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RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore With Commercial Endorsement

The Commercial Yachtmaster Offshore course provides the training, practical experience and preparation for gaining a commercially endorsed RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate. Successful graduates are able to work on a variety of sailing & motor yachts, including charter skipper, flotilla skipper or corporate day sailing.
  • Prior experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 18 Years
  • Where: Langebaan
  • Duration: 115 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)

Boat Handling | 5 days

Re-capping day skipper theory & practical aspects plus boat handling experience

(includes accommodation | includes food)

RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Theory | 7 Days | Ratio 12:1

This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects in the Day Skipper Course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper Course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the timetable.

  • Position
  • Logs
  • The magnetic compass
  • Deck Log
  • Tides
  • Meteorology
  • Tidal Streams
  • Rules of the Road
  • Buoy age
  • Safety at Sea
  • Lights
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Plan
  • GPS and chart plotter
  • Marine Environment
  • Echo sounders

***RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Shore Based Certificate***
(includes accommodation | excludes food) 

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

The aim of the course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht (7-15m LOA) safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night

  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations

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

RYA Radar | 1 Day | Ratio 12:1

***RYA Radar Certificate***
(includes accommodation | excludes food)

RYA 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)

RYA PPR online course | 1 day | Compulsory for commercial endorsement

(includes accommodation | excludes food)

Mile building Trips

  • 50 days sea time
  • 5 days as skipper
  • 2500nm
  • 5 passages over 60nm, including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper

***Signed off in logbook ~ should candidate meet required tasks***
(includes accommodation | includes food)

Exam Preparation | boat handling | 5 Days | Ratio 5:1

This course is designed to revise the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Exams. It is assumed that all aspects of boat handling and theory are familiar to the students and only revision is required.

  • Practical navigation
  • Boat Handling (sailing on and off docks, ferry gliding, blind navigation, picking up moorings, tidal stream work etc)
  • General Seamanship
  • Responsibilities of Skipper
  • Safety checks & briefing

(includes accommodation onboard and food)

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam 3/4 Days

1 day passage plan

3 – 4 days practical exam

(We have allowed 3 – 4 days for the external exam to cover any unforeseen circumstances therefore you should not make any personal plans over this period)

NB: see link below on exam procedures.

..\..\Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exam Syllabus.pdf

Successful graduates earn their RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement
(includes accommodation onboard and food)


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

This is an outsourced course which 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 ***
We book this on your behalf – STCW + Accommodation in Cape Town

  • Prior experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 18 Years
  • Where: Langebaan
  • Duration: 115 Days

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