From: Quentin Hamel
Sent : 22 October 2017
Good Evening Paul and Wendy,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of you for a highly professional way that we were treated and the way the Radio Operators course were presented by the two of you. The knowledge and experience that the two of you have shared with us as your students is of the highest quality. The patients and time spend with each and every student on the course is much appreciated. I personally think there is not many people in the country that has got the experience and knowledge that the two of you have. Your exams and radio rooms is set up very professionally and of a high standard.
I would recommend you people too everyone and anyone that are in need of a radio or skippers course. I was recommended by a very good friend of mine (Craig Morris) from Durban and for me to travel from Nelspruit to Durban to do the course was definitely money and time well spend. The knowledge gain by doing the course through you will most definitely be to my advantage in future.
I was also assured by Paul that should I need any refreshment on any part of the course in future and/or need any information their service will always be available. 
Quentin Hamel


From: Eran Wilson

Sent : 12 September 2016
Dear Paul & Wendy
Just a note to express my sincere appreciation for the quality skippers’ course you guys gave my son Tristan, he cannot stop talking about how awesome it was, and how passionate you guys are to ensure your students become excellent skippers. I did my skippers in 1994, however I think our boat is now going to be managed differently with Tristan ........ Lol.
Please keep up the good work, I will for sure recommend Dawson Skipper Training to all our friends and family.
Best regards
Eran Wilson

From : Hannes Van Schalkwyk

Sent : 03 August 2016

I just finished the 5-day course with Paul, Wendy and Gordon from Dawson’s Skipper Training. The in-depth training left me with a sense of confidence one would need to enter the world of open ocean boating and introduced me to a whole new depth to navigate our coastal waters in a safe manner. The amazing experience is made even better with the Dawson’s crew as they are all awesome people that make the learning process a breeze (pun intended). They are highly recommended by fellow watercraft enthusiasts and after going through the course myself, I can now attest to that. Non-swimmers, young and old, fat and thin (lol), they will help you achieve your boating goals.

Thank you Paul, Wendy and Gordon.

The Two Dutchmen (Hannes and Neels)


From : Sean Lenz
Sent : 07 December 2015
Paul and Wends,
Merely a quick thank you for a fantastic course you offered us last week – I can categorically say that it has changed our lives and are already experiencing the benefits of the course.  To date, within the first 24 hours of receiving the ticket – we completed 2 hours on Friday afternoon (the entire family) and went out fishing on Saturday morning (a further 9 hours on Sat) and caught a 30kg Yellow fin Tuna off Umhlanga, approximately 500m out (under a pod of dolphins – I will send you the video – It’s awesome – well we think so anyway).  We are following the protocols down to the letter, and are having so much fun already – it really has been a life changing experience.
We can’t wait for good weather again (Is it a YES/No or Maybe day) to get back out – thank you once again.
Sean and Liam (and Kirsten my daughter and Nicky my wife/mom)
From : Rohan Wulff
Sent : 16 July 2015
Hi Wendy,
I would like to thank you guys for an awesone course and a great 5 days.
There is a brilliant mix between the theory and practical that keeps you interested and focused the whole time.
Please thank Gordon and Paul for me.
Best regards,
Rohan Wulff
From : Clare Daly
Sent: 11 February 2015
Hi Paul and Wendy, 
Just a quick note to thank you both and Gordon for the great skippers course last week. I was really impressed by how organised the course was from start to finish as well as how patient each of you were in getting everyone through the course. Patience isn't just for surf launches! Living up to that slide you put up on the first day, you never really told us anything. Instead, you showed us and involved us which, of course, leads to remembering and learning. I feel thoroughly prepared to face just about anything out there now, even Yamaha two-strokes. 
Kind regards, 
From : Guy Emberton
Sent : 29 September 2014
Morning Wendy,
I just wanted to say thank you to Paul, You and Gordon for your excellent skippers course. I really learnt a lot, especially in the theory side of boating and the rules of the road.
Thank you Paul for your enthusiasm on the boat and giving us a go on your precious ''Alice". I will look out for you if we launch at Vetches in the future. Yes! Unfortunately I do like fishing. Also thanks to Gordon. If he was any-more laid back his heart would stop beating. Keep up the excellent course. I will recommend it to anyone!
If the NSRI have to pull me out of the drink (Touch wood they don't) I promise I won't tell them I went on a Paul Dawson course.
Many thanks
Guy Emberton (Land Rover driver, Mercury motor fanatic from Eshowe)
From : Trevor Erasmic
Sent : 29 September 2014
Good morning Paul,
Just a quick thank you to you and Wendy & Gordon for the most amazing and well organised training.
You guys rock and I will recommend you to anyone I know wanting a skippers ticket.
Kindest Regards
Trevor Erasmic
From: Willie Pienaar
Sent: 03 April 2014
Hi Paul/Wendy
Just to say thank you to a truly wonderful experience we had with U guys. The way Wendy presented the course was excellent and the same to Paul who definitely knows what he's doing.  U guys were great and we will most definitely recommend Dawson's Skipper training to anyone who need to obtain a skippers license.
Thanks again
Willie Pienaar
Frederica Sugar Estate (Pty) Ltd
From: Paul Saayman
Sent: 30 October 2013
Hi Paul, Gordon and Wendy;
I wanted to thank you, Gordon and Wendy for an incredible five days. The manner in which you all presented and kept ones attention was fantastic, not
nce did I lose interest or struggle keeping focused or to pay attention, even if you may have thought so! :)  By far the best course ever experienced, and with great humour!.
Thanks again for your dedication, thoroughness and added value which created so much confidence to take a boat out to see in most conditions.
You far exceeded my expectations and if there is ever anything I can do for you here up North (of the Boerewors curtain :) ) please shout.
Kind Regards
Paul Saayman
From: Justin Jacobs
Sent: 27 September 2013
Hi Paul, Wendy (Mrs Dawson, wink*) and Gordon,
Just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed the training!  Your enthusiasm in presenting and demonstrating what is clearly a passion was infectious.  
Thanks for bringing home the safety and recovery aspects from an NSRI perspective - it’s what made it so much more valuable and real.
I have been and will continue to promote your training as a result of my great experience and wish you all personal and professional successes in the future.
Kind regards,
Justin Jacobs
From: Cobus Oelofse
Sent: 27 January 2013
Dear Paul (and Wendy)
Just a short note of thanks and appreciation for a very enjoyable 5 days spent with you and Gordon (and the rest of the class) - I was impressed by your professionalism and willingness to
share your vast knowledge and experience. Please pass my appreciation onto Gordon as well.
I will download the photos that Wendy (mine) took and will forward these onto you.
I trust that we will be able to stay in contact.
Best wishes
Cobus Oelofse
From: Amanda Dutton
Sent: 12 June 2012
Hi Paul, Wendy and Gordon
I just wanted to say thank you so very much for the most incredible exhilarating course I’ve ever been on.  It was truly an eye-opener which has given me an ever more respect for that
big dam out there.  Once again, thank you to you all for the most amazing teachers who always made sure we understood everything.
Keep up the incredible good work.
Skipper Mandy