Other People’s Experiences of VIXON Courses

Testimonials and Feedback for VIXON Climbing

VIXON ClimbingWe’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic characters on our courses, many of which kindly get in touch to give us feedback. Below you’ll find some of their comments. They make us feel warm and fuzzy inside, and reassure us that we’re doing a good job and they also give you an idea of what other people’s experiences have been like. However, it’s not just about the praise, kind words are obviously appreciated but we also want to know how we can do even better. So if you have been on one of our courses and would like to give us some feedback then please get in touch. You can also read and leave reviews on the VIXON Climbing Facebook page.

“My years in teaching, Headship and inspection help me to recognise top-class presenters when I see them, and you are really outstanding – qualities of voice, humour, pace, empathy, response to questions, your extensive knowledge, use of resources… I could go on! I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel refreshed, more confident and “properly” tested and qualified.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Your enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject was boundless and really creates a good learning environment.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Definitely the best first aid course I’ve been on, by a long way. Very engaging, everything well explained and made memorable and relevant. I feel much more confident and motivated. The course has also made me much more interested in first aid.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Louise and Vixon climbing are awesome! Louise is extremely knowledgeable and professional, very friendly and makes a course fun and enjoyable! I would highly recommend Vixon climbing for the ITC outdoor first aid course.
Thank you for making the course fun and enjoyable and for giving us the opportunity and support to develop.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Fantastic professional Outdoor First Aid course. One of the best training courses I’ve ever been on in any context!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I have just completed a two day personal navigation course with Vixon climbing, and had an absolutely fabulous couple of days finding my way around Dartmoor. The first day was beautiful weather, and with Louise’s guidance I got to really hone up my map reading and compass skills. The second day was absolutely foul weather; rain, wind and heavy mist. I wasn’t sure how my navigation skills would match up to the conditions, but Louise was absolutely brilliant, setting me gradually harder challenges which had me navigating my way safely and, more importantly, confidently across the open moor even when I could only see a few metres ahead. I can safely say this was one of the most enjoyable days I have had walking ever. At the end of the course Louise talked over the exercises, and summarised both my strengths and also the areas I could work on, with advice about ways to practice which would improve my skills further. The course has not only improved my navigational skills, but has increased my confidence immensely. Louise is not only an excellent instructor, but was happy to plan the training areas and times around exactly my schedule, and definitely went the extra mile by lending me her gaiters because I had left mine back in Australia! I would wholeheartedly recommend Louise and Vixon climbing to anybody wanting to learn about or improve their navigation skills.” (Navigation Coaching)


“I’ve now been on multiple courses run by Lou and every one has been fantastic and I’ve come away having learnt a lot. From night navigation, outdoor first aid, coaching my lead climbing (head game) and self rescue for climbers, Lou has always explained clearly throughout all these activities. Lou gave me the confidence to progress through the outdoor awards and with her help I’m now a qualified Summer Mountain Leader and an aspirant International Mountain Leader. Thanks Lou for all the help and motivation, long may it continue” (Outdoor First Aid Course & Navigation Coaching & Self Rescue for Climbers & Lead Climbing Coaching)

“Brilliant Lou, thank you so much for a super clear and engaging teaching style and for adapting it to suit all of us.” (Outdoor First Aid Course

“A brilliantly led course, clear, pacy, very informative with a good mix of practical and slides. Really enjoyed the games and being challenged to think in different ways about scenarios, Many thanks Louise for a good couple of days. ” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Exceeded expectations. Having attended a number of ITC courses this was the best yet. Delivery and explanation of information. ” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I was genuinely surprised at how good the course was. Louise’s teaching style and manner was, in my opinion, exemplary” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Excellent in every aspect” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Absolutely excellent, exceeded my expectations, really enjoyable and I felt as though I was being instructed by someone who not only is an obvious expert in her field but also has a passion for her role, looking forward to refresher in 3years!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I’m normally based in Australia and have been climbing for a few years but not regularly. Coming to the UK for a few days, a friend recommended I get in touch with Lou at Vixon Climbing to get some great local insights into good climbing areas and get out there. I couldn’t have wished for better! Very highly recommended!” (Personal 1:1 Climbing Coaching)

“Probably the best run course (about anything) that I’ve attended.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Your approach to teaching and encouragement is brilliantly effective I thought. I started off with some trepidation, but thoroughly enjoyed the day, learnt a great deal, and came away feeling a better climber all round!” (Introduction to Rock Course)

“Without doubt one of the best first aid trainers I’ve come across and I’ve met more than a few” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Excellent tuition. Laura was amazingly patient and made it fun on day two as I was not a competent climber and was petrified. Lou and Laura were very thorough and inspired confidence in me to lead my first route having only trained indoors for 4 months. To be able to go on and lead having never trad climbed so soon is testament to their skilled coaching.” (Learn to Lead Climbing Course)

“Brilliant course and instructor – would highly recommend and will return!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I’ve just completed the ITC Outdoor First Aid Course, run by Louise Ansell at Vixon Climbing. It was a five star experience with a very impressive instructor. Having spent 10 years coaching and training staff in a commercial environment, I thought this was a superb example of best practice and extremely engaging. A must if you’re looking for an Outdoor First Aid Course!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I had an extremely rewarding 1 day one-to-one coaching session with Louise in advance of ML(S) Assessment. Louise is a brilliant coach. As well as being extremely personally beneficial, it was an inspirational and great fun day and I whole-heartedly recommend Louise and Vixon to all!” (Personal 1:1 Hill Skills Coaching)

“Brilliant presentation and execution. Lou explained things clearly and gave opportunity for discussion. Good mix between theory and practise. Fab!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Course delivery was excellent, very clear and well organised. Timings were very good and didn’t feel as though anything was missed along with didn’t feel as though there was any time wasted with anything irrelevant. Highly satisfied customer.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was demanding and yet rewarding having gained so much vital information. great friendly vibe! :)” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Excellent course content and delivery. Very relevant to my needs. Lou is a very competent and knowledgable tutor with a professional, yet light manner, and I would highly recommend the course to anyone requiring a first aid qualification for the outdoors.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I have signed up recently for a days one to one climbing coaching with Vixon Climbing. I mentioned this to a fellow climber who had already been on two courses with Lou. I was told that Lou is an excellent coach, very inspiring and he learnt a lot during the two courses. This was very reassuring news and I am even more looking forward to the date of my course now!” (Personal 1:1 Climbing Coaching)

“After a 2 day 1:1 coaching session with Louise on sun kissed Dewerstone rock, I feel like a new man! Louise is the consummate professional; her manner, her due diligence, & attention to detail is very impressive. Her enthusiasm & motivation is energising & galvanising, & I would not hesitate in recommending Louise for all your outdoor coaching & instructional requirements.” (Personal 1:1 Climbing Coaching)

“Having just experienced the two day Learning to Lead course, I can definitely say this is an excellent course. Louise’s instruction was very professional, very clear and concise, and the ample amount of time allowed to put theory into practice on real crags meant we came away feeling confident we could do what we’d been taught. Highly recommended!” (Climbing Coaching)

“ Great course, great trainer, learnt loads and had plenty of time to practise which made you overall feel more confident.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Louise is a superb instructor, very encouraging and inspiring confidence in ability. The content was very well organised and I feel like I’ve absorbed all of the information in the course. I now feel confident to deal with an emergency situation requiring immediate care. Also, really enjoyed the two days overall! ” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Excellent instruction in a very positive manner
(Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Really good course. Loved the way it was made personal to us. Loved the opportunity for different elements of first aid. Found the practical scenarios really useful. Thank you :-)” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“VERY MANY THANKS for putting on such a brilliant course – we all enjoyed it and learned a lot. You are a really great teacher!” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“Most fun I have had on a first aid course ever. Would definitely renew with ITC and VIXON Climbing!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Course was very good, Louise has a great way of delivering the elements which meant it was engaging, interesting and not boring! Thanks very much – see you in three years!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“ A very friendly class – good ratio of pupil to instructor. A+++” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial course!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Overall, excellent content and delivery.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I have really enjoyed this course. I now feel more confident in dealing with first aid situations and the outdoor element fit in perfectly with my workplace as a ski instructor and walk organiser” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Excellent trainer. Her manner is very good as is her knowledge and transparency in dealing with questions we may have.” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Your relaxed, professional and purposeful approach helped us to gain both skills and confidence rapidly, while really enjoying a day out on the moor – thank you! More than anything, the thought you put into the personalisation of your coaching, and quiet ability to boost confidence was very much appreciated.” (Navigation Coaching)

“Great fun, informative and concise. Thanks.” (Bespoke Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Louise was an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable” (Bespoke Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Brilliant! Would definitely recommend!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Lou had a good grasp of time management and no part of the content was rushed” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Really well paced & clear concise instruction from Louise” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Thanks so much for the lesson yesterday – Becks was buzzing afterwards and I’m sure will be back for more….” (1:1 Introduction to Climbing)

“Excellent course. Well Instructed. Nice location. Good Coffee!” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“Delivered in a friendly and enjoyable manner. Great venue” (Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I would like to say a big thank you for the course last Sunday. It was really great for me to learn some new techniques and to try out all those things which I theoretically knew.” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“Fantastic refresher of crag rescue techniques with Louise @VIXON_Climbing today. Lots of scenarios covered and explained patiently & clearly” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“Rave reviews for your training days from the attendees – and delighted that you can do follow-up days” (Training Courses for Climbing Club Members)

“I had a great 1 day course where 1:1 I received an adaptable and thorough review of some of the principles and uses of 1st aid specific to paragliding.” (Bespoke Outdoor First Aid Course)

“I learned more about how to actually climb in one day, than I did on a 5 day course with someone else last year” (Group Climbing Coaching)

“Thank you so much for an excellent week climbing. You certainly provided extremely enjoyable, insightful instruction, delivered with impressive professionalism and patience.” (Individual Climbing Coaching)

“Your choice of appropriate locations, crags and routes was perfect and is very much appreciated. I had a fantastic time.” (Individual Climbing Coaching in Spain)

“An amazing day” (Individual Climbing Coaching)

“Thanks once again for your clear, concise and patient instruction. Much appreciated!” (Individual Climbing Coaching)

“I never believed that I could progress that much in one day, thank you!” (Individual Climbing Coaching)

“The resources are a useful follow up!” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“Louise is an excellent coach and very good at ensuring everyone successfully applied their new skills. I would thoroughly recommend more sessions from Louise to other club members.” (Training Courses for Climbing Club Members)

“Thanks very much Louise, you have a really clear and methodical teaching style. I really enjoyed and learnt a lot from the 2 self-rescue days.” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“I just want to thank you for the lovely course I had on Sunday. Very very interesting. Everything was so clear even for a foreign speaker like me, so you have really good communication skills.” (Training Courses for Climbing Club Members)

“It was great to be able to navigate and actually learn too! Very rewarding” (Navigation Coaching)

“Thank you for the info and the course. I really enjoyed it and felt I gained a lot.” (Training Courses for Climbing Club Members)

“Thank you once again. I thought your method of teaching was excellent.” (Climbing Wall Award Training Course)

“Just wanted to thank you again for a great day yesterday; fun and hugely informative. Looking forward to the next one.” (Individual Climbing Coaching)

“Thanks very much for an excellent course last weekend. I really appreciated your patient and clear coaching style and I really learnt a lot. I hope I can organise another course with you soon for my friends.” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“I learned more in one day than in weeks of indoor climbing. Look forward to the follow-up.” (Individual Climbing Coaching)

“Louise is personable, confident and highly competent. Teaching was carried out in an enjoyable, friendly and relatively informal way but the recaps highlighted the extent of what was covered. Our questions were all answered and we were left with a clear idea of how to progress toward assessment. (Climbing Wall Award Training Course)

“I have met Louise since in her capacity as a climbing instructor and am still convinced that her work is brilliant. 5 Stars, A+++” (Group Climbing Coaching)

“Thank you so much Louise for a brilliant climbing weekend! I’ve learnt a lot from you. You are a fantastic instructor and a great person! Thanks again and I hope we can have you as our instructor very soon!” (Group Climbing Coaching)

“Thanks for a great weekend doing WGL on Dartmoor. Really enjoyed it and your advice and knowledge were invaluable.” (Hill Walking Courses on Dartmoor)

“Brilliant weekend, thanks Louise! Great to do the self rescue and the pre-SPA stuff. Hope you’re able to do some more stuff with us in future!” (Group Climbing Coaching)

“Big thank you for your time yesterday, we all really appreciated the interesting day and you passing on your knowledge!” (Climbing Club Skills Training Day)

“I am writing to tell you that I passed the ML assessment this last weekend in the lake district. It was really useful the day you refreshed me all the concepts for the exam. I think that lesson was the key to success. Thank you very much” (Pre Assessment Navigation Coaching)

“Just got back from another fantastic course with Louise from Vixon
Climbing. A really informative day which was tailored around our
specific needs. I wouldn’t think twice about booking another one.” (Climber’s Self Rescue Course)

“I hadn’t met Louise before but I was quickly impressed. Great knowledge of Dartmoor and the history of the area. Great map reading and great teaching, our whole group was very impressed and I recommend you book on one of her courses. Very professional coaching and kept the group moving, she kept challenging us but also joined in with the jokes and laughs.” (WGL Hill Walking Skills & Navigation Coaching)

“Just a quick note to thank you for running the training last weekend. I found it fun, extremely relevant and useful, and and a real confidence boost. I thought the course was run with a relaxed, yet purposeful and professional style, so thanks for your efforts.” (WGL Hill Walking Skills & Navigation Coaching)

“Thank you both so much for an exceedingly inspirational course. It was tough, yet fun and rewarding…I have to attend some training events which are such a waste of time (and money), however you both delivered a course which showed planning, care, concern and commitment to the customer, at a very decent price. Throughout the assessment, your style made it feel like we were just training, without you giving us any help or assistance.” Feedback following a WGL Assessment run with Wet and High Adventures (WGL Hill Walking Skills & Navigation Coaching)

“Thanks from all of us Blagss climbers. Despite the weather, you and Laura made Saturday on Portland fun and worthwhile. Technique instruction was very good and really enjoyed the abseil. Had lots of good feedback from the crew.
You both rock!” (Group Climbing Coaching)

Testimonials and Feedback


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