Crew Training CoursesOur Training is world class… We STAND by this statement. All our Instructors have worked in the Super Yacht Industry for many years and we therefore provide the most up-to-date and most specialised training in South Africa. As a result of the 7-Star Service working environment we have been exposed to whilst working on yachts, we firmly believe in replicating the industry standard in everything we do! Our courses include a balance between theory and practical application, aimed at providing the experience of entering this unique industry.
Our offices are located in Cape Town and the theory and practical sections of all our training courses are completed in our offices or on board various power yachts at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. This provides the perfect training opportunity for our students.
|PYA GUEST Internationally Accredited Steward/ess Course:||R 7 500||5 days|
|SYT Deck Hand Course:||R 5 175||3 days|
|2 day SYSA Chef Course for Qualified Chefs:||R 2 500||2 days|
|City and Guilds/MCA Food Health Safety:||R 2 915||2 days|
|RYA Power Boat Level II:||R 4 196.50||2 days|
|RYA Personal Watercraft:||R 2 550||1 day|
|RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor Course:||R 8 550||3 days|
|Chief Steward/ess Course:||R 5 000||2 days|
|STCW Basic + PDSD:||R 8 750||11 days|
|Yacht Flower Arranging Course:||R 2 250||1 day|
|RYA VHF:||R 1 897.50||1 day|
|RYA Diesel Engine Course:||R 1 897.50||1 day|
|RYA Radar Course:||R 1 897.50||1 day|
|RYA Tender Operator's Course:||R 5 600||2 days|
|RYA Advanced Power Boat Course||R 5 600||2 days|
|RYA Day Skipper Theory Course||R 7 200||5 days|
|RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course||R 7 200||7 days|
Deck Hand Training...
Practical sections of our Deck Hand Training Course are completed on board various Power Yachts at the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town. This provides the perfect training opportunity for our students.
THE SYT DECK HAND COURSE SYLLABUS FOCUSES ON THE FOLLOWING:
- Introduction into the Industry (Daywork, Dockwalking, Crew Agents, CV, Crew Housing, Interviews, Visas and Passports)
- Deck Maintenance Skills (poly-urethane topcoats, filling and fairing, varnishing, teak-oiling, priming, deck acid, wash-downs, etc.)
- General Deck Hand Duties: Including guest-related duties, anchoring, line handling, tender work and water sports
- Simulated Fire Safety Drills, Anchoring and Watchkeeping Duties
- In addition to your Course Completion Certificates, all Deck Crew will receive their first Daywork reference from power yachts where you completed your training
SYSA DECKHAND COURSE - 3 DAYS - R 5 175
This very practical course covers every aspect of being a deckhand on the yachts, including: Yacht maintenance knowledge and application, wash-downs, teak maintenance, deckhand duties (navigational watches and guests on board), tender driving and water sports, line handling and anchoring, to name a few.
RYA POWERBOAT LEVEL II - 2 DAYS - R 4 196.50
Not only do we teach the full RYA syllabus of this internationally accredited license (for power boats under 9 meters), but we also add super yacht skills to make this course applicable for the industry. Our very expensive training equipment simulates pressure even during the training phase, as some of the speed boats and semi-rigid boats on yachts can be in excess of US$ 1 000 000! Our experienced instructors teach students the key aspects, skills and tips of tender driving. During training, we focus on super yacht specific skills expected of crew driving the tender. We also focus on teaching crucial navigational and key safety elements relevant to the super yacht industry.
This course is essential for all crew (Deck Hands, Steward/esses and Chefs) interested in making their CVs attractive and themselves as marketable as possible to find employment on a yacht. Super Yacht guests are regularly ferried between the yachts and the shore, and it is essential to hold a license for this rigid inflatable boat (RIB) before you can drive the yacht's tender. This two-day course covers all aspects of RIB driving, close quarters handling, planning manoeuvres, man overboard recovery, collision regulations, launching, fuelling, etc. and on successful completion, the students are issued the RYA Power Boat Level II Certificate.
RYA TENDER OPERATOR'S COURSE - 2 DAYS - R 5 600
This new qualification was recently launched at the Monaco Boat Show. This was brought about through a collective effort from the RYA and PYA, as there has been growing calls from within the super yacht industry to step up the skills of entry-level crew with regards to tender driving and safety, especially during night time.
Once you have taken the RYA Powerboat Level II basic qualification, the Tender Operator's Course gives you the opportunity to build on your basic tender driving skills. After two days on a PB Level II course, we are confident that crew have a good understanding of how to operate a tender. However, adding an additional two days completing the RYA Tender Operator's course will produce an excellent, skilled and confident power boat handler. Note: You must already hold a RYA PB Level II certificate before you can complete this course.
This course also includes night-time navigation, working with electronic Chart Plotters and twin engine manoeuvres.
RYA PWC (PERSONAL WATERCRAFT/JET SKI) COURSE - 1 DAY - R 2 550
This industry-specific license is essential for Deck crew who often take the yacht owner or his kids on the jet skis. The license is also a prerequisite to the Personal Watercraft Instructor's Course, which will then allow the holder to issue the guests on board with a temporary license to drive the Jet Skis for the duration of their time on board.
Our PW Course is designed for first-time and experienced riders alike. We advise that all crew (exterior and interior) qualify themselves before applying for a job – as this can often be the difference between being hired or not.
RYA PERSONAL WATERCRAFT INSTRUCTOR'S COURSE - 3 DAYS - R 8 550
This qualification is for crew already experienced on Jet Skis in a personal capacity, as well as crew who have already completed a season on super yachts working with the jet skis on a regular basis. You already need to hold a basic RYA PWC qualification to complete this advanced one.
During this course, students are taught how to deliver a fun, safety-conscious and brief course to guests and crew on board. Every commercially operated yacht in the Mediterranean must have a Personal Watercraft Instructor on board, and as a result, this qualification is probably one of the most important industry-specific qualifications new crew can invest in.
STCW BASIC SAFETY TRAINING AND PDSD - 11 DAYS - R 8 750
The STCW is essential and compulsory to work on board any yacht in the industry. The course modules are: Marine Fire Fighting, Sea Survival, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility, Proficiency in Security Awareness and Basic Maritime First Aid.
RYA RADAR - 1 DAY - R 1 897.50
For a green deck crew member, the job on the bridge will normally be limited to position fixing using the GPS, routine safety checks around the vessel and vessel tracking on a secondary radar screen during navigational watches. As with all our courses, the practical training we offer is super yacht-related and industry specific.
RYA VHF - 1 DAY - R 1 897.50 (EXCLUDING GBP60 CREDIT CARD PAYMENT DIRECTLY TO RYA)
The RYA VHF is an essential qualification building up to becoming an officer on board. This is a very important part of career progression, and the earlier you become comfortable and confident with VHF on-board communications, the better it is for your career.
RYA DIESEL ENGINE COURSE - 1 DAY - R 1 897.50
The more we are able to multi-task on board, even as an entry-level crew member, the more valuable we become to a vessel. With the RYA Diesel Engine Course, we not only follow the RYA's DEC syllabus, but we have also added a troubleshooting and maintenance programme for Outboard Engines. Students will have a good understanding of how diesel engines operate, impressing the Captain and Crew, as well as leading up to progression courses, such as the 5 day MCA AEC (Approved Engineering Course).
Your choices of the above listed courses are offered at SYSA and can be completed in approximately two weeks to save on accommodation costs. Having completed these courses, as well as having a Training Record Book, you can start working towards your Yacht Rating certificate.
For the individuals looking for an opportunity to strengthen their CV through additional qualification, we have joint up with some of our partner schools both in Cape Town, USA and France. Diversity in qualification makes you more valuable to a vessel; being able to offer assistance in more than one department on board.
AEC (MCA APPROVED ENGINEERING COURSE) - 5 DAYS - US$ 850 (NOT OFFERED AT SYSA)
This course, held at ICT in Fort Lauderdale and Bluewater Training in Antibes (the two largest super yacht training providers in the world), is the starting point to becoming an Engineer on a super yacht. However, before moving onto the next level of Engineering qualifications (higher than AEC), crew must first achieve required sea time on board. If you hold both Deckhand and Engineering qualifications, including the AEC, you are able to network yourself as a Deckhand/Engineer, which increases your chances of finding employment faster.
We encourage our students to complete this course as soon as they arrive overseas, as this is an excellent boost for multi-tasking Deckhand CVs.
We have had an almost 100% employment success rate with our Deckhand students who added this course to their deck qualifications.
PADI OPEN WATER 1 + PADI RESCUE DIVER - APPROX R 3 500 (NOT OFFERED AT SYSA)
We have joined up with the top scuba diving school in Cape Town to have additional modules added to the existing Open Water Qualification. Students are taught how to set up dive gear, complete checks, refill cylinders with the use of Bauer Dive compressors, set up a dive tender for guests on board and assist the Dive Leader on the super yachts overseas.
Completing Scuba diver qualifications provides another opportunity to diversify yourself and show you have investigated the industry and have invested in yachting specific qualifications, as roughly 95% Super Yachts have dive gear on board and it falls on the Deckhands to prepare, maintain and refill tanks.
It is important that all deck crew look to progress to Dive Master by utilizing the scuba dives completed overseas to qualify for completing their Dive Master Qualification when home on holiday.
The SYSA PYA Steward/ess Course is taught by Instructors who spent collectively over 20 years in the super yacht industry, employed in the most senior interior positions onboard super yachts. Former Chief Stewardess/Purser Isobel Odendaal will take you on board for our 5 Day PYA Accredited Introductory Steward/ess Programme, providing you with the practical skills and theoretical background needed to enter and excel in this environment. Combined with essential safety training, you will be fully equipped to climb on board and add value as a productive crew member – right from the start. If you already are experienced within the Hospitality and Customer Service Industries, we apply and adapt these skills specifically to shipboard life. The course is offered twice a month, and always runs from Monday to Friday. Price: R 7 500
For a detailed description and breakdown of the 5 Day Course, follow this link >>
Feel free to visit our Steward/ess website - www.stewardessonthego.co.za
Apart from the PYA Stew course, we suggest some of these Training Modules to enhance Employment Possibilities:
- STCW Basic Training + PDSD (Essential) - Price: R 8 750
- MCA/City and Guilds Food Health Safety Level 2 – Price: R 2 915
- SYSA Yacht Flower Arranging Course – Price: R 2 250
- WSET Level I and II Wine Courses – Price: Varies according to course you choose
- RYA Power Boat Level II - Price: R 4 196.50
- RYA Personal Watercraft Course (Jetski License) - Price: R 2 550
- Home Barista Course - Price: R 3 000 (price subject to change)
Student enjoying view from our
classroom in Cape Town
MCA/CITY AND GUILDS FOOD HEALTH SAFETY LEVEL II...
This two day course is aimed at those planning on working as interior crew on Super Yachts where they will be required to prepare and serve food. Under the British Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), all Ship’s Cooks, catering staff, and others processing food in the galley are required to be suitably qualified in Food Hygiene or Food Safety in Catering. This qualification, with City and Guilds as the examining body, meets the prescribed requirements.
The Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (QCF) is a qualification aimed at chefs, steward/esses and all food handlers. The qualification is intended for learner s already working on yachts and those who are preparing to work in the industry. City and Guilds Level 2 Food Safety is listed in MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) MIN 513. This is not a Maritime course per se, but a course for food handlers, which of course includes yacht Steward/esses and Chefs and anyone else on board that handles food).
The aim of this qualification is to provide individuals with knowledge of the basic food safety practices, the hazards and risks to food safety presented by food operations and personnel, together with cost-effective, practical control measures. Learners gaining this qualification will know that food safety is the responsibility of everyone involved in the storage, preparation, cooking service and handling of food.
Its topics are regarded by the Food Standards Agency as being important to maintaining good practice in the production of safe food. This approved qualification has been developed specifically for the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism. It is therefore fully compliant with industry and regulatory standards, as well as being recognised by environmental health practitioners, auditors and other enforcement officers. It is accredited and recognised internationally.
The Food Safety Level 2 is very important. Food poisoning is not a short temporary illness. It can kill or leave people with permanent disabilities. You may have heard of the E.coli (Escherichia coli) 0157 outbreaks; this bacterium produces a very dangerous toxin, a poison that causes severe damage to the kidneys and ulceration of the large intestine. Elderly people, young children, those in hospital and pregnant women are all more susceptible to food poisoning, because their immune systems (their defence mechanism against bacteria) are not working very well.
The first thing to understand is that food poisoning bacteria is invisible; you cannot detect them by sight or smell. The bacteria that you may detect because food is smelly and slimy are food spoilage bacteria, which are in the process of breaking down and spoiling the food. Dangerous bacteria, called pathogens, because they cause illness, are undetectable and in many cases only a very few bacteria are required to cause an infection and make people seriously ill.
Bacteria can appear anywhere, and for many reasons. Bacteria are a hazard, which is why special attention must be eaten without going through a safety process, such as cooking (which can kill bacteria). People expect and deserve safe food, not illness. A food item cannot tell you what has happened to it, how it has been cleaned, cooked or stored. It is therefore important to keep records about the age of food, how it has been stored and at what temperature, for how long, and so on - for yourself and others.
Poor working practices, such as not washing hands, can result in dangerous bacteria - contaminating food and causing illness. Keeping records is part of a food safety system called the Hazard Analysis Critical Control (HACCP). It is important to do things properly and nothing is more vital in the food industry than ensuring people don’t get sick from the food they eat. HACCP is used to ensure that bacteria have no chance of reaching our customers or ourselves, as well as avoiding food contamination.
TYPE OF PROGRAMME
This is an accredited short course. On successful completion you will receive a certificate from City and Guilds of London (also on MCA – Maritime and Coastguard Agency approved list of Food Health Safety courses). PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a yachting specific course, but a Hospitality course. Please do not expect to receive yachting training during this course, it is a Catering course for Hospitality personnel, but it is approved by the MCA for use by interior super yacht crew on board.
During the course participants will cover the following:
Module 1 Understand how individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety
Module 2 The importance of personal hygiene and cleanliness
Module 3 Keeping work areas clean and hygienic
Module 4 Keeping Food Safe
***Examination - Final assessment is through a supervised online exam at the end of the second day***
COURSE FEE AND BOOKING
The full course fee is R 2 915.00 and is payable before commencement of the course. Please contact Isobel Odendaal () for booking information.
2 Day course fee: R 2 915.00
The course duration is 2 days (8 hours in the classroom)
COURSE FEE INCLUDES
All classroom-based training and demonstrations
Printed Course Material, Reference material, Examination fees
For more information or scheduled dates, please contact:
Isobel For more information or scheduled dates, please contact:
Isobel Odendaal +27 82 558 9400
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE SUPER YACHT INDUSTRY REGARDING THE FOOD HEALTH SAFETY
CAN I DO AN ONLINE FOOD HEALTH SAFETY COURSE?
We absolutely DO NOT recommend an online Food Health Safety.
The MCA does not approve online courses anymore as acceptable for MCA/MLC yachts.
See this notice from the MCA: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/min-513-m-maritime-labour-convention-2006-food-and-catering
ALSO SEE THIS NOTICE FROM THE PYA REGARDING THE FHS COURSES:
This is how this PYA website clarifies it: http://www.guest-program.com/chefs
Food Safety Training is an MLC 2006 requirement and applies to all crew working on board MLC compliant vessels who are involved with food handling. Regardless of number of crew or size of vessel, any person who touches food, whether for guests or crew, needs to hold a recognised and valid certificate. Food handling includes food preparation, cooking, plating food, preparing snacks & sandwiches, unwrapping food, taking food in and out of the fridges, storing food, serving food and clearing plates. This means effectively every crew member onboard. The Food Safety in Catering Level 2 certificate is the MCA recommended qualification for all crew. The Food Safety Level 2 is part of the GUEST program for entry level crew and the Level 3 Food Safety Supervision course is recommended for Heads of Department at Management level who also supervise crew working in the Service department.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The MCA did recognise online food safety courses for a while, however these are no longer considered acceptable as a standalone course.
Take a look at MIN 513 for the list of recognised courses.
SYSA ADVANCED CHIEF STEWARDESS COURSE...
Price: R 5 000.00
For maximum benefit, a minimum of two years experience as a Stewardess on board yacht is required to complete this course:
The Course Syllabus Includes:
- The Role of Chief Stewardess on Board
- Interviewing for a Chief Stewardess Position
- Website as part of an Interview Tool
- Crew Agents
- Chief Stewardess Contract
- Hiring and Interviewing Stewardesses
- Writing of a Stewardess Training File
- How to keep Stewardesses motivated and organized
- Effective Communication
- Worldwide Provisioning
- Medical Inventories, Guest Information, Crew Information
- Guest Preference Sheets/Cheat Sheets
- Flowers and Flower Orders
- Advanced Cleaning
- Guest Welcome Folders
- Writing Crew Profiles
- Guest Activities in Caribbean
- Guest Activities in Mediterranean
- Formal and Informal Table Settings with tasteful Embellishments
- Entertainment Planning and Silver Service
- Buffets, Parties, Picnics, Theme Ideas
- Communication with Chef
- Wine Provisioning and Storage
- Matching Food and Wine
- Champagne Service
- Stocking the Bar
- Popular Alcoholic Beverages
- Glassware on Board
- Stewardess Scheduling with Guests on Board
- Packing and Unpacking for Guests/Valet Services
- Amenities offered to Guests
- Organizational Methods for extensive libraries or books, music and films
- Convenience and safety in storing provisions
- Shopping list templates
- Crew Uniforms
- Purchasing and Care of Fine Serviceware and Linens
- Maintenance Schedules on board
- Setting up a yacht for a Boat Show or Prospective Buyers
- Dealing with Dayworkers
- Dealing with Chandlers and Suppliers
- Further Chief Stewardess Qualifications
- Collection of Helpful Books
- What to leave behind when you leave a yacht
- Shipyard Projects/New Builds
- Dealing with Customs/Visa issues on board
- Crossings – Preparation and Stowing
- Flower Arranging (optional - if this section of course is done, cost of course: R 6 000 and the course is extended to 3 days)
- Barista Course
- Bar/Cocktail flair course
- Advanced Flower Arranging courses
- RYA Personal Watercraft Course (PWC)
- STCW 95 Ship Captain’s Medical Course Modules
- STCW 95 Advanced Fire Fighting
- STCW 95 Advanced Sea Survival
We suggest a number of courses you can complete to make you a well-rounded Chief Stewardess. We can assist you in booking any of these courses.
In addition to organizing course dates and accommodation for the duration of these courses, should you require a renewed ENG 1 certificate, or any visa appointments, please inform us at the soonest opportunity. We are here to assist you in every department.
FOR ANY DETAILS: Please contact ISOBEL at
Bosun & Junior Officer Course...
THE NEXT STEP - BOSUN
Our Super Yachting Training programmes are a result of us joining forces with various Maritime Training companies in Cape Town. In terms of looking at career development and progression, the next level of qualification is essential.
This focuses on our more experienced Deck Crew, who are ready for the next step up - after being a junior Deck Hand (and a substantial raise in salary!) (see crew SALARY guidelines). This can only be done through navigational courses and all-round strengthening of your CV. By now, you should be in possession of the Yacht Rating Certificate, as well as a detailed log of Sea miles and Sea time (Night hours VNB) in tidal and non-tidal waters. This is where constant contact with our SYSA agents will come into play – to ensure you maximize your holiday time by enabling you to complete some of the following suggested courses:
1). RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
The requirements for this qualification are as follows:
- 50 Days at sea
- 2 500 miles at sea (half of this must be tidal)
- 5 passages over 60 miles (including 2 passages as skipper and 2 Overnight passages)
- Yachtmaster Offshore Shore-based Theory Certificate (1 week course)
- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical
- VHF license (1 day course)
- STCW 95 First Aid Certificate
For commercial endorsement: A valid ENG1 Medical Certificate, as well as a copy of your STCW 95 training certificates.
We will ensure that all necessary documentation is in order before you return home. See watchkeepers service certificate, once your Captain has completed this (signed and stamped), you are good to go.
2). Advanced High Speed Radar (Practical Radar & ARPA training)
This unique Radar Course is held at the STCW 95 recognized training facility in Simon's Town. This amazing facility’s world class standard simulators and will give you an entire new perspective on Radar. The course itself forms the basics of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) Navigation and Radar Courses needed to qualify for your OOW ticket.
3). Optional Diving Courses, Open Water I / Advanced Diver / Dive Masters
The Diving qualification is becoming an ever-increasing factor in the “Top” crew bracket. It adds another very important dimension to your job description. (It also creates a fantastic hobby or even job avenue after Super Yachts). We can provide you with a breakdown of all the qualifying information for further dive courses.
4). STCW 95 Advanced Fire Fighting
This course is designed to give a comprehensive understanding of the theory fire fighting applied to the shipboard environment, and familiarity with the use and maintenance of both fixed and portable fire fighting equipment, including breathing apparatus. Also included are: Elements of command and control, together with the importance of stability and ship integrity.
The course is structured around a number of practical search and rescue techniques, casualty evacuation practice and live fire exercises. The Centre’s purpose-built Fire Training Centre, together with Instructors drawn from both the Merchant Navy and the Fire Brigade, ensures a realistic and challenging course. This is another qualification that will give you an edge over your competitors.
All prices and course duration information will be sent to you once you have indicated the amount of time you will be spending in South Africa on leave and/or which courses you are interested in attending. Important note: Being a SYSA crew member, we will negotiate the best possible rates for you as part of our loyalty scheme.
5). MCA GMDSS
This course is specifically for students to become familiar with the GMDSS system and how to become a competent operator of GMDSS Communication Equipment, with particular reference to SAR situations.
Duration: 10 Days
- Introduction to GMDSS
- Radio Theory & Antennae
- Radio Communication Methods
- Maritime Mobile Service
- Maritime Mobile Satellite Service
- Maritime Safety Information
- SAR - EPIRB’S & SART’s
- Practical Sessions on Simulated Equipment
- Tests: Written & Practical – Invigilated by SAMSA
- Certification: SAMTRA certificate GMDSS GOC Certificate of Competency – Issued by ICASA upon SAMSA approval.
In addition to organizing course dates and accommodation for the duration of these courses, should you require a renewed ENG 1 certificate, or any visa appointments, please inform us at the soonest opportunity. We are here to assist you in every department.
Please send any further enquiries to: j
The Super Yacht Chef Course...
Whether it is maintenance or guest-related duties, we want our crew to hold up the 5-star industry standards as productive, hard- working, intuitive crew.
THE SYSA YACHT CHEF PREPARATION COURSE IS ONLY COURSE OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY.
If you already have a Recognized Chef Qualification/Diploma on land and experience in Restaurants and Hotels or Cruise Ships, we can make your transition from land to sea easier – by offering the 2 Day Yacht Chef course. For course dates, please contact us at .
THIS COURSE IS HIGHLY ADVISABLE FOR ALL QUALIFIED CHEFS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO FIND A YACHT JOB – WITHOUT PAIN AND FRUSTRATION!
The course syllabus was carefully designed for qualified Chefs looking to enter the super yachting industry and consists of the following practical information:
R 2 500. Accommodation not included.
- CV preparation
- Preparation of Sample Menus
- Preparation of Chef Portfolio
- Food photo preparation
- Crew placement agencies
- Visas Crew houses
- Offshore bank accounts
- Seaman’s Books
- Where to stay/when to go
- Cooking for crew
- Challenges of being a yacht chef
- Budgeting Inventories and Stock take on yachts
- Provisioning for guest trips
- Communicating with Stewardesses
- Networking and finding a job on board a motor or sailing yacht
- MOST RECENTLY ADDED!! Essential information about the new Ship Cook’s Certificate, as well as MCA Food Health and Safety requirements
We also recommend the following courses as part of your complete training for a smooth transition:
- STCW Basic Training + STCW PDSD: This is mandatory for ANY crew member on board, regardless of position. Price R 8 750. Accommodation not included. New courses start each Thursday of every month. Please contact us at regarding course availability and contact details. Course duration: 11 days.
- ENG 1 Medical Certificate: Please contact us for more information regarding this mandatory Medical Certificate. Price R 2 100 (subject to change)
- MCA Internationally accredited Food Health and Safety Level II Certificate: This is already mandatory on all UK/MCA flagged vessels, and very soon ALL yacht Chefs will need to hold MCA approved Food Health and Safety qualifications. This is now offered at SYSA - please contact us on for more information. Price: R 2 915.
There are three major considerations for any crew member before you get started:
- Are you in a position to pay for an air ticket to fly overseas?
- Have you got sufficient funds to invest in terms of training, visas and accommodation overseas while looking for a job?
- Do you have the right attitude to work hard and the personality to live in confined and stressful conditions?
QUESTION: I HAVE HEARD FROM FRIENDS IN THE INDUSTRY REGARDING THE SHIP COOK’S CERTIFICATE. DO I NEED THIS TO ENTER THE INDUSTRY?
Ship Cook’s Certification - for Chefs working on UK flagged COMMERCIAL/CHARTER yachts with 10 or more crew and operating more than 60 miles off the coast are now required to have a "Ships Cook’s Certificate".
Currently only Chefs working on a UK flagged COMMERCIAL/Charter vessel fulfilling the criteria above are required to have the certificate. However, we all know that in the end all other yachts and flag states will follow suit, so we would suggest all chefs working on yachts to eventually gain this certification for future jobs and moving up the career ladder. There are several requirements to be able to complete the Ship Cook’s Certificate, one being a month of sea-time recorded in your Seaman’s book, therefore most to all Chefs enter the industry without this qualification (unless they worked in a Maritime environment where it was required prior to joining the super yacht industry). This course/assessment is not offered in South Africa at this stage. Currently only UK flagged vessels are affected by this, but it would be advisable for all chefs and future head chefs to gain themselves a Ships Cooks Certificate after entering the industry.
If you have any questions about the Ship Cooks Certificate - please contact us on for more information.
RYA Power Boat Level II ...
Super Yacht guests are regularly ferried between the yachts and the shore, and Interior crew often have to take the tender (rubber duck) to shore for provisioning (shopping). It is essential to hold a license for this rigid inflatable boat (RIB) before you can drive the yacht’s tender.
This two-day course provides the skills and background knowledge needed drive a powerboat (tender). It covers all aspects of RIB driving, close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery, collision regulations, launching, fuelling, etc. and on passing, the students hold an RYA Power Boat Level II Certificate.
RYA Personal Watercraft Course (Jetski Course) ...
Our Personal Watercraft Course is designed for first time and experienced riders alike. Increasingly this certificate is required for launching and use in most International harbours and waters, so yachts are required to have qualified and licensed crew on board who can operate the jet skis anywhere in the world. Many yachts expect all their crew to have licenses for PWs before they can operate and handle them. Therefore, we advise that all crew (exterior and interior) qualify themselves before applying for a job – as this can mean the difference between being hired or not.
The one day PW Course focuses on safe operation and handling skills for everyone driving a jet ski. This is yet another excellent qualification Certificate to add to your CV to make yourself stand out above any other candidates when you are applying for a job on board a yacht.
****The price of this course includes all UK Postage and RYA Registration fees for your PWC license****
The course focuses on the following:
- layout of a PW, controls, propulsion and steering system, fuel and oil, stowage compartment
- personal equipment – wetsuit/dry suit, personal buoyancy, head and eye protection
- pre-launch checks
- essential safety information, kill-cord, safe speed, local hazards
- rules of the road applicable to PWs
- safe speed
- priorities between different classes of vessel
- overtaking, crossing and end-on approach rules
- local rules, speed limits, prohibited areas
- charts, scales, direction and distance
- representation of land, shallows and deep water
- buoys, lateral and cardinal
- avoiding shipping areas for water skiing, etc.
- tides, high and low water and tidal streams
- sources and significance of weather forecasts
- lee and water shores
- safety and emergency equipment
- courtesy to other water users
- avoiding pollution ad disturbance and damage to wildlife habitats