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.
- RYA Competent Crew (5 Days – 4 nights onboard)
- RYA Day Skipper Theory (5 Days)
- RYA Day Skipper Practical (5 Days – 4 nights onboard)
- RYA Powerboat Level 2 (2 Days)
- Deckhand Course (4 Days)
- RYA PWC Jet Ski (1 Day)
- RYA VHF Radio (1 Day)
- STCW10 (11 Days)
- RYA Yachtmaster Theory (6 Days)
- RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical (5 Days – 4 nights onboard)
- RYA Exam Prep + Exam (7 Days – 6 nights onboard)
We keep in regular contact with crew agencies and captains alike overseas and have comprised this package based on what is being asked for from candidates.
YOA Deckhand Course
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 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