Friends introduced me to Nomad sailing Summer 2012, and having commenced as a complete beginner, I have completed the RYA Competent Crew practical (5 days at sea) and am now studying the Dayskipper Theory.
The training was excellent. My first 5 days were with friends, and although this was hard work with a few downpours, the energy from Lou in delivering the training is a real inspiration. Taking the helm is very daunting starting out if you haven't done this before, but you literally are chucked in the deep end in being given practical responsibility. Furthermore I also did an additional weekend, taught by Jim, to practice tacking and jibing; and this was a great opportunity to meet new sailors (undertaking their Dayskipper Practical) and consolidate knowledge. He and the group were great.
I'd definitely recommend NOMAD, the training is rigorous but the courses are equally a good opportunity to meet fellow sailors and create new networks.
Thanks Lou and Jim!