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Coastal Skipper Exam Preparation Course

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For sailing enthusiasts who have their Day Skipper’s ticket and wish to prepare for their next sailing qualification, which will allow you to do overnight coastal passages up to 40nm offshore.

  • Duration: 6 days daily from 08:30 to 15:30/16:00.
    • + 2-3 days for written and practical exams
  • Required Experience:
    • A minimum 800nm.
    • 3 night entries into a port.
    • 24 night hours on watch.
    • a minimum of three 60nm coastal passages.
  • Price: R8100,00 (with the option to pay a 50% deposit)
  • Other costs outside Offshore Sailing Academy: Approximately R 3 200.00 SA Sailing exam fees. Approximately R 3 200.00 for the SRC radio course depending on where you do this.
  • Note: In order to qualify for our Coastal Skipper course you will need to pass the Ishihara colour vision examination and have a first aid level 1 certificate.

Course Curriculum

The Offshore Coastal Preparation course offered by Offshore prepares students to confidently take the external theory exam and practical assessment with SA Sailing. The fee covers the rental of a boat for the practical exam and the use of facilities for writing exams.

Please note the exam cost must be arranged and paid to SA Sailing before any exam will be conducted – We will assist with this process if needed. 


  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC) – allowing you to charter overseas (*ICC – for SA citizens/residents only)
  • SA Sailing Coastal  Skipper’s Ticket for vessels over 9 metres – for sail and power, allowing you to operate a recreational vessel up to 100 tonnes or 25 metres in length, within 40 nautical miles offshore.

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Coastal Skipper – Zero to Hero