About Super Yachting South Africa

Super Yachting South Africa (SYSA) was created in 2009 by experienced Captain, Co-Founder and CEO, Jason Hunter, and has grown to become one of the global leaders in superyacht training and accredited Royal Yachting Association (RYA) academy.

The experience amongst SYSA’s current team of instructors has never been at a higher and more dedicated level. Our team of instructors emanate from global experience and nationalities, with the highest-ranking maritime qualifications.

The intent to prepare our students for their career ahead as well as mentor them over the next few years is both well established and at the very centre of SYSA’s operation and founding principles. 

We never compromise on the equipment, boats, jet-skis and motor yachts used for training. SYSA guarantees a commitment to excellence in training, mentorship and the necessary resources required to begin your journey into the world of super yachting.

Our Team

The SYSA crew are all former yachting professionals with a combined experience of over 50 years. We each take great pride in empowering our students with the knowledge we have gained from working in the super yachting industry and mentor them through every part of the process.

Jason Hunter

Founder

Jason, founder of Super yachting South Africa, started the company in 2008 after a successful career spanning 9 years on Superyachts,  ending his time on board as a first officer. Jason has extensive experience in the world of super yachting and is incredibly passionate about the skills-development and growth of the students that join the academy. “I started this company with the goal of providing  the best possible experience based training geared at turning out productive, professional and hardworking crew for our industry”. Jason resides in Cape Town and is planning on the expansion of SYSA into international waters during the course of 2021.

RYA Yachtmaster power 200gt instructor

RYA Powerboat trainer

RYA PW/jet ski trainer

RYA Advanced powerboat instructor

RYA Vhf radio instructor and assessor

RYA Radar instructor

RYA Shore-based theory instructor

Developed and implemented the first deckhand training course worldwide

Lance Peach

Chief Instructor

Growing up as a professional water skier and wakeskater, the superyacht industry became a key component of Lance’s world and inevitable career path when he first  joined SYSA in 2011. Lance began purely as a watersports instructor and took to the oceans shortly after that. He received his first Captain position in 2014 and has worked on multiple yachts in the Mediterranean, USA (New York, California, Florida), Bahamas. His instructor career grew in tangent to his experience as captain/crew and now lead the team of SYSA.

RYA Yachtmaster offshore 200gt

RYA Yachtmaster shorebased theory instructor 

RYA Advanced powerboat instructor 

RYA Vhf radio instructor and assessor

Georgina Grimstead

Course Coordinator

Georgina is from South Africa and has an extensive background in hospitality. After spending 4 years studying hospitality management, she found her  dream job as a lodge manager at Londolzi game reserve. After spending several exciting years working in the Sabi Sands reserve,, the travel bug bit d and she discovered the fabulous world of yachting. After selling everything she owned, she made her way to the south of France where she got her first job as a stewardess and after a lot of HARD work, 7 years later, one husband in the bag and a baby on the way, she  headed back to Cape Town, where she settled down and is now part of the SYSA team. “Two children, one cat and a three-legged dog in, I am happily living in Fish Hoek, with a grumpy Englishman.”

Daniel Olckers

Instructor

Moving on from a successful career in the software development industry, Daniel initially started doing yacht deliveries across the high seas to various international destinations. For the past 5 years, when he’s not in Cape Town instructing, he can usually be found around the Mediterranean as a captain on vessels 200t or less.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail and Power)

RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased instructor

RYA Cruising Instructor (Sail)

RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor

RYA SRC Instructor / Assessor

RYA Diesel Instructor

RYA Personal Water Craft Instructor

James Grimstead

Instructor

James joined the world of yachting at the age of 29 after leaving a job as a photographer, selling his cameras to pay for his yachting courses. He went on to enjoy a 5 year career working on a variety of yachts from 26m to 92m, cruising in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. After the birth of his first child, he left yachting to work in the offshore wind-farm industry where he worked up to the position of Master,  responsible for running a crew transfer vessel operating in the North and Irish seas. 5 years later and the birth of my second child saw him transition ashore once again where he began my instructing career at SYSA.

“When I am not teaching, or being dad, you will find me in the surf somewhere…”

MCA OOW (y) 3000gt

MCA MASTER 200gt

Alex Flay

Instructor

Alex grew up in Hastings, UK and was lucky enough to sail and windsurf with his family from a very young age. With an instilled passion for the ocean, he joined the yachting industry 10 years ago working on both charter and private motor yachts. Some of the areas Alex has sailed include Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and a number of Atlantic crossings. Prior to his yachting career, he worked as a carpenter and kitesurfing instructor in the UK. When not instructing, you’ll find him fitting in a round of golf or making the most of Cape Town’s world-class kitesurfing conditions.

MCA OOW 3000gt

Dillin de Wet

Instructor, SYSA bosun

Dillin was born in Cape Town, along one of the most beautiful coasts in the world – and being on boats from a young age – it was inevitable for him that he would pursue his dream of living the “ocean life” throughout his career.

After completing his secondary education level, there was no doubt that joining the industry of Super Yachting was the best choice for his next steps.

His passion and love for the sea, saw him complete numerous trips throughout both the East and West coast. After a year of being on different vessels, he decided to broaden his knowledge and experience in the field by joining the SYSA family.

Dillin started working for SYSA in 2018 and with his knowledge of boating and deep love of the ocean, he’s been able to instruct and aid students in pursuing their dreams to grow and expand within the yachting industry.

RYA Advanced Powerboat Instructor

Matti Buys

Watersports Instructor

Matti’s notable accolades throughout his career include 8x South African National Wakeskate Champion and 3rd place at 2014 IWWF World Championships. “I have been fortunate to let my passion for the water run my life and career in every way possible for the past 16 years”.

At the age of 14, Matti was introduced to the sport of wakeskating and due to the surroundings of a team of supportive people and spending endless hours on the water, he was able to pursue a career in the sport. For a period of time, Matti was given the opportunity to run all the watersports activities at the Wild Coast Sun and Umtamvuna River Lodge on the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal. While doing this, still pursuing his career in wakeskating and projects with brands such as Red Bull and O’Neill, he also created independent projects that allowed him to travel to 26 States within the USA.

In 2019, Matti joined the SYSA family where he is a key asset for us, sharing his watersports and boating knowledge accumulated over the past few years.

RYA powerboat level 2 instructor

RYA PW/jet ski instructor

Rory Johnson

Instructor

Growing up in Cape Town, a sailor at heart and no stranger to hard work, Rory entered into the yachting industry in 2014 and geared his career toward large sailing yachts with intent to explore out-of-the-ordinary itineraries. Along with the usual waters of the Mediterranean and Atlantic, notable itineraries included Antarctica and the Pacific. A passion for racing has brought Rory to an experienced and advanced level.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore 200gt

RYA Powerboat level 2 instructor

Ross Haywood

Instructor, Chef

Ross was born and raised in the beautiful Mother City, Cape Town. Having lived a stone’s throw from the shores of the west coast, Ross could not resist getting involved in all things watersports, from coaching the bodyboarding team in high school to both skiing and wakeboarding. Ross then followed his passion and became a qualified chef and joined the yachting industry in 2013. Seven years later, with a wealth of knowledge in boat-handling and cheffing alike, he is now back home and taking a break from cooking for celebrity names and VIP guests. Areas sailed: Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central and North America.

RYA Powerboat level 2 instructor