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"We spent 10 days with Jolly Parrot doing our Competent Crew and Day Skipper. The entire experience was incredible - Jolly Parrot were so accommodating, the booking process was smooth and we felt so at home on the water. To top off the whole thing, we had two incredible instructors - Tom White & Trevor Walkingshaw. They were inspiring, engaging and made everything fun. We learnt so much and have come away with much knowledge, confidence & new friends! A huge thank you to Rachel, Clive, Tom & Trevor - we absolutely loved every moment of it and will definitely be signing up for a mile builder in the near future" - Lauren & Chris x - September 2020 (Trust Pilot) 


"My 2 daughters (aged 14 and 11) and I spent a wonderful 5 days on the water, to achieve our Competent Crew accreditation, under the confident, capable care of Tom White. Instructive, inspiring and really, really good fun! Great facilities, lovely food and the company of wild dolphins - what more could anyone ask for? We loved it! Thank you Tom and all the JP team!​ "- August 2020 (Trust Pilot)


"I just spent 5 days doing a competent crew course with Ian and to be honest I had a great time. Josh also joined us on various nights out when all the boats were in the same place and he also made our trip, with his hilarious stories.
I consider myself very lucky to have had a really nice couple of guys on our boat to share the week with, along with friendly people on the other yachts. We had a big 46ft yacht called Silent Years and we each had our own cabin, which I know is probably not the norm because they tell you that on their website.
Also we saw loads of Dolphins, Pilot whales and visited some great restaurants and pubs in Gibraltar, Spain and Spanish Morocco.
Ian and Josh showed us places you'd never find on your own and opened our eyes to what sailing in the Med is really like.
We all learnt a lot from Ian and we all grew as a crew getting more confident by the day.
Conditions went from flat calm to force 8 gales to perfect sailing, which for us was a great learning curve.
Ian dealt with everything, as did the other instructors and that's a real credit to them, because teaching novices isn't easy.
Thanks again", John - July 2019
(Trust Pilot)


"Very professional outfit. Instruction is of a high standard with your safety being put first. Will be back soon". Walter - September 2020 (Google Review)


"I've just completed an amazing two weeks of tuition with this company for my RYA Competent crew and RYA day skipper qualifications, passing both. I met an amazing group of fellow students and had the pleasure of sailing with them on two different vessels. The sailing yachts a Bavaria 36 and a Bavaria 37 were truly superb. The vessels are not crowded, with a limited number of students per vessel. Both vessels were clean, well fitted out and in good condition. We visited ports in mainland Spain, namely Alcaidesa, Duquesa Estepona and Ceuta in North Africa, (but kept to the rules during these troubling times, facemasks etc). There was a variety of different foods available on board which catered for all tastes. The company even went out of their way to cater for the lovely vegan couple onboard on the second week. Meal times was a bit like 'Masterchef which added to the fun, with everyone chipping in ideas and having a go. I would even say we had food left over afterwards on both weeks! (vessels were restocked after each course with fresh produce). I come from a mainly motorboating background, through work and fancied the idea of trying something a bit different and I wasn't disappointed I truly recommend you give it a go. It has been a great experience and thanks to the two great and very knowledgeable instructors, (Flipper & Trevor), I feel I have learnt so much in these two weeks in a relaxed environment which made learning easy, pleasant and fun. My experience has definitely sparked an interest and I hope to progress further. One thing is sure, I will definitely by using 'Jolly Parrot Sailing' in Gibraltar for my next RYA Coastal Skipper Course". Andy - September 2020 (TripAdvisor)


"During Covid-19 Lockdown I re-evaluated my goals in life decided it was time I got back to sailing after a gap of a few years. Clive Dodd and his team found a space on board one of the fleet of sail training vessels they run in Gibraltar, so I was able to join for a couple of days 'taster' to see how I felt about taking my RYA Day Skipper qualification. This helped me to decide that it was the way I wanted to go. The Jolly Parrot Day Skipper experience was enjoyable from the get go… Rachel confirmed my place and immediately got in touch to discuss diet requirements, they were very accommodating. I found the website extremely useful when planning the trip. My usual travel insurance people did not respond to my request to renew my annual policy this year, but the Jolly Parrot link to Topsail - specialist yacht travel insurers was a quick and efficient way to sort this. There were lists on the Jolly Parrot website of what we needed to pack, and what we didn't need to take which was very useful. Directions for finding the vessel on the first day of the course were excellent, texting via WhatsApp made it easy to liaise. The boat was modern and well equipped. I found the accommodation aboard to be more than adequate, with plenty of hanging room and stowage for my gear. The facilities ashore were also great, for nice hot showers at the end of the day. I was delighted to meet Tom White, our Jolly Parrot Instructor, and the other two crew members Lauren and Chris who were taking their RYA Competent Crew qualification. Tom's in-depth knowledge and confident manner put us all at ease quickly. Later over dinner we agreed we felt we could trust him 100%. Perhaps for this reason we found ourselves immediately relaxing, and enjoying the sailing experience, manoeuvring in the marina, setting the sails and sail trimming and helming. In fact taking part in every aspect of running the boat from daily maintenance checks to keeping a log. Mistakes were embraced as part of the learning experience and Tom was a great wing man, always at one's side to go through the right procedure again with us so we could have another go when conditions permitted. As the week progressed we could see big advances in each other's skills, and it became second nature to know where to be and what to do on the winches or sails, and which commands to use while on the helm to achieve the overall sailing objective. Tom built our confidence with oodles of encouragement and acknowledgment when we got it right. There was a happy relaxed atmosphere on board at all times. In-jokes and themes developed, adding to the sense of fun and enjoyment. At the end of each day we were able to relax ashore in one of the many bars and restaurants close to the Marina. Our Instructor Tom often joined us for dinner ashore, we had quickly bonded as a Jolly Parrot crew. I am really looking forward to my next Jolly Parrot adventure, and can thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone". Angela - September 2020 (TripAdvisor) 


"I traveled with my family from Gibraltar to Ceuta for two days with skipper Mark. He was very friendly, professional and helpfull in every area whether it was about sailing or simple conversation. He allowed my 9 year old daugther sail all the way from Africa to Gib which was most important that she could do that so I give 10 on 10 and even did not know it is possible! Recommend his kind of trip to everybody". - August 2020 (TripAdvisor)