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SAMSA Category C – Up To 9m

The South African regulator, SAMSA has the responsibility of creating the developmental framework for the maritime industry. We focus on the small craft license which enables certified skippers to operate power vessels up to 9m in length. This is a day skipper course but can be extended to Coastal which includes a night rating.


RYA Yachmaster Coastal / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

Having a yachtmaster qualification on your CV when starting out is 1st prize.

The Yacht master career package is what we recommend any potential deckhand to complete if they are serious about finding work. This is the preferred qualification overseas as you will be competing with yacht masters and/or with people with more experience.


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Course Description

Nautical Terms, ropework, anchorwork, safety, international regulations for preventing collisions at sea, definition of position, corse and speed, navigational charts and publications, navigational drawing instruments, compas, chartwork and navigation, tides snd tidal streams, visual aids to navigation.

  • 5 day
  • Beginner / Intermediate theory course
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Completion Certificate
  • Classes at V& A Waterfront, Cape Town

Assumed prior knowledge: Candidates should have previous sailing experience (Competent Crew).
Ability after course: Theory knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

Additional courses that we highly recommend to compliment the Day Skipper Theory Course:

Students stay on the boat during the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Practical courses to get a real feel for onboard living and is a mandatory requirement. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.

For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.

For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.

For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.

PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.

THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am

STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am

STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordons Bay and/or Ocean Star Sailing Academy