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
|Durban||SAS & IYT||Professional Yachtmaster Training||Phone: 031 307 4992
|Durban||SAS||South African Maritime School & Transport College||Phone: 031 337 7889
|The SAS approved schools in the WC and EC are:|
|Saldanha||SAS & RYA||Atlantic Yachting||Phone: 022 772 0718
|Knysna||SAS||Southern Yachting Academy||Phone: 044 382 3400
|Cape Town||SAS||Cape Town Sailing Academy||Phone: 082 445 9059
|Cape Town||SAS||Good Hope Sailing Academy||Phone: 083 443 0706
|Cape Town||SAS & RYA||Ocean Sailing Academy||Phone: 021 425 7837
|Cape Town||SAS & RYA||Ocean Star Sailing Academy||Phone: 021 418 4074
|Cape Town||SAS & IYT||Professional Yachtmaster Training||Phone: 021 791 1079
|Saldanha||SAS & RYA||Sail Due South||Phone: 022 772 2168
|Cape Town||SAS & RYA||Yachtmaster Sailing School||Phone: 021 788 1009
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.