Jolly Parrot. NOTHING JOLLY ABOUT IT!
STAY AWAY!!!! I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS TO ANY SAILING ENTHUSIAST!!!!
I did my day skipper
course with them and I was shocked to see how poor the quality the course is for 1.5K that I spent on it.
This company is only interested in money! But not actually giving you anything for it!
Let me give you my true and real experience:
When I arrived to Gibraltar on the Sunday, I rang to put my bags in their storage
room (Which was mixed with all the engine
parts). I have not met any member
of the school
, just the lady on the phone
and been told the meeting point would be 4pm at the lounge bar and people would be around at that time.
I was there by 4pm, no one came. I waited until surprisingly 9:30pm. Which I met a few of the course students by asking each other “Are you here for the course”. Nobody knew what was happening. So we introduced ourselves to each other. It is very annoying that no one had come to even say hello to us.
At 9:30pm a man working at the bar wore a jolly parrot T-shirt, so we knew he worked for them. There was no introduction
or welcome as you would expect. Because this course is all about the fun but we all started with a question of “Am I in the right boat?”
There was 5 of us in the small Jolly Parrot boat including the skipper. The boat only had 4 cabins. So I was already unlucky and ended up sleeping on the dirty sofa bed
for 1 week. There is no curtain for the windows so I ended up waking every day early.
The food provided was just okay. I can’t give any trophies for it. You will get 1 old towel and 1 set of bedding for the whole week. (If you can get one.) and you have got to ask for a sleeping bag. The wetsuits are very old and dated (it also smelled).
But I would give a big thumbs to Alister who deserves a much better school than this jolly parrot. I enjoyed learning
from him even though losing many hours of sleep on that boat.
After a week of doing competent crew we moved onto a slightly bigger boat. Guess what… I end up sleeping on the sofa again because the cabins were taken by the others quickly.
THE THEORY of the course had started, I have already told the admin on emails and over the phone
that I am not a native English
speaker so I might need a little extra help on the theory, to which she confirmed I would get. BUT I DIDN’T GET ANY HELP! Plus they will take your chart away from you so they can use it again. Because I paid for that chart and they took it away.
The teacher on the theory test class was overcrowded and was the worst part of this course. We had a lady and some elderly man.
The teacher had very bad manners, using language such as cursing and an aggressive manner such as using the F-word all the time. I felt embarrassed because there was a lady sitting behind me and the older gentleman.
The teacher was drunk every single
night and you would see how his face was tired and puffy in the morning while he was teaching us. He even wore the same t-shirt and shorts throughout the days he was teaching theory.
I failed on 2 parts
of the course because of the lack of my reading capability and received no help like promised.
Sadly I had been informed he will teach us practical stay with him in the same boat for the next 5 days. Again he would use bad language like saying the f-word at the boat and he snored very loud at night. Guess what? He’s drunk every single
I couldn’t cope with this so I asked to be moved out the first day to a smaller boat and he told me he will speak with Clive. I moved to the old boat with a much better mannered instructor who had much more knowledge in how to teach people. I think he is too high class for Jolly Parrots quality.
I was back to the sofa bed
again! But at least this time with a much better environment
. At the end, I failed the course in 2 categories. Because I was very passionate to become a skipper and this tall man wouldn’t be a big enough stone in my way to stop me, he couldn’t stop my determination.
I searched for help to start another school straight away (the next day). The money
was no problem so I had to pay for an extra course and I was very lucky to find a very high class school in Marbella Spain
. I was given accommodation and nice towels and a privet cabin
straight away at the boat which was very new, I believe it was the newest school boat in the whole of Gibraltar and Spain
. He even gave out school t-shirts to match the rest of the team. Very professional. I will go back to do my coastal skipper with him in a few months.
He took a lot of time and patience to teach me navigation
and passages. But Jolly Parrot didn’t give me any extra help. And now I’ve passed my day skipper course and I am seeking to buy my own dreamboat!
to anyone looking to become a skipper do a lot of homework before wasting your money
with Jolly Parrots.
All these words above are true and my sole experience with this Jolly Parrots. I have all the images
of the boats, and the quality of the service
. I will sh