Super Yacht Chef Career Course – Culinary course & Standards of Training for Crew and Watch

This 20 day Superyacht Chef Career course has been designed for those pursuing the role of chef or cook on Superyachts.

Course Description

This career course starts with a 5-day Culinary course which teaches students the basic principles of how to operation in a galley. The course includes detailed training from basic preparation skills to how to prepare a 3-course meal for guests on a sailing vessel.

The course is structured into specific modules to teach cooks and yacht chefs the fundamentals, practical knowledge and know-how to start their culinary journey at sea, using delicious and interesting recipes to build confidence in any galley.

During the last day of the course, you’ll receive first-hand experience on how to prepare a 3-course meal on a sailing vessel in the V&A waterfront. This is followed by the STCW (Standards of Training for Crew and Watch), where students learn basic first aid, fire fighting and life-raft training and safety awareness.

In the final week students will participate in an exciting 2-day Power Boat course on one of our 3 Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). This Power Boat Level 1 & 2 course is now a prerequisite for most crew if they want to handle the yachts tender. Students will then spend 1day in the classroom earning their RYA VHF radio licence.



  • Culinary Course 5 days
  • PB2 2 days
  • SRC/VHF 1 day
  • STCW/CSA 11 days (STCW is 5 modules run over 11 days and is compulsory for anyone who wants to work at sea)

Additional courses that we highly recommend to compliment the Superyacht Chef:

Students stay on the boat during the multi-day practical courses in order to get a real feel for onboard living. 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 Gordon’s Bay and starts Mondays at 9.00am