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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 the time you are with us.

Alex Cousins

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

    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.
  • RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Power
  • RYA Yachtmaster Examiner Sail
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Examiner (Sail and Power)
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    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 – Chief Instructor

    Andre has been Instructing for more than ten years with the occasional delivery. Andre is a SAS Examiner and an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner.
  • 60 000 + NM
  • 40 years recreational and professional sailing
  • 12 Years teaching experience
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    Bodean Bisogno – RYA Yachtmaster 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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    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


    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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