Deck Courses

STCW 2010

The STCW ​(​Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) ​is essential and compulsory for those working offshore or on board any yacht in the industry.

The course modules are:
  • Marine Fire Fighting
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
  • Proficiency in Dedicated Security Duties (PDSD)
  • Elementary Maritime First Aid.

RYA Advanced Powerboat

This continues to build on the skills acquired from the Tender Operator’s Course, but now taking traditional navigation and combining it with new electronic navigation skills. Boat handling skills are taken to the highest possible levels and crew are taken through their paces with challenging alongside scenarios and long distance “no room for error’ passages along our formidable coast.

Upon completion of the Advanced exam, this license is an 80GT (80 Gross Tons), commercially endorsed ticket, which opens up more avenues for employment in the super yacht industry. Ideal for large/chase tender captains.

RYA PW Instructor (PWI)

It is difficult to find a more superyacht-specific qualification than the PW Instructors course. Here, the crew will deliver a swift, shortened course of basic instruction to guests on board, licensing them to legally operate jet skis in the Mediterranean, USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, etc.

If guests are stopped nowadays and do not have the license they are fined. As a result the PW Instructor has become one of the most sought-after qualifications for crew and is a standout on a CV (as you will notice on job listings). It is important that crew have some form of prior experience on skis, please contact us to find out more.

RYA Diesel Engine Course

The more we are able to multitask on board, even as an entry-level crew member, the more valuable we become to a vessel. This is suggested for new crew looking to follow the engineering route onboard.

With the RYA Diesel Engine Course, we not only follow the RYA’s DEC syllabus, but we have also added troubleshooting and maintenance programmes for outboard engines. Students will have a good understanding of how diesel engines operate, impressing the captain and crew, as well as leading up to progression courses, such as the 5 day MCA AEC 1 and AEC 2 (Approved Engine Course).

RYA Day Skipper Theory

Advance your navigational theory and step towards your Yacht Master understanding, where you solidify your drive to become a valuable crew member on the bridge by taking on responsibility for the absolute safety of all the guests and crew. This is an intensive week for students, with 8 hours of instruction and practical training sessions per day. As a training centre, we have ensured that students will always have the weekend free after this course. This way, we have some extra days available If there is a need to rewrite exams or if students require some extra instruction time.

  • Tidal heights and stream effect
  • Course to steer and Dead Reckoning
  • Electronic and traditional Nav
  • Chart work for passage planning
  • Watch keeping roles
  • Collision regulations
  • Buoyage, lights etc.
  • Meteorology
With the recent changes to the manning requirement on yachts, crew now have the opportunity to progress much faster on the qualification front. Getting this theory program done sooner will assist in applying navigation skills to make the step-up in qualification more fluid.

RYA Personal Watercraft Course (PWC/Jet Ski)

This Personal Watercraft Course licenses you to operate jet-skis globally. It also forms part of the steppingstone license towards your PW Instructor license. We are often tasked as deck crew, to entertain the yacht owners and their kids/guests on the PW’s/jet-skis. A vital license to hold for your duties on board, as well as employment.

RYA Radar

Your duties as an assistant watchkeeper on the bridge mean you are there to assist the certified watchkeeper (OOW) to maintain a good lookout, identify targets (on radar) and transfer key information on vessel aspect (direction), size of vessel, speed, special conditions, course changes and ARPA.

We provide crew with a solid navigational base for target tracking, position fixing and other lookout duties. Our simulators give “real-time” pressure and action to situations programmed in by the instructor. Career progression starts on the bridge.

RYA VHF Radio (SRC – Short Range Certificate)

A Radio Operators License is a key qualification for professional communication between ships and ports/marinas. This is a theory and practical course about understanding communication at sea.

  • Maritime laws
  • GMDSS (Global Maritime and Distress and Safety System)
  • Mayday,etc
  • Functionality and capability of VHF radio.
A strong attribute when assisting on bridge watch, and necessary for qualification progress. Please note an additional £70 fee paid directly to RYA.

RYA Tender Operator

This new qualification was launched in 2015 at the Monaco Boat Show. This was brought about through a collective effort from the RYA and PYA (Professional Yachting Association), as there have been growing calls from within the superyacht industry to step up the skills of entry-level crew with regards to tender driving and safety, especially during ​night hours.

An extension to your Powerboat level II (PB2), adding an additional two days dedicated to the Tender Operator’s course will produce an excellent, skilled and confident powerboat handler who is confident in night op’s, navigation and advanced docking manoeuvres. Note: You must already hold a ​RYA PB Level II ​certificate as well as ​VHF​ before you can complete this course. Cape Town could not be a better training ground for this course with its city and Monaco-like setting and large city backscatter to get your navigation nice and strong. We also simulate chartwork and familiarisation scenarios for Cannes-Antibes-Nice, Palma de Mallorca and Miami-Fort Lauderdale. A favourite between our senior/experienced instructors to teach and impart knowledge​.

SYSA Deckhand Course

Our signature and extremely valuable training programme, includes all of the information on entering the industry. The list of what we cover in 3 days is extensive, however view our additional information below to see a few key topics.

  • Career progression
  • Visas
  • CV’s
  • Crew agencies
  • Deckhand duties and practical application of products and maintenance
  • Water sports
  • Varnishing and Paint work
  • Line handling, etc.
We run parts of the course on board Motor Yachts in the V&A marina to give crew their first hands on experience of learning on board multi million-rand vessels.

RYA Powerboat Level II (PB2)

This course is absolutely essential for all crew (Deckhands, Engineers, Steward/esses and Chefs). Superyacht guests are regularly ferried/tendered between the yachts and the shore. It is imperative that the crew hold this license for all tender driving duties required. We strive to keep the highest standard on this one.

This course covers all aspects of powerboat driving.
  • Close quarters handling
  • Planing manoeuvres
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Anchoring
  • Collision regulations
  • Fuelling
  • Navigation and compass
  • Buoyage, etc.
On successful completion, the students are issued the RYA Power Boat Level II Certificate/License card.

Superyacht Watersports Instructors Course

Imagine being the go-to watersports instructor on board a superyacht, guiding guests through thrilling activities and creating unforgettable experiences. SYSA is thrilled to partner with the renowned UK watersports guru Matt Crowhurst to offer this course. This course is tailored for individuals who are passionate about the superyacht industry, watersports, and delivering exceptional guest experiences. To participate, you should have a basic level of wakeboarding proficiency – comfortable getting up, riding, and crossing wakes.

This 5-day intensive course is carefully designed to elevate your skills
  • Improve boat handling skills on inboard vessels commonly seen on watersports-intensive super yachts.
  • Master the art of towing wakeboarders, tubers, waterskiers, and wake surfers.
  • Learn the nuances of launching, retrieving, and docking these vessels.
  • Understand the ballast set-up, pre-checks, and the use of various cruise control systems in watersports operations
  • Develop instructional skills tailored for wakeboard, waterski, and the popular wakesurf disciplines.
  • Gain hands-on experience in driving, instructing, and demonstrating.
  • Learn the safest, simplest, and most efficient techniques to help novices in watersports.
  • Engage in collaborative learning, sharing inputs and insights with peers to enhance the training experience.Understand the ballast set-up, pre-checks, and the use of various cruise control systems in watersports operations
Scroll to Top

Stay in the loop