YOA superyacht training provides an integrated course schedule of learning through exploration, scrutiny, and self-reflection. Our classes combine hands-on experiences with knowledge-based teaching.



The days of walking into a job without experience and qualifications are gone. As the business of yachting grows, so too do the qualifications and skills required by those wishing to make a career of working on board the worlds premier yachts.

We will give you all the practical tools you need in order to represent yourself as a competent deckhand. You will know how to hit the ground running, find day-work and be able to do all the jobs required of a new crew member. 

What you'll learn:

  • How, when and where to find work

  • Duties as deck crew

  • Visas & CV’s

  • General deck related duties with practical applications

  • Teak maintenance

  • Painting, Varnishing and Fairing

  • Watch keeping

  • Mooring operations

  • Anchoring procedures

  • Interview skills

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Classes run year round, we look forward to welcoming you on board.

Course duration: 4 Days

Course cost: R 6600 all inclusive



Mandatory for all crew serving on yachts.

Fire fighting and fire prevention (FPFF)

Elementary first aid (EFA)

Personal survival techniques (PST)

Personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR)

Proficiency in designated security duties (PDSD)

Course duration 11 days

Course cost: R 7112 all inclusive



The Powerboat Level 2 (PB2) course is required for persons working in the Superyacht industry and allows them to operate a tender.  This qualification does not only allow you to operate a small powered craft on a Superyacht, but also those who wish to operate a harbor patrol launch and charter fishing boat tenders.


The PB2 handling certificate can be commercially endorsed, which will then allow the holder working on a Commercial vessel up to 24m to operate the Tender up to 3 miles from a nominated departure point in good weather, and daylight hours. To commercially endorse your PB2 certificate, you will have to complete the PPR (Professional Practices and Responsibilities) online course.


The PB2 course is run over 2 days and consists of theory and practical training. No boating experience is required to join the PB2 course. The minimum age to earn your PB2 handling certificate is 12, but the holder cannot commercially endorse the qualification until the age of 17 years old.


The following areas will be covered during the PB2 course:

  • How to be handle a Powerboat and be self-sufficient at basic level

  • Launching, mooring, anchoring and recovery

  • All boat driving skills for basic competence in powerboat handling

  • Rules of the Road (Collision Regulations)


Once you have completed the course you will be able to handle the boat in the right conditions, be aware of your limitations and those of the craft.

Course cost: R 3900 all inclusive

personal watercraft


Most Superyachts have jet skis aboard, and to operate a jet ski, you will require your Personal Watercraft Proficiency certificate (PWC).


The RYA PWC is run over one day, consisting of theory and practical training.


The following areas will be covered during a PWC:

  • Launching handling and recovery skills

  • Passage planning and decision making

  • How to operate the PW under high and low speed riding skills

  • Essential safety information

  • Collision avoidance and orientation at sea


Once you have completed the course you will be able to handle the PW in good conditions and be aware of your limitations as well as those of the PWC.

Course cost: R 2900 all inclusive



This course is a must, should you wish to Skipper any type of vessel, be it a Sailing Vessel, Motor Cruiser, Tender or Superyacht. Being able to operate a radio under any condition can save the lives of the crew and any passengers aboard should there be an emergency situation. The SAMSA SRC course is run over one day, followed by a practical exam. The SAMSA radio license is recognized both locally and internationally.


The course is taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam part includes both a practical and a written section.

Course cost: R 2500 all inclusive



The stewardess course runs over 5 days and covers all aspects of working in both the housekeeping and service departments on board. You will learn different types of service such as silver services, plated, buffet etc and come away with many other skills such as flower arranging, barista skills, wine knowledge and napkin folding to name a few. In addition, you will be taught how to find work, write an eye-catching cv, understand visa requirements and so much more. 

We highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to serve as a steward/ess. 

Having the option to work as a stewardess and deckhand will make you twice as likely to find work as you will be able to do both jobs effectively.

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Course cost: R 7850 all inclusive

In addition to the STEWARDESS COURSE, we offer a Food Hygiene & Safety course (Food Hygiene Level 2)

This is a mandatory qualification for anyone that handles, prepares or serves food on board yachts.

Offered as either an in-class or online course. Both are recognised by the MCA  

Course Duration: 1 Day

Course Cost: R 3150 all inclusive



The water may be cold in Cape Town, but it isn't everywhere!

More and more employers are looking for crew with additional qualifications and diving is one of the main ones

We can help you go from PADI open water to Dive Master in a few short weeks.



Cape Town has some of the best kiting conditions in the world and is one of the best places to learn. 

Many of today's yachts carry kiteboarding equipment and crew regularly go kiting with guests (that is if you know how to of course)

Courses are run in both Cape Town and Langebaan with qualified and highly trained professionals. 

We're sure you'll love it. 

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  • RYA Competent Crew Practical

  • RYA Short Range Certificate for DSC VHF Radio

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory

  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical

  • RYA Radar

  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory

  • RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

  • 6 Weeks of Mile building and skills development including 60-mile passages, including Ocean Sights. This is a trip to St. Helena Island and back to build the mileage required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and RYA Yachtmaster Ocean examination

  • 10 days RYA Exam Preparation followed by 2 days of practical examination for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory


Once you have passed the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical examination and the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory test, you are free to do the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Oral examination with an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean examiner.

* RYA courses conducted via our partner schools.