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We are committed to our steward, stewardess, deckhand and chef students first and foremost, ensuring each of them meets the standards of excellence expected by the superyacht industry. By training our students to these exceptional standards, not only are we giving them the knowledge and skills to do the job, but we focus on instilling a professional and disciplined mindset. Pursuing a career aboard a superyacht is an opportunity unlike any other.

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

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.

About our Deckhand Division

Super Yachting South Africa’s Deckhand Training Division was created in 2008 by experienced Captain and SYSA co-founder, Jason Hunter and has grown to become one of the global leaders in superyacht training and the Academy holds Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accreditation.

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Standard Deck Courses

Standard deck courses are essential yacht qualifications required by crew to work on yachts.

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Career Progression

For those looking to advance in their career, we offer specialised courses that will be an added benefit.

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Additional Training

Additional training is perfect for those who have completed standard courses and looking to upskill.

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Stewardess Course

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

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Firstly, I want to thank Georgina, for all her help and assistance since November last year. It was an absolute pleasure working with her leading up to the commencement of my courses. A big thank you for her professionalism, and timeliness and for also taking the time to answer all of my yachting-related questions in

Matthew Odendaal - SYSA Courses

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and compliment the SYSA team – I have recently completed my courses in order to go over and start my career on the Super Yachts. Coming from the Transport & Logistics industry and having my career well on the go here in South Africa, this change

Keegan Cranna - SYSA Courses

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to the amazing team at SYSA for all the help and guidance and for taking an interest and getting to know me as a person. I am super happy to mention that I have secured my first role onboard a yacht and my 17 year Naval

Craig Moore - SYSA Courses

I completed Day Skippers Theory and a lot of other Powerboat courses with SYSA. Day Skipper Theory was by far the most challenging and fun for me because there’s so much to learn. It helps to have an inspiring teacher who can explain everything to you in-depth and who makes it interesting because they are

Nixon Dyasi - Day Skippers Theory

Just finished my SYSA training courses and I’ve had so much fun and learned lots of new useful interesting things! All the instructors were really friendly and know exactly what they are doing. The team all come from professional yachting backgrounds so no need to tell you that all your questions will be answered. You

Xavier - SYS Courses

Really great instructors with a lot of knowledge and experience. They treated us with respect and integrated some life lessons and yachting tips into the course. Couldn’t have asked for a better course.

Joshua du Preez - Course: Powerboat level 2

Hi, just want to thank you and everyone at SYSA. I was so impressed with the course and most importantly the instructors. They were brilliant. I couldn’t have done it without them. So patient and caring. Thanks to you and the team

Caitlin Robertson - SYS Courses

I just want to thank you for such an incredible course at SYSA. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and I have left with more than my money’s worth just in experiences and good times. You guys are fantastic

Matt - Deckhand

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