PREREQUISITES

PREREQUISITES

There are some prerequisites that must be met before a sailor can apply for a skippers' ticket. They are as follows:

AGE
The candidate must be at least 16 years of age.

VHF RADIO OPERATORS LICENCE
Candidates for day skipper and above require a radio operator’s certificate which is valid for operating a Marine VHF radio in South Africa. Valid certificates include:

1. The Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate (Marine) or the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate (Marine) VHF only. This was initially issued by ICASA and more recently by SAMSA. It is does not cover Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and is no longer issued.

2. The South African Short Range Certificate (SRC). This covers the operation of a marine VHF radio with DSC. It is issued by SAMSA. Several SAS schools and other schools run SRC courses.

3. The South African Long Range Certificate (LRC). This covers the operation of marine DSC VHF radios and DSC MF/HF SSB Radios. It is issued by SAMSA.

VISUAL ACUITY AND ISHIHARA COLOUR TEST
All candidates require a basic eye test, which many opticians will do for free.
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If you are colour blind you cannot go further than Day Skipper

FIRST AID CERTIFICATE
Candidates for Coastal Skipper and above must hold a current and valid Level 1 First Aid Certificate or a current and valid higher level first aid qualification or medical qualification acceptable to SAS.

EXPERIENCE
For Inland Waters Skipper, the minimum experience required is 100 nautical miles as a skipper or an active member of crew on a keelboat or an equivalent catamaran on inland waters or at sea.

For Day Skipper to Yachtmaster, the minimum experience required is laid out in the table below. Only experience as a skipper or an active member of crew on a sailboat at sea is considered to be qualifying experience. Powerboat experience does not qualify.

  DAY SKIPPER
LOCAL WATERS SKIPPER
COASTAL SKIPPER YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE
Miles
200
400
800
2500
Night Hours on watch
2
8
24
48
Voyages
One night entry into the candidate's home port
Three night entries into the candidate's home port
Three passages of at least 60 nautical miles each
Three overnight passages of at least 100 nautical miles each as skipper


LOG BOOK
A logbook is required as proof of experience. The logbook records the details of each voyage, and should be signed off by the skipper. If you are the skipper for a particular voyage you will sign for that voyage yourself. Log books for this purpose can be purchased from SAS.

Where the candidate has not kept a logbook, the examiner may accept retrospective logging of experience at his or her discretion.