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A Brief about HELM Courses in South Africa

A Brief about HELM Courses in South Africa

If you are to become an officer on a Superyacht someday, one of the essential certifications is the HELM certificate. HELM aims to teach the value of teamwork, participation, effective communication, and effectively manage and lead crew. Let's understand the HELM...

What is GMDSS in South Africa? | Sail and Power SA

What is GMDSS in South Africa? | Sail and Power SA

Let's discuss the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) in this article. If you are working on a seagoing vessel, chances are you have heard or used the system before. So, what is GMDSS in South Africa? Where is it used? Let's see. The Global Maritime...

How to Become a First Officer on a Superyacht?

How to Become a First Officer on a Superyacht?

In the last article, we talked about the differences between a Bosun and a First Officer. In this article, let's talk about how you can become a First Officer on a Superyacht (along with becoming a Bosun). Becoming a Bosun is a part of the journey to becoming a First...

Bosun vs First Officer: What is Best for Me?

Bosun vs First Officer: What is Best for Me?

Not everyone is cut out of the same cloth. Some superyacht workers find comfort in working as a bosun, far away from the higher responsibilities that come with promotions. Some aspire to be in senior positions, climbing ranks through hard work and studies. First...

The RYA Yachtmaster Course Prices in South Africa

The RYA Yachtmaster Course Prices in South Africa

The RYA Yachtmaster Courses are popular amongst South African sailors. If you want to charter a course beyond certain limits, the Yachtmaster qualifications are crucial. In this article, we will discuss the Yachtmaster course prices in South Africa, and how they may...

Understanding the Merchant Navy Career Path in South Africa

Understanding the Merchant Navy Career Path in South Africa

Are you looking for a powerful and impactful career in the Merchant Navy? South Africa boasts a strong demand for workers, especially officers in the Merchant Navy. In this article, let's discuss the Merchant Navy career paths in South Africa. What is the Merchant...

Top 3 Maritime Careers in South Africa

Top 3 Maritime Careers in South Africa

The maritime industry offers a wide variety of career paths to prosper in life. As South Africans, we dream of working in the maritime industry at least once in our lives. In this article, let's discuss the top 3 maritime careers in South Africa for a fulfilling...

Category E Boat Construction Requirements in South Africa

Category E Boat Construction Requirements in South Africa

So, you have decided to buy a Category E vessel in South Africa for leisure activities. It’s a small, motorised boat, a perfect little boat for unwinding on South African seas. But, does your vessel pass the Construction requirements for a Category E vessel? Is it...

Skipper License Validity in South Africa

Skipper License Validity in South Africa

Getting a Skipper License is a must if you want a full boating experience in South Africa. If you are a boat owner, you should consider getting a skipper license ASAP. One question we often get about skipper license is how long it would be valid. So, let's find out...

Safety Equipment for Category E Boats in South Africa

Safety Equipment for Category E Boats in South Africa

Boating in South Africa is a pleasant experience for many. However, just because it is leisure, does not mean there will not be emergencies. That is why the SAMSA authorities require you to carry certain appliances and equipment onboard. Each Category E boat must have...

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...