Basic Yachting Courses (Knysna)
R 1,750 pp *
Enjoy the thrill of beating the wind through the Knysna Lagoon or at sea aboard one of our keel yachts. Learn basic sailing skills, tie various knots, assist in steering the yacht, handle & trim sails and learn about basic sailing skills. This introductory session is aimed at establishing if you are ready to pursue a competent crew, day skipper or coastal skipper training certificate. Meals & drinks excluded from rate.
* (Minimum 2 students per course. Rate valid till 31 Aug 2018)
Go Sailing (over 2 days)
R 3,250 pp *
This beginners’ course focuses on practical offshore sailing whilst having fun for 5-6-hrs a day over 2 days. Candidates learn how to become active crew members and leave with a Course Completion Certificate. By the end of the 2-days participants experience being a deckhand, assist in steering through the Knysna Heads, manoeuvring the yacht to pick up a “Man-Over-Board”, handle and trim the sails, anchor in Featherbed Bay and learn to tie a number of knots. Candidates wishing to pursue further training towards a Competent Crew or Day Skipper Certificate will receive a discount voucher.
* (Minimum 4 students per course; these are scheduled on request. Rate valid till 31 Aug 2018)
Competent Crew Training (4-days)
R 6,500 pp *
This 4 day course covers practical sailing and certain theory aspects. At the end of the course candidates should have sufficient knowledge and experience about crewing and be able to safely take control of a yacht if required. This forms the first 4 days of the full 9 day skipper course. Aspects covered include: nautical terms, knots and ropework, collision regulations, buoyage, handling a boat under power, handling a boat under sail, man overboard procedures, safety and emergencies at sea, diesel engines, local knowledge and first aid.
* (Minimum 4 students per course; these are only scheduled upon request. Rate valid till 31 Jan 2018)
R 12,950 pp *
For those with minimal sailing experience. This course includes an intense Competent Crew course plus comprehensive chartwork, navigation, day skipper training and 200nm of practical sailing, pilotage and navigation around Knysna. Upon successful completion, students receive SAS Day Skipper Course Completion Certificates. In conjunction with a VHF radio license, 200nm (including 2 night hours) and an eye test, the successful student may apply for the SAS Day Skipper’s license from South African Sailing. This license qualifies the holder to skipper a yacht offshore 25 miles from a safe haven or inland during daylight hours. Rate includes course fees, learning materials, practical sailing; excludes external assessment and SA Sailing exam fees.
* (Minimum 4 students per course. Rate valid till 31 Jan 2018)
Optional Extra: Revision preparation & mock exam - 2-day R 3,000 pp
R 2,500 pp *
A marine DSC/VHF radio licence is issued by SAMSA to successful candidates of the two-day Short Range Certificate (SRC) course and exam; which includes both answering multiple choice questions and a written knowledge test followed by a practical demonstration of practical skills operating a marine DSC/VHF radio. Examinations are scheduled in Knysna and Midrand on the second day of the programme. An additional exam & licensing fee of R 635.00 is due to SAMSA 7-days in advance.
* (Minimum 4 students per course. Rate valid till 31 Jan 2018)
Advanced & Career Yachting Courses (Knysna / Mossel Bay / St Francis Bay)
Coastal Skipper Practical Exam Preparation (4-days)
R 7,000 pp *
The mileage builder includes 4 days practical local sea time logging minimum 200nm, 20 night hours and 1 night entry sailing into a local Port (Knysna, Mossel Bay or St Frances). During this time you will get familiar with the keel yacht you will use for the exam; you will practice all the sailing activities required of you for the exam and you will revise all the sailing terminology, vessel parts and the knowledge required for the oral component of the practical exam.
* (Minimum 3 students per preparation session. Rate valid till 31 Jan 2018)
Coastal Skipper Training (8-days)
R 11,950 pp *
The SAS Coastal Skipper license entitles holders to skipper a yacht within 40nm of the coast by day or night. Practical requirements are 800nm, 24 night hours on duty and 3 passages of at least 60nm. The 5-day theory plus 3 days practical training prepares candidates for the COLREGS/IALA Exam, the SAS Coastal Chartwork Exam and the SAS Coastal Practical Exam. Rate includes course fees, learning materials and max 3 days sailing; excludes external SA Sailing exam/assessment fees.
* (Minimum 2 students per course. Rate valid till 31 Jan 2018)
Superyacht Crew Programme: Gap year opportunity (3 weeks)
R 34,950 pp*
Gain superyachting experience from our professional team of skippers whilst getting qualified and prepared to work overseas! Explore the adventures and rewards of being a working crew on luxury superyachts; and earn EUR or US$! The minimum recommended qualification requirements of international superyacht captains and charter operators is covered in our Superyacht Programme and includes: SAS Day Skipper (Sail and Power) License, RYA Power Boat Level 2, RYA Personal Watercraft - Jetski License, Marine DSC/VHF Radio License, Basic Safety Training (STCW 95 Basic Safety Training Certificates). Rate includes course fees, learning materials, practical sailing, assessment & certification. Self catering accommodation (out of season) in Knysna is available at additional R275 pp/night. Note: Power Boat Level 2 and STCW Courses are offered in Cape Town; subsistence & travel is not included in the rate.
* (Minimum 3 students per course. Rate valid till 31 Jan 2018)
SOUTHERN YACHTING ACADEMY - TRAINING CALENDER 2017/18
Courses & Exams
Start Sailing (5 hrs)
Go Sailing (2 days)
Short Range Certificate - VHF Radio License KNYSNA Short Range Certificate - VHF Radio License MIDRAND
Competent Crew (4-days)
SAS Day Skipper (8-days)
SAS Day Skipper Theory & Practical Exams (6-hrs)
SAS Coastal Skipper Theory & Practical (5-days)
Coastal Skipper Mileage Builder Trips (4-days)
Coastal Skipper Theory & Practical Exams (6-hrs)
First Aid level 1 Course (1-day)
Yacht Master Theory Course (5-days)
Superyacht Crew Programme (6-weeks)
* Powerboat L1 & STCW training & examinations take place in Cape Town.
# Actual training (& exam) confirmation is subject to a minimum of 3 registered candidates per programme.