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My name is Dave Grocott and I’m an independent private guide.
I come from five generations of seafarers. Captains of Tea-Clippers, the White Star Line, (synonymous with the Titanic), Cunard, BP, Royal Mail Ships the list goes on. The Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy, the sea is in our blood it’s fair to say!
I’ve had a wide and varied career travelling the world and trying to get the best out of the places I’ve visited.
I spent 10 years in the Royal Navy working around the globe followed by 25 years as a Detective. When I retired from the Police Service I reinvigorated my passion for naval history by spending five years training and working as a professional guide at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, primarily working onboard Admiral Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory.
Shiny Shoes Tours arose from requests from clients for a wider selection of experiences arising from my specialist HMS Victory tours. The Victory tour is now my “Signature” event, but there’s so much more to see and do in the South of England.
I know what I look for when I enrol on tours and trips abroad and I apply those views to the tours I provide. Customer care and satisfaction is at the top of my list.
How do I demonstrate that to you? I have qualified as a WorldHost®. This is a prestigious course specifically for customer service for the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries.
I work mainly with clients who are looking for a bespoke or personal tour. Away from the crowds, no looking for the person with the flag above their head half way down the street, a local pub for a drink or a meal perhaps, maybe a cream tea? If that’s what I’d like then I’m sure you’re the same?
When I’m not touring I like to take photographs, (hopefully you will like some of the many photos on this site?). I travel extensively and I’m an avid football follower.
I hope you will find something of interest on my site and I look forward to hearing from you.