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+27 (0)21 788 1009 082 088 7186

• RYA Competent Crew Practical
• RYA Short Range Certificate for DSC VHF Radio
• RYA Day Skipper Theory
• RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
• RYA Day Skipper Practical
• RYA Radar
• RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
• RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Practical
• 6 Weeks of Mile building and skills development including 60 mile passages
• RYA Exam Preparation and practical Exam
• Online PPR Interactive course
• RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory
• Ocean sights

Duration: 14-16 Weeks (weather dependent)


Prices include 15%VAT and are payable to Yachtmaster Sailing School.


* – For International transfers, please add an extra R400 for clearance bank fees*


Please contact us for fees and available dates:


Tel: +27 21 788 1009

Mobile: +27 82 088 7186 (WhatsApp’s welcome – please include name and email address)

• RYA theory packs and certificates.
• Your personal RYA logbook.
• Food and accommodation during practical weeks on board
• Use of wet suits / foul weather gear (by prior request)

• RYA fees amounting to £324:
 £ 60 GBP – RYA Fees for SRC Radio Certificate
 £ 231 GBP -RYA Fees for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Examination.
 £ 34.50 GBP -RYA Fees for Commercial Endorsement of Certificates of Competence.
• ENG1 Medical Examination R2,400 (payable directly to the Doctor)
• Accommodation and meals on shore in Cape Town for any other time in Cape Town apart from when on board doing a practical course.
• R200 deposit required for temporary membership.
• Deckhand



We recommend you use Atlantic Point Backpackers or Never@Home Backpackers for your on shore accomodation.


  • 18 November 2019
  • 7 January 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 18 May 2020


RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Package

This is a major package involving a large amount of invested time, energy, commitment and money. At Yachtmaster we include additional training weeks to ensure you leave our program as prepared as possible. As times have changed the journey to achieve a Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence has become shorter. We believe that 14-16 weeks is required to produce a solid reliable candidate. We have a global reputation as a school that produces excellent sailors.

Venue: Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town and Yachtport SA, Saldanha Bay

If you are serious about learning to sail and a following a possible career in the Professional Yachting Industry, our Yachtmaster Ocean Package provides you with the standard internationally, recognised qualifications and skills needed to succeed and become an expert sailor.

With no prior experience, this course takes you through all the RYA training modules up to Yachtmaster Ocean, along with several additional short courses, training and commercial endorsement requirements to ensure a high level of competence and confidence.
You will receive at least 2500 miles of thorough sail training for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean exams.

Upon successful completion of this course, you can receive a commercially endorsed RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, which is valid for use as a Master of Yachts, up to 200gt in Category 0 waters (unlimited).



RYA/MCA Competent Crew Practical
During this essential introductory course, you will be introduced to the wonderful world of sailing! The aim is to build a solid foundation in the correct procedures, including safety, seamanship, rope work, knots, splicing and helmsman-ship that will equip you with all you need to be a competent crew member. You will be exposed to the latest sailing terminology and learn many different approaches and techniques.

Duration: 5 days

This includes:
• Sea Terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
• Sail Handling
• Rope Work
• Safety on Board
• Personal Safety Equipment
• Man Overboard
• Emergency Equipment
• Manners and Customs
• Rules of the Road
• Tender Usage
• Meteorology
• Seasickness
• Helming
• General Duties

RYA/MCA VHF Radio Operation SRC (Short Range Certificate)
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. If you own a marine radio hand held or fixed set, you are required by law to hold an operator’s license. This course will teach you the basics of operating and understanding a VHF radio on board a vessel.

We use modified VHF training Radio’s produced by ICOM and SIMRAD. These have been modified so that transmissions are suppressed.

Duration: 1 day

The Course Includes:
• How Radio works
• Radio rules and regulations
• Operating a marine VHF radio
• VHF channels and channel allocations
• Voice procedures
• Distress
• Digital selective calling / Introduction and routine calls
• DSC / Distress Urgency and Safety
• Phonetic Alphabet
• Licensing guidelines
• Troubleshooting

On successful competition of the assessment candidates will be issued a RYA Short Range Operators License by the RYA.

RYA/MCA Day Skipper Theory
This is an introductory course to the many theoretical parts of sailing. During the course, you will be introduced to all subjects needed for you to get back on the water and further your development as a competent yachtsmen and Skipper.

Duration: 6 Days

The Course includes:
• Nautical Terms
• Ropework
• Anchor work
• Safety
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

• Definition of Position, Course and Speed
• Navigational Charts and Publications
• Navigational drawing Instruments
• Magnetic Compass
• Chartwork and Navigation – Traditional and Electronic
• Tides and Tidal Streams
• Visual aids to Navigation
• Meteorology
• Passage Planning
• Navigation in Restricted Visibility
• Pilotage
• Marine environment

RYA/MCA Diesel Engine Maintenance
By gaining the RYA/ MCA Diesel Engine Maintenance Certificate, you will be able to manage and maintain a Marine Diesel Engine. You will learn about necessary engine maintenance and systems and how to avoid most mechanical breakdowns while out at sea.

This course is also useful to candidates wanting to work alongside engineers on Yachts or smaller Super Yachts and entitles the holder to be in charge of a Sailing Vessel’s engine, up to 750 kW, in Category 0 Waters.

Presented in our classroom which is based at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town.

Your instructor will have extensive experience in maintaining and repairing various marine motors up to a substantial amount of horse power.

Duration: 1 Day

This Course Includes:

• RYA Diesel Engine workbook
• How Diesel Engines work
• Fuel System
• Air System
• Engine Cooling System
• Electrical System
• Lubrication
• Transmission
• Engine Controls
• Starting and Stopping your engine
• Diagnostics and Trouble Shooting
• Maintenance Procedures
• Emergency Procedures

RYA/MCA Day Skipper Practical
During this course, you will learn to Skipper the boat and Manage crew. You’ll get the chance to put your navigational and skippering ability to practice. On board, the aim is to expose you to as many different situations as possible. Mostly run in the Langebaan area, we also run from the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

This course is important in that it’s the first step and introduction to the amazing world of navigation, Skippering and seamanship!

Duration: 5 days

This Course includes:

• Preparation for Sea
• Deck work
• Navigation
• Pilotage
• Meteorology
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
• Maintenance and Repair Work
• Engines
• Victualling
• Emergency Situations
• Handling under Power
• Handling under Sail
• Passage Planning
• Night Cruising

Radar is an important component in safety at sea. On this course, you will learn the proper use and understanding of Radar equipment. You will learn how to use small boat Radar to assist decision-making in navigation, pilotage and collision avoidance.

We use a state of the art Radar Simulator on a PC and projector to prepare students for the use of real equipment fitted on vessels at sea.

Duration: 1 day

This Includes:
• Introduction to Radar
• International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea
• Setting up and tuning of a Radar
• Understanding Radar Picture
• Radar Terminology
• Fixing position by Radar
• Radar reflectors
• Navigation and pilotage by Radar
• The role of Radar in collision avoidance
• Using Plotting sheets and MARPA

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Theory
The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory course is an Advanced Course in Chartwork, Navigation, Meteorology for Candidates of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams.
The Theory Course is the Same for Motor and Sail.

Duration: 7 days

This Includes:
• Fixing Position and circle of uncertainty
• Tidal streams, Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position
• Magnetic Compass
• Buoyage and Lights
• Pilotage
• Electronic Navigational aids/ echo sounders / logs and deck log
• Meteorology
• Secondary Ports
• Calculating bridge clearances
• International Regulations for the Prevention at Collision at Sea
• Safety at Sea
• Conduct and behavior of vessels operating in or near conditions of restricted visibility
• Passage Planning
• Marine environment


RYA Yachtmaster Coastal practical followed by Skippered Passages and Mile building
Put your theoretical knowledge from the Coastal/ Offshore Theory certification into practice as you take to the seas and improve your skills.

While living aboard the yacht, you will get a chance to practice your seamanship, boat handling, heavy weather tactics, night sailing, coastal navigation and leadership/Skippering skills.

These weeks are also there for you to obtain your 2500 nautical miles and 60-mile skippered passages required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Exam.

Duration: 5 and or 6 days

This includes:
• Giving safety briefing
• Improved use of emergency equipment
• Engine checks and advanced trouble shooting
• Improved skippering ability
• Maneuvering under power in confined spaces
• Maneuvering under sail in confined spaces
• Anchoring
• Improved sailing and sail trim
• Motoring and sailing up to mooring buoys
• Various berthing situations
• Man-overboard recovery techniques
• Distress, safety and seamanship
• Night Sailing/Port Entries
• GPS and other electronic aids
• Advanced navigation and Piloting techniques
• Advanced meteorology and weather forecasting
• International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
• Maintenance and repairs
• Planned victualling and feeding at sea
• Passage Planning
• Food Preparation
• Improved efficiency in all practical exercises
• Boat handling in strong tides
• 60 mile passages
• Approximately 300 nm miles (logged) and a minimum 4 hours of night sailing

Practical Exam Preparation
This course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to pass your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam and be a competent sailor. The training you will receive during this course is of a high caliber, but the final knowledge and skill you will acquire exceed all expectations. This practical training course is presented by a certified and highly experienced Yachtmaster Instructor.

At the end of the preparation weeks you will be examined by a certified RYA Examiner.

All instructors teaching this module at our center have been hand-picked by the Principal Alex Cousins. Instructors teaching this module have proven safety records and are all highly experienced in sailing craft operations.

Duration: 7 days
• 5 days Preparation for examination
• 2 days RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical exam

This Includes but is not limited to:
• Terminology
• Rope work and knots
• All theory up to Yachtmaster level
• Berthing and departing berths in various challenging conditions
• Mooring buoys under sail and power
• Anchoring under sail and power
• Man-over board recovery under various conditions
• Boat handling in tide under sail
• Boat handling in tide under power
• Emergency procedures and maneuvers
• Advanced sail trim
• Advanced sail handling
• Crew management
• Victualing and feeding
• Operating In restricted visibility
• Advanced navigation
• Advanced navigation by electronic aid
• Night operations
• Emergency equipment
• Passage planning
• Passage making
• Jury rigs and running repairs
• Advanced engine knowledge and care
• International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea
• Advanced pilotage techniques
• Metrology and forecasting
• Running aground
• Skippering and leadership skills

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
This is a course in astro-navigation, worldwide meteorology and ocean currents, which also reveals the mysteries of the sextant. It assumes a knowledge of all subjects covered in all the other shore-based courses (RYA Day Skipper & Coastal/Offshore Theory).

NOTE! The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is required BEFORE you can take your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Exam.

Duration: 7 days
• Monday – Friday and the following week Monday and Tuesday
The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course includes:
• The earth and the celestial sphere
• The PZX triangle
• The sextant
• Measurement of time
• Meridian altitudes
• Sun, star and other sights
• Compass checking
• Satellite Navigation Systems
• Great circle sailing
• Meteorology
• Ocean currents
• Passage planning
• Passage making
• Communications

Yachtmaster Ocean Practical Sights
After completing your Ocean Theory Course, we take you to sea for 48 hours. During this time, you will take the sights required to undertake your Ocean exam. On completion, we then book your slot with a RYA Ocean Examiner.

Duration: 2 days

Upon successful completion of your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and practical ocean sights, you will take your final examination – RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Oral.




RYA/MCA Powerboat Level II
During your sailing or career, you are bound to encounter small open boats such as RIBs, sports boats and small launches. That is why this course is vital for learning the fundamentals of Skippering a powerboat – a capability and qualification is invaluable on vessels carrying dinghies and tenders.

Duration: 2 days

This Course Includes:

• Personal Buoyancy and Clothing
• Parts of the Boat
• Types of Craft
• Engines and Drives
• Boat Controls
• Crew and Ropework
• Trailing and Launching
• Boat Handling
• Turning
• Coming Alongside
• Leaving
• Mooring Buoys
• Anchoring
• Collision Regulations
• Day Shapes and Lights
• Man Overboard
• Summoning Assistance
• Navigation

Super Yacht Deckhand
This is an outsourced course and has been designed to provide you with the skills and background knowledge needed to be successful as a deckhand on any yacht around the world. As a deck hand, you will be responsible for maintenance, mooring and cargo handling as well as guest relations.

Duration: 3-4 days

This includes:

• Super yachting industry
• Deck maintenance skills (filing and fairing, varnishing, teak-oiling, priming, deck acid)
• Wash downs
• General deck hand duties
• Anchoring
• Water sports
• Watch keeping
• Line handling and safety drills.
• Familiarization with crew houses, crewing agencies and job finding techniques, offshore bank accounts.



Commercial Endorsement Requirements

You will need to complete STCW and the RYA Online PPR courses as well as an ENG1 Medical Examination should you wish to work on commercial vessels in any maritime industry.

STCW certificates are internationally recognized marine safety certificates, which are required to enable you to work on commercial vessels in any maritime industry.

Included are Elementary First Aid; Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention; Personal Survival Techniques with Proficiency in Life Raft; Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities; Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

Fees: R8,750.00

Duration: 11 days

RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities (PPR)
PPR is an RYA online course required for commercial endorsement.
Yachtmaster Sailing School will register you online to take the course.
Fees: R1,000.00 (payable to Yachtmaster Sailing School)

ENG 1 Medical Examination
Fees: R2,400.00 – R2,700.00 (paid directly to doctor).
This Internationally accredited and recognized medical examination is vital to further your career on commercial vessels in the yachting and super yachting industries. Only medicals conducted by an MCA approved Medical Practical (not a General Practitioner) will be accepted.

Contact us on +27 21 788 1009 or email if you would like to join the 18 Week RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Career package or for just this course

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