DECKHAND TRAINING AND SERVICES WITH SUPER YACHTING SOUTH AFRICA
SYSA'S COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS
As part of our service to our students, we will assist with professionally preparing your CV, provide confidential assessments to your potential employers and advise with regards to work opportunities, visa applications, the next three years on board in terms of career progression, Offshore Bank accounts and Seaman's Discharge books.
It is important to note that we are a small company that focuses EXCLUSIVELY on the Super Yacht industry, assisting our students to stand out as professional crew members, arriving overseas with the correct qualifications, attitude, work ethic and information.
All questions about starting out in the super yacht industry (including where to go, when to go, what to take, visas, dockwalking and day work) is answered in detail during our training programmes and after training where we meet each student to discuss crew portfolios, CVs and visas. Our Directors and Instructors tailor-made every course to provide crew with the skills required to make an all-over professional impression and perform their required tasks to the highest standards.
The equipment, boats and jet skis we use are state of the art, reinforcing our commitment to entry-level crew, applying pressure even during training, as to simulate the super yacht scenarios they will deal with once on board.
We constantly strive for perfection in every aspect of our training, meeting standards of the industry and the international bodies we are accredited with. We are constantly updating our existing information and use video simulations, DVD and projector presentations, modern classrooms, as well as practical hands-on training on various power yachts in Cape Town.
QUALIFICATION INVESTMENTIt is vital that crew understand the role of an entry-level crew member on board the yachts before investing in super yacht qualifications. The responsibilities of a new/green crew member are limited, due to the industry-specific experience they have when starting out on board.
These vessels are worth millions of Dollars and therefore, until a new crew member has proven his/her worth on board, their role will be limited to cleaning, polishing, maintenance and deckhand duties - such as tender driving, anchoring, line handling etc.
A diverse qualification not only opens up additional avenues for employment, but will set you apart from the other crew eagerly walking the docks searching for that first yacht job.
What makes Super Yachting South Africa's training unique?
· We offer the most up to date and latest industry-specific training, offering step-by-step guidance from the very first contact email/phone call/meeting.
· Our Instructors have all worked in the SUPER YACHT industry for many years.
· We offer our students the opportunity to fine-tune their training by completing daywork on board a luxury super yacht in Cape Town, earning their first industry-related experience, building their confidence and a written reference letter.
We recommend the following options for entry-level crew:
SYSA DECKHAND COURSE - 3 DAYS - R 5 175This 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 4 196.50Not 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-rigids 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 600This new qualification was launched in 2015 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 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.
Considering the average crew member will spend the first five years (minimum) driving tenders, investing in licenses specific to this aspect of the job description makes perfect sense. The Tender Operator's Course introduces crew to night time operations, GPS/Chart plotter routing and operation and twin screw close quarter manoeuvring. We utilize a fully kitted 6m Gemini in immaculate condition operating out of the V&A Waterfront marina and Table Bay.
The back scatter of lights from the city of Cape Town at night provides perfect training conditions for night tender operation and the experiencing the difficulties of such night time operations. Super Yachting South Africa also utilizes charts from ports in Spain/Palma, France/Cannes and Antibes and Italy/Capri, as this gives crew a perfect simulation for passage planning as they would do on the super yachts before taking guests to a beach, foreign port or simply doing water sports. We are the only training centre that supplies post training guides for the crew to do post-study exercises to keep their skills fresh.
RYA PWC (PERSONAL WATERCRAFT/JET SKI) COURSE - 1 DAY - R 2 550This industry-specific license is essential for Deck crew who often take the boss 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.
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT INSTRUCTOR'S COURSE - 3 DAYS - R 8 550This 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 PWC qualification to complete this advanced Instructor's course.
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.
We have taken the Personal Watercraft Instructor programme to the next level. Not only are we preparing crew for the pressure of taking on the responsibility of instructing guests on the use of these powerful and dangerous toys, but we give crew the opportunity to take complete ownership of every aspect of the programme.
Our syllabus includes instructions on setting up the Training centre on board, completing the training programme, doing daily risk assessments and safety briefings and completing annual RYA inspections on board. We use brand new three-seat wave runners and a six metre Gemini as our safety vessel - crew are provided with wetsuits, impact vests and training aids. On successful completion of the PW Instructor course, we provide crew with a comprehensive PW Instructor File to take with them overseas in order to be prepared and ready to run the programme on board their yachts.
STCW TRAINING + PDSD - 11 DAYS - R 8 750The 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. For Deck Crew, this price includes the PDSD.
RYA RADAR - 1 DAY - R 1 897.50For 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 1 897.50The 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.
CAREER PROGRESSION OPTIONS WITH SUPER YACHTING SOUTH AFRICA
RYA DAY SKIPPER THEORY - 5 DAYS - R 7 200This course lays the perfect foundation for new crew entering the super yachting industry. As crew will be ferrying guests from the main vessel at anchor to the ports and beaches on the tender, the RYA theory qualification will greatly assist crew with the role of a small boat Captain.
Additionally, a new crew member's job descriptions include the following: being able to perform a watch whilst underway on the bridge of the main vessel, plotting position, identifying other vessels at night/during the day in terms of special conditions, aspect and action to take, voice communications, passage planning and overall safety - this course is a highly beneficial addition to the new crew members training package.
ADVANCED POWER BOAT COMMERCIAL LICENSE - 2 DAYS - R 5 600This is a continuation of building upon the skills acquired from the Tender Operator's Course, but now taking traditional navigation and combining it with new electronic navigation skills.
Boat handling skills are taken to the highest possible levels and crew are taken through their paces with challenging alongside scenarios. Every aspect of being a small vessel Captain are brought to the fore and crew will leave having the confidence and skill set to operate any tender they may encounter on the yachts overseas.
This license is an 80GT commercially endorsed ticket, which opens up more avenues for employment in the super yacht industry. Crew will be exposed to equal Day and Night Time operation in the beautiful surrounds of Table Bay, Cape Town. This is an essential license that crew will need to qualify for to complete and existing boat-handling experience is essential in order to pass. Please contact our administration department to see if you qualify to complete this unique and challenging qualification.
RYA YACHTMASTER THEORY - 7 DAYS - R 7 200As part of your career progression programme, Super Yachting South Africa is excited to announce we have brought our very own in-house RYA Yachtmaster Theory course! As this course will cater to our former students who have already completed a season or more on the yachts, we are happy to offer the most competitive price in Cape Town for this course!
The syllabus includes the following topics:
PositionMagnetic compassTidesTidal streamsBuoyageLightsPilotageGPS and chart plottersEcho soundersLogs (speed and distance measuring)Deck logMeteorologyRules of the roadSafety at seaNavigation in restricted visibilityPassage planningMarine environment
We run this course from our office in the Standard Bank Towers in Cape Town, all course materials are provided and on successful completion, crew will receive the Shore-based Theory certification.
Without qualifications, successful career progression isn't possible and to achieve more responsibility in your job role on board and we are dedicated in assisting you with this.
Please get in touch with us regarding any of the above, we guarantee to offer you the best pricing and world-class instruction for all the above qualifications. Our goal is always first and foremost to assist your long-term growth and progression in this industry.
ADDITIONAL TRAININGFor 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$ 850This course, held at ICT in Fort Lauderdale and Bluewater 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 (THIS IS 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.