Some Comments from Past Clients:
Sailing on Driac with Charles has been a very enjoyable learning experience. Charles has all the qualities you need in a really good teacher, experienced, knowledgeable, relaxed and with a good sense of humour too!
– Wood family.
I cannot speak highly of Charles enough as an instructor. I learnt an incredible amount from him, in a very relaxed way given the sheer volume of info he had to share. The breadth of his knowledge relating to boats, sailing and safety is vast, and is always delivered with a real world example which is easy to relate to.
– Toby, Dayskipper Candidate
We just wanted to drop a quick email to say that we really enjoyed the first part of our Day Skipper Course and that Charles Lyster was an excellent and very thorough instructor. We both really enjoyed learning from him.
– Sinéad, Dayskipper Candidate
The thing that was outstanding was the tuition. Not only did Charles Lyster pack the weekend with a rich variety of carefully thought out exercises, but as someone who has spent a lifetime in education, I appreciated his ability as a tutor which was of the very highest standard.
It’s not unusual to find instructors who know their material, but it was a joy to find someone who clearly knows his stuff and is also good with learners at a variety of ability levels. His skill at avoiding direct criticism and building people’s confidence was splendid, and as a result the ambiance aboard , although hardworking, was both pleasant and encouraging and I felt that we all came away richer for the experience.
– Hugh, ICC candidate
The most knowledgeable instructor in the Western world – Charles earned this title after a 3 day grilling by two Oxford physics professors and one DPhil.
-Tom, Dayskipper course
I loved it. The highlights were the welcome I received, the adventure of doing something out of my ‘comfort zone’, the enjoyment of learning new skills, understanding the principles of sailing under the supervision of a sailor who is extremely experienced, knowledgeable and a very gifted communicator… and the very varied cuisine despite such limited facilities.
The Skipper was patient, kind, knowledgeable, reassuring, fascinating, inspiring, tolerant, considerate. Driac was just beautiful; what a special craft she is.
-Emyr, Competent Crew course