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Yachtmaster Instructors

We take great care in choosing our instructors who are all fully qualified and highly experienced RYA and SAS Instructors. Yachtmaster sailing school prides itself in that we invest heavily in our instructors to further their knowledge and experience.
We guarantee that you will be treated fairly and with respect throughout.

Alex Cousins

Alex Cousins

Principal
Alex has put in more time on the water than any other instructor in the Cape. Starting on dinghies at age 12 and building into keel boats Alex still sails at the young age of 76.
BSc in Civil Engineering, Pilots Flying Badge – General Duties, South African Air Force.
  • 100 000+ NM
  • 40 years recreational and professional experiance
  • 20 years teaching
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    Late Henton Jaaback

    Late Henton Jaaback

    Founder
    Sailing since 1956 and instructing since 1986, Henton first instructed at and became the principal of Ocean Sailing Academy in Durban. Then he started as Principal at Intec Maritime Academy for tuition by correspondence as well as the RYA and SAS Yachtmaster Ocean and Instructor certificates, being the first RYA Instructor in South Africa since 1988 and first RYA examiner in the Southern Hemisphere! As a Deck Officer Class 5 he carried over 150 passengers on power vessels. He was also the RCYC and Cape Town Senior Safety Officer from 1991 to 2004. Henton is the author of a number of publications, books and CD's on sailing and sail training.
    Qualifications:
  • RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Power
  • RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Sail
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner (Sail and Power)
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    Andre De Ridder

    Andre de Ridder

    Chief Instructor/General Manager
    Having been introduced to boating at a young age Andre has made it a lifetime goal to learn and teach.
  • 80 000+ NM
  • 20 Years recreational and professional experience
  • 11 years teaching experiance
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    Rob Payne

    Rob Payne

    Part Time Instructor
    Rob has over many years sailing under his belt, which includes coastal sailing between Saldanha and Port Elizabeth, and bare boat sailing in Seychelles, Croatia and Turkey.
  • 15 years as SAS sailing instructor (theory and practical)
  • 5 years teaching RYA shorebased courses
  • 10,000+ miles
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    Andre Olivier

    Andre Olivier

    Senior Instructor/R.Y.A examiner
    Andre has been Instructing for over seven years with the occasional delivery. Andre is also a R.Y.A yachtmaster examiner .
  • 60 000 + NM
  • 40 years recreational and professional sailing
  • 7 Years teaching experience
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    Bodean Bisogno

    Bodean Bisogno

    Junior Instructor
    Raised in Plettenberg Bay South Africa Bodean has developed a strong passion for being at sea. After completing school Bodean wasted no time to get started in his yachting career.
  • 30 000+ NM
  • 10Years recreational and professional experience
  • 1 year teaching experiance
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    Daniel Mellor

    Daniel Mellor

    Junior Instructor
    Daniel has the role of powerboat and deckhand instructor. After completing his courses in southern Africa at age 18  he immediately set off on yachts as a deckhand. Starting on a 23 meter motor vessel and progressing up to a 55 meter as bosun .
  • 2000+ NM
  • 5 Years recreational and professional experience
  • 3 years teaching
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    Stephen

    Stephen

    Raised in Mississippi, Stephen got started sailing in Chicago on Lake Michigan after serving six years in the U.S. Navy on aircraft carriers.
  • 21 000+ NM
  • 12 Years recreational and professional experience
  • 1 years teaching experiance
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    Johan Du Bois

    Johan du Bois

    Johan has 17 years experience as a sailing instructor and has been a RYA Yachtmaster instructor for 11 years. His passion for sailing and experience is evident in his teaching methods, which makes him highly regarded by his students, past and present.
  • 80 000+ NM
  • 29 Years recreational and professional experience
  • 26 years teaching experiance
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    Office Staff

    Carina Damons

    Carina Damons

    Sales & Marketing Manager

    Carina is your first point of contact with Yachtmaster Sailing School. She will provide you with professional advise on which course will best suit your needs and guide you in the right direction.

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    Olga

    Olga

    Certification Department
    All student administration is dealt with by Olga who also provides the students with their programs for their course and is always ready to help the students with any queries!
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