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Testimonials

We want to thank you for a really brilliant introduction to sailing and providing us with much needed relief from COVID-19 which has dominated all our lives in 2020. While both of us had some experience of sailing many years ago, we embraced the Basic Cruising Course. With Sarah as our very able instructor we made it through the afloat parts, followed by the exam. Through her enthusiasm, she has instilled a love of sailing in us that we hope will last for years to come. We are now enjoying being able to put this all into practice with your Sail Share program. Thank you all so much.
~D. Cumming & P. Napke, Ottawa, September 2020

I highly recommend this school and the course of Basic Cruising. I was very lucky to have a very good instructor – Rob. In 2 days of sailing I got a lot of experience and knowledge but what is more important – a right way of thinking. It is very necessary in Sailing to think first, to be prepared, to know exactly what you are going to do. I trained on Tanzer 22 – very nice boat, in good condition, everything was in place and ready. If you want to learn how to sail – this is the best place to go in Ottawa.
~A. Kazak, Ottawa, September 2020

I am writing to thank Advantage Boating and Doris Parolin for the high quality of instruction given to me and my family in 2020.  I, and three other members of my family, took the Basic Cruising course this year. My wife and I trained with Raymond Gouin. Our kids trained with Adam Parolin. We then signed-up for the Sail Share program to gain experience while we looked for a boat of our own. To no one’s surprise, the C&C 30 we bought turned out to be harder to handle than the smaller boats we had trained on. After an embarrassing docking attempt (where we ended up perpendicular to the finger and occupying two mooring spots) my family lost confidence in our ability to handle this boat. This prompted my call to Doris for more training in Docking 101.  Doris was more than happy to help.  She spent a full morning on our boat teaching us the finer points of docking and casting off.  All four of us had the opportunity to learn how to perform docking and slipping maneuvers safely and confidently.  While none of us are ready to single-hand this boat we are confident that as a team we can get in and out of the slip safely. Thank-you Advantage Boating, Raymond, and Adam for the high quality of the training provided during our Basic Cruising Course. A special thank-you to Doris for her calm teaching demeanour and immensely helpful advice and guidance to four fledgling sailors.
~Kelly Barr, Ottawa, August  2020

I would like to thank Ron, Doris and the amazing Advantage Boating team for introducing me to the world of sailing. The well designed basic cruising course followed by the sail share plan allowed me to gain solid afloat skills in no time. Through sail share I met wonderful people ,  who also got hooked to the power of the wind like me. I would definitely recommend other people to register for this life changing experience with AB.
~Udi Nir, Ottawa, January 2020

I just wanted to send you a note about Camden who was the instructor for the Basic Cruising course. When someone does an exceptional job I like to let their employers know. I was incredibly impressed by his teaching style, his ability to calmly handle any situation and his ability to teach the variety of skill and age levels that were on the course. I have several years (maybe even decades) of instructing and training adults and it is a valuable skill that Camden has.  The course was fantastic and I will be signing up for more courses in about a month when I return from travelling.
~T. Hofmann, Ottawa

The Grenadines flotilla was superb – definitely one of the best planned and executed flotillas we’ve ever experienced.  It was just great to sail with the enthusiastic and talented crew we were privileged to have on Fleming.  They all worked together as a team and that made it a really enjoyable experience.  Thanks for selecting such a compatible crew for us!
~E. Toman, Ottawa

The courses offered through Advantage Boating have been the difference between sailing and sailing with skill.
~C. Marks, Ottawa

There are two things that any sailing course should deliver:  the first is a realistic confidence in your skills upon graduation; second is fun! Quite simply, Advantage Boating excels at both.
~K. MacDonald, Ottawa

I loved my short time spent at the school.  Everyone was amazing and helpful and I wish I lived in Ottawa to be able to take more classes.  I had a blast.
~W. Kanek, Winnipeg

From providing outstanding instructors to instilling an enthusiastic love for sailing, Advantage Boating nurtured my confidence and skills with an awesome group of instructors and boating opportunities.
~K. Curan, Manotick

Joining Sail Share was a fantastic experience. We sailed all season long and benefited tremendously from our fellow Sail Share members’ expertise. Racing was also an excellent way for us to perfect our skills and acquire new ones. Not to mention we made a lot of friends and had a blast!
~L.Keryluk, Ottawa

Our instructor was a natural teacher who brings an incredible amount of passion and knowledge to the course.
~N. Taylor, Ottawa

I recommend Advantage Boating to all my friends. Seriously, I do… if someone asks me about sailing or chartering a boat down south I tell them to call Advantage Boating.
~J. Holliday, Ottawa

With respect to Advantage Boating as an organization, I found it to be well-organized, well-run and attentive to the needs of its sailing students. The staff was at all times professional and accommodating.
~M. Young, Ottawa

Thank you Doris and Advantage Boating for making our “Intro to Sail” sailing day and my parents’ 40th anniversary a memorable day!
~ D. Michaud and family, Ottawa

Everyone’s experience helped us build new, precious and close friendships. We are convinced that Advantage Boating and BYC have everything needed for anyone who wishes to sail. We cherish the gift of sailing and we thank everyone for the strength and knowledge received in this wonderful adventure. These people are truly oriented toward learning and improving their sailing students. We now have our boat and aim to reach offshore level for our retirement plan.
~ G. Grimard & M. Germain, Ottawa

Thank you Advantage Boating for providing me with a wealth of theory and practical knowledge, but more importantly, for providing me with the confidence to sail safely.
~ G. Ward, Nepean

I found my sailing lessons at Advantage Boating to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Sailing is a passion with me now and I owe most of that to the wonderful people I met through the school.
~ H. Ray, Ottawa

We would highly recommend Advantage Boating courses to anyone wanting to learn how to sail. We acquired a wealth of knowledge and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in the process.
~ D. Petrmichl, Nepean

Our Instructor demonstrated great leadership, a good nature, lots of patience and a great sense of humour, qualities that made the course relaxing.
~ D. Cole, Ottawa

I would like to thank you, Greg Pilsworth, for being our instructor. I very much appreciated your approach to teaching and your patience with us given a broad scope of new knowledge and vocabulary.  I was impressed with your adaptability in using various teaching styles to help us all better understand.  Equally impressive was your sensitivity to our individual learning requirements.  You are a highly experienced and great instructor.   
~D. Cummings, Ottawa

Bert is a great instructor…laid back, informative, doesnt make you feel pressured and in fact makes you much more comfortable going into the exam when you dont like exams….
~ B. Rotar, Ottawa

We are very grateful for the excellent Sail Canada training we have received from Advantage Boating including the Basic Cruising, the Intermediate Cruising, and Coastal Navigation Standards. As we are not boat owners and sildenafil citrate, we are also grateful for their Sail Share program which has allowed us to put our keelboat training into practice and improve our skills on a variety of boats.  Together these learning opportunities have helped transform us from dinghy sailors to competent keelboat sailors – ready and excited to join the Advantage Boating 25th Anniversary BVI Flotilla in February 2017 with David as the bareboat Skipper of a 42′ sailboat.
~ D. Gardner & P. Rasmussen, Ottawa

Thank you Doris and Advantage Boating for making my parents’ 40th Anniversary a memorable day. With my father at the helm (1st time in many years) and my brother and I helping with sails, we enjoyed a gorgeous late September afternoon on the water. For the benefit of everyone onboard, Doris went over some general sailing knowledge and taught us some basic sailing skills.  She exhibited great patience and skill to make our day on the water as comfortable and safe as possible.  My mother, who isn’t always at ease on a sailboat, was immediately comforted by Doris’ command in handling the ship.  To add to the fun, Doris regaled us with several of her sailing adventures, keeping us entertained for the entire day.  She is a joy to sail with.
~ D. Michaud and family, Ottawa

Robert and I want to thank Doris and Ron for a great introduction to cruising.  The BVIs are so beautiful, and swimming in that clear turquoise water was a real treat.  Well planned, well executed, it was a terrific vactaion.  We are definitely hooked.
~S. McKellips and R. Madill, Ottawa

I really enjoyed my online Coastal Navigation course.  I thought your material was extremely well put together and that it illustrated each of the performance objectives both clearly and appropriately.  Although my preference would be for an in-class approach, the quality of your online offering was such that I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.  Very well done.    
~D. Cummings, Ottawa