Your career in the
SuperYacht industry starts here...


SYSA is a team of former superyacht industry professionals committed to training our students to the highest standards and putting their career needs first. We employ seasoned professionals to mentor and instruct with industry-leading equipment to meet the exacting standards of the luxury yacht industry – to give our students the best chance of success in a highly competitive job market. 

Confused about what yachting courses you need and don’t know where to start? Need some honest advise!? Call us to speak with someone who has ‘been there and done it’. Also, check out our blog for everything you need to know about starting in this exciting industry.


The SYSA 2024/25 Apprenticeship Programme
- Open for application! -

One of the biggest challenges you’ll face in your yachting career is finding your first deckhand job as part of a superyacht crew. Yachts prefer to hire people with experience, but how can you gain experience if no yachts want to hire you? That is the problem we’re looking to solve. This is an opportunity to work alongside yachting industry professionals, gain experience, develop your skillset, and get paid to do it.


Deckhand courses (including STCW 2010 basic training) for crew working on the exterior of a yacht. What is a Deckhand?

Stewardess and Chef

Stewardess and Interior Training. This is the longest running super yacht Steward/ess course in South Africa.


About our Deckhand Division Yacht Training

Super Yachting South Africa’s (SYSA) Deckhand Training Division was created in 2008 by experienced Captain and SYSA co-founder Jason Hunter and was the first superyacht-specific training provider in Cape Town. The training centre is fully accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) which is recognised worldwide.

Our Blog


Why are Appearances so Important on a Superyacht?

Introduction “Don’t judge a person on their looks. True beauty is on the inside” said nobody in yachting. Ever. Sooner […]


The Challenges Of Getting A Job On A Superyacht And Why It’s So Important To Invest In Yourself!

This month, we delve into the challenges faced by South Africans seeking yacht jobs in the superyacht industry. We emphasize […]

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SYSA is a fully accredited RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yacht Training Center. The RYA’s training courses and qualifications are recognised and respected all over the world.

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SYSA has partnered with Helly Hansen South Africa to provide our students with 10% off online purchases. Helly Hansen is a well-known clothing brand in the superyacht industry and is worn by all SYSA instructors.

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