I dont think we're gonna have time for Sea World. I've been to Sea World before, and visited San Diego many years ago several times. I stayed in a really beautiful hotel there - the Del Coronado I think it was. Red roof... on the ocean.
Played tennis with Vice President George HW Bush (as his partner).
Whipped a Secret Service Agent and the Reagan's Secretary of something-or-another.. lol
Anyway - I had done a search previous to posting this thread and couldn't find anything for some reason. I just searched again and found not just my thread but three others.
All were one-post-wonders... I wonder why people make one post and then never post again or never come back?
There were no responses to the others - well, to two of them.
One was there to say "I had a HORRIBLE experience" but they posted ONE message, that one. So I wonder why someone would do that?
I'm thinking perhaps the moderator ought to combine all three of the other threads, and mine and put the information together. It'd be helpful later.
Oh, and REST ASSURED I'll be rating the school, the instructor and the courses right here.
And to let everyone know, I spoke to Nick from the school twice now. Both times he was not only helpful (but busy!) and instead of brushing me off and asking me to call later, or trying to get me off the phone, he remained on the phone with me while I asked him stupid questions.
My idea of customer service includes someone who is HELPFUL and not pushy, not antsy and not trying to get out from under getting asked the same dumb assed questions he or she got asked by the last customer.
I do this for MY customers and I expect NOTHING LESS.
Nick impressed me right off the bat.
Now.... knowing that, and knowing he MIGHT be reading here... oh well, he is on notice now I'll be evaluating him. I spent many years as a teacher and know what to look for in an instructor, instruction and direction. Knowing I'm actually learning something NEW this time around (except I'm very well read on it now) means that he's going to basically be giving me the hands-on training I'm looking for.
So... look to this thread for a review in a few months.
JoAnne and I are scheduled to depart on the 5th of April and start classed on Monday morning.
The class is a live-aboard for 7 days. Five days of instruction and 2 days of "bare boating" I guess.
They are shipping our books today and I should have them by Monday, Tuesday at the latest.
We're taking three certification courses. Basic Keelboat, basic Coastal cruising and bareboat.
So, I'll have notes on all those things at a later date for future question askers...