The Yachtmaster course is an internationally recognised recreational skippers ticket for candidates wanting to skipper power-driven vessels or sailing vessel over 9m in length powered by a motor of 15HP and higher. The Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence allows the holder to skipper a vessel at all hours on all ocean passages.
The goal of this course is to train candidates with the knowledge in order to pass a South African Sailing Yachtmaster theory exam, as well as provided an overview of essential seamanship skills and safety procedures required in the Yachtmaster oral exam.
The Yachtmater course consists of 13 chapters, which prepares students for the theory and oral Yachtmaster exams. The theory course should take +-4 weeks to complete.
Start your sailing journey with the Yachtmaster online theory course. Once you’ve completed the theory course and you are confident in completing the exam preparation manual, you can book your Yachtmaster theory exam. After successfully completing the Yachtmaster theory exam, you can book your oral examination.
There is no practical component to this courses. Therefore, the course price only consists of the cost of the theory component. However, students will also have to pay a South African Sailing (SAS) examiner fee in addition to the course price. The SAS fee for this course is ±R2575 for non-SAS members, and ±R1750 for SAS members.
On competition of the theory and oral exams, successful candidates will be issued a South African Sailing Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence (CoC).
In order to be eligible for a SAS Yachtmaster ticket candidates will have to meet the below prerequisites.
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- Candidates must be over the age of 16
- Candidates must have SRC Radio Operators License (either a SRC, LRC or GOC)
- A DSC VHF is a short range radio certificate (SRC) and takes about 2 days to complete.
- All candidates require a basic eye test. If you are colour blind you cannot go further than Day Skipper.
- A logbook with 2500nm of sailing and 48 night hours including 3 overnight passages of at least 100nm each.
- Students must have completed a SAS Coastal Skipper course successfully
What You Need For The Course
Candidates can purchase these items at a sailing club in their area or purchase these items online.
- A clean practice chart SAN 3002
- An examination pad. (square blocks are useful for interpolation)
- A parallel ruler or a Portland plotter (both are required from Coastal Skipper upwards)
- Dividers, pencils and rubber
- A simple calculator with a square root button. A calculator with scientific functions is permitted but programmable calculators, cell phones and laptop computers are not
- The SA Sailing Exercise and Navigation Tables (2008 edition). This is only required for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam
Course Fees Include
Terms, Conditions and Indemnity
Candidates must read, sign and email a scanned copy of the signed terms & conditions to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to finalise the purchase of this course. Find the terms and conditions in the link below.