I want to express a very heartfelt thank you for a well taught and put together class yesterday at Mcmichaels. Dylan my 12 year old enjoyed the class very much. He honestly was a bit nervous in coming but after the first break he said that he couldn't wait to get back. You made him feel very comfortable and he now has more tools and knowledge than he had coming into the class. He has been on the water since he was six months old and he has begged me to take him.
He enjoyed the class more than he enjoyed his school class.
A class act set of instructers, glad we chose this one.
Thank you again Enzo and Dylan
The class was excellent, I bought my daughters and wife so that they would know as much as possible when we are out on the water. I definitely picked the right course, the instruction was great and very informative. I have been boating for over 25 years and still learned a few tips myself.
The best part is the kids were discussing some of the topics all the way home, which means they learned something!
I personally made a list of the recommenced safety equipment and look forward to making sure I have what I need to make this summer boating experience a safe and fun one.
Whether your a new boater or just need a refresher I highly recommend this class. I also look forward to the charting course to brush up some skills.
Thanks Again!!! Luigi J. M
I really enjoyed the class. The instructor was very knowledgeable and down to earth. He made the class interesting by not just teaching the material, but explaining and showing how each situation can occur and why the rules exist.
It’s so much easier to learn rules and regulations when you know why they exist and what happens if you don’t follow them. They really take pride in their classes, you can tell, because they had actual newspaper articles of accidents and explained what happened and how they could have been avoided. Again, they really showed you the importance of boating safety.
The time flew by in the classroom and before you know it, it was the end of the day and I was taking the exam. They made me feel very confident that I would be able to pass the exam.
I learned a lot of things during this class that will stay with me forever. I now feel more confident taking my friends and family out on my boat.
Thank you very much !!
I really enjoyed the extremely informative boating safety class given by Alan on Sunday August 4, 2013.
I could 'feel' Alan's passion for the sport and I took everything he said as if it were my dad talking to me. Alan had a way of making an 8 hour class seem like minutes by his smooth deliverance. I KNOW this class WILL make me a good skipper, and I would recommend THIS class to ANYONE that plans to ever venture on water, even if you don't own or plan on owning a watercraft. Alan's words were so taken with so much regard, that on every break we got, I was ordering every piece of equipment that he said was necessary.
Alan, I want to wish you the best and just thank you for what you do. I pray that many people will choose this boating safety class taught by Alan & Phil, so that we can keep the waterways safe!
Albert P Jr.
Thank you Alan and Phil. What I thought was going to feel like a long day flew right by. The class was enjoyable and informative and I know I will be a safer boater for it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us. Undoubtedly, I came out smarter than when I went in. Keep up the good work!
You did good, you did real good!!
NOW, I can write my book about all the things I didn't know about life on the high seas! Alan was informative, humorous when appropriate and obviously knows/loves his subject. Now I know why this class is mandatory, when you learn the enjoyment AND dangers that you can be faced with when boating.
Keep up the good work!
My wife and I took the NY Boating Safety Course with Alan & Phil. The course was very informative and the material presented should be appreciated by both the amateur and experienced boatsman. The visual aids complimented the course well. What I have learned from this class will help me enjoy the waters safely.
Thanks Again Rob R.
Hello Alan and Phil,
Thank you for the most informative class. My husband and I learned a lot and really will be viewing boating in an entirely different light after this class. We are kayakers on the Hudson River and knowing what the rules of the boating world are very helpful. I particularly liked the examples of the all the safety gear, VHF radio, the Distress flag and other safety gear.
I so appreciate your current updates that’s what makes the class interesting and less dry. It would have been a miserable course without your wealth of experience and current events updates.
My goal is never to be on the front page of the news with some very basic safety step omitted by myself or my husband. We capsized in our kayaks and were whisked under a low level bridge up near West Point last year and were stuck on the other side of the bridge for 6 hours waiting for the tide to change. We did everything wrong!! So now we are starting the season on the right foot. My husband has ordered the VHF radio etc.
I feel like I’ll be monitoring the Tappan Zee bridge since we live so close!!! Watch out from above!!!
Thank you very much for hosting this workshop on a cloudy day (teehee!!)
Patricia and Peter K
I enjoyed taking your class and I can't believe how much I have learned in such a small amount of time. I could tell how passionate both of you are about boating/jet skiing! I have been on boats and jet skiis all my life and you have really opened my eyes to how important it is to be well educated and fully understand the potential danger that can happen when one is not. As much fun as a boat/jet ski can be they can also be very dangerous when not used properly. I recommend this class to anyone that is thinking of going on a boat/jet ski or thinking of buying one. I think you are never too old to learn.
I learned that the simplest common sense things that people over look on a daily bases can potentially be the difference between living or dying. People always think of going out and having a good time but don't take as much time to make sure that their boat is safe and that they have everything they need in case of an accident or emergency for their guests. Instead their check list is: Beer,Wine,Chips,Salsa etc...it should be life jackets,fire extinguisher, etc... I have never been on a boat where someone has told us where anything is except for the food,beer and bathroom was and that's a shame.
I hope they get the opportunity to have you both as their teachers. Thank you so much! Geri D
Alan you were fantastic! We were so jet lagged and of course after a year away from the US, we kind of had other things in mind to do. BUT, you were like watching a show and your personal anecdotes were so well placed and well conveyed and most of all, they underscored the material so that it was easy to put things into context.
So thank you for turning an onerous chore into a really good day. Plus we all passed.
Best regards, Fran L
Hi Alan and Phil,
Yes, we enjoyed the course very much. The 4 other people with me had no boating experience and I know they learned a lot. I have had boating experience and I too learned several new things that will help keep us safe and the course was well worth it. (I just ordered my vhf radio).
This class was great, I learned so much from Al and Phil. I feel this class should be a NYS requirement before ANYONE drives a boat or jetski (or an Amphicar). I would highly recommend this class for people considering buying a boat or even if you plan on being a passenger on a boat.
Thanks for all of the useful information!
I thought the class was excellent. I learned a lot of things that I wouldn't have know enough to ask about. I am not a boater. I have ridden jet skis. I just wanted to know enough to do it safely. I think I do now. Alan demonstrated how a seasoned professional handles technical problems.
I enjoyed this boating class! I have been boating since I was 13 years old and really did find all the info relevant and helpful...I thought how could this be because I am 66 years old. The presenters were excellent and kept our attention and made the material very relevant. I do want to say THANKS, GOOD JOB!!!!
Bob H PS My son and wife also attended and felt the same way.
Both my son Jesse and I thought the course was great .
Who would of thought that after 52 years of boating I'm still learning things!!
i was very impressed with course. ive been boating for 30yrs and i was so glad i took my son i learned much more than i anticapated. i would recommend this course to anyone, i just purchased my first boat and this course taught me so many thinks i didnt know.
thanks again ed m
To Alan & Phil
Eyal Kashi and myself learned a lot from your class. We particularly liked learning about what to do in an emergency situation. Learning about the VHF radio and channels to use was very helpful to us. We both think we will be a safer jetskiers because we took your class. If you choose so you have both of our permissions to post your testimonial on our website.
Michael C & Eyal
Dear Alan & Phil.
I thoroughly enjoyed the NY Boating Safetly coure you guys gave at McMichaels yesterday. I learned some things which I hope to never have to use but which I know are very valuable. Keep up the good work.
Gained some important stuff that I thought I knew but really didn't.
Thank you Pete I
Very informative class.
Well run with knowledgeable instructors.
Especially useful information on trailering, laws, emergency procedures, and water marking systems. Required for jet-skiers, but strongly recommended for all recreational boaters, young and old.
- Pete C
Hello Phil & Alan,
Thank you very much for the boating course. We did find it very useful. The way the class was taught, was very clear & direct with the focus being on safety. Having my 12 year old son realize how important that is. He was very proud to have passed!!
Are you offering this same course in Bloomingburg again in the near future? I do have people interested.
I would like to thank you both for a very interesting and insightful class. The information and knowledge that you guys shared with us was great. From knots to coastguard safety regulations I think I learned a lot more than I thought I already had known. All the questions I had going into the class were all answered even without me asking.
Once again thank you guys for all your help and hope I see you out there in the water.
Safe Boating to all. Marco N.
I really learned a lot from the class and it is great knowledge that I can use for the rest of my life. I think that every boater should have to take the class.
The class was great!
I do think 1 of the first questions that should be asked is, “How many people already own a boat/jet ski, or are you planning on purchasing one?”
I say this because, although I have been on the water my whole life, even worked on a lobster boat for 2 years out of Port Jeff, I do not own a boat/jet ski.
I think this would better help the instructor know what kind of class he is dealing with. If I owned a boat I would definitely own charts of the waterways I travel. I was surprised to see the people in the class who seemed to own boats did not.
The class was very helpful and presented well and definitely will make me a safer person to be on the water.
Thank you, Gerry H
Alan & Phil
The safe boating class was vg i have been boating my entire life and am looking at my 4th boat the class was very informative and i will take safety equiment with current dates and better life preserves more seriously. You guys ran a great class the chapter after lunch should be changed into 2 chapters it was very tough to sit thru to long.
Thanks joy & richie
Great Course: Excellent mix of videos, lectures and real life stories!
Hello Gentlemen !!
Honestly you guys didn't do good at all !........
..... You did Excellent !!!! It was an honor to be in your class.
Let's keep in touch. Jorge G
Being new to boating I found the class very informative, Alan did a great job using some of his own experiences which always helps.
Hi Alan And Phil
Thank you for the course. No I fell more comfortable knowing the rules of navigation on the ocean and therefor that make me a better navigator. I liked the class because it does touch a little a bit of everything about a safety in and out of the boat..Not everyone have common sens. And It teach you how to get out of bad situations by knowing what to do ..Life vest first and let's be safe. Sincerely Pascal