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To skipper a sailing boat over 9 meters in South Africa you are required by law to hold an appropriate Certificate of Competence. SA Sailing is the only body that South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has authorised to issue Certificates of Competence for sailing boats.
Because of the progressive nature of the qualifications from Day Skipper to Yachtmaster Ocean, it is preferable to follow the sequence of qualifications shown in the flow diagram and note that there are only two points of entry into the scheme i.e. Day Skipper (for the less experienced) and Coastal Skipper (for the very experienced).
Although it is beneficial to attend an SA Sailing approved sailing school, this is not mandatory. Candidates with the required experience and knowledge may make application directly with SA Sailing offices for examinations.
It is recommended that you go through a school offering an SA Sailing approved course, as they will ensure that all areas are thoroughly covered. Even if you are an experienced skipper, it is unlikely that you will have had practice in the many scenarios that could put you or your crew at risk.
Before you decide on a sailing school or book your exam with SA Sailing if you are opting to go the self-study route, you need to be absolutely clear about the certificate of competence you need.
In many countries in Europe the ICC is regarded as the equivalent of an international driver’s licence.
NB: For SA nationals with a SA ID, any SA Sailing qualification from SA Sailing Day Skipper upwards entitles you to an ICC. For details on the ICC)
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The additional qualifications also look good on your CV, and most candidates say that preparing for both examinations gave them a far broader perspective and a better grounding. Schools which are accredited by both SA Sailing and the RYA/IYT will prepare you for joint SA Sailing/RYA examinations.
The best way to get a certificate of competence (skipper’s ticket) is through an SA Sailing Recognised Sailing school. The interaction with an instructor and the discussion amongst other students provides a far better learning experience than you can ever achieve by the self-study route.
See below table for the approved schools with their contact details:
In order to accommodate those who do not wish to or cannot afford to go to a sailing school, SA Sailing does examine individuals who have selected to go the self-study route. The SA Sailing Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Course Manuals can be purchased at SA Sailing.
There are some prerequisites that must be met before a sailor can apply for a skippers' ticket. They are as follows:
In order to be able to make an application, you need to either be a member or have an SA Sailing profile/user account.
(Please note membership will only be activated on reciept of payment made on your behalf from your club)
The candidate must be at least 16 years of age.
Candidates for day skipper and above require a radio operator’s certificate which must be valid for operating a Marine VHF radio in South Africa. The following radio operator’s certificates are accepted:
All candidates require a basic eye test, which many opticians will do for free. If you are colour blind you cannot go further than Day Skipper.
Certificates of Competence issued by the Cruising Association of South Africa (CASA) are still recognised by SAMSA (see Marine Notice 13 of 2011 item 10.7.3). However local authorities may not remember CASA and may be reluctant to accept a CASA certificate. That could spoil your day. SA Sailing recommends that folk with CASA Certificates of Competence convert these to SA Sailing Certificates of Competence for a small fee.
The cost is given on the price list below:
The SA Sailing Bank Details are as follows: