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Our Story

We know where you're heading because we have been there ourselves.


YOA Superyacht Training was founded in 2014 and is run by MCA Chief Officer Don McKee, who spent 15 years working on board some of the finest motor and sailing yachts in the business.


We know exactly what captains and heads of departments are looking for, not only because we have held those positions, but because we are the only school in South Africa that is also directly linked to a crew agency that is placing crew daily. Your Own Agency or YOA for short is an MLC2006 compliant crew agency with locations in Cape Town, New Zealand, the US &France and has placed hundreds of crew since inception.


We provide first hand and current insight into the yachting industry and help new deckhands and stewardesses acquire the skills and techniques necessary to confidently start careers at sea. 

YOA is with you every step of the way and provide you with support throughout your career. 

We look forward to having you on board. 



Deckhand Package

Our most popular package. Great starting off point for those looking to get qualified as a deckhand. Includes all the essentials for junior deck crew.

YOA Deckhand course - 4 days

RYA Powerboat Level 2 - 2 days

RYA PWC (Jet ski) - 1 day

SAMSA VHF - 1 day 

STCW10 basic training - 11 days

Seafarer medical 


R 23 472


Deck/Stew Package

Best of both worlds, have the option to work either as a stew or deckhand. 

YOA Deckhand course - 4 days

Stewardess course - 5 days

Food Safety Level 2 - 1 day

RYA Powerboat Level 2 - 2 days

RYA PWC (Jet ski) - 1 day

SAMSA VHF - 1 day 

STCW10 basic training - 11 days

Seafarer medical 


R 34 522

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Stewardess Package

Want to keep things simple? Then the Junior steward/ess package is for you.

Stewardess course - 5 days 

Food Safety Level 2 - 1 day

STCW10 basic training - 11 days

Seafarer medical 


R 18 622

Custom Package?




YOA training is run by professionals that understand how to give you the best possible start in the industry. 

We all start somewhere, but not everyone gets off on the right foot, let us help you find a job and keep it.

Some of the courses we can help with:

YOA Deckhand Packages

Stewardess Packages

STCW basic training

RYA Advanced Power boat

RYA Tender operator

RYA Power boat level 2 (PB2)

RYA Personal watercraft (PWC)

RYA Personal watercraft Instructor

SAMSA VHF radio courses

Seafarer medical certificate

Food safety

PADI Diving courses

Kiteboarding courses

Sailing courses

You will always receive unbiased guidance about which additional courses will give you the most value for your money.

We also offer consultations and career advice so you can get all the facts before you commit to booking courses. Consultations can take place online or in-person at our offices in Green Point. 



Don McKee began his career at sea in 1999 as race crew on 1987 America's Cup 12 Meter sailing yachts in the Caribbean, and left the industry in 2014 after having working his way from Deckhand to Chief Officer and Captain on yachts up to 90m in length.

As principal of YOA super yacht training, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with those intending to enter the yachting industry, and provides ongoing guidance to his students throughout their careers.



We are with you every step of the way, from the day you start your courses, to the day you hang up your gear.


What can we to do for you? :

  • Train you - deckhand, stewardess, and more

  • Help you find a superyacht job via YOA crew agency

  • Help you save your hard earned money

  • Provide ongoing career advice

  • Help with the transition back to land when the time comes


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