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 85 meters.

Isobel has done extensive Maritime and Hospitality training, including WSET Level 3 and 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 specialized GUEST Steward/ess Programme, and is the only one holding this accreditation in Cape Town, with Isobel, the Principal, also a GUEST approved Trainer and Principal of this specialized programme at SYSA.

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 12 000 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 regularly forms 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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This week's lovely SYSA Stewardess course graduates (11 - 15 March).

Well done to you all!!

CONGRATULATIONS to CALEIGH OPPERMAN for achieving DISTINCTION for her written exams (80%+)!

Danielle Garner, Rebecca Elvey, Chelsea Botha, Catia du Preez, Raphaela Adler, Nadine Law, Arne Scheepers, Caleigh Opperman, Evette Janse van Rensburg
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TWO STEWARDESS POSITIONS - EUROPE

Offering 2 stewardess positions for the summer season, starting end of March, early April. Yacht prefers someone with a season of experience, but would be willing to employ a green crew member with the correct experience, training and attitude. This yacht has hired several of our previous SYSA Stewardess course graduates over the past few years.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION: (please only apply if you can tick all the boxes)

- EU/British passport
- STCW and PDSD
- ENG 1
- SYSA Stewardess course
- MCA FHS Level II

Boat currently in Italy, crew member will join there. Cruising Western Mediterranean and likely Greece.

The yacht is a Ferretti Navetta 33 Crescendo, private – Cayman Island Register – running with 6 crew.

Offering to the right candidate:
Salary - 2 300€ per month (DOE)
MLC contract/SEA

Send WORD CV and/or any questions to:
Captain Emilio
emilio@yachtcrewcouple.com
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FLOWER ARRANGING COURSE - NOW R 3 650!!!!!

Introduction to Floristry Course
Cape Town
21 - 22 March 2019
(Public Holiday Thursday and Friday)

Venue:
iNkosi Eco Lodge, 9 Odette Street, De Tijger, Parow

Cost including flowers, containers, notes and lunch only
R 3 950 (discounted to R 3 650)

This course is a for the absolute beginner and the more experienced florist.

It is a challenging course where you learn a wide variety of techniques and designs that are popularly used in flower arranging. This course covers traditional and more modern creative designs, and in this way it should appeal to everyone.

This course covers the following topics:
1. Purchasing and handling of flowers
2. Conditioning and Care of fresh flowers
3. Basic design concepts
4. Shapes and styles of arrangements
5. Colour and its effects
6. Choice and use of containers
7. Methods of arranging flowers and mediums into which to arrange them
8. Working with attributes in arrangements

What we will make:
1. Round country bowl
2. Modern vase of flowers
3. Line arrangement
4. Hand-tied Spiral Bunch
5. Phalaeonopsis orchid arrangement
6. Arrangement using branches/sticks

What you will get:
1. Take home all the arrangements you have made
2. An apron for you to keep
3. A booklet of illustrated notes
4. A certificate of attendance

MORE UPCOMING COURSES FOR CAPE TOWN:
MAY
1 - 2 May: Introductory Course Cape Town

For more info, contact:
Gerda Tuffin
Cape School of Floristry reception@thecountrygarden.co.za
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