Gary Stewart tutored my last course 3 years ago so having the continuity was good. He has a natural talent for encouraging everyone to take part and work together with good humour and doesn't belittle anyone if they get something wrong. It's my first visit to The Bull Pen which I think could do with some signage on the road (an A-board or deliberately parking one of the sign-written vans would do). I also found the training room rather small. I can't imagine there would have been much elbow room had all 12 delegates turned up. At every break, the 7 delegates made a break for fresh air and space. I don't know if the 3 day course has a practical exam any more but I felt much more relaxed at being assessed during the 2 days. At a previous course the chief of the Fire Service turned up in full regalia which was very intimidating.
Gary made the course both interesting and understandable and without making it so intensive that people were under so much pressure. Unlike my previous course. My level of understanding is much better then on previous because of the relaxed approach. Speaking to others on the course they all found it was the same for them. I hope that this approach is maintained on my next course. Gary's approach was excellent and if it isn't practised in the same manor with other trainers then I would recommend that they adapt to this method.