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


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


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.







Searching for a Second Stewardess. The position is seasonal (May 15th - September 30th with possibility of a 2 - 4 week extension) on board a busy charter motor yacht based in Antibes, France.

Looking for someone fit, healthy and active and OVER 25 years of age. Sober habits and must be able to work independently and without constant supervision.

Will rotate through housekeeping and service departments, and must have good experience in both these departments. Must have a season or more of yachting experience.

FHS Level II
SYSA Steward/ess course graduates will get preference

If you meet the criteria, please contact:
Lela Stubbs +27 67 300 4889
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Our lovely SYSA Stewardess course graduates for this week. (16 - 20 March 2020)

Best of luck to all of you. Thanks for your great attitude despite all the COVID difficulties in our city, country and around the globe! Stay positive and focused!

Yvette Roos, Storm Grieve, Sonya Wessels, Nicola Evezard, Rebecca Abdolaziz, Bianca-Amor Steenkamp, Kendal Grant (absent: Danielle Odendaal)
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This was posted on a South African Yachting group:

"I am a South African yachtie and I am currently sitting in Dubai Airport after being denied boarding onto a flight to Nice (about 2 hours ago) due to France only accepting EU or UK nationals in their country currently. So ANY NON-EU nationals thinking of going to France, move your flight until after the ban. Don't waste your time and money".

Might be best right now to stay home and patiently wait all this out. Best of luck to all of you.
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How is this for ironic...

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