Testimonials

What people are saying about Red Ensign

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Testimonials from Trainees

Read some of the kind words offered by some of our trainees


'Very direct, all information was relevant and delivered in a way that invited discussion and made it easy to obtain new skills and knowledge. A great course!' (STCW Efficient Deckhand course)

Chris West 07/12/2017

'Very thorough and engaging, practical really well delivered and I felt in very safe hands. Fire fighting a fab experience!'

Holly Nolan 07/11/2017

'I loved the training and enjoyed it. Overcome my fear. Confidence boost up. Good team. Thank you!'

Luviksha Appigadoo 03/10/2017

'The training was extremely informative. Learned so much from this course and feel much more confident if I needed to apply any of the methods of first aid.'

Leearne Brunt 18/09/2017

'A big thank you to Red Ensign for a rewarding year and an excellent training programme (Deckhand apprenticeship) ! All the instructors had a brilliant approach! Everyone was very supportive, energising, engaging and team focused, and at the same time I received some very professional training and help! I feel I have become more confident and developed a professional approach to my studies and life! Red Ensign provided various trainings in suitable premises, such as Sea Trident (training ship), a simulator room (classroom) and lots of fun in the river Medina (sea survival, rescue boat, and life boat training!)  Besides an amazing approach from the instructors, I had some excellent help from the management too! I would definitely recommend Red Ensign as a training facility ! For me it was perfect from top to bottom!  Thank you!'

Jana Zinevica (Red Funnel) 11/08/2017

'We found the Theory of Fire and Fire Prevention course very informative and most enjoyable. The Staff at Red Ensign were professional and knowledgeable as well as friendly. We would highly recommend Red Ensign for this course and we will use again.'

Mark Osborne (Teleplan International) 21/09/2017

'Thank you for making my time at Red Ensign so enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons! It's been good fun and that's all thanks to you guys! You're the best! :)'

Rachel Lasham 08/08/2017

'Very professional well run course. Material presented in a friendly environment.'

Craig Henshaw-Allcock (BAE Systems) 25/07/2017

'Would recommend! Friendly, helpful & interesting.'

Samantha Payne (BAE Systems) 25/07/2017

'Jon is an amazing teacher, he explained everything through examples and we all got great and useful information. Everything was perfect! Thank you guys!'

Nikola Miladinovic (Steiner Academy) 10/07/2017

'Amazing experience, loved it, made you feel completely comfortable with the whole training.'

Richard Sutton 30/06/2017

'Just completed one week on Sea Survival in Red Ensign. Really enjoyed it; quality training, very realistic, professional trainers, very approachable. It changed my life. Thank you for everything, it has been a honour and a pleasure.'

Liliana Culda (Steiner Academy) 23/06/2017

'Today's course was superb... and I have done countless first aid courses. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable delivery - ideally pitched to this audience - particularly for non-native English speakers - very well! Ian deserves a big pat on the back.'

Clive Blount 12/06/2017

'My sincere thanks for a well run course which was very well delivered. I have done many of these courses along with three Advanced Fire Fighting courses with at least one run by serving fire fighters who admittedly gave a really full-on fire scenario but none delivered with such a clear and concise manner. So well done to all the team and thanks to Cliff!'

Paul Kennedy 30/05/2017

'Incredibly professional and friendly professional setup. Best place for STCW refresher courses, Cliff our fire fighting instructor was brilliant and the assistant instructors great too. Well organised and the accommodation and food on Sea Trident next door, perfect. Highly recommended. Thanks!'

Christina Bridge 05/05/2017

'Had the best weekend of training, from fires to the water, it has been a blast and I cannot thank the team enough for being so efficient, professional yet the most welcoming! Definitely a great experience! X'

Natalie-Ann Morgan 05/05/2017

 'You are such a wonderful team. I am so happy I chose Red Ensign and will be sure to come back to you if I am required to do any other courses in the future. I can't thank you enough.'

Kate Brooks 02/05/2017

‘Loved every minute of my course at Red Ensign, it's made so enjoyable by all the instructors and I definitely learned skills that I will have forever’

Deirdre Flannery (Harding Retail) 28/04/2017

‘An outstanding outfit. The organisation and pre-arrival info is spot on. The staff are what make this place. The backroom staff are superb. The instructors are professional, friendly, knowledgeable and so, so cool under ‘fire’. I was on the STCW course and the pace was perfect, the environment was just what you would expect from the material. The lectures are planned so that there is a lot of interaction, which is what you need to avoid the after lunch ‘nod-off’ which can creep in. The practical sessions were extremely well run and other staff members became involved so that you never felt under-supported, and although it was adventurous and challenging, you never felt as though things were out of hand. Loads of laughs, and lots of learning. I think I actually learnt more than the syllabus, mainly through the other candidates, who were from such different backgrounds. I cannot recommend Red Ensign highly enough. Whatever course you are doing, I would expect a very high standard of teaching and an extremely enjoyable and informative experience. Absolutely superb!’

David Monk 17/04/2017

‘I have had the best week considering I was dreading it. You have all put me at ease and made this experience really enjoyable! Thank you so much for everything!’

Claire Beverley 17/04/2017

‘Thumbs up, everything was great!!! Great teaching by Ray, kept everyone up to speed. One of the best courses I’ve done! Look forward to doing more courses with Red Ensign.’

George Ene (Njord Offshore) 12/04/2017

'Excellent people! They love what they do and they share it with you! I cannot wait to go back again! Cheers!!'

Alejo Siri 22/03/2017

‘Best course on this subject – Fire Fighting – in 37 years at sea!’

Miles Forman 03/03/2017

'Really felt I had good value for my money. I didn’t feel at all intimidated at my lack of knowledge and was delighted to have come away wanting to learn more. Thank you!!'

Wendy Barton 01/03/2017

‘Thanks to Ian, Cliff, Andy, Jon. Those people become more then your instructors , become your friends. Had a great time here and hope to come back soon!’

Raul Pagidean (Gardline) 27/01/2017

‘Send my love to Monica, something somewhere came into my mind when 12 foot down! If it wasn’t for the training received I would be dead. Something clicked in the brain, don’t know if it was first aid with Monica or sea survival with Andy.’

Wayne Spurge 24/01/2017

‘We have nothing but praise for Red Ensign Training from first contact to receiving qualifying certificates. We are particularly gratified my 20 year-old grandson had a great time but the boost to his confidence has only been superseded by the boost to his enthusiasm for a life on the water. So many thanks to all concerned!’

Bev Wyman 20/01/2017

‘Absolutely amazing course, great instructors and amazing life lessons learnt. Would 100% recommend. No matter how big your fear these guys will get you through. Will be back in the future for more! On a personal note, massive thanks to Ian and Cliff for all the support you gave me.’

Philippa Sherrell 13/01/2017

‘I recently completed my STCW advanced refreshers, the week before Christmas. I just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you for the course. To be honest, after 20 years at sea I didn’t have high hopes that the course wouldn’t be anything other than a money making exercise but on completion I must admit I found the course to be highly beneficial in refreshing my memory and hands on training, something that is harder to do in a senior role on board. I especially enjoyed the advanced fire fighting and having a ship to do it on is a major factor in making the course realistic. So much better than sitting in a classroom! I will be recommending red ensign to colleagues for this particular reason. So thank you for changing my opinion of compulsory training. Please pass on my thanks to the instructors that week. Keep up the good work!’

Matt Ledingham 08/01/2017

'Absolutely amazing! Loved every second of my training with Red Ensign. Excellent training, facilities and teachers.'

Amy Mitchell 23/12/2016

'Completed my apprenticeship as of today. I loved every bit of it!! Everyone was very helpful and went above and beyond to make sure I understood. Massive thanks to All the team at Red Ensign. All the best for the new year!'

William Smailes 12/12/2016

‘The Red Ensign team are the best! I returned to do my refresher training in STCW. I had the most fun week with some great instructors who are really supportive and really fun!! A great experience and opportunity to meet some lovely people Thank you’

Georgia Baker 02/12/2016

‘Did refresher course from the 5/12/16 to the 8/12/16, was a really good course I enjoyed it and the instructors made you feel at ease which was nice 10/10 for guys!'

Russel Spencer 09/12/2016

‘Ray was a great instructor! Very easy to talk to/ask questions. The facilities were excellent along with all the engine components that we had to work with, made things very simple.’

James Hartley 28/10/2016