Blaine’s Testimonials

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Blaine’s Testimonials

Blaine is such an amazing person! Intelligent, kind and patient with a wonderful sense of humour, getting in touch with him was without a doubt the best decision I made during my efforts to pass Part Three.

He works really hard at finding out what the examiners are looking for and passing the information on to his pupils. His style is very relaxed and humorous and he makes the subject quite fascinating. He put me at ease very quickly and for the first time I found I was actually enjoying the training!

Making a video of the lesson is a really useful idea as you can go over it as many times as you want and recap on anything you need to. (They are also really good fun to watch!).

I was really lucky to find Blaine – I couldn’t have got through the Part Three test without his excellent teaching and sound advice and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone thinking of becoming an A.D.I.

Hilary Travers
DSA ADI (car)

Ditto ditto ditto to everything everyone else has said. Whenever I have read columns like this I’ve always thought to myself, are they for real. Well I know this one is!

I had two trainers before I was introduced to Blaine. I was feeling frustrated knowing that the training I had received so far may well have taught me something about being a driving instructor but was not going to get me through the part 3 exam. Having been through part3 once I knew I had to be better prepared next time. I will always be thankful for being pointed in the right direction because I know I would not have passed if it wasn’t for Blaine and he taught me so much which has made me a better driving instructor.

When I took my part 3 It was as though Blaine was there. The wording and the life lines that the examiners were using were just as Blaine had prepared me for. He takes the trouble to sit in on so many exams so that he is up to date on what the examiners are looking for. Advice to any P.D.I’s out there if you are about to invest money in training then just go and see Blaine Walsh first if you don’t think he’s for you then you haven’t lost anything and any A.D.I trainers out there who are reading this If you want to be a good trainer and have fantastic feedback like Blaine’s then why not go and see him and find out what makes him so good!

Many thanks Blaine

Wendy Heath
D.S.A; A.D.I (car) oh that feels so good. :o )

Ten years ago I came from Spain to work and learn English. Being a waiter wasn’t my dream so I went to one of these driving schools for a chat. Soon I was signing a contract with them of £2000. People were really nice but I didn’t get what I expected. What a pity! “If I only knew this before”.
You can pass parts 1 and 2 easily with professional help. Then you get stuck with part three and you realize that some companies that ask you for the money in front are just pure business and there is no way back.

I went to part 3 and failed twice with 3/3 and then someone recommended me Blaine. After all the money I had spent I thought paying another £30 an hour for another instructor was too much but I was curious about this camera that records everything that happens on the car. Honestly I cannot really find the appropriate words to describe the way that Blaine teaches. He is too good to be truth. I had all the theory in my head but I didn’t have a clue of how to use it and what to say at the right time. I am a slow learner and part 3 is not easy. I took some lessons from Blaine and he gave me the “magic tips”.

I knew I needed time to go through these tapes so I watched them over and over and over again. I went to the test and I got 4/4. I thought I had very few chances of passing but Blaine made that dream come true.

Anyone out there struggle ling for real help must call Blaine. There is no commitment and you won’t regret it. In fact you will not believe that someone like him can help you so much.

Best regards

Simon Alvarez
DSA ADI (car)

Blaine comes across as a very professional instructor. His training techniques and general know how of the part 3 syllabus has helped me become an approved driving instructor. On board cameras enabled me to do fault analysis within my own technique. I would highly recommend Blaine to future candidates who wish to become A.D.I’s.

Martin Fogwill
DSA ADI (car)

When I went to Blaine, it was in desperation and basically panic. I had, like many others, been drawn in by the hype and advertising of shall we say a large instructor teaching facility. I got through parts 1 and 2, fairly painlessly, they helped at the right points. Then part three, and my 5 day training course, in-car, MMM well that is almost overstating it already. The instructor I had, went against the basic rules of instruction, was impatient, stroppy even, and basically was in over their head. Needless to say I left the course downhearted and certainly not feeling ready to pass my test.

Then Blaine came to the rescue. Sound teaching, good advise, and a method that is beyond description, except brilliant. He got me through the test, even though another establishment will take the credit, wish I had seen him first.

Many thanks Blaine, and I will be back for refreshers.

Steve Bonnick
DSA ADI (car)

I was pleased to have had Blaine recommended to me. I found his style of teaching methodical and easy to understand. Specifically, the best aspect of all the training was that he made me get it right. It wasn’t until I started getting it right, whether, phase one or two, that my confidence started to grow and a greater understanding developed. The video taping of each lesson is a fantastic reference to have, especially in this early part of my new career. I would happily recommend that anyone attempting part 3 contact Blaine ASAP , if you are reading this along with the all the other reviews then you can see how many folk have been positively affected.

Wendy Shaw
DSA ADI (car)

Blaine…. What can I say! If you are struggling with Part 3, your instructor isn’t giving you the time you need or you think that your instructor just isn’t up to teaching this, then Blaine is your man. Helen, below, was the second person to recommend Blaine to me whilst I was sitting in the test centre waiting for students to return. I had already paid the full amount for another ADI and was reluctant to spend more money on training, but my sponsoring ADI really wasn’t up to teaching part 3. I bit the bullet and spent that bit extra! It was worth it.

Everything the others say below I completely agree with, wicked sense of humour, easy to understand teaching techniques, comfortable learning environment and knowledge about the test beyond all the books. I achieved 6/4 on my second attempt.

Thanks mate
Martyn Shanks
DSA ADI (car)

During training with Blane Walsh, I learnt what was required of me to pass my  part-3-test of instructional ability, how to cope with different scenarios put forward by the examiner, and how to tailor my briefings to suite my understanding of the subjects.
I also learnt to keep better control of my pupils (as I used a trainee licence) and pass on knowledge quickly and efficiently during my lessons. My fault identification in my pupils has improved drastically since my training, even though I believed I was already at a high standard. I did not find this level of training anywhere else, and I had wasted a lot of time and money in other training companies. CALL BLANE FIRST!!!

Neil De Bremaeker
DSA ADI (car)

I shall long remember the 18th January 2005, the day I became an ADI. Prior to my training with Blaine, I had failed my first attempt at part 3 which left me somewhat disillusioned. In September 2004, I decided to go on a trainee licence and had planned to do my 20 hours supplementary training with the same establishment I had originally enrolled with. However, a chance telephone conversation with a fellow PDI highly recommended Blaine. How right they were and I never looked back, my only regret is that I did not enrol with him from the start. I now appreciate the benefits of one-to-one training instead of being treated as one of a number.
The training is conducted in a relaxed professional manner with an element of light heartedness. The video recordings were invaluable and certainly made interesting viewing!

I shall always be grateful to Blaine for the part he played in me achieving my new career and will definitely be using his services for ongoing training and the inevitable check test!

Fiona Stenning
DSA ADI (car)

My Road to Success

Let me explain why I wholeheartedly endorse ADI training by Blaine Walsh.

The day of December 15th 2004 was a watershed in my life – I passed the Part Three Exam and became an ADI. Those of you studying for this exam know this is not a simple task. It takes a combination of several skills to succeed.

Nineteen months ago whilst working full time and running a home I happily embarked on an ADI course with a large training establishment. As there was no rush for me to qualify I took the training at my own pace, paying the fees upfront and not really fully appreciating the complexities of it all. A nicer bunch of trainers could not be found anywhere. I had great fun studying for and passing the parts 1 and 2. I enjoyed the cameraderie and social aspect of the early part of the course and met some really great people. I realised my previous driving style was woefully inadequate for today`s roads and was glad I had at least learned to drive properly.

However events took a turn when it came to the part 3. The training establishment I was with did not invest enough hours in training me for the Part 3. It is probably not built into their budget, and this is where one-on-one training is vital. I could not have known when I signed up.

It is not enough to go away and study the material they give you because you cannot really practice on your own. I personally could not get my mind around the   requirements for the exam. I failed my first attempt with a lucky 3/4. Something was wrong with my understanding. I felt I was approaching it the wrong way.

Finally after several prompts from different people I gave Blaine a try. Suddenly it made sense – I could structure an approach and get my thoughts in order. I learnt from Blaine how to teach different skills, remedy faults, or avoid them and control the lesson. Blaines teaching coupled with my extensive notes and diagrams for each PST (PST`s for dummies, I call them) I passed at the second attempt with a 4/4.

Blaine has a great sense of humour and a really relaxed way of teaching that gets through. I will invade his life again when I have a check test scheduled. I now use my notes and Blaines teaching tips for all my lessons.

The first training school I was with probably thinks my success is down to them and will have me on their register as a pass. I know differently, I would not have suceeded without the extra tuition from Blaine.

Take a tip from me do not leave extra training to the third attempt if you are finding the going tough.

Carole Farr
DSA ADI (car)

I was recommended to Blaine Walsh, by a fellow PDI, and what a life saver he was! My own trainer was fine for the Part 2, but I felt I was struggling on the part 3. I was invited to sit in on a training session, and I was immediately impressed! I felt totally at ease in his company, and was struck by his professionalism. I learned he has sat in on over fifty part3 tests, and he has used this in finding out exactly what the senior examiners are looking for. He is full of tips that come in so useful! All sessions are vidoed, which is great as they can be reviewed at a later stage. I found that it was very easy to forget what had been taught by my own trainer.

He never once made me feel stupid, even though it took me ages to fully grasp the essentials of crossroads, and he was SO patient! He offered to sit in on my second attempt at part 3, and I thought this might be useful if I failed again! Luckily, I passed! I believe he offers help with the check tests, which I shall certainly be taking him up on!

So, if you are struggling with the part 3, or if you want to pass first time, then my advice is to contact him pronto, you will not regret it!!

Cheers, thanks again for all your help!

Helen adames
DSA ADI (car)

Hi Blaine

Just wanted to thank you again for all your help in passing Part 3. Not only did you dispel my panic around my third attempt at the end of my trainee licence, but you gave me the information I needed to pass.

The best way I can describe you is The Man with the Heineken Effect – you refreshed the parts no other trainer had reached. Indeed, you achieved what the SEs are looking for on the Part 3 – you gave me the remedies for the instructional faults I could identify but not fix. I found your specific remedies very helpful – and not only for the Part 3 test but also for my work with real pupils.

Many thanks again for what was and remains a very positive experience.

Jeanne Robert

”Following the euphoria of passing Part III at my third attempt I was determined not to revert to the way I was teaching Pupils prior to the exam.
I had been having reasonable succcess with Practical Test passes, but still didn’t enjoy that sinking feeling when a Pupil failed.

This past week has been marvellous, in that all four of Pupils presented for Test have passed.

The best moment was yesterday, Saturday 13th November, when one of my Pupils, aged just 17, passed with no minor faults whatsoever. She had failed her Test twice and I’d been conducting a Test Booster Course over a period of 3 weeks. Throughout the lessons I taught her the way Blaine had taught me (to teach) during the Part III training. The result is self-explanatory.

So anyone out there who is going through what I was going through

- contact Blaine, asap”.

No-one could have been more despondent than I when I failed my second attempt at Part III. I was, in fact, at the point of giving up – that is until I had a conversation with a fellow Instructor, at the Test Centre in Portsmouth. Like me, he had struggled to perform in the manner required by the Examiners. He told me that he had received training from a Blaine Walsh, and highly recommended that I get in touch with him.

This I did, and it was the best move I have ever made. Blaine recognised immediately the problems I was having and, in the weeks leading up to my third attempt, coaxed and coached me to the point where I received a satisfactory 5-4 grade, achieved on 21 October 2004.

Not only was the training carried out in a thoroughly professional manner, it was laced with a great deal of humour, which made me feel completely at ease. In addition, Blaine accompanied me on 21 October – the pressure, as you can imagine on a third (and final) attempt was unbearable, but his presence in the back seat was a steadying influence.

My future is now secure, and I will always be grateful to Blaine for his help.

Peter Shone

I took six hours part 3 training with Blaine in addition to the training I was taking with my other trainer, so that I would be ready for my test. I can honestly say that I would not have passed Phase 2 of the test without this extra training. The standard of training is very high and he knows exactly what the examiners want from you on your test. The video recording was a great help to me as any forgotton details can be recapped at home. I now feel much more confident about teaching pupils because of the teaching techniques that Blaine has shown me. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for ADI training.

Davina Geraghty
DSA ADI (car)

A very professional and high standard of ADI training. He knows what the DSA wants and he prepares you to exceed their goal in a firm but friendly manner. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs to improve their skills or prepare for a DSA check test.

John Dally
DSA ADI (car)

I found Blaine’s training a great help in preparing for my second attempt at the part 3 exam and i have no reservations in recommending Blaine to anyone considering ADI training.

Graham Head
DSA ADI (car)

Just to say thank you very much for all your help in preparing me for my part 3 exam. Although we only had 6 hours of training, I felt that I learnt a lot in that time, and felt much more confident about the exam, particularly phase 2. Your teaching manner was excellent as well, as you combined light heartedness with the right amount of seriousness to get the job done.

Thanks again,
DSA ADI (car)

Just a few words to say thank you for the excellent tuition I received for parts one, two and three to help me become an ADI. Your no fuss but positive approach suited me ideally. To help me budget the pay as you go was very helpful, as was the video training. You have always been there to give me advice at any time during and after I qualified. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone wishing to become an instructor or needing extra tuition for check tests etc.

John Griffin
DSA ADI (car)

I first met Blaine having had none of my pupils passing their tests and having failed my first attempt at part III, you can probably guess that I was banging my head against a brick wall wondering what I was doing wrong. However after meeting Blaine and after several useful sessions with him I passed my part III at my second attempt and now have a high pass rate. I would not only put this down to Blaine’s knowledge of the part III test but his invaluable hints and tips about actually teaching real pupils – something that I never got from my original choice of instructor trainers. I would thoroughly recommend Blaine to anybody considering becoming a driving instructor or is struggling with their pupils. There is one snag though – His sense of humour!!!!

John Moore
DSA ADI (car)

Blaine from ADI TRAINING trained me to become a fully qualified driving instructor. I first contacted a national training establishment but decided that they where not for me. I was first attracted to Blaine’s ‘Pay as you Train’ policy. Not only did I save a lot of money in training fee’s but I think I received the best and most up to date training available. All sessions are videoed which was a great help. I would very quickly
recommend Blaine from ADI TRAINING to anyone who is thinking about becoming a driving instructor.

Simon Cramer
DSA ADI (car)

Blaine was recommended to me by a fully qualified instructor who had previously been trained by Blaine from ADI TRAINING. From the very first lesson I felt at ease and confident that my training would progress at a quick pace. Blaine teaches in a way that you know what to expect in the part 3 test. He sits in on as many tests as he can so knows what they are like and is happy to pass this onto you. This knowledge realLy prepares you for the test!. Without Blaines teaching I doubt I would have passed first time! if at all!! I would happily recommend Blaine to anybody interested in becoming a driving instructor. The videos were a great help and the feedback received at the end of each session was encouraging. If in doubt try him out!

Kate Wake
DSA ADI (car)

Dear Blaine, I would like to express my gratitude to you for your excellent tuition you have provided. I have experienced other ADI driver instructor training and I can confidently state that your standards are far superior. I have been particularly impressed with your video recordings to enable me to learn from my mistakes, not only identifying weaknesses but also strengths. I have no hesitation recommending your services to other ADI pupils.

Chris Lord
DSA ADI (car)

I was after a total career change.After considering driving instruction as an option , I was put in contact with Blaine, who after a ‘drive about ‘ decided to take me on.He is honest from the start as to whether he thinks you have what is needed , so as not to waste your time or money. His method of training is at your pace so you don’t feel pressurised at any point , all training is done in the car, with homework of briefs to
be used for the next ‘lessons’.Video’s are used so you can take your lesson home with you and play it back, see where you went wrong and what progress you have made.As he tries to attend as many tests as he can he therefore is in full knowledge of what is needed at any point of the training. He is available at the end of a phone if you have a problem, which is always reassuring .Thanks to him I am now enjoying my
new career, which I never thought possible a year ago.

Annette Bond
DSA ADI (car)

Video website Testimonials

Well i am sitting here at the end of my day off, having spent most of it watching the videos on this fantastic site.
I am however extremely cheesed off as I only wish I had discovered it two years ago when i started out on my path to becoming an ADI.

I used a well known big establishment to learn my trade and wasted nearly £3000 doing so. Three pink badges and two failed part three attempts decided to give up the establishment and buried my head into the internet and taught myself….bought dvds, books you name it i did it. Luckily last day of third badge sat third attempt, PST10 and passed with a 5-4. Cheesed off because i have no doubt could have achieved the same result probably better on first attempt if i had found this Site and for only £20….WOW. What value for money. Deanostopper from our forum

Hello Blaine,

I’d just like to thank you for the help your videos gave on passing my part 3 exam. They gave me a true insight into what to expect and therefore put me in front of the game so to speak .Your teaching style is relaxed yet very thorough and put over in a way which is very easy to understand. The amount of information that you have on the part 3 exam on your web site is also the key to success, to spend that amount of time out on the road to cover all the subjects and grades etc could take 6 months or more.

On my side I have spent a lot of time going over and over your videos and rewriting my lesson plans until I was happy with them and then using them on my learners to fine tune them. Yes I have worked very hard but then nothing good comes easy. I now want to continue to improve myself as I will not be happy unless I feel my learners are getting the very best from me.


David Kenyon  DSA ADI (car)

Hello Blaine

I write to thank you for helping me to become an ADI. I discovered your website in March 2008, just a few weeks prior to my Part 3 test. I had been given excellent training from my instructor, but was struggling to get into the role-play mode. Watching your videos confirmed everything my instructor told me, but it was seeing someone else (i.e. Lisa on the videos) doing what I was supposed to do, that gave me more confidence in treating the examiner as a pupil. I managed to get a 5/6 on my first attempt and am sure that this was because of: (a) good instruction, (b) your videos and (c) taking paracetamol for chronic toothache (not recommended!)

I was recently invited for Check Test, so my first port of call was your website. I was so pleased to find that there were videos relating to this! I opted for role-play as I had recently set up on my own and wasn’t sure about having a suitable pupil – big mistake because it wasn’t anything like the Part 3 (a long story!), but I managed to get a grade 4 so I am not too disappointed.

I’ve been watching the videos of ‘Lessons With a Real Learner’ and find them very helpful and hope there will be more of the same.

Thank you again.

Helen Sharkey DSA ADI (car)

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