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Steward/ess Career Course

Steward/ess play a crucial role in ensuring that guests and owners have an unforgettable experience onboard, and as such, are highly valued members of the yacht crew. The yachting industry is a growing and dynamic industry that offer a wide range of opportunities for those interested in working onboard superyachts. The industry is driven by high-net-worth individuals who own these luxury vessels and is characterised by a high level of service and attention to detail.
  • Prior experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 18 Years
  • Where: Langebaan & Cape Town
  • Duration: 25 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 issued on successful completion.***
(includes: accommodation onboard and 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


We book accommodation in Cape Town on your behalf
Stewardess Training 5 days

  • The Super Yachting Industry – an Introduction
  • Laundry, Stewardess Schedule, and Cleaning
  • Silver Service and Flower Arranging
  • Other Services, wine appreciation, bartending & cocktails
  • Crew C.V, Crew Salaries
  • Crew Agencies, Crew Accommodation
  • Dock Walking, Day Working
  • Seasons
  • Set up Offshore Bank accounts before you head overseas
  • Deliveries
  • Boat Etiquette
  • Nautical Terminology

Highfield Food Safety Course | 1 Day | Compulsory requirement for the international yachting industry

  • Understand how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety
  • Understand the importance of keeping him/herself clean and hygienic
  • Understand the importance of keeping the work areas clean and hygienic
  • Understand the importance of keeping food safe
  • Importance of Food Safety
  • Types of Food Hazards
  • Food Poisoning – causes and prevention
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Cleaning, Disinfection and Waste Management
  • Pest Control
  • Food Safety Legislation – South African as well as British

***Certificate from Highfield (endorsed by MCA – Maritime and Coastguard Agency)***

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.***

  • Prior experience required: None
  • Minimum age: 18 Years
  • Where: Langebaan & Cape Town
  • Duration: 25 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!