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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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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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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