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Re: discovery sailing, NS?
Hey Stephane - yes I did work with Discover Sailing. I would expect him to give a very good Yachtmaster Prep course. I took the Coastal Skipper course with him (5 days, if I recall correctly), also liveaboard. In general it was a very good class, and well taught.
Very good base of teaching knowledge, and range of experience
Very good at all the skills and requirements for the courses (has been in the game for a while, and knows it well)
Seaworthy, safe, and well-equipped boat that's just the right size (small enough to mess around with, but b/c of the full keel handles like many larger vessels)
Potential cons: (I say potential because I don't think of them as problems, but I recognize that some people might):
Older boat, so some of the techniques will need to be adapted to a modern fin-keel (but he discussed how that would change anything).
Tendency to get sidetracked in discussions (I think it's great because it lets me learn more, one woman with military background on my course seemed to find it a bit frustrating that we weren't always staying right on track).
In the course I took he only passed 1 of 3 students, which earned him a lot of respect from me. The other two had not been able to demonstrate the skills required, so it was a straightforward call on his part, but nice to see him make it.
In general, I had a lot of fun and would definitely take another class from him if I was around there or it was reasonably cost effective. From Sweden I'm not likely to fly back for my yachtmaster, but if I was still in BC I probably would fly over.
Mate - S/V Passing Cloud, Victoria, BC