John Burbeck from Worcester said: "A very comprehensive and thorough training course. Bob made sure I understood, and learnt, all I needed to be able operate the equipment properly and to pass the exam. He has a wide practical and technical knowledge which he uses very effectively to illustrate learning points." posted: June 8, 2017
lambert from la rochelle (FRANCE) said: "Very good training before the exam ; très content d'avoir obtenu cet examen en anglais , pas si facile,mais on est bien mis en condition par les 2 jours de cours intensif,
Merci , cordialement .
J LAMBERT" posted: June 7, 2017
Denis Chabassière from France said: "Merci beaucoup à Bob de se cours très bienfait.
Il est accessible par internet avec un niveau d'anglais équivalent au "B3/C1" de la classification européenne.
Nous étions quatre lors de la formation de deux jours,elle allie une approche pragmatique et des exercices qui préparent réellement et efficacement à l'examen.
Nous avons tous beaucoup appris et avons été admis après une épreuve sérieuse et elle aussi très pratique.
Thank you so much Bob !" posted: May 28, 2017
M stearn from Essex uk said: "Great course .lots of time to practice and pick Bobs' brain on all aspects on the course and equipment " posted: May 26, 2017
Andy Hoare from St Albans said: "Enjoyable course 6-9th of May 2017, comprehensive with good learning techniques that guarantees a successful outcome, many thanks.
Andy" posted: May 11, 2017
Mark Vinten from England said: "Many thanks
The E_learning course material was clear and very accessible. The face to face sessions were well structured and delivered." posted: May 5, 2017
KIM from Denmark said: "I enjoyed the training and is very pleased. I took the online version with the two days on site. I would recommend to take the four days course as the the two days is demanding." posted: May 4, 2017
Andrew Ralph from Newport Isle of Wight said: "Thanks to Bob's patience and clear way of explaining and demonstrating, I not only passed, but had an enjoyable and informative 4 days." posted: April 27, 2017
Mark Bumstead from Southampton said: "Thanks for a great course Bob.
Online info and example tests were very informative and helpful. Bob is a very good instructor and made sure all were fully prepared for the exam." posted: March 24, 2017
Maggie from Hampshire said: "I can't stress enough how important it is to do the on line course work, there are a lot of facts and numbers to memorise. Fortunately, Bob has done an excellent job on this and it works really well on a tablet. Don't forget you can do it over and over again to really test yourself. It worked for me." posted: March 10, 2017
Geoff and Bernice holden from Portsmouth uk said: "The pre course material was very useful and definitely essential reading prior to the 4 day course.
The 4 day course started and finished on time, the course content was delivered in an easy to understand manner with plenty of time to ask questions and informally chat.
The radio equipment used was up to date and practicing with the radios was really helpful and Bob was very knowledgeable.
Bob ensured we were well prepared by taking us through practice tests prior to sitting the final exam." posted: March 10, 2017
Simon Chapman from Penzance said: "If you are looking to sail over the horizon and stay in touch then getting your Long Range Certificate is essential. In order to achieve that will involve some serious study and a mixture of examinations.
I am so pleased to have chosen YachtCom to assist in the training and preparation - the on-line element is comprehensive and thought-provoking, while the classroom training helps bring it all together with hands-on practical work on the type of equipment you are likely to need - critical for the examination.
Highly recommend this course." posted: March 6, 2017
Chris Russell said: "Bob presents an informative and well presented course with excellent online support and ability to revise and explore further. Booking and administration is efficient and clear. Recommended " posted: February 27, 2017
Simon Lye from London said: "Thanks Bob, for an enjoyable course,it helped to do the on-line course first, but you do have have to do the realistic scenarios. I'll admit I did feel under pressure, which means it was realistic." posted: February 25, 2017
Ged Lydiate from UK said: "Great course that delivered the learning that I was hoping for. many thanks." posted: February 24, 2017
John Weatherley from Romsey said: "The course was very instructive and enjoyable. The location is cosy and the limited capacity means that the instructor can give individual attention with plenty of opportunity for asking questions and discussing situations." posted: February 13, 2017
Frank Sporik from London said: "A great course, done very well in easy stages, making the
final exam not to onerous. Once again thank you Bob. " posted: February 8, 2017
glen sansom from Gibraltar said: "I thought arriving to the course I pretty much knew everything needed. But without the 1 day of mock exams, tests and going over the material multiple times I think I may have failed.
Thanks for a great online course and positive interactions on the classroom sessions.
I look forward to getting my Pactor and start to play!" posted: January 15, 2017
Rodrigo de la Serna from spain said: "Nice course. nice teacher, it was good to have a practice day to check everything.
" posted: January 9, 2017
Andrew Pearce from Jersey said: "Challenging and stressful but made achievable by the course on line material and clear direction and practice in the classroom. Thank you very much for making the pass possible. Strangely looking back, now I have passed , I enjoyed the experience. " posted: January 9, 2017
jon moss from glasgow said: "excellent course and great facilities with all the relevant equipment" posted: December 12, 2016
Alistair Duncan from Northampton said: "Hello Bob
As I said on the course, I thought the handouts, on line training and practical sessions were outstanding. I cannot suggest any improvements. Essentially if a student puts in the preparation and attends the course then barring bad luck or failing to put in the correct position , then they will pass.
" posted: December 12, 2016
Kevin Gardner from London said: "I can wholly recommend YachtCom for the LRC.
There is a great deal to learn and remember but the comprehensive online lessons are broken down into manageable chunks with regular tests.
This was then reinforced with 2 days of mainly practical exercises in the classroom with Bob ahead of the exam.
Many thanks Kevin" posted: December 12, 2016
Adrian Hart from Inverness said: "An excellent course. The on line learning is well structured and informative. The mock on line exams were very useful.
The two days spent at YachtCom introducing the radios and other GMDSS equipment complemented the on line course very well. With a focus on the practical aspects and the mock exam paper plus two goes at the practical Mayday Relay exam getting us all well prepared for the exam day. The class size (6) allows good individual tuition if needed. The 100% pass rate speaks for itself.
Thank you Bob & Claire " posted: December 6, 2016
Alastair and Maria Forbes from Bridport said: "We both enjoyed the course. The e-learning resources were very good - the lessons themselves and the quizzes and mock exams. Arriving at the studio we felt that we knew what to expect and what we should have known! The practice r/t exercises were excellent and the real thing held no surprises when it came. We also felt fully prepared for the written test.
The individual practical part of the exam was by far the most uncomfortable for us. Still, we passed, which is what really matters! Thanks for all your help." posted: December 5, 2016
Geoff Rogers from Christchurch said: "One of the best RYA short courses I have attended. Bob was also one of the most knowledgeable instructors in his field.
The content was also adapted to those on the course. Good experience. " posted: November 21, 2016
David Holmes from Wiltshire said: "I have just completed, and passed, my LRC with YachtCom.
I used the 2 day on-line option, followed by 2 days on-site.
The on-line tutorials and mock tests are excellent - some of the best I have worked with.
Bob is an excellent tutor and I found the whole experience very enjoyable.
David" posted: October 20, 2016
Mrs April Darby from England said: "I have enjoyed the course. one piece of advice, don't skip the on line training, it is worth doing and prepares you for the course.
Bob is an excellent instructer and I've learnt a lot from this course. " posted: October 6, 2016
Leslie Joyce said: "A very informative course with helpful and generous access to the radio equipment." posted: September 22, 2016
Roy Macgregor from Cambridge said: "This course was invaluable - I was * * * when I arrived but with Bob's coaching I progressed from 'rubbish' to a pass. There is a lot of content but it is thoroughly covered. You do need to do a good bit of homework; but the atmosphere and camaraderie of the teaching set up is great,t and helps you along - highly recommended." posted: September 19, 2016
Michael Sweet said: "Intensive, lively instruction, thank you. No time for day dreaming either! Just need to get my radio working now." posted: July 4, 2016
Demangeon alain from Haute Savoie France said: "a big thank you for the patience BOB .the course content was very comprehensive and sustained for the preparation for the consideration of long range certificate
Thanks Bob" posted: June 25, 2016
Lawrie Brice from Wincheater said: "Gtreat interactive website. If you are going to do the distant training it will help greatly." posted: June 23, 2016
Jack Gifford from Falmouth said: "Bob,
Thank you very much for your expert tuition and guidance through the lrc. I think the online course content is great and works very well,the two day course pre exam is perfect for consolidating what has been learnt online and getting you ready for the test.
All the best,
Jack" posted: June 13, 2016
Hatty Millar from Salisbury said: "I did the 2 day course. I wished I had spent longer on the estudy which would have taken off some self-induced pressure. Bob is great! He really pushes you to the max which prepares you well for the exam. Facilities are ok. Coffee readily available all day, equipment is up to date and well maintained. You'll learn loads-great course!" posted: June 8, 2016
Robert Jan van den Enden from Netherlands said: "Dear Bob, thanks for providing the learning ground for the Longe Range Radio certificate, there is a lof of study to be done, but the end result, passed is all that matters and we are a lot of knowledge and a certificate richer, kind regards, see you later this year in las Palmas, Robert" posted: May 19, 2016
Charles Griffiths from Winchester said: "Failure is not an option on this course as Bob will tell you and he is right! Very professional and a must for offshore passage makers. " posted: May 9, 2016
Richard Dykes from Godalming said: "Many thanks Bob for this last weekend; I was pleased to say I felt very well prepared for the examiner yesterday, so it is clearly a very effective combo Internet & classroom learning programme you provide us, and fun too. Many thanks also to Claire for the remote support during the Internet learning phase." posted: May 9, 2016
Harvey Death from Oyster 575 Safiya said: "Thanks great course and a pass!
Harvey" posted: April 22, 2016
Phil Jenkins from Somerset said: "Great day thank you" posted: April 10, 2016
Martin Quinn from United Kingdom said: "Before I started I did resent the idea of spending so much time, money and effort getting this licence. However I have to admit that I have learnt a huge amount of really useful stuff and feel so much more confident about using all this equipment which includes not just SSB but also VHF (and I now realise that I was not really competent at that despite having the bit of paper that says I was!), SARTS, EPIRBS, Inmarsat, Navtex and hand helds. Bob has all the necessary kit and the course was a relaxed atmosphere but hard work. We did the 2 day option and I certainly spent a lot more than 10 hours study before hand but it was definitely worthwhile doing and I would recommend both the course and the venue." posted: April 5, 2016
Michael Banner from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire said: "Bob x3 this is Mike x3
It was really good to be able to do much of the prep on line.
Bob evidently knows the subject backwards and was easily able to put all of us at ease using the radio sets and preparing us for all stages of the exam.
I feel much better prepared for use of all the radio equipment on Morning Star as a result of the course. Well done!
Out" posted: April 5, 2016
Tiggy Nathan from Australia said: "Thank you Bob for providing us with a comprehensive and interesting SSB Radio training course. " posted: March 31, 2016
Joe Hayek from Geneva said: "Excellent course given by YACHTCOM. Outstanding. Recommend it to anyone venturing more than 50 miles offshore." posted: March 24, 2016
Victoria Hayek from Geneva, Switzerland said: "A great course with hands-on training. Recommend the online course for those who can only attend the training on the weekend. It is very informative yet simple to understand. Bob did a good job of running through the entire program in one day and the equipment is very up to date. Highly recommended for a great overall experience." posted: March 24, 2016
Peter Royston from Alford, Aberdeenshire said: "Bob,
You already know my thoughts on the course being of a similar standard and not dissimilar to those I attended as a professional pilot. Excellent, detailed and friendly. I shall definitely recommend it to others. Paracetemol sorts out the headache!
Peter" posted: March 22, 2016
Roy Anderson from South London said: "An excellent course highly recommended, Bob is a very good instructor with an easy style, but for the best results be prepared to put in the time and effort as there's a lot to learn." posted: March 10, 2016
Roberto Arruda from Florida, USA said: "This course made me go from zero knowledge to obtaining a certificate. I'm very pleased to have known Bob and his course.
I recommend for those who can dedicate time in their own preparation before attending the classes going through all the lessons and mock tests" posted: March 9, 2016
Richard Houghton from Gosport said: "Thoroughly enjoyed our SSB course. Bob really knows his stuff and can seemingly answer any question (and does).
His easy laid back approach made for an informal day which benefited everyone.
Learnt a great deal.
Dawn and Richard" posted: February 29, 2016
Ian Darby from the Midlands said: "These comments are based on the 4 day LRC that I have just completed. This was a great course run by Bob. Having passed (thanks Bob). I would say that it isn't difficult, but there is <b>a lot</b> to remember. The one piece of advice I would give to anyone is to take full advantage of the online material and mock tests (and actually do the tests, don't just read them) that Bob makes available to you before going on the course." posted: February 26, 2016
Paul English from Southampton said: "I did the four day Long Range. The tuition was well paced and combined with excellent online prep,course notes and equipment. Hard work but enjoyable and I got through the exam.
Thank you." posted: February 24, 2016
Andy Wight-Boycott from Burntisland, Scotland said: "Great I passed. Bob de-mystified both MF/HF and Inmarsat; I can now face both with confidence. The admin arrangements (accommodation, maps, eating, course notes etc.)were excellent." posted: February 18, 2016
Charles Manby from UK said: "Well run two day course. Materials on website and course notes excellent for preparation for exam and for use on board. Well taught sessions at a measured but positive pace, with a good mix of written and practical exercises. Ability to practise on the VHF and SSB equipment was very helpful. As well as passing the exam I feel much better equipped to use the SSB confidently. " posted: February 15, 2016
Ian Whitmore from Guildford said: "Great course, there was lots to learn, the online work was of great benefit when I attended the 4 days.
Would highly recommend anyone to do this course." posted: February 15, 2016
sean clarke from Epping Essex said: "I did the 1 day SSB course...... a must if you are about to install SSB.
Went through the very basics and was pitched just right. Looking forward to fitting it all now.
Thanks again Bob " posted: February 9, 2016
Frank Nolan said: "I signed up for the LRC on-line modules followed by the 2 day course and exam. The coursework and classes were very good and there are ample additional resources for study and the classroom is very well equipped with radio sets for the practical work. I felt well prepared for the exam and there were no surprises on the day. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I enjoyed it all!
Thank you very much, I would highly recommend the training at Yachtcom.
My very best wishes to you and Claire for Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Frank Nolan" posted: December 16, 2015
Brian Morrison from Fort William said: "Great course, very thorough, resulting in everyone passing. Highly recommended." posted: December 8, 2015
Derek Manning from West Sussex, England said: "Bob was first class, the face to face tuition was involved, but made fun. The three days tuition prior to the exam covered all that is required to pass,
BUT when Bob sends you the initial information do as he says!!! and do all the questions and the test papers I say again All the questions and test papers,
I know it will make life so much easier.
Thanks Again Bob
Class of 2015" posted: December 7, 2015
Terry Hackett from Frimley said: "I have been putting this course off for years thinking that it would be 4 days of pain.
The teaching was just at the right level, plenty of hands on and the minimum amount of powerpoint.
A great course and a great instructor. Others on my course had travelled far and wide for good reason.
Thank you; and I hope to never have to use most of what I learnt (MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY)" posted: December 7, 2015
Liebwin van Lil from Belgium said: "Very interesting course. Excellent mix of theory and practical knowledge. Small groups make sure you have acquired the knowledge by the end of the course." posted: November 13, 2015
Bob Stickland from Glasgow said: "Lots to learn. A very intensive but enjoyable few days. Good teaching from Bob and excellent course notes which guide you and prepare you for the exam. The online study prepared by Bob is first class, very user friendly and helpful. A lot of the RYA courses could benefit from this type of approach. I leant so much. Thanks" posted: October 27, 2015
Matt Sargent from Thorney Island said: "Great course, well delivered. And very efficient: my certificate arrived today in time for my trip" posted: October 24, 2015
Jon Herod from Salisbury said: "Thanks for an interesting and informative day Bob. I'll certainly be back to you for the LRC in the future." posted: October 22, 2015
N Jenkins from Lymington said: "Having completed my GOC 15 years ago it was time for a refresh. Excellent course, full of information and excellent equipment. Bob's a walking MF/HF Almanac ! Definitely recommend." posted: October 19, 2015
Steve Parker said: "Thanks Bob,
Your expertise and experience in all matters radio and comms.was much appreciated and your training and instruction was excellent.
I will definitely be recommending you to others.
NNNN" posted: October 14, 2015
Alan Canavan from Ireland said: "I have enjoyed the course immensely and found Bob to be an excellent instructor and extremely knowledgeable.Delivery of the syllabus was punctuated by perfectly timed coffee breaks.
Thank you Bob and Claire !
Alan Canavan. " posted: July 2, 2015
Graham Ponsford from Chichester said: "Thank you ,Bob, for an excellent and enjoyable introduction to the world of long range radio. Really useful four days and looking forward to using the privileges of my new certificate." posted: June 15, 2015
Geoff Mills from Oxford said: "Great radio course, not my first with you and unlikely to be my last." posted: April 26, 2015
Ian & Ann Clarke from Cambridge said: "Really pleased we came on the course, and that we have both done it.
Along with giving us the "ticket" to use the radios it has convinced me that there is real benefit in fitting an SSB to our yacht, the more I found out the more I was convinced that it will be a long time before Sat Phones will be the main option for long-term cruising, I'm not sure they will ever provide the cruising community aspect that an SSB does.
Tango Hotel Alpha November Kilo Sierra
Callsign 2GHK2" posted: April 21, 2015
Ann Clarke from Near Cambridge said: "Many thanks for all your support, resulting in all of us passing." posted: April 21, 2015
Colin strachan from Exeter said: "Bob
Re LRC course 16-19 April 2015
Excellently run course over 4days but you do need to have done some work before hand
The e- learning section is excellent and prepares you well for the classroom
Colin" posted: April 20, 2015
Alastair Forbes from Buckinghamshire said: "An excellent Radar course yesterday (Sunday 22 March 2015). The facilities provided by YachtCom were very suitable for the purpose and Bob our instructor was personable and evidently well up on his subject. He explained everything clearly and was very patient with us during the plotting exercises. I have experienced several RYA courses and this was certainly one of the best - I recommend it for anyone who has (like me) recently acquired radar, or just wants to know how to use it more effectively." posted: March 23, 2015
Roger Lawson-Lee from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire said: "Dear Bob,
I booked only 10 days before the course, the online course in preparation for the exam was very effective. In my particular case I did not have time to take mock exams before the course, however, I rapidly picked up on the day before the exam. Much of my success was due to the quality of the online course.
Thank you for getting me through. " posted: March 20, 2015
Steve Jackson from Scunthorpe UK said: "The GMDSS HF training course isn't just a ticket (certificate) to allow you to use a HF Radio. It's far more than that. It's a very informative training course, and it's fun to be there. You'll come away with a comprehensive knowledge of how to operate your radio, and you'll have confidence to use it when you need to. I did the 4 day course, and I would highly recommend doing the 4 days. There is a lot to learn! Thank you Yachtcom." posted: March 19, 2015
Richard Mortimore from Ammanford said: "The yachtcom on-line packages including the 1-24 lessons are excellent, and sound preparation for the 4 day course. Bob's skilled training technique along with the superb supporting material and equipment, leads you to feeling a certain level of confidence by the exam day.
It was great to meet the other candidates and exchange stories and Bob has many to support your knowledge and understanding. With Bob's impressive technical mind we all came away with alternative, better and less expensive, solutions to our onboard coms.
Thank you Bob and Claire for making it such an enjoyable few days and getting me through my LRC." posted: February 21, 2015
Phil Tadd from Teignmouth said: "An excellent course, lots to cover in a short time but the online training proved effective and the classroom days enabled enough practice to consolidate the learning." posted: February 19, 2015
Mike Hawker from UK said: "Many thanks for all your help - a very valuable course and a great precursor to the exam. Mike" posted: February 6, 2015
Martin Halliwell from Luxembourg said: "An excellent couple of days, thoroughly enjoyable, I have not had to remember so much since University!!
I would recommend the course, great job many thanks" posted: February 3, 2015
David Pattisson from Lymington said: "Excellent back-up for installation of the SSB radio, Bob supplied it with all the necessary cables and lots of useful information. He is always very helpful on the phone and by email. The e-study option for the LRC course was well presented and easy to follow. The final 2 days in-house were extremely useful with plenty of equipment and time to practice everything, which helped the exam go smoothly!" posted: February 3, 2015
Philip Lee from Grantham said: "An excellent course delivered professionally and at the right level. The training aids, course notes, download and on-line learning facility are nothing short of outstanding. However, very worrying that Bob is monitoring our every keystroke.....Big Brother Bob!
I will be recommending this course and centre to all who need it at JSASTC and other friends / colleagues.
Many thanks for making it interesting, enjoyable and painless. " posted: February 3, 2015
Gareth Jones from Somerset, UK said: "A very comprehensive course, and a must if you hope to pass the exam. The hands-on practical use of the equipment is invaluable." posted: January 26, 2015
Roy Parrott from Sheffield said: "The RYA Radar course was very interesting, comprehensive and answered all my questions. " posted: November 12, 2014
Peter Forbes from dorset said: "An excellent course - I learned a huge amount of good quality new stuff." posted: November 11, 2014
Peter Forbes from Dorset said: "The course which was a refresher for me was perfect and covered all the aspects of SSB operation which I need. Thank you very much. " posted: November 5, 2014
Carl bb from Bournemouth said: "
Great to get so much technical detail.
The most confident I have ever been.
Thank you" posted: October 7, 2014
Roger Avent from COMMS said: "Hi Bob,
Thanks for a day packed with good relevant stuff.
See extract from my report on your day of education "Excellent presentation by an experienced yachtsman and radio comms user with a background in the cellular phones business. Excellent value for money.
An entertaining stream of asides and opinions drawn from his experience."
I have only 1 question that I failed to ask on the day:
What do you think causes the rising audio tone (from the ICOM M802)when a file is being received from the SailMail server?
Interested to hear your answer
Roger" posted: July 7, 2014
Angus from Outer Hebrides said: "Firstly very good pre-course study available online which I felt prepared me well for the attending days.
Pleasant course environment with knowledgeable instructor.
Quality radio equipment provided to learn on.
Overall good learning experience which I would (& have) recommended to others.
" posted: June 22, 2014
Rita Atkinson from Christchurch, Dorset said: "I have just attended the Long Range Radio course, and I have to say I really enjoyed it a great deal.
I was a little apprehensive before attending, as I have not had much experience of working with radios, and expected everyone to know so much more than me, but the on-line learning was terrific...it gave me a knowledge base to do the 4 day course, and gave me a lot of confidence.
Bob is a great teacher and pitched the course very well for all levels of understanding, and is a very patient teacher.
If any women are considering the course but feel that it may not be for them, I would encourage them to give it a go...yes you will be in the minority, but Bob explains things very well, and the course is structured perfectly to give you confidence in using the radio, and a knowledge of the frequencies to use.
Thank you very much for an enjoyable and very useful experience, I would recommend this course to any one who is considering long distance sailing." posted: June 5, 2014
dr nick fabbri from london said: "Really comprehensive training .
did the 2 day course with the distant learning module and was surprised at how good the online software, lessons and quizzes were.
The training is full on but covered in a way that I would recommend to anyone.
Many thanks" posted: June 5, 2014
Tony Martin from Worcestershire said: "Having completed the online training and the (intensive) two day course, I was well prepared for the exam.
The course notes are extensive and the online tests and practice exams prepare you well.
As Bob says prepation is all important and you do need to have done you homework before you arrive." posted: May 25, 2014
Philip from Scott said: "An excellent course" posted: May 15, 2014
Mark Blaydes said: "I have attended a previous VHF DSC course elsewhere, and was disappointed with the level of knowledge they were able to drum into me.
The Yachtcom Long range radio course is a much more difficult subject, but I felt very confident at the end of the course, that I had sufficient understanding to be able to use the equipment properly. Well done" posted: May 14, 2014
Bob Timmerman from Netherlands said: "I value the support I received prior to my LRC exam very highly. Thanks for everything.
Bob." posted: April 29, 2014
James from London said: "Fantastic teaching style which enables you
To soak up the information required to pass the exam , thanks" posted: April 14, 2014
Chris Stitt from IOW said: "Well structured course, presented in a relaxed atmosphere. Would thoroughly recommend." posted: April 14, 2014
Roger Allen-Muncey from Cheshire said: "The online home study course was excellent although having spent a couple of days with Bob I can appreciate how good the four day course must be.
Thanks to Bob's good offices I achieved my certificate and now cannot wait to get back out to the boat to use my newly acquire skills.
Roger" posted: March 6, 2014
Alistair Bruce from Shropshire said: "Online training followed by classroom tuition was exactly what was needed to pass the course and more importantly to be proficient with the equipment, many thanks " posted: March 4, 2014
Hugh Fogerty from Limerick, Ireland said: "An excellent course which was well presented. I am glad that I did the computer part of the course and the full four days. At my age there is only so much information that the brain can absorb and retain so I need to take every opportunity to 'listen and learn'.
Thank you Bob a job well done." posted: March 4, 2014
Ian and Jackie Byrne from Warrington said: "A very useful and necessary course. We were well prepared for the exam by Bob - very thorough course notes and lessons. So pleased we both passed! Thanks for your patience Bob!" posted: February 21, 2014
Martin Rutt from Sussex said: "An excellent course. Well prepared, painstakingly supported and executed by a Master of the subject - and everything around it! Great course mates added to the fun and camaraderie, and in the end..................I passed. Blimey!Someone must be doing something right!
Looking forward to getting in front of the mic. Thanks Bob and Claire." posted: February 11, 2014
Terry Standing from Gloucestershire said: "An excellent LRC course, thank you Yachtcom. The on-line training really helped me prepare for the course not having any previous experience with MF or HF radio, not to mention Inmarsat. The quizes and mock examine are extremely useful once you have completed each exercise. I completed the 4 day course and found it excellent, Bob's knowledge and experience is second to none and the four day course gives you all the time available to absorbe as much as you can from him. I felt well prepared for the exaime, which was comprehensive and well structured by the external examiner. The facilities at Yachtcom are ideal, the 1st floor radio room is very good for practical hands on with all radio equipment and Bob kindly arrives early each day so you can go over things again if you need too. Thank you Bob and Claire. " posted: February 11, 2014
Adam Power from Norfolk said: "
Just got though the course having been quite certain that I would be unable at my age to absorb, retain and reproduce any new information. However with Bob's clear and patient instruction I surprised myself and in the end felt quite confident that I could trick the examiner into believing that I know enough to pass! I may even be able to remember how to relay a comprehensible distress message under real stress conditions. Lets hope class of 04/02/14 never need to use mayday in practice. Happy sailing!" posted: February 5, 2014
Martin Lunt from Shropshire said: "Thank you Bob for such an interesting and informative 4 days. I have come away with my LRC certificate, but more importantly I have had the opportunity to learn so much from Bob about the use of radio communications at sea, both practical and theory. This course is a must for anyone thinking of cruising outside coastal waters. Thanks also to the other "students" for making a memorable weekend!" posted: February 5, 2014
Jack Lillingston from France said: "It has been many years since I attended a course as good as this one. For me an SSB set was high on the list of essential equipment for our circumnavigation.
Before the course just looking at an SSB radio made me nervous. However after Bob's knowledgeable, patient, clear instruction I can know be confident to set off, knowing that I can keeping contact with civilisation - no matter where we end up.
Fantastic! I can wholeheartedly recommend the course to anyone thinking of doing the same. Well done Bob." posted: January 24, 2014
Steve Litson from Twyford, Berkshire. UK said: "A facinating course. Bob is full of amusing anecdotes and essential information. I took the four day course and it whizzed by, preparing me for the exam and giving me the chance to decide which radio would fulfil my needs. I would throughly recommend Bob Smith and Yachtcom to anyone considering where to take the LRC." posted: December 4, 2013
Alan Parker CBE from London said: "Bob runs an excellent course and I recommended attendance for all who want to delve into the mysteries of SSB. My new knowledge is going to be invaluable as we do the ARC in Oyster Reach later this month. Thank you Bob and well done. If I can pass then anyone can !" posted: November 8, 2013
Jim Wallace from Southampton said: "Bob
Thanks for a well run and organised course. All that we learnt and practiced was relevant and interesting and I can't wait to get on my SSB set and practice.
Jim" posted: November 6, 2013
Anne Lloyd from First Class Sailing said: "The LRC course run by Bob Smith at Yachtcom was a very thorough preparation for the AMERC exam, and all the candidates passed with flying colurs. However, in addition it proved a most intersting course in its own right and Bob's expertise and depth of knowledge in the subject shone through. I really enjoyed the course and I am really looking forward to getting some live experience in the field.
I would thouroughly recommend Yachtcom and its associated company Sailcom if you have an interest in MF/HF radio communication. They clearly lead the field.
Many thanks" posted: October 11, 2013
Nigel Higgs from Emsworth said: "An excellent course which met all my needs with the added bonus of being enjoyable. Many thanks Bob for the additional help and advice on my MF/HF rig." posted: September 20, 2013
John Graham from Poole said: "A big thanks to Bob and his company Yachtcom. I completed the 2 day version of the course. The on line learning was very well laid out, easy to understand and very comprehensive. It all slotted into place when I had a chance to use the equipment. Bob gave some extra time and support on the radios and other GMDSS kit which paid dividends on the exam/assessment day. A very well structured course which for a change is very relevant to all mariners." posted: September 20, 2013
Paul Moore from Andover said: "Thanks Bob for navigating us through the short range course. Great set up. Paul" posted: July 22, 2013
David Gozzard from North Wales said: "Many thanks Bob and Claire for the preparation, website and delivery of the course. Your welcome and camaraderie (even when the wrong answers were given!) was much appreciated. I can thoroughly recommend your course to anyone considering the purchase of a MF/HF radio. I'm not sure I went from zero to hero in the last few days but enough knowledge and practical skills were imparted to satisfy the examiner. Once again many thanks." posted: July 9, 2013
Bill Dickson from Chepstow said: "Thanks Bob. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and your help and instruction in the last 2 days was excellent.
Going through multiple questions to reinforce learning is good as well as was the practical aspects of the course.
Would highly recommend.
Bill Dickson" posted: June 27, 2013
Tim Guy from Poole said: "Top job Bob : we all passed the Long Range Certificate
The on line study is very comprehensive and its additional depth helped me to both get a better understanding and more easily remember that critical information that the examiner is looking for." posted: June 5, 2013
Chris Diggins from Reigate said: "Thanks Bob.
The online training was very good and could be completed in a few evenings of study.
The hands on course was very useful in particular familiarising ourselves with all of the equipment and practicing the practical exam sessions.
" posted: May 25, 2013
Ulf Michael Werner from Germany said: "Thank you Bob, fine experience I made. I have learned not only radio skills but also I have trained my listening and english speaking. Very intensive 4 days" posted: April 26, 2013
Colin Villiers from Londom said: "Thankyou Bob.
A very well structured course. The Online Course was excellent, followed by a very friendly 2 days in the classroom.
We all passed, what a great result.
Many thanks again
Colin" posted: April 10, 2013
Nigel martin from Guildford, boat in Hamble said: "A good course with excellent attention and focus on the final day examination which certainly got us all a good pass.
For those experienced in the radios and VHF procedure, it may be possible to accelerate the first 2 days, compressing into one with the aid of the on-line learning.
I would recommend this course. The environment and levels of equipment provided was very good.
Nigel" posted: March 25, 2013
Monica Stewart from Scotland and on board in Portugal said: "Having done the on-line study & coming for the two days, I wasn't sure if I had done enough on line - although I had taken it very seriously [if anyone is doing this, I'd suggest it's not just two days' worth of training when you are doing it on your own - it's very different to the classroom environment, however hard you work] to be up to speed on everyone else's day 3. However, with Bob's reinforcement and revision and useful feedback from other students, the exam day went really well and we all passed - thank you Bob!
Anyone who has done their DSC/VHF course recently will find that there is quite a bit of repetition in radio procedure and distress techniques, but this is absolutely vital to get completely right in the exam - it's a large part of the syllabus." posted: March 22, 2013
Chris Bright from Caribbean said: "Thanks Bob. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It would be easy to stress about the exam but you filled us with the confidence which comes from being fully prepared. The distance learning option with the day of practical experience on-site certainly suited me." posted: March 22, 2013
Paul Thompson from Dorset said: "Thanks Bob, Great experience and results. I found the online course very helpful and would like to keep access for future reference. I hope this is possible?
Paul." posted: March 21, 2013
Chris Higham from Moonraker said: "A very well organised course which thoroughly prepared me for the exam. Attending for the full four days was commitment but enabled me to network with other students to fully understand what I wanted to achieve regarding the comms setup on my yacht." posted: March 21, 2013
Mike Price from Jersey said: "Excellent tuition both in person and on-line. Bob is not only hugely knowledgeable about all things radio, but also has the ability to pass it on in a way that even I can understand. Delighted to be 'legal' and have a LRC to take on the ARC. Thanks, Bob." posted: March 14, 2013
Madeline Hibberd said: "Thoroughly enjoyed the SSB / GMDSS course. Found the online lessons very good and the practical and revision day before the exam just what I needed to get through the exam. Thank you
" posted: March 6, 2013
Chay Blyth from Hawick, Scotland said: "SSB/GMDSS course. Great course, well constructed, very detailed, with upto date equipment for instruction and use.
Totally pleased with delivery and content
Highly recommended. Chay" posted: February 20, 2013
Neil Goodyear from Farehsm said: "I attended the half day VHF SRC upgrade course and found Bob to be a highly knowledgeable and engaging instructor. The Yachtcom website tools gave me an excellent refresher prior to attending the course and after Bob's input I found the exam a doddle. This is the second time my family has come to Yachtcom for instruction (radar course last time). I thoroughly recommend them." posted: February 10, 2013
BARRY WILLIAMSON from GLASGOW said: "Having dashed down last weekend to avoid the snow and back, again to avoid the snow, its a pleasure to reflect on the few memorable days in between at Yachtcom.
As others have said, Bob`s style of teaching with multiple repetitions, especially on the penultimate day,was hugely helpful in remembering the detail and in preparing for and sitting the exam(s).
His no nonsense,firm but friendly approach ensured that the significant amount of detail was absorbed.
The organisation both from Bob and from Claire was inch perfect.
The teaching aids on the website are first class!
There is also lots of practical advice freely given for anyone about to purchase and install an SSB system.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it to anyone about to depart for the blue yonder. You`ll learn a lot!" posted: January 25, 2013
Colin Porteous from Lochwinnoch Scotland said: "Hi Bob
What a great week. Thoroughly enjoyed the course, your method and pace of teaching I think suited us all. Thank you very much.
Colin" posted: January 25, 2013
Jon Lister from Bristol said: "Dear Bob,
This is a brief and inadequate note to thank you for having me on the Long Range Certificate course over the last few days. I particularly enjoyed your your excellent method of instruction and the relaxed, two way learning environment. These things, coupled with the interesting and like minded students made the course a hugely enjoyable occasion. My only hope is that you will view my nervousness about remembering some of the detail in preparation for the examination as a measure of my keenness to succeed. I needn't have worried: you tought us well. Thank you again for everything.
Jon" posted: January 25, 2013
Michael Foote from Isle of Wight said: "Many thanks Bob for a great and successful course. The days were well structured with the right balance of tuition and revision. It all worked on the day
Mike" posted: December 4, 2012
Colin Sharratt from Planet earth said: "Hi Bob,
The on-line training is very thorough as indeed is the practical course. Enjoyable too!
Colin" posted: December 4, 2012
Ewan Lovett-Turner from Portsmouth said: "The two day course was very well structured. The pre-course materials were comprehensive and easy to use. Bob and Claire were very clear in managing the expectations of the work required before attending the course, which meant there were no surprises on arrival. Bob is a very knowledgeable instructor which made the course hassle free. I'm enjoying putting my skills to work in the Bahamas, although some of the local procedures aren't as strict as the UK (e.g Hotel reception calling housekeeping on Ch16!)
Ewan" posted: December 30, 2012
Dave Harrison from Northampton said: "Hi Bob. Great course, enjoyed every minute of the 3+ days LRC. Online training was a great advantage and being able to do a bit here and there mean't it wasn't too taxing. Will definately recommend YachtCom to anyone who is considering the LRC." posted: December 5, 2012
Barry Edmonds from Hampshire said: "The online training ( prior to the course ) was invaluable, well presented, clear, logical and something to complete at 'leisure'. The 3 day(+) course was excellent with both content and presentation, made all the better for interacting with others under Bobs watchful, and humorous eye. Outstanding in every respect. Thank you.( and thank goodness I don't have to sit the exam again)." posted: December 5, 2012
Joe from Dorset said: "Thank you very much Bob
Great course content and very informative
Great Yarmouth" posted: October 25, 2012
Paul Adamson from Skipper Oyster 885-01 said: "Hi Bob,
Just to say thanks for a great course! Very informative and professional!
Would recommend you to anyone who wants some top class instruction in marine radio! :0)
Paul " posted: October 10, 2012
Colin Ladd from Aberdeen said: "Hi Bob,
Many thanks for the course. It was well set up and the notes were excellent. The pace was about right but I was glad I'd spent some time working through the e-learning pre-work before I came.
Colin Ladd" posted: September 22, 2012
Paul Ducker from Derby said: "Hi Bob,
Many thanks for the well structured 4-day course, which was well detailed and delivered. Would recommend to anyone interested in getting the most out of their yacht radio equipment.
Paul" posted: September 21, 2012
Alberto Fioretti from Italy said: "Dear Bob,
Thank you very much for all your effort. Your course was excellent, well structured and very effective.
All the best,
Alberto" posted: July 15, 2012
Sue & Geoff Morris from SPENT said: "Dear Bob
Thanking you for your excellent tuition and patience. We are so pleased that we all passed including yourself - Well Done!
" posted: July 14, 2012
Ed Whelan from Hampshire said: "Thanks for a very well organised and well run course. Bob is a master of his subject, and I could not have been better prepared for the examination on the last day. I found the on-line pre-course training particularly helpful." posted: June 13, 2012
Debbie from UK said: "Thank you for a great LRC course, the on-line study was very convenient and the format of the two classroom days was perfect for really building confidence in preparing for the exam." posted: June 6, 2012
Mike from UK said: "Thanks for a great LRC. I feel a lot more confident to start fiddling with the * * * on the SSB I inherited with the new boat! " posted: May 22, 2012
Bill said: "Thanks for the LRC course, which I found excellent.
Not surprising that your pass record is so good, both the instruction and the exam preparation were first class.
To have such a nice bunch of fellow students was a bonus.
I also enjoyed my revision evenings in
The Jolly Sailor.
" posted: February 3, 2012
Steve Lawrence from Phuket, Thailand said: "I've been sailing for years around the Andaman and South China Seas in the belief that VHF and DSC was of little practical use to me. Yachtcom's short range course not only made me 'legal', but has unlocked the huge potential of my radio equipment and greatly improved my chances of summoning help in the remote areas which I sail. The amount of information received, and Bob's effective and cheerful manner in dispensing it, made the day extremely worthwhile and enjoyable." posted: January 23, 2012
Michael Wood from Buckie said: "Found the online tutorials and tests an excellent way to prepare for the LRC course. The four days spent in classroom were of a very high and professional standard. I would gladly recommend YachtCom to anyone wishing to obtain their LRC License. Many thanks." posted: November 15, 2010
john foord from sittingbourne said: "a big thankyou bob, the course is professionally run with the latest equipment. the on line training is hard going but prepares you extremely well for the on site training and exam. " posted: November 14, 2010
Massimo Zanotti from Italy said: "Hello Bob, I definitely confirm that it was well worth coming all the way from Italy to participate to your LRC course. You are able to prepare your students very professionally and the mass of infos goes straight in the head. Very positive experience. I will recommend you to my friends. Well Done! Thank you" posted: July 7, 2010
Ray Watts from Broadstairs said: "Bob, the standard of instruction, course material, your patience and professional approach guided me through the nightmare of frequencies, regulations, what if's and radio log practices to an exam pass, thanks for giving me the confidence to succeed." posted: May 12, 2010
Elin from IOW said: "I found the course challenging, and am thrilled to have gained my certificate.
Very impressed by the course materials and the on-line training - and your patience!
Thank you very much.
Now for the Atlantic.. " posted: May 12, 2010
peter Bell from South Croydon said: "Bob - finished yr course with flying colours - it was very hard work for me - but you got us through. It all made sense on the last day, and i am glad i spent so long going through the online tutorials. It is hard work - but well worth doing and you helped - Many Mercis." posted: May 11, 2010
Vic said: "Name: Vic
A belated note to thank you for an absolutely excellent course : clearly directed at the exam , but interspersed with enough anecdote and general radio chat to keep our interest.
Having access to all the kit and allowed for frequent questions.
The exam itself was a natural sequel and as you expected gave 100% success.
The booking and administration were painless and not surprisingly led onto a very friendly welcome on day one.
When I have sorted out my next boat I have no doubt where to seek the SSB system to intall.
Congratulations to YachtCom...
Vic" posted: February 26, 2010
Mike Naworynsky from Oxford said: "GDSS SRC course - well delivered and nicely paced. Thanks Bob." posted: June 14, 2009
Chris Brion from Devon said: "I was very impressed with your LRC course that I attended last November. There was a lot of ground to cover and the two day option with prior home study requires self discipline. But the pre-course internet training programme was excellently set out and anyone who follows it conscientiously should pass. As you know, the pass rate on our course was 100%. I was also impressed with your obvious knowledge and experience on the technical side and have recommended you to a number of people interested in fitting HF equipment in their boats. I have just completed installing my amateur station on our boat and will look out for you.
G4BTN" posted: March 25, 2009
Chris Smith from JSASTC said: "A very thorough and well delivered course. Superb preparation for the exam, which did much to reduce pre-test nerves." posted: March 20, 2009
Neil Penman from Devon said: "A professionally run and informative course taught by a knowledgeable instructor." posted: March 19, 2009
Rachelle Turk from London said: "My husband and I took the SSB-LRC and were very pleased the the quality of materials and training given by Bob. We had plenty of time to go over the material in depth and Bob's practical lessons and drills saw everyone pass the test. Thanks for your help!" posted: January 23, 2009
Richard Fye from Manchester said: "The LRC course was extremely useful and fulfilled all my expectations and needs. The good range of equipment allowed much practical hands-on training and the very effective teaching helped me prepare for the exam. I appreciated the professional approach. Many thanks. " posted: November 22, 2008
Bill Redgrove said: "Hello Bob, just a quick note to say thanks for the course, I found it well structured, interesting and productive. It was packed with information and good tips and I'm glad I managed to use the online training too. Hope you have a good time in Panama and look forward to getting in touch when you get back for the Pactor etc.
all the best
Bill R" posted: October 27, 2008
Roderick Brown said: "Dear Bob,
Many thanks for your patience, perseverance and good humour throughout the recent LRC course that you ran this week.
It was a real challenge to get on top of all the content as well as procedural stuff within the three days and your detailed notes, practical sessions and mock exams really did the trick in the end.
Many thanks, and greatly appreciated.
Have fun and wishing you fair weather over the next 6 weeks or so!
Kind regards, Rod " posted: July 11, 2008
Simon Fisher said: "Hi Bob,
I just wanted to say thanks for hosting the course last week - not to mention making sure I passed the exam.
It was very interesting and informative and I can safely say I am much more knowledgeable about all things GMDSS now. Hopefully it will set me in good stead for the forthcoming Volvo race although I am rather hoping that I won't be needing to press the Red button!
I hope you got some nice sailing in over the weekend despite the forecast. If it makes you feel any better it rained here in Spain too.
All the best,
Simon." posted: May 26, 2008
Dave Street from Lymington said: "Dear Bob,
Many thanks for a great day. I really enjoyed it and took away a lot!
Dave" posted: April 27, 2008
Jim Clark said: "HI
Thank you for your help the other day, it is nice to find someone who knows about ssb radio like you guys at Yachtcom.
JC" posted: March 28, 2008
Steve from Reading said: "Bob
Good course content and well presented. Good refresher after getting "ticket" 20 years ago. Thanks for advice on how to set up my new DSC as manual sadly lacking in this detail.
Steve" posted: March 23, 2008
Adrian said: "Bob
Just a brief note to say thank you for running such a successful training course - successful as well as being enjoyable. Will catch up later in the year when I get back from our next trip to Cape Town.
Once again my most sincere thanks.
" posted: March 21, 2008
Mike Costello from Bedfordshire said: "Many thanks for the LRC course which I thoroughly enjoyed. Its given me the incentive to get my HF rig back online. It was also good to network with the rest of the course. It was an interesting mix.
Mike " posted: March 21, 2008
Gill Evans from Hampshire said: "Dear Bob,
Just to say Peter and I thought our course was excellent.Peter for updating his VHF knowledge and learning about DSC and I for the whole day's work.I especially enjoyed practising the various different emergency calls.To be able to use working radios was essential for gaining confidence!" posted: March 21, 2008
Ken Barker said: "I wish I had done this course a few years ago. The use of a simulator provides realistic realtime situations and a better insight to getting the best out of radar and importantly it's limitations. The AIS system is fantastic and considering it only needs a new aerial and a laptop is a huge aid to nav in our increasingly crowded waters. The course is worth a day of anybodies time just for this. The limited class size means everybody is involved.
I am sure that on some miserable foggy day, tired after a long passage I will make a more confident landfall thanks to this course.
A day well spent.
Ken B " posted: February 26, 2008
Ken Barker from Dorchester said: "Brilliant course. Intensive, thorough, stimulating, expertly taught and with first class equipment for the practical side of the course. This has to be the best course for the LRC certificate anywhere.
The bonus is that if you have a question about marine communications Bob Smith has the answer - guaranteed.
" posted: February 25, 2008
Bent Lisdorf from Denmark said: "I had studied the LRC syllabus before arriving at the LRC course February 2008.That was a good idea. Even if Bob is an eminent, outmost competent and inspiring instructor, you have to do a good part of the job by yourself if you want to pass the exam. I did, and by this occasion I want to thank Bob for four nice days and a passed exam.
Bent from Bruxelles OUT" posted: February 23, 2008
Albert Cook from Bristol, UK said: "Thank you Bob for a very enjoyable LRC course.
As stated i was originally questioning why 4 days. Well, I soon found out there was alot more to learn and understand.
The structure of the course was excellent along will the facilties. I am sure the rest will agree that your instructional skills are excellenta and you needed and had the patience of a saint.
No doubt I will be in touch in the not too distant future in respect to a new 801 and modem.
Albert " posted: January 25, 2008
James H D Newman from Kent said: "Very enjoyable and intensive course covers the subject matter in detail. Good value.
Cheers Bob." posted: January 24, 2008
Bob Smith from Southampton - UK said: "Welcome
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Look forward to hearing from you.
Bob - YachtCom" posted: December 27, 2007