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The Ocean is Calling!

Inspired by the love for yachting, local Maritime history and the modernisation of its representation.

Experience start sailing adventures, competent crew courses, accredited radio telephony, day skipper and coastal skipper courses, and coastal mileage building passages arranged along the South African coastline.

Opportunities for career development, knowledge tourism and promoting a yachting community.

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With offices on Thesen Harbour Town, our sailing vessels depart from the Knysna Yacht Club at the Knysna Quays waterfront. We traverse the Knysna Lagoon, sail through the Knysna Heads to Buffalo Bay or Noetzie for day sailing adventures. Offshore coastal sailing to Plettenberg Bay, St Francis Bay, Mossel Bay, Simonstown or Royal Cape for logging coastal passages. Coaching by professional skippers we facilitate unforgettable sailing experiences.
Either test the waters, log some day/coastal sailing or become a qualified skipper through our SA Sailing accredited courses in Knysna. SAMSA accredited for Marine Radio Telephony Courses and Examinations. viz. Short Range Certificate (SRC) VHF Radio License.

​We facilitate visits to various reputable Knysna Catamaran Boat Builders to review their luxury yachts. Then get qualified through Southern Yachting Academy to sail them. Live out your dream as you set sail blue water cruising circumnavigating our ‘lonely planet’

Enquire now to find out more!

  • Southern Yachting Academy

    star rating  Having just completed my coastal skippers training through Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna, I can recommend talking to them about their well structured sailing course. Complete with comprehensive notes and... read more

    David L
    May 1, 2021
  • Southern Yachting Academy

    star rating  A buddy and I did the Start Sailing course with Southern Yachting Academy - what an experience! Mark was an excellent instructor that effectively taught us the basics of sailing,... read more

    Johan van Noordwyk
    November 1, 2021
  • Southern Yachting Academy

    star rating  A great experience with a fantastic bunch of people. Just completed Day Skippers. It really was an awesome experience. Thank you Mark and your Team. Great weather, great people, a... read more

    Peter Jones
    July 1, 2021
  • Southern Yachting Academy

    star rating  We had a great family outing on the water and the sailing experience was one of note. Sailing through the Knysna Heads is a must do bucket list a

    Jacovdm007
    November 1, 2020
  • Southern Yachting Academy

    star rating  I did the day skippers course - fantastic course. Very knowledgeable crowd that are all passionate about what they do. Absolutely blown away by Mark and the team constantly going... read more

    Rene Schieritz
    March 1, 2021
  • Southern Yachting Academy

    star rating  The team was very professional & the time on the Knysna lagoon was an amazing experience. Top notch sailing all round. Thank y

    Paul Gregory
    September 1, 2021
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