loader image

Contact Form

RYA Day Skipper Career Course

If you are seeking work in the yachting industry for the first time or if you want to build a career in the yachting industry, certain courses are essential and others are highly desirable in the eyes of potential employers. We offer both the essential and the highly desirable qualifications. Please refer to the “Syllabus” tab below for the inclusive modules and other optional and beneficial modules.
  • Prior experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 16 Years
  • Where: Langebaan
  • Duration: 35 Days
RYA Competent Crew | 5 Days | Ratio 5:1

This course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.

  • Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
  • Sail Handling
  • Rope work
  • Fire Precautions and fighting
  • Personal Safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Manners and customs
  • Rules of the road
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship and sailing
  • General Duties

***RYA Competent Crew Certificate***
(includes food and accommodation onboard)

RYA Day Skipper Theory | 6 Days | Ratio 12:1

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.

  • Nautical Terms
  • Rope work
  • Anchor work
  • Safety
  • International regulations for preventing collisions at sea
  • Definition of position, course and speed
  • Navigational charts and publications
  • Navigational drawing instruments
  • Compass
  • Chart work
  • Tides and tidal streams
  • Visual aids to navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine Environment

***RYA/MCA Day Skipper for Sail & Power Craft Shore Based Certificate***
(includes accommodation | excludes food)

RYA Day Skipper Practical | 5 Days | Ratio 5:1

This course is to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency Situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making

***RYA Practical Sailing Course Day Skipper Certificate***
(includes accommodation onboard and food)

SAMSA SRC Radio License 2 Days

Cover VHF Radio syllabus

*** SRC radio certificate***
(includes accommodation | excludes food)

RYA Diesel Engine | 1 Day | Ratio 6:1

***RYA Diesel Engine Certificate***
(includes accommodation | excludes food)

AY Deckhand / Superyacht Training | 2 Days

CleaningDay Work
VarnishingDock walking
PaintingCrew Agents
SplicingCrew CV
Minor RepairsInterviews
Gel Coat & Fiber GlassCrew Salaries
Rope WorkOffshore Bank Accounts
Winch MaintenanceSeasons
Where to go and how to go about finding work
What not to do
Crew Accommodation

***Atlantic Yachting Deckhand Certificate***
 (includes accommodation | excludes food)

A Power Boat Level II | 2 Days | Ratio 3:1

Section A – PracticalSection B – Theory | Knowledge of:
Launching and RecoveryTypes of craft
Boat HandlingEngines and Drivers
Securing to a buoySighting of fuel tanks
AnchoringRoutine engine checks
Leaving and coming alongsideClose down procedures
Man OverboardAdvice to inland drivers about coastal waters
Use and Limitations of GPS
Application of local byelaws
Source of weather information

***RYA Power Boat Level 2 Power Boat Handling Certificate***
(includes accommodation | excludes food)

RYA PWC | 1 Day | Ratio 4:1

  • Layout of a PW, controls, propulsion and steering system, fuel and oil, stowage compartment
  • Personal equipment – wetsuits/dry suit, personal buoyancy, head and eye protection
  • Pre-launch checks
  • Essential safety information, kill-cord, safe speed, local hazards

Collision Avoidance:

  • Rules of the road applicable to PWs
  • Lookout
  • Safe speed
  • Priorities between different classes of vessels
  • Overtaking, crossing and end-on approach rules
  • Local rules, speed limits, prohibited areas

Orientation at Sea:

  • Charts, scales, direction and distance
  • Representation of land, shallows and deep water
  • Buoys, lateral and cardinal
  • Avoid shipping areas for water skiing etc.
  • Tides, high and low water and tidal streams

Weather, Safety, Courtesy to other water users

  • Sources and significance of weather forecasts
  • Lee and water shores
  • Safety and emergency equipment
  • Courtesy to other water users
  • Avoiding pollution ad disturbances and damage to wildlife habitats

***RYA Personal Watercraft Certificate of Proficiency***
 (includes accommodation | excludes food)

Successful graduates earn their RYA Day Skipper 


STCW 2010 11 days (Standard of training & certification of watch keepers)

This course is compulsory for any crew working in the yachting industry.

  • Elementary First Aid – 2 days
  • Marine Fire Fighting – 3 days
  • PSSR (Personal, Safety and Social Responsibilities) – 2 days
  • PST (Personal Survival Techniques) – 2 days
  • PDSD (Proficiency in Designated Security Duties) – 2 days

***MCA Certificates Issued***

Optional Extra’s for those aiming to work in the International Super Yachting Industry

RYA PWC instructor course3 days
RYA PB II instructor course4 days
RYA Radar1 day
Steward/ess Course5 days
Food Safety Course1 day

  • Prior experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 16 Years
  • Where: Langebaan
  • Duration: 35 Days

Super Yacht Career Courses

RYA/MCA Day Skipper to Yachtmaster & Steward/ess courses for those starting out in Super Yachting industry

Short Courses | Recreational Sailing

From beginners to yacht masters – here is a course for you!