Our Instructors

Our training is conducted by instructors with collective over 30 years’ specialized super yachting industry Steward/ess experience (not sailing yachts, Cruise Ships or Catamarans, as those are vastly different industries).

 

Isobel Odendaal

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Isobel’s almost 30 year hospitality career started in 1990 working in fine dining Restaurants and gaining extensive experience as a Waiter, Restaurant Manager, Hostess all through school and university and Hotel Manager of several upmarket Boutique Hotels and villas in South Africa and USA.

Her passion for service and hospitality led to a 10 year career in the super yacht industry working her way up from Stewardess, Chief Stewardess, Medical Officer and then Purser on private and charter yachts up to 90 meters.

Isobel has done extensive Maritime and Hospitality training, including WSET Level III and numerous Advanced Wine Diplomas, Advanced STCW Medical training, Level II Food Health and Safety, Professional Guesthouse Management Diploma, Professional Barista and Cocktail Training, various accounting programmes, ISPS and ISM training, and successfully starting a Training School in her home country, South Africa, early 2008 after leaving the yachting industry.

She co-owns the school, Super Yachting South Africa, one of the first schools in the world to be approved to teach the GUEST Steward/ess Programme (SYSA has recently decided to leave the programme) with Isobel, the Principal of the SYSA Steward/ess programme.

Isobel Odendaal writes a monthly column about Steward/ess tips and learning material on OnBoardOnline – check it out on www.onboardonline.com She also writes regularly for various professional yachting publications.

Her extremely popular Facebook group was chosen as “The Most Popular Group to Follow for Yachties”- by an internationally acclaimed yachting publication!

The Facebook group, Yacht Stewardess and Steward Tips, has been voted the most popular and useful group by yachting publications several times and has 12 500 Steward/esses in the group who ask for support, advice and guidance.

Isobel Odendaal is highly regarded as one of THE Steward/ess experts in the industry, and on several occasions formed part of a team of expert judges at the Monaco Boat Show’s Table Setting Competition, or on international yachting discussion panels, as well as authors many Steward/ess articles for yachting publications each year.

Caitlin Mackenzie

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Caitlin has combined her experience in the yachting industry with her extensive background in teaching.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in 2009, she has developed her career in the yachting industry in multiple capacities worldwide. She has continuously advanced her studies ranging from yacht operations to heli-deck and extensive service skills, her last position on board a 110m yacht as Head of Service.  She recently returned from yachting to join the team at SYSA.

Caitlin has also been involved in education for twenty years through teaching, tutoring, founding an educational centre and assisting children with learning difficulties.

She thrives on meeting each student’s individual needs and assisting them in achieving their personal goals.

 

 

 

 

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What a lovely group of SYSA Steward/ess graduates who attended their training this week (13 - 17 Jan 2020)!

CONGRATULATIONS to René van der Westhuizen and Kathleen Alting for achieving DISTINCTION (80%+) for their written exams!

Lauren Sale, Tayla Britt, Kathleen Alting, Mia Bailey, Kathleen Momberg, René van der Westhuizen, Christella Sieg, Elsa-Marie Tromp
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As we wrap up 2019 and get ready for our 2020 intake - we are so proud of all our former students, and also want to mention our top achievers! Well done to you all for achieving 80%+ in your written Steward/ess exams. Good luck to all of you with the job hunts and to those already in jobs - hope you are doing FANTASTIC!! ... See MoreSee Less

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STEWARDESS POSITION - CAPE TOWN

This is a permanent position with a salary (please contact the contact below for more information about salary, job info, etc.)

Busy super yacht operating out of the V+A Waterfront

Position starts asap!

This is not a live-aboard position, must have own accommodation

- Ideally looking for someone who can commit for 12 months
- Must help out on deck and of course Stewardess duties - cleaning and guest service
- Female candidates only (owners' request)
- Must have basic admin skills and know how to use Excel, Word and Outlook
- Ideally already have a season or two on yachts, but greenies with solid training and land backgrounds will be considered
- MUST be super organized and be able to keep a yacht organized (inventories, provisioning, guest itineraries)

Qualifications: MUST HAVE
- STCW
- FHS
- Valid ENG1
- Stewardess course

Please do not apply if you do not meet all the above requirements

Contact: Andre +27 768 028 756 for more information and to arrange for your CV to be sent to the yacht
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