Super Yacht Training Professionals - Cape Town, South Africa

    Committed to Excellence

    Super Yachting South Africa Mission Statement

    We are committed to our students first and foremost, ensuring each of them meet the standards of excellence expected by the super yacht industry. By training our students to these exceptional standards, not only are we giving them the knowledge and skills to do the job, but we focus on instilling a professional and disciplined mind-set. The challenges facing each entry-level crew member is tremendously exciting, but can be equally challenging, especially when not properly prepared. Having the right skills for the job is certainly of the utmost importance, but having a positive attitude, excellent manners, great work-ethic and personal etiquette above all is what makes you the complete package. Our mission is to assist our graduates in succeeding and impressing their guests and crew alike, right from the start. Through continuous study, research and presence at the world’s biggest Super Yacht Trade Shows, we meet not only the highest standards of training and most up-to-date super yacht information, but we ensure that our graduates are the best prepared crew in the industry.

    WE ARE RYA RECOGNISED!!  New RYA Radar, VHF and Diesel Engine Courses!!
    NEW - RYA PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (JET SKI) INSTRUCTOR LICENSE
    SYSA has been selected by the RYA as one of only six schools worldwide to offer the PW Instructor License! This industry-specific course enables crew to offer Personal Watercraft Instruction to guests and crew on board Super Yachts. Recent developments on board yachts require commercial vessels to have a Personal Watercraft Instructor on board to issue guests with a PW licence.

    We compiled this brief, fun and safety orientated training course, assisting crew in stepping forward to deliver instruction to super yacht guests. Requirements for this course: First Aid certificate, a Proficiency in Personal Watercraft License and experience on jet skis.
    Course price: R 7 000 (50% cheaper than in Europe and UK)

    WE WERE THE FIRST SUPER YACHTING TRAINING SCHOOL IN AFRICA TO OFFER THIS PYA INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED STEWARD/ESS COURSE – LIKE ALWAYS – LEADERS AND INNOVATORS IN OUR FIELD!!!!
    AT THE MONACO BOAT SHOW 2013, SYSA RECEIVED THE PROFESSIONAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR THE STEWARD/ESS SCHOOL WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF SUCCESSFULLY ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF ANY STEWARD/ESS SCHOOL IN THE WORLD
    Stewardess Course Cape Town, Yacht Crew Training, Superyacht Deckhand, super yacht crew jobs
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    NEW NEW NEW! Our Super Yacht 2 Day Chef Course for qualified Chefs
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    Super Yachting South Africa provides super yacht training courses, RYA training, stewardess and deckhand courses in Cape Town South Africa.
     

    Career training for super yachts South Africa

    Welcome to the exciting and luxurious World of Super Yachting. This career offers you the opportunity to be employed as crew members on board these exquisite Multi Million Dollar Vessels. Hard work, the right qualifications, and a “can-do” attitude are essential prerequisites to meet the extremely high Service and Maritime Standards expected in this Industry.

    Some of the numerous benefits include: travelling to the world’s most luxurious and exotic locations, earning tax-free foreign currency, while meeting some of the most famous and influential people in the world. Furthermore, the professional approach adopted within the Super Yachting Industry has created numerous possibilities for career advancement.

    The Super Yacht industry is rapidly growing, resulting in a substantial increase in the amount of yachts being produced annually, a trend that has been continuing for the past 10 years. The latest statistics indicated from yacht builders worldwide, show an increase of 11% over the past year (for vessels over 24 meters). Simply put: If these new boats were lined up, it would extend for over 24 miles (39 kilometers)! This increase has created thousands of new jobs, and as a result, there is a shortage of qualified crew at all levels.

    In this industry, the attention to detail, focus and professionalism of crew, are unparallel to any other Maritime or sea-going working environment. Our motto at SYSA is simple… “PROFESSIONALS, COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE”.  We offer advice, training and guidance to aspiring new crew to achieve this standard. 

    Our team is headed up by Industry Experts, Isobel Odendaal and Jason Hunter, between them over 20 years' experience in the Deck and Interior departments. As a result, we are able to provide the best and latest information possible on how to succeed and advance in the world of Super Yachting!  Our guarantee to you:  All our Instructors worked in the Super Yacht Industry for many years in the most senior positions on board and our information is up-to-date and applicable and will prepare you for a career in this highly competitive industry.

    In addition to our specialized, tailor-made Super Yacht Training Courses, we act as liaisons between all the Top Maritime Training Institutes around South Africa. We offer our students competitive training packages and dates to suit their schedule, wherever they may be. The importance of this service is that we aim to formulate training packages specific to the needs of each individual crew member’s needs, depending on their work-related experience.
     

    Super Yacht training Cape Town -- Stewardess Course Cape Town -- Deck Hand training Cape Town -- RYA training South Africa



    Success Stories...

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    Some of our previous students currently employed in Super Yacht Industry – we are so proud!!!

    Justine Henkes
    Stewardess
    25m Yacht

    Christi Wasserman
    Stewardess
    34m Yacht

    Sara Connaway
    Stewardess
    53m Yacht

    Liezl Botha
    Stewardess
    47m Yacht

    Robyn Genever-Stuart
    Chief Stewardess
    30m Yacht

    Lauren Doney
    Stew/Cook/Deckhand
    25m Yacht

    Simone Nicholls
    Stewardess
    40m Yacht

    Natasha Napoli
    Junior Stewardess
    50m Yacht

    Frances Hone
    Stewardess
    90m Yacht

    Soné Enslin-Francis
    Stewardess
    28m Yacht

    Esther Von Seydlitz
    Nurse/Stewardess
    96m New Build Yacht

    Luke van der Merwe
    Deckhand
    75m Yacht

    Monique Borel-Saladin
    Chief Stewardess
    45m Expedition Yacht

    Angela Cathro
    Junior Stew
    55m Yacht

    Keelan Kriel
    Deckhand
    32m Yacht

    Nikki Sely
    Sole Stewardess
    40m Yacht

    Alicia Bodington
    Stew/Deck
    27m Yacht

    Zoe Holden
    2nd Stewardess
    50m Yacht

    Rieta Jongbloed
    Deckhand
    43m Yacht

    Vicki Tilders
    2nd Stewardess
    44m Yacht

    Andre Jooste
    Deckhand
    36m Yacht

    Nathalie Schoeben
    Stewardess
    71m Yacht

    Lance Hartley
    Deckhand
    52m Yacht

    Takara Odendaal
    Sole Stewardess
    28m Yacht

    Jeanri van der Watt
    Chef
    32m Yacht

    Stacey Burscough
    Stewardess
    40m Yacht

    Carli Botha
    Chief Stewardess
    46m Yacht

    Mary-Jo Langhein
    Stew/Deck
    55m Yacht

    Olga Mileham
    Chef
    34m Yacht

    Corne de Necker
    Deckhand
    55m Yacht

    Carolanne Lumsden
    Stewardess
    70m Yacht

    Wesley Harrison
    Deckhand
    52m Yacht

    Jessica Ritchie
    Stewardess  
    30m Yacht

    Misha Davies
    Stewardess
    44m Yacht

    Monique Daniels
    Stew/Crew Chef/Deckhand
    55m Yacht

    Delene du Toit
    Stew/Masseuse
    50m Yacht

    Cailyn Tomlinson
    Stewardess
    58m Yacht

    Ian McKensie
    Deckhand
    65m Yacht

    Amber Briant
    Chief Stewardess
    35m Yacht

    Jurgen Jacobs
    Deckhand
    55m Yacht

    Sam Levin
    Stew/Cook
    23m Yacht

    Keegan Colbeck
    Stew/Cook/Deck
    25m Yacht

    Donovan Greyvonstein
    Deckhand
    41m Yacht

    Mark Jones
    Deckhand
    41m Yacht

    Lloyd Hofmeyer
    Deckhand
    67m Yacht

     

    Cornel de Jager
    Steward
    55m Yacht

    Danelle Laubscher
    Stewardess/Deckhand
    30m Yacht

    Mignon Nel
    Stewardess
    30m Yacht

    Ingrid Kromker
    Chief Stewardess
    42m Yacht

    Enricu Smit
    Crew Chef
    60m Yacht

    Georgina Brazier
    Junior Stewardess
    70m Yacht

    Inge Brenzel
    3rd Stewardess
    47m Yacht

    Nicola Bock
    2nd Stew
    40m Yacht

    Ross Francis
    Chef
    28m Yacht

    James Sheerwood
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Lynette Walsh
    1st Stewardess
    48m Expedition Yacht

    Bevan de Lange
    Deckhand
    46m Yacht

    Stuart Grondel
    Deckhand/Engineer
    30m Yacht

    Jean Labuschagne
    Junior Stewardess
    60m Yacht

    Kim Van Eyk
    Deck/Stew
    38m Yacht

    Danielle Thompson
    Stewardess
    28m Yacht

    Carl Coetzee
    Deckhand/Dive Instructor
    62m Yacht

    Adriana Grobbelaar
    Stewardess
    21m Yacht

    Tam Boutelje
    Stew/Cook/Deck
    21m Yacht

    Corlia van Rooyen
    Stewardess
    33m Yacht

    Janco Bronkhorst
    Deckhand
    44m Yacht

    Andrea Seabrook
    Stewardess
    70m Yacht

    Donald Yendall
    Deckhand
    30m Yacht

    Kaja Sauber
    Stewardess
    60m Yacht

    Michael Norval
    Deckhand
    65m Yacht

    Zelri Fiet
    Sole Stewardess
    30m Yacht

    Cobie Janse van Rensburg
    Stewardess
    65m Yacht

    Quinton Misplon
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Mari de Waal
    2nd Stewardess
    126m Yacht

    Terrence O'Brian
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Charlotte Egerton-Hobbins
    Stewardess
    40m Yacht

    Fredl van der Merwe
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Angela Baufeldt
    Stewardess
    17m Sailing Yacht

    Shaun Simpson
    Deckhand
    56m Yacht

    Zane Combrink
    Stewardess
    30m Yacht

    Michael Hill
    Deckhand
    50m Yacht

    Guler Gedelec
    Stewardess
    32m Yacht

    Scott Johnston
    Deckhand
    40m Yacht

    Bianca Bauer
    Sole Stewardess
    29m Sailing Yacht

    Graeme Steenkamp
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Annie Polak
    Stewardess
    70m Yacht

    Terri Hill
    Deck/Stew
    27m Yacht

    Cary Murdoch
    Cook/Stew
    26m Yacht

    Detlef Moorman
    Deckhand
    65m Yacht

    Cecile du Preez
    Chief Stewardess
    45m Yacht


    Alyssa Buettgen
    Stewardess
    78m Yacht

    Daynee Fourie
    Stewardess
    28m Yacht

    Roxy Dreyer
    Stewardess
    39m Yacht

    Kerstin Kromker
    Stewardess
    30m Yacht

    Bianca Jade Schafer
    Chef
    127m Yacht

    Pauline de Kock
    Stewardess
    70m Yacht

    Ingrid Kromker
    2nd Stewardess
    42m Yacht

    Monique Daniels
    Stewardess
    52m Sailing Yacht

    Sarah McFarlane
    3rd Stewardess
    49m Yacht

    Cathryn Wilson
    Stewardess
    52m Yacht

    Shaun Frith
    Deckhand
    86m New Build Yacht

    Nicolize Van der Merwe
    Sole Stewardess
    45m Yacht

    Anna Steyn
    Chief Stewardess
    56m Yacht

    Louis Maritz
    Deckhand
    60m Yacht

    Heather Luden
    Stewardess/Nanny
    60m Yacht

    Mary Hensman
    Stew/Deck
    42m Yacht

    Brigitte Brooks
    Chef/First Mate
    55ft Luxury Catamaran

    Mjon van Blommestein
    Stew/Cook
    27m Yacht

    Tammy Phillips
    Stewardess
    33m Yacht

    Warren O'Leary
    Deckhand
    90m Yacht

    Chanel Marais
    Stewardess
    108m Yacht

    Ryan Hawkins
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Ursula Botha
    2nd Stewardess
    40m Yacht

    Dylan Boestra
    Deckhand
    57m Yacht

    Jill Hunter
    Chief Stewardess
    45m Yacht

    Janene Groenewald
    Stew/Deck/Cook
    37m Yacht

    Sue-Marie Winshaw
    Stewardess
    55m Yacht

    Pauline de Kock
    Stewardess
    40m Yacht

    Raymond Bothe
    Bosun
    60m Yacht

    Peter T.H. White
    Stew/Deck
    36m Yacht

    Ralia Vos
    Sole Stewardess
    16m Yacht

    Chantal Weakley
    Junior Stewardess
    58m Yacht

    Rachel Fisher
    Stewardess
    65m Yacht

    Tatyana Silberman
    3rd Stewardess
    50m Yacht

    Candice Freeman
    Stew/Masseuse
    45m Yacht

    Sonia Paulsen
    Stewardess
    27m Yacht

    Kaitlin Davis
    Deckhand
    56m Yacht

    Nadja Asmus
    Stewardess
    47m Yacht

    Kyle Meldinger
    Deckhand
    45m Yacht

    Grant Peach
    Captain
    20m Yacht

    Danielle Jones
    Deck/Stew
    35m Yacht

    Emma Murphy
    Deck/Stew
    45m Yacht

    Jeremy Weiss
    Deckhand
    55m Yacht

    Jacques Fourie
    Deckhand
    36m Yacht

    Colm Costello
    Deckhand
    55m Yacht

    Our Process...

    1. Initial contact (Online, Phone or Personal Appointment): Viewing of applicant’s CV, followed by discussing related work-experience
    2. Formulating training packages and/or other options within the Super Yacht / Maritime Industry - suitable to each individual's schedule and budget
    3. Individual Career Guidance
    4. Our services include:
      • Advice on CV preparation, Business Cards and Full Colour Picture
      • Student Course Evaluation and Assessment
      • Advice on Reference Capturing
      • Interviewing techniques
      • Professional Presentation
      • Advice on Preparation of Crew Portfolio
      • Providing Documentation for Career Development for Deck Hands
      • Assistance with applying for an Offshore Bank Account, advice regarding visa applications
      • Advice on Training Record Books and Certification with the RYA

    Career Development...

    We focus on a long term commitment to our crew. From past experiences, we understand the difficulties of not only starting a career in the Maritime Industry, but progressing as well. Once introduced to the exciting life on board Super Yachts, and making the decision to commit to it long-term, there is a regulated qualification process that needs to be followed to advance on board. We will constantly evaluate and monitor each individual’s position on board and assist them in achieving their next level of qualification.

    For the Deck Department, for example, meeting the requirement for MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification, or the MCA Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certification. Part of this process would be supplying our crew with Watchkeeping and Sea Service Templates, providing MCA Training Record Books and Confirmation Letters from Captains having observed Deck Crew in specific Watchkeeping and Senior Officer situations.

    We constantly update our information regarding changes within the Industry. For example: Sea service has now been separated into 5 categories: Onboard Yacht Service, Actual Sea Service, Stand-by Service, Yard Service & Watchkeeping Service. This needs to be documented on each vessel each deck crew member is employed on and is only one of the prerequisites.

    For the Steward/esses, it is strongly advised that you pursue the newly introduced PYA GUEST programme structure and training (see www.pya.org) for more information.  Deck and Engineering Crew benefit from a clearly defined rout to training and certification.  However, there has been no such structure in existence for Interior crew – until now!  PYA, the professional body for yacht crew, has spent years consulting with the yachting industry to establish a clear career path for interior crew.  The result of this consultation has led to the creation of the GUEST © industry standard for Steward/esses. 

    The certification is modular in structure.  Training objectives with syllabus outlines for each individual module are clearly defined.  This ensures a unified, across the board, training dividend for each student.  The Training Providers are monitored and audited by the PYA to ensure what is being taught is in fact what is called for in guidelines.  There are 3 levels for development – Introduction, Operational and Head of Departments.  Each of these levels have various modules included, as well as yacht service time and guest service time, which is recorded from the first day a Steward/ess starts his/her new career. SYSA now offers all 3 PYA Accredited modules on Introduction level.

    After having viewed our website, we hope that it is apparent that our main focus is on assisting our crew in entering this amazing Industry. Furthermore, we would like to actively be involved in each crew member’s progression throughout their careers, through continued contact and assistance.



    SYSA Cares

    As part of our service to the community, we have been getting involved with several charities – because SYSA cares!
    SYSA CHARITY DONATION FOR AFRICAN TAILS

    SYSA's latest charity project – on a cloudy day in May, Isobel Odendaal, Cherie and Tristan Hunter went shopping – like animals - for the animals!

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    SYSA believes in giving back to our community and we shopped for blankets, dog and puppy food, cat and kitten food, tick shampoo, food bowls, collars and leashes, animal medicine and toys for our chosen charity – AFRICAN TAILS.  

    If you would like to get involved in this wonderful charity, check them out on www.africantails.co.za

    Their aim is to give every abused and neglected street dog the happy ending they deserve. Sure, the township isn’t the ideal setting for a fairytale-style happy ending. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

    Whether it’s finding a puppy a loving new home, feeding a starving stray, curbing the cycle of over-population through regular sterilisation campaigns or simply euthanasing a suffering animal, African Tails is doing its best to write new stories of hope and triumph in the places that truly need them most.

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    4-captionThe precious cargo is loaded by Tristan and Cherie and our helpful parking attendant

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    Our arrival at African Tails Office on Koeberg Road with the “SYSA mobile”

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    Veronica Nel, General Manager of African Tails welcomes us (with some of the beautiful rescue pups awaiting homes)

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    Tristan and the rescues doggies in the background overseeing the delivery and doing quality control


    OUT OF AFRICA CHILDREN’S FUND AND TABLE VIEW BABY SAFE

    Their primary purpose is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and terminally illnesses, as well as saving abandoned babies in South Africa.  They support the needs of the children and their immediate family in the most dignified and compassionate manner.

    We donated hundreds of baby clothing items for the “Baby Safe” project – providing a safe, confidential and dignified option to mothers who feel like they cannot cope with a newborn baby.  Unfortunately, yearly, a vast number of babies are abandoned in dumpsters, rubbish piles and in storm drains over South Africa.

    To become involved in this wonderful cause, please view: www.outofafricacf.org

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    Our donation to the Out of Africa Children’s Fund was handed out to mothers and children of Tygerberg Hospital during INTERNATIONAL MANDELA DAY – 18 July 2011

    During a celebration of the “Mandela 67 minutes” on 18 July, Out of Africa Children’s Fund spent the day with the children of Tygerberg Hospital.  Several companies joined in to make the children feel special and hand out gifts and care packages.

    Our baby clothes donation was handed out to mothers with small babies – what a special way to say:  “we care”.

    It is a blessing to be part of Kim Ferroli-Highfield’s wonderful campaigns and projects!

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    Our baby items being handed out by Kim to a brave mommy with a sick baby in Tygerberg Hospital.

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    The wonderful people and children at Tygerberg Hospital.

    The SYSA team was very busy on Mandela Day – there were several training courses and marketing projects going on, so our “67 minutes” (more like 4 hours) took place on 17 July – Isobel made a whopping 200 sandwiches, dropped them off at Joe Slovo Informal Settlement in Milnerton, where an informal trader welcomed her at her “Spaza Shop”, where she normally sells BBQ chicken and what looked like tripe. 

    The sandwiches were part of an empowerment initiative – the shopkeeper sold the sandwiches at R2.00 each and therefore we happily contributed to her business and her meagre salary as an informal shopkeeper. 

    Isobel also could not resist handing out some of the sandwiches to little children playing in the area – and provided for some hungry tummies on that sunny Sunday afternoon.


    ANGEL KNITTERS

    knit1We also joined in to donate a almost a 100 yarns of wool for a group of volunteers, the Angel Knitters, mostly consisting of elderly and retired ladies who knit various winter items for Hospice and other charities. They receive no funding and we thought this is an excellent way to help out such a lovely group of people!!

    One of the ladies in this group is 92 years old! Recently, they delivered 170 pairs of gloves, 400 woollen hats and currently working on 200 baby jackets and 230 pairs of gloves! That is some serious knitting!!

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