SAILING SCHOOLS

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The best way to get a certificate of competence (skipper’s ticket) is through an approved SAS sailing school. The interaction with an instructor and the discussion amongst other students provides a far better learning experience than you can ever achieve by the self-study route.

Before you decide on a sailing school, you need to be absolutely clear about the certificate of competence you need.

To sail a recreational sailing vessel >9m in SA you need a SAS Certificate of Competence. An RYA or IYT Certificate of Competence is not recognised. A SAS qualification is generally sufficient for recreational sailing anywhere in the world. (For sailing in the Mediterranean however, both the RYA and SAS recommend that you consider getting the International Certificate of Competence. In many countries in Europe the ICC is regarded as the equivalent of an international driver’s licence. For SA nationals with a SA ID, any SAS qualification from SAS Day Skipper upwards entitles you to an ICC. For details on the ICC click here.)

If you want to operate a commercial sailing vessel in South Africa, you will need a SAMSA commercial certificate of competence with a sailing endorsement. To get a SAMSA commercial certificate of competence with a sailing vessel endorsement you need to start with the appropriate SAS certificate of competence for a recreational vessel.

If you want a career overseas as a skipper of a superyacht, you need to consider the RYA or IYT route. The RYA and IYT qualifications are entry points into the MCA Master of Yachts qualifications which go up to 3000 GT. But if you are a South African, you should do your SAS certificate at the same time. That will allow you to sail in SA or be delivery skipper on a SA flagged vessel. The additional qualifications also look good on your CV, and most candidates say that preparing for both examinations gave them a far broader perspective and a better grounding. Schools which are accredited by both SAS and the RYA/IYT will prepare you for joint SAS/RYA examinations.

The SAS approved schools in KZN are:
Durban SAS Offshore Sailing Academy Phone: 031 307 7944
Email: bookings@yachtsman.co.za
Web: www.yachtsman.co.za
Durban SAS & IYT Professional Yachtmaster Training Phone: 031 307 4992
Email: info@pyt.co.za
Web: www.pyt.co.za
Durban SAS South African Maritime School & Transport College Phone: 031 337 7889
Email: bdbnenquiries@samaritime.co.za
Web: www.samaritime.co.za


The SAS approved schools in the WC and EC are:
Langebaan
Club Mykonos
SAS & RYA Atlantic Yachting Phone: 022 772 0718
Email: info@atlanticyachting.co.za
Web: www.atlanticyachting.co.za
Knysna SAS Southern Yachting Academy Phone: 044 382 3400
Email: bookings@southernyachting.co.za
Web: www.southernyachting.co.za
Cape Town SAS Cape Town Sailing Academy Phone: 082 445 9059
Email: info@capetownsailing.co.za
Web: www.capetownsailing.co.za
Cape Town SAS Good Hope Sailing Academy Phone: 083 443 0706
Email: ghsa@iafrica.com
Web:www.goodhopesailingacademy .co.za
Cape Town SAS & RYA Ocean Sailing Academy Phone: 021 425 7837
Email: info@oceansailing.co.za
Web: www.oceansailing.co.za
Cape Town SAS & RYA Ocean Star Sailing Academy Phone: 021 418 4074
Email: courses@oceanstarsailing.com
Web: www.oceanstarsailing.com
Cape Town SAS & IYT Professional Yachtmaster Training Phone: 021 791 1079
Email: info.cpt@pyt.co.za
Web: www.pyt.co.za
Saldanha SAS & RYA Sail Due South Phone: 022 772 2168
Email: bookings@sailduesouth.com
Web: www.sailduesouth.com
Cape Town SAS & RYA Yachtmaster Sailing School Phone: 021 788 1009
Email: skipper@yachtmaster.co.za
Web: www.yachtmaster.co.za


In order to accommodate those who do not wish to or cannot afford to go to a sailing school, SAS does examine individuals who have selected to go the self-study route. The syllabuses, sample chartwork questions and sample oral questions are available on the SAS web site. The SAS Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Course Manuals can be purchased at SAS.