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, practical 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 and relative courses regularly and our team is headed up by super yacht 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 when entering 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 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.






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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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
- 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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