or Super Mate Package
This career package is the next step in your qualification and is normally a follow on from the Super Crew Package or Day Skipper Course. Having a yachtmaster qualification on your CV when starting out is 1st prize.
This package is for those who have previous knowledge in sailing and preferably hold a Day Skipper‘s qualification. The courses commences with Yacht Master Theory, in the classroom for 5 days, followed by a 5 day and 4 night Coastal Practical of sailing and staying on the yacht.
The Yacht master Exam Preparation is 10 – 12 days and takes place in Langebaan, due to the tides required for the 1 day Exam. Prerequisites for the exam are 800nm for Yacht Master Coastal and 2500nm for Yachtmaster Offshore.
Additional courses that we highly recommend to compliment the Super Mate / Yachtmaster Career:
The Deck Hand course covers maintenance, knowledge and application, wash-downs, teak maintenance, deckhand duties (navigational watch and guests on board), line handling and anchoring duties, etc.
Students learn how to assess damage and begin the repair process, starting with damage control and protection of surrounding areas, application of anti corrosive primers and fillers, all the way to applying the Polyurethane Topcoat.
Another part of the maintenance section of the course focuses on woodwork and varnishing skills. Protection of surrounding areas, correct taping up, knowledge of sandpaper, sanding with the grain, staying inside taped up areas, correct mixing and applying of the varnish.
As an added benefit students also get help with tips on the interview process and creating a CV fit for the industry.
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