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A Coastal Skippers course starts every month ( Contact us for more details.)

This course covers all the practical and theoretical knowledge for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore examinations and the Cape Town Sailing Academy teaches both courses. The syllabus for both these courses is similar.The Yachtmaster Offshore course follows on from the Coastal Skippers course and the dates for both these courses will be planned to suit the student.Please feel free to contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Minimum Requirement: a Day Skipper Certificate or having owned and sailed a yacht for a number of years, plus a minimum of 800 miles logged in open sea.

Practical: These take place during the week or on weekends and include night sailing. Theory: The lecures are normally held in the evenings or during the day depending on your personal time schedule and availability.

The Weekend Course works as follows:
We begin with a Monday evening lecture and there are 5 Monday evening lectures with an informal exam at the end of the theory sessions.
Then there are 5 consecutive Saturday classes which cover both practical and theory work. An informal exam will take place on the last day. Planned Course Dates or by arrangement with the student: 
If both theory and practical informal exams indicate that you are ready, we will then arrange for you to do the final exam through SA Sailing.

The 10 Weekdays Course works as follows:
Monday to Friday for two consecutive weeks and the classroom and sailing time will be juggled depending on the weather. There is a lot of material to cover and it will be necessary for you to read and study in the evenings and over the weekend. At the end of the second week an informal theory and practical test will be scheduled and if this indicates that you are ready for the final SA Sailing exam we will try to arrange the SA Sailing exam on the second weekend.


  • Charts & Nautical Publications; Navigation; Navigational Disciplines on a Coastal Passage; Pilotage; GPS; Radar, AIS and Collision Avoidance; Other Navigational Instruments; Tides and Tidal Streams; Radio and GMDSS; International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea; IALA Buoyage and Lights; Night Sailing including Fog and Collision Avoidance; Handling a Yacht under Power & under Sail; Sail Trim and the Theory of Sailing; Man over Board; Weather; Anchoring; Safety and Emergencies at Sea; Heavy Weather Sailing; Diesel Engines; Coastal Passage Planning; First Aid; Local Knowledge.

Cost : Coastal Skipper R6850.00 per person.

Instructor to Student Ratio: Max. 1 : 4 or less.


How To Book a Course?

Once you have made sure that a place is available on the date you require a 50% deposit together with your name and  course as reference.

This will secure your place on the course. Balance of your fees is due on or before the first day of the course.


NB. We will notify you of the pick up point on the day the course begins. Please