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Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course in Cape Town

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course in Cape Town

If you aspire to work on a superyacht, this article is important. As you are aware, all seagoing workers must complete the basic STCW safety training. However, for the yacht crew, there is a minor difference in taking the STCW course: The Proficiency in Designated...

Becoming a Yacht Chef in South Africa

Becoming a Yacht Chef in South Africa

Tired of your day-to-day chef job at a local restaurant? Do you feel like your skills do not get the environment to flourish? Then how about considering working on a yacht or a superyacht as a chef? If you have a keen eye for detail and a knack for flavour profiles...

The Experienced Seafarer Route for Yacht SV Chief Engineer

The Experienced Seafarer Route for Yacht SV Chief Engineer

In the previous article, we discussed the Experienced Seafarer Route and becoming an SV Engineer Officer of the Watch (<3000 GT, <9000kW). In this article, we will take a step further and understand how to become an SV Chief Engineer via the Experienced Seafarer...

The Experienced Seafarer Route for Yacht SV EOOW South Africa

The Experienced Seafarer Route for Yacht SV EOOW South Africa

Becoming an engineer on a yacht may seem complicated on paper, but it does not have to be. Being an engineer on a yacht can open brand-new doors to wonderful experiences you would not otherwise experience in a regular engineering job. That, combined with delicious...

Becoming a Yacht Engineer in South Africa

Becoming a Yacht Engineer in South Africa

Being a superyacht engineer means getting a chance to work with some of the world's best engineering marvels. However, the opportunity does not come easily. In this article, we will mainly discuss engineer roles and what it takes to be an engineer on a yacht in South...

The Conversions of the Y4 Engineer Certificate of Competence

The Conversions of the Y4 Engineer Certificate of Competence

The Y4 Engineer Certificate of Competence is one of the basic engineering CoC in the yacht industry. However, the structures for engineer CoCs have changed recently. In this article, we will see the new structure for yacht engineer certificates, called Small Vessel...

The MCA Food Hygiene Level 2 Certificate in South Africa

The MCA Food Hygiene Level 2 Certificate in South Africa

The MCA Food Hygiene Certificate is mandatory if you are going to work as a cook on any ship, or as a stewardess on a superyacht, cruise, and so on. You can easily get an MCA Food Hygiene Level 2 certificate in South Africa. Let's understand what the course entails...

How to Stay in Shape? | Working on a Boat in South Africa

How to Stay in Shape? | Working on a Boat in South Africa

Being on a boat for a long time can eventually wear you out of shape. No, we are not kidding. Despite sailing and sailing activities being heavy in the physical aspect, the crew can be out of shape eventually. And it can also wear them out of mental shape as well. So,...

The Superyacht Stewardess Course in Cape Town

The Superyacht Stewardess Course in Cape Town

A Superyacht Stewardess Course in Cape Town will prepare you to work as a stewardess on a superyacht. Stewardesses are mainly responsible for high-end hospitality services and interior maintenance in terms of cleanliness and tidiness. In this article, we will talk...

Am I Too Old to Work on a Superyacht in South Africa?

Am I Too Old to Work on a Superyacht in South Africa?

When it comes to working on a luxurious superyacht, there is no official upper age limit. You may have heard about the opportunity of working on a superyacht, the hefty salary, the lavish environment and the high profile people, and of course, a chance to travel the...

Approved Engine Course 1 Certification in Cape Town

Approved Engine Course 1 Certification in Cape Town

Becoming a small vessel engineer is a good small step towards becoming an engineering expert in the marine industry. A marine engineer is responsible for maintaining and repairing the engine, sometimes under adverse situations. To become an engineer on a small vessel...

Challenges a Deckhand may face in their Job | South Africa

Challenges a Deckhand may face in their Job | South Africa

Deckhand positions are one of the highly sought employment opportunities in the yachting industry, even in South Africa. The rich, the luxury, and the hefty salary, combined with opportunities of seeing the world and enjoying the sea attract many. But only a few of...

A Day in the Life of a Deckhand | Sail and Power SA

A Day in the Life of a Deckhand | Sail and Power SA

Being a deckhand or a stewardess on a superyacht is one of the most popular employment opportunities in the marine industry. Sure, the work can get brutal during peak season, but you get to experience the luxuries of a superyacht, explore destinations with the crew,...

What is a Deckhand exactly in South Africa?

What is a Deckhand exactly in South Africa?

Until now, we have exhaustively talked about the deckhand position and its respective duties on a superyacht. But there are other places besides a superyacht that are hiring deckhands. So, what is a deckhand exactly in South Africa? And what kind of different duties...

Getting an STCW Certificate in South Africa | A Brief Overview

Getting an STCW Certificate in South Africa | A Brief Overview

STCW—Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping—is an important certificate for all sorts of marine workers in the industry. It is a set of safety rules and regulations that are considered valid internationally. As a fundamental requirement, no marine...

Sheltered Waters in South Africa | Category R Skipper’s License

Sheltered Waters in South Africa | Category R Skipper’s License

We have to give credit where credit is due, okay? When we talk about boating, we mainly talk about the wonders of sailing on the seas. So how about we divert our attention for a while and talk about some wonderful sheltered waters of South Africa for Category R...

Increasing your Chances of Survival on the sea in South Africa

Increasing your Chances of Survival on the sea in South Africa

Hypothetically speaking, you are currently stranded on a boat. The engine's dead and there's no one around in your vicinity. Gladly, your boat is not damaged at all. It's just that your engine is dead. What would you do? In this article, we are going to talk about...

The Top Five Sailing Destinations in South Africa | A Brief Guide

The Top Five Sailing Destinations in South Africa | A Brief Guide

South Africa is a go-to country for many sailors worldwide for it holds endless opportunities to enjoy your life to the fullest. Thanks to South Africa's blessed geographical location, you can experience the beauty of two major oceans of the world: The Atlantic and...

What are the Cost Factors of Boating in South Africa?

What are the Cost Factors of Boating in South Africa?

Boating is an adventurous, yet expensive hobby in South Africa. It is a well-known fact, and that's why the majority of South Africans give up on their dream of boating. And we are talking strictly about leisure boating here. If you are an average citizen, you may not...

How to Maintain your Boat and Keep it Healthy?

How to Maintain your Boat and Keep it Healthy?

Boat maintenance might be a boring task for some, but it is one of the most important tasks. In fact, your boat's lifespan depends on it. While the practice sounds tedious, it does not have to be. In this article, we are going to cover some important tips on how to...

How far can I take my Jet Ski in the Ocean?

How far can I take my Jet Ski in the Ocean?

We all know that jet skis are mainly for recreational, adventurous activities. Usually, we usually drive them in landlocked waterbodies or in the ocean tightly close to the shorelines. But seriously, have you ever thought about this: how far can I take my jet ski in...

Tips for Docking a Boat safely in South Africa

Tips for Docking a Boat safely in South Africa

Docking a boat is a challenging task for many that can turn into a disaster if not done right. So how about we cover one article related to boat docking? Here are some expert tips on docking your boat safely in South Africa. Docking the Boat: Safety First Docking a...

Essential Precautions for a Powerboater in South Africa

Essential Precautions for a Powerboater in South Africa

Powerboating is how we enjoy modern-day boating on all sorts of waters. It has been becoming increasingly popular all around the world, and that includes South Africa. However, as more people enjoy watersport activities, the more crowded the shores will be. And hence,...

Basic Boating Tips for Rough Waters in South Africa

Basic Boating Tips for Rough Waters in South Africa

Boating is an unforgettable adventure for many. It is a mesmerising field that draws adventurous and leisure-seeking people alike. But it is also important we should never forget that the sea is an unforgiving entity. One grave mistake may cost you your life. So, how...

SAMSA Jet Ski rules for a Skipper in South Africa

SAMSA Jet Ski rules for a Skipper in South Africa

The jet ski has always been one of the most exciting watersport toys for us adventurers. It has everything to offer you: the speed, the wind in your hair, and the thrill of riding and cutting the waves. Even though we see jet skis as an embodiment of recklessness,...

Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Course in South Africa

Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Course in South Africa

The STCW Convention has helped establish an international code for marine workers to work in a safe environment. The convention carries five distinct forms of training, which include Personal Survival Techniques or PST. Let's see what the Personal Survival Techniques...

Obtaining an Inland Skipper’s License in South Africa

Obtaining an Inland Skipper’s License in South Africa

Interested in sailing but not feeling so confident? All sailors eventually wish to set sail on ocean waters, at least once in their lifetime. But how do you prepare yourself for this moment? By taking one step at a time; by building your confidence. This is why we...

How to get the Category E Skipper’s License in South Africa?

How to get the Category E Skipper’s License in South Africa?

The Category E skipper's license is one of the highest-sought skipper licenses in South Africa. It is considered The Best gateway into the South African boating experience. If you are excited about boating in South Africa, then the Category E Skipper's License is...

The RYA Competent Crew Course in Cape Town

The RYA Competent Crew Course in Cape Town

The Competent Crew Course is one of the useful marine practical courses for beginners, designed by the RYA. This course mainly focuses on equipping candidates with basic sailing-related abilities, such as steering, managing sail, rowing, keeping a lookout, and...

Getting the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate in South Africa

Getting the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate in South Africa

The Yachtmaster Offshore certificate allows a certified yacht skipper to chart a course within 150 Nautical Miles from a safe port of entry. If you have a passion for boating and exploring waters, you must aim for this certificate. In this article, we will cover the...