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 general.

A big thank you to the instructors at SYSA – I thoroughly enjoyed many of the classes and the way in which the content was presented. I especially want to thank Jason, James, Luhan, Matti, Jake and Kyle Tinker as they have been incredibly helpful and kind during the courses, and a big thank you to Chris and Tallon – even though I did not have them as instructors, they still assisted me and helped out where necessary.

I feel adequately prepared and pretty confident heading over at the start of April, which I think is exactly what anyone would like to feel after completing all the required certifications.

I also strongly believe in sustainable and long lasting relationships, therefore should things work out in this industry for me, I would happily avail myself to pass over any experience and knowledge to SYSA and perhaps somewhere down the line have an opportunity to instruct any aspiring yachties.  I know networking is paramount in this industry, but building relationships is more important to me, as it comes from a place of “what can I offer you” first, instead of only considering if there is anything that you can offer me.

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 in career paths was an exciting but also daunting one for me, but from the first email to Georgina and Lance I am happy to say that I was well-informed and my worries put to rest.

Lance, I would like to thank you for being willing to take the time before, I booked and paid for my courses, to meet with me and answer all the questions that I had and give me more information regarding the new venture I would find myself on in the future. This meant a great deal to me and also showed me that SYSA does not just put students through the courses but they also care.

To the rest of the SYSA team and instructors, thank you for your support and great teaching skills. Coming from a totally different industry, not once was I made to feel out of place. You guys really did make every one of us on the courses feel at ease and eager to learn. Your additional advice over and above the courses was highly appreciated.

SYSA, thank you again for an epic introduction into the industry! I will definitely be back to do my progression courses in the future, and of course I will be spreading the word of your great service, enthusiasm, and teaching to others!

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 Career comes to an end soon as I get ready to set sail on a new adventure in the Yachting Industry. I will definitely recommend SYSA to anyone interested in getting started in the Yachting Industry.

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 so passionate about it themselves. I found all the instructors to be patient, insightful, and well rounded in knowledge about the sea and planning a passage.

Nixon Dyasi - Day Skippers Theory