Southern Yachting Academy

It's a Lifestyle

The ocean is calling.

Inspired by the love for yachting, local Maritime history and the modernisation of its representation.

Experience start sailing adventures, competent crew courses, accredited radio telephony, day skipper and coastal skipper courses, and coastal mileage building passages arranged along the South African coastline.

Opportunities for career development, knowledge tourism and promoting a yachting community.

With offices on Thesen Harbour Town, our sailing vessels depart from the Knysna Yacht Club at the Knysna Quays waterfront. We traverse the Knysna Lagoon, sail through the Knysna Heads to Buffalo Bay or Noetzie for day sailing adventures. Offshore coastal sailing to Plettenberg Bay, St Francis Bay, Mossel Bay, Simonstown or Royal Cape for logging coastal passages. Coaching by professional skippers we facilitate unforgettable sailing experiences. Either test the waters, log some day/coastal sailing or become a qualified skipper through our SA Sailing accredited courses in Knysna. SAMSA accredited for Marine Radio Telephony Courses and Examinations. viz. Short Range Certificate (SRC) VHF Radio License. ​ ​We facilitate visits to various reputable Knysna Catamaran Boat Builders to review their luxury yachts. Then get qualified through Southern Yachting Academy to sail them. Live out your dream as you set sail blue water cruising circumnavigating our ‘lonely planet’

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Steward/ess Career Course

Rya day skipper career course.

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Langebaan Lagoon  offers the only  RYA approved sailing examination waters in South Africa. The lagoon is the perfect sail training playground, with tides, streams, commercial traffic, calm and rough seas to provide for all training requirements.

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Steward/ess play a crucial role in ensuring that guests and owners have an unforgettable experience onboard, and as such, are highly valued members of the yacht crew. The yachting industry is a growing and dynamic industry that offer a wide range of opportunities for those interested in working onboard superyachts. The industry is driven by high-net-worth individuals who own these luxury vessels and is characterised by a high level of service and attention to detail.

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If you are seeking work in the yachting industry for the first time or if you want to build a career in the yachting industry, certain courses are essential and others are highly desirable in the eyes of potential employers. We offer both the essential and the highly desirable qualifications. Please refer to the “Syllabus” tab below for the inclusive modules and other optional and beneficial modules.

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This course is aimed at the learner who wants to enter into the Superyacht Industry at a RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Level. We cover all aspects of training from RYA Competent Crew to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal – including, SRC (VHF), Deckhand / Superyacht Training, RYA PBII, RYA PWC, RYA Radar, RYA Diesel Engine and the outsourced course STCW 2010.

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The Commercial Yachtmaster Offshore course provides the training, practical experience and preparation for gaining a commercially endorsed RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate. Successful graduates are able to work on a variety of sailing & motor yachts, including charter skipper, flotilla skipper or corporate day sailing.

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Our courses are presented throughout the year; please contact our office for dates and prices.

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RYA Start Yachting Course

If you are you curious to know what it feels like to sail on a yacht, like adventure or want to learn the basics to see if you want to do further sail training, then this course is for you.

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RYA Competent Crew Course

This course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsman ship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.

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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased (Theory)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.

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RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

This course is to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.

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