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The day skipper program offers learners an opportunity to hold a license required to sail a boat (over 9m in length) in South African waterways, provided the sail boat stays within 15 nautical miles (day skipper) of the coast. It is the starting point to a career in the sailing industry.

Sailing is character building, exciting and invigorating. It teaches learners skills that will not only equip them for being at sea, but provide them with skills for everyday life too. Learners wishing to pursue a career at sea would use this program to access the industry. Your initial phase of training is a Yacht Hand, thereafter Day Skipper progressing to Coastal Skipper and thereafter Yacht Master.

The course is internationally recognized and accredited by SAS. The course durations vary from 4 months to 9 months (course dependent) either in a full or part time basis, all of which require dedication. It is immensely rewarding and enthralling, but requires a strong will as certain periods at sea may be testing especially during periods of unfavorable weather conditions.

At the end the course you will do an external exam through South African Sailing (SAS) where you write a theory test and then your practical and oral assessments.

The following subjects are covered under this qualification:

  • Nautical terms
  • Hull and fittings
  • Mast spars and stand rigging
  • Charts and Navigational Publications
  • Navigation
  • GPS
  • Pilotage
  • Other Navigational Instruments
  • Tides
  • VHF Radio
  • Colregs
  • IALA Bouyage
  • Handling a boat under power / sail
  • Man overboard
  • Weather
  • Anchoring
  • Safety and emergency at sea
  • Diesel engines
  • Local knowledge
  • First Aid
Enrolment Criteria
  • Learners must be 16 years and older