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If you want to skipper a sailboat or powerboat, our courses will help equip you with the knowledge required to pass skipper exams and refresh your seamanship skills. Check out our ‘Help Me Choose A Course’ page for more info, or drop us a line if you have any further questions.

South African Sailing Courses

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SAMSA Powerboat Courses

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Short Courses

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About Us

Mills Boat Academy was born out of the desire to make sailing and powerboating more inclusive and more accessible! If something is good, it’s even better when shared! That’s our heart at Mills Boat Academy, to share this wonderful sport with you! In 2020, Jason Mills – our Principal – started creating sailing manuals and instructional videos to help bridge the gap between traditionally expensive classroom-based courses and self-study students who lacked support. Today, Mills Boat Academy has launched hundreds of hours of online learning courses and practical sailing courses. Our heart for inclusivity is on full-display with our team of incredible sailing coaches. Check out the “Meet Your Instructors” link to find out more about our team.

Testimonials

  • I completed the Mills Boat Academy Day Skipper course and really enjoyed the interesting and well explained sailing principals in the video tutorials. I followed the video tutorials in my Mills Boat Academy course manual which also helped explain sailing principals and clearly show how to complete chart work and naviagtion calculations. After writing my theory exam I booked my Day Skipper theory course and had Jason prepare me for my practical sailing examination. I had so much fun, and cant wait do book my Coastal Skippers with Mills Boat Academy.
    Daniel Cilliers- Day Skipper Course
  • Hoerskool Jan Van Riebeeck is proud to join Mills Boat Academy. We look forward to seeing our students sailing all over the world in the years to come – Jan Henning (Sailing coordinator at Jan Van Riebeeck)
    Jan Van Riebeeck High School
  • Hands down, one of the best teachers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Depth of knowledge and patience is on another level. I’d recommend your school every day of the week – Clinton Long (Coastal Skipper candidate)
    Clinton Long
  • I’ve sailed with Jason Mills for 4 years aboard various racing yachts and so I believe I can recommend Jason and his school with complete confidence. In 2022 I completed my SAS Coastal Skipper course with Mills Boat Academy, and I’ll be back for my Yachtmaster skippers – Robert Laubscher (Coastal skipper candidate)
    Robert Laubscher

Testimonials

  • I completed the Mills Boat Academy Day Skipper course and really enjoyed the interesting and well explained sailing principals in the video tutorials. I followed the video tutorials in my Mills Boat Academy course manual which also helped explain sailing principals and clearly show how to complete chart work and naviagtion calculations. After writing my theory exam I booked my Day Skipper theory course and had Jason prepare me for my practical sailing examination. I had so much fun, and cant wait do book my Coastal Skippers with Mills Boat Academy.
    Daniel Cilliers- Day Skipper Course
  • Hoerskool Jan Van Riebeeck is proud to join Mills Boat Academy. We look forward to seeing our students sailing all over the world in the years to come – Jan Henning (Sailing coordinator at Jan Van Riebeeck)
    Jan Van Riebeeck High School
  • Hands down, one of the best teachers I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Depth of knowledge and patience is on another level. I’d recommend your school every day of the week – Clinton Long (Coastal Skipper candidate)
    Clinton Long
  • I’ve sailed with Jason Mills for 4 years aboard various racing yachts and so I believe I can recommend Jason and his school with complete confidence. In 2022 I completed my SAS Coastal Skipper course with Mills Boat Academy, and I’ll be back for my Yachtmaster skippers – Robert Laubscher (Coastal skipper candidate)
    Robert Laubscher

South African Sailing Courses

A SAS skippers ticket allows students to sail vessels above 9m and with an engine above 15HP. The ticket applies to both motorboats and sailboats and is recognised worldwide. Students will be prepared for the SAS theory, oral and practical exams. SAS skippers is the only accreditation recognised by South African Port authorities in order to sail in South Africa.
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SAMSA Powerboat Courses

If you are wanting to skipper a powerboat over 9m with an engine over 15HP in South Africa you will require a SAMSA skippers ticket. These courses will prepare students for the SAMSA exams by teaching SAMSA outlined course material as well as preparing students for SAMSA theory exam.
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Short Courses

A short course will help you refresh your skills and knowledge in crucial aspects of sailing and boating. Whether you want a radio course, performance sail training or just have an interest in a topic like diesel engine maintenance or celestial navigation, a short course may be just be what you're looking for.
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