Our School

Longest running super yacht steward/ess course in South Africa!

Our Mission Statement:

“To provide entry-level steward/esses super yacht training presented in a high-quality manner that is reasonably priced and delivered consistently in a clean, comfortable, well-maintained and attractive manner, staffed by friendly, attentive and highly qualified, efficient people.”

We provide quality, relevant and up-to-date training to individuals who want to enter the super yachting industry. Through practical and theory sessions, we equip each participant with the necessary skills and knowledge to find an entry-level position on board any size sailing or power yacht. We strive to be professional in our dealings with each client, giving them the most up to date and recent information relevant to their chosen career.

Who is Super Yachting South Africa?

We first opened our doors in 2008 and have been going from strength to strength ever since. We introduce new, relative and internationally accredited courses regularly and our team is headed up by Industry experts, between them over 40 years’ experience in the Steward/ess and Deck departments. As a result, we are able to provide the best and latest information possible on how to succeed and advance in the world of Super Yachting!

Our guarantee to you: All our Instructors worked in the Super Yacht Industry for many years in the most senior positions on board and our information is up-to-date, relative and applicable and will prepare you for a career in this highly competitive industry.

Our Commitment:

Our first and foremost commitment is to our students – ensuring each of them meet the standards of excellence expected by the yachting industry. Our training is hands-on, practical and skills-orientated. By training our students to these exceptional standards, not only are we giving them the knowledge to excel as junior crew, but also instilling a professional and disciplined mind-set.

Our Goal:

Our goal is to ensure that crew enter the industry as professional, disciplined, responsible and knowledgeable crew, capable of taking initiative and making an impression right from the start. Our training packages are specific to the needs of each individual crew member’s needs, depending on their work-related experience.

We teach our students that the correct skills, a positive attitude, excellent manners, great work- ethic and personal work etiquette above all are what make you the complete package. We encourage them to be team players, motivated, dependable, detail-orientated, responsible, self- reliant, persistent and driven.

Through continuous study, research, employing super yacht veterans and attending the world’s biggest Super Yacht Trade Shows, we meet not only the highest standards of training and most up-to-date super yacht information, but we ensure that our graduates are the best prepared crew in the industry.

The Super Yacht industry is rapidly growing. This has created a serious need for qualified and professionally trained crew members across the board. Furthermore, the professional approach adopted within the Super Yachting Industry has created numerous possibilities for career advancement.

Super Yachting South Africa has a good standing reputation with both captains and crew agents in the industry, as they know that our students have been properly trained and prepared, which makes them more than just inexperienced crew members. It also shows that an individual has put time, effort and money towards a yachting specific course – demonstrating that she/he is driven and eager to succeed – an asset to any yacht! We teach them that ethics, determination, professionalism and passion to find placement will be noticed in the industry right from the start.

The competition in the Yachting Industry is fierce, and with many individuals looking for work with only their basic qualifications (like STCW), it is considered a huge bonus if an inexperienced person has done additional yachting courses, preparing and equipping them to better perform their duties.

We are not a crew placement agency, but the SYSA GUEST Steward/ess course deals with the entire process of applying for a job on a super yacht, including crew agent information, how to compile a yachting CV, visas etc. Once these courses are completed, the student has access to our digital course manuals, which is priceless, as it contains more than 10 years of yachting experience in a very practical way. This serves as a great tool in the working environment, and can be referred to at any time.

Our goal is to assist you in any way possible starting a career in this amazing industry! Our school is located in Cape Town, and all our courses take place around the V&A Waterfront and Foreshore areas of this beautiful city.

We have broken down the various job descriptions on board and have compiled course packages to ensure each crew member is able to perform the various duties on board the yachts and contribute positively right from the start.






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

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

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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