"Hello, my name is Fred, and I am an MCA teacher who brings a fresh new approach to preparing you for your MCA Oral Exam"
Let’s pass your exam!
There is no denying it, I'm a slightly unusual teacher (who likes using crazy props and tactics to make you learn) however I blame this on my passion, and my passion for you to pass.
I know your challenges as I worked in the yachting industry for 15 years; firstly starting on sailing boats and then moving across to the dark side, power. During my time as relief Captain I began teaching OOW modules at UKSA. This allowed me to move back ashore with my family, as I had just become a new Dad and I really wanted to pay tax again. It was here talking with my students that the idea of “Fred’s Oral Prep” courses began.
Having completed all my OOW/Master 3000gt Yacht in the new system (and struggled) I personally understand the difficulties faced with undertaking the oral examination. And as one of the only MCA teachers from a yachting background, I saw the need in our industry to create a fresh new approach.
I also wanted to create something which not only makes you pass the exam, but makes you a confident and capable OOW or Captain.
I take my pass rates seriously - therefore I do not diversify and concentrate solely on the Yacht OOW and Master courses to keep the quality and results extremely high. With MCA pass rates at approximately 53% per year there is no room for error. I believe in quality not quantity, and not wasting anyone’s time – so have personally designed bespoke courses to cater for my fellow super yacht crew.
In short I have created something I would have liked all those years ago.
As a self confessed computer geek I have also tried to bring it into the 21st century with my personally written eBook, kindle, YouTube channel, online quizzes, videos, iPad and various Apps on the apple store.
Together, with my wife Emma (the not so silent partner) we will also take care of all the little things, as we know how hard and busy life at sea is.
To see the great feedback and the way I teach, please click on the links below.
Some of the things we provide
Young"ish" yacht captain with Master 3000gt
Psychology degree and 15 years experience working in the yachting industry (would you like fries with that)
Freelance MCA teacher – so up-to-date and current
Immersive courses (2 weeks) - Max 4 candidates, for optimum results
Unique preparation study kit - Ebook/kindle/iPad/Videos/Fred's App's from the apple store
Online knowledge testers to ensure efficient study
Blended learning - not everyone learns at the same speed and in the same way
Up-to-date study notes
Mock exam – with an independent source identifying your strengths and weakness (recorded so you can learn from it and also see how good you look in your suit)
Teach with Mac equipment/tech savvy
Obtain props the examiners use
Help you with exam techniques and how to respond
Provide awesome/purpose built accommodation creatively named "Fred's House"
Book your exam on your behalf
Personal tailor on the island for your suit needs
Distant Learning - available via Fred's iPad App
Decent coffee machine/fast internet/soft pillows etc etc - all the little things that make a big difference