will certainly be back to Urban Truant for future courses.

Michael - RYA Powerboat Level 2

"Just a quick note to thank everyone involved in our PB2 course last Thursday and Friday (29/30th July).
I have to say the whole set-up, offices, boats, equipment, staff and food!,  way exceeded my expectations. Paul the instructor was great, he quickly noted the various abilities of us all and made sure that we got the training we needed without dwelling on the obvious for too long.

Honestly, an excellent couple of days….many thanks to everyone.

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