Just a short but sincere note of thanks to the SD, its supporters and the instructors without whom the course I attended at GAP 180 last weekend would not have been possible.
As noted in another thread the course was well put together and was able to cater to the vast range of abilities and knowledge levels of candidates without being overly complex or patronising. A balance which is hard to find in the circumstances.
Pierre, Andrew and James all have different approaches to instruction and training making an excellent team which I would highly recommend to anyone in the future.
Personally I found the course very interesting. It is a basic course however I learnt a lot about species haven't yet had the opportunity to stalk and some about the ones I do. It is by no means a zero to hero course but one that gives good grounding in a sport in which most advancement is through experience in the field. Quite frankly I wish I had done it earlier.
The other great benefit was meeting people with experiences of stalking beasts that I have not yet had the chance to, notably CWD and Sika.
Lastly a massive thanks to Alan for his great food. Really excellent and very filling. I nipped out for a cheeky stalk on the Saturday evening and found myself still full from lunch after finishing up at the chiller at 1030pm leaving only room for a celebratory beer.
Many thanks again,