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SailQuest Sailing School Thailand

Pattaya, Thailand
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About SailQuest Sailing School Thailand
"Learn to Sail" Adventure Starts with SailQuest Sailing School in Pattaya Thailand. Looking for fast-paced, fun & effective Crew & Captain "Learn to Sail" yacht training courses? Then the SailQuest Sailing School in Pattaya, Thailand is the right sailing program for YOU! Personal sailing instruction, modern training yachts and our popular Fast Track 10 Day IYT Bareboat Skipper's Certificate Course create the SailQuest Sailing School difference. As an International Yacht Training (I.Y.T.) partner sailing school, SailQuest students receive the internationally recognized IYT Bareboat Skipper's certificate and are qualified for the IYT VHF Radio Operators license and the EU recognized International Certificate of Competency (I.C.C.) Owner/Instructor Captain Tim takes a personal & professional interest in every student, family or group as he passes along a lifetime of experience in sailing, yacht charter, bluewater world-cruising & yacht ownership. See details: www.SailingSchoolAsia.com
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Danielle J wrote a review Oct 2020
Philippines21 contributions5 helpful votes
My partner and I just completed the 10 day course and had a great time! We were super happy to find an affordable sailing course to begin our adventures on the sea. The instructors (Joe & Howard) are fantastic and really know their stuff. They're very good teachers and went through the theory material as many times as needed for us to understand. The course is hands on from the beginning which was a great way to learn. We spent most of our time on the Jeanneau 43 (Paprika), but we did get an afternoon on the smaller racer X-99 (Hi Jinks). As expected the training boats are not brand new but learning on an older boat gave us valuable experience and we always felt safe with Howard and Joe. Unfortunately the Catamaran was out of the water for repairs but we were told about this before the course started and it didn't matter for us. We feel prepared to charter a boat for ourselves and we can't wait to get back in the water :)
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Joe C wrote a review Feb 2020
Busan, Busan, South Korea15 contributions26 helpful votes
I didn't want this course to end. That is how fun it was. Sailing every day on one of three really cool boats. Playing with charts and tide tables and compasses. Eating great food and joking with my classmates and teachers. Learning about diesel engines and pumping systems and anchoring techniques and going on boat tours with brokers and learning to park a boat in a marina full of superyachts...my inner 12-year-old was in HEAVEN. If you are a sailor, or even if you aren't, this course is a BLAST. The teachers are hilarious. The atmosphere is chill. The information is interesting and everything is taught hands-on. Plus it is an incredible value. If you look at comparable programs elsewhere you will see: this is VERY affordable. In a word: Excellent.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Tim_SailQuest, Owner at SailQuest Sailing School Thailand
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Hello 286joec, that's a great review! Much appreciated. Even though many SailQuest students are complete beginners, some, like yourself, have a good amount of previous experience. If I recall correctly, you've been an active sailor for many years, with ocean passages and yacht racing experience in your logbook. So it is good to know you found our 10 day IYT Crew/Skipper course to be informative and worthwhile. Even sailors who have a lot of experience will benefit from this program and fill in any gaps they have in their sailing and on-the-water knowledge, particularly regarding the "Rules of the Road" and our coastal navigation sessions. Of course learning to sail is a lifetime study. And even the most experienced sailors have new lessons to learn. By attending our IYT course, you have increased your sailing skills and knowledge, obtained internationally recognized yachting qualifications and had some fun along the way. Good job! Thank you so much. Happy Sailing, Capt. Tim
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bigkirkmanitoba wrote a review Nov 2019
nashivlle6 contributions9 helpful votes
I'm giving this sailing school a five star review. Captain Tim and his two instructors Joe and Howard did a really great and thorough job while I attended the 10 day skipper's course. There are a couple of reasons that I suspect that this school edges out some other schools in shear educational chops. First, Captain Tim really cares about the Rules of the Road, the safety of his students, and the well being of the sailing community. He has a REALLY deep bag of nautical knowledge. Tim's boats are good enough to run a sailing school but not so great that everything works with all the bells and whistles (like electric winches). For this reason ( and this is NOT a thinly veiled complaint), you get real life sailing experience, mechanical and electrical maintenance and so forth. Secondly, Pattay is a large and busy port where you actually use the rules of the road. Students learn how sea traffic is supposed to flow, recognition of cardinal markers, and proper and safe passage planning. There are many choices of great accommodations at what I thought were very reasonable prices within walking distance of the school. The overnight sail was a riot.....and that's all I'm going to say about that. This sailing course was not easy and I found myself studying in my hotel room every night. I would highly suggest this approach. Sailing is serious and you might as well get as much out of this course as you can. If I had one complaint, I would have liked to have seen more of Captain Tim. Having said that, Joe and Howard are so qualified and delightful that you really get your moneys worth from those two. I understand that Tim has to do an enormous amount of admin work to keep the school running properly. We had a wonderful group in our class and the camaraderie was great. I would recommend this school as a great intro to sailing or perhaps a fun way to sharpen the saw if you already have a background in sailing.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Tim_SailQuest, Owner at SailQuest Sailing School Thailand
Responded Nov 26, 2019
Hello bigkirkmanitoba, thank you for the positive review and your insightful comments on our 10 day IYT Crew/Skipper sailing program. We are fortunate here in the Gulf of Thailand to have all of the features you have mentioned - marine traffic, aids to navigation and more which makes the "real life" experience really come to light and emphasizes why a student really needs to understand the "Rules of the Road" and navigational skills. But to make things even better, the winds at our location are steady and reliable which it makes it possible to delivery hands on sailing lessons nearly 100% of the time... as you had during your course dates! Best wishes to you in your future sailing adventures, be sure to keep us posted as the watery world unfolds before you. Happy Sailing, Capt. Tim
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Greg M wrote a review Nov 2019
Phnom Penh1 contribution
Just completed 10 days with the SailQuest Sailing School, Thailand and I can thoroughly recommend them to anyone who wants to get a comprehensive, professional and thoroughly enjoyable sailing experience. For anyone who is nervous about their prior knowledge or maybe just not sure whether they can do 10 days sailing this is the course for you. Captain Tim and his fellow instructors (Joe and Howard) are not only experienced and knowledgeable but genuinely caring on your circumstances and will patiently walk you through any areas you may need help in. The curriculum is detailed but also there are enough gaps to take in the fun of sailing and simply chat about different areas that you are interested in. There is also detailed course notes and other information you can take away and study. Practical safety was always at the forefront and we practiced issues such as man overboard and collision avoidance rather than just looked at them in a book. Don't worry about the lower rating I gave the condition of vessel as it is not an issue. The main boat we used is older but is easy to learn on and it is beneficial to not have all the bells and whistles of modern plastic boats. I found I was not constantly looking for easy guidance from electronics or other aids but genuinely acquiring a "feel" for what was happening around me. That is the best way to learn. I am looking at buying a boat and the SailQuest Team were always supportive with practical, helpful suggestions and encouragement and at no time were condescending or negative. All in all I thoroughly recommend the course Captain Tim and his team at SailQuest conduct. DO yourself a favor.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Tim_SailQuest, Owner at SailQuest Sailing School Thailand
Responded Nov 26, 2019
Hello Greg, thank you so much for your kind words, It was our pleasure to have you join our training course and "learn the ropes" with your classmates. Quite a few of our students seem to be already planning to buy a yacht and have wisely decided to book sailing course dates before taking the plunge on this often significant investment. This is the recommended order, to attend your sailing course first, as you will learn a lot about different types of boats and which is the best choice/options for you during the SailQuest program. So now that you have completed our course, Greg, and have taken steps to become an informed buyer, and gained skills/knowledge to become a successful yacht owner, please be sure to keep us posted and send any links for boats you are considering to buy, and I will be happy to share my opinions. Happy Sailing, Capt. Tim
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ZloyZlobin wrote a review Aug 2019
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I had a 10 days bareboat skipper course. I really enjoyed my time with the SailQuest. A lot of new information and exciting practice with experienced and highly skilled instructors.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Tim_SailQuest, Owner at SailQuest Sailing School Thailand
Responded Aug 5, 2019
Hello ZloyZlobin, thank you so much for your review and the photos you posted. It is certainly a great feature of the SailQuest Sailing School to be located only 22 nautical mile away from Thailand's largest (and busiest) shipping port where students can put their new-learned knowledge of the "Rules of the Road" as we sail thru this interesting area during every course. An excellent training experience! Best wishes to you in all your future sailing endeavors! Happy Sailing, Capt. Tim
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