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Combo Course – Yacht Crew and SA Sailing Day Skipper

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Combo Course Overview

  • Duration: 9 days – 3 day Competent Crew course + 6 day, Day Skipper course 0830 to 1530/1600 daily. Last day usually finishes by 1300.
  • Price: R 14 100.00 per person (10% discount applies to group bookings) 
  • Other costs outside Offshore Sailing Academy: R 1 950.00 SA Sailing exam fees.  RSC Radio course Approximately R 3 200.00 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.

For all sailing enthusiasts who wish to earn their sailing qualification to allow them to skipper their own vessel or prepare them for skippering a charter vessel on overseas sailing holidays. This course is also very popular for people looking at entering the yachting industry as a career option.

The skippers course is a nine-day course covering both the Yacht Crew and Day Skipper modules. This course is very popular as it usually runs from a Saturday to the following Sunday, so leave required is only five working days!

Lectures followed by sailing daily, including one night approach. The first three days of the Combo course is the Yacht Crew module, so an ideal opportunity for family members to join you for the first three days to get some basic sailing experience, and then you continue for the remaining 6 days to obtain your Day Skipper’s ticket.

Course Curriculum

During the Combo Course, while following the S.A.S Day Skipper Sailing syllabus, you will learn all about sea terms, sails, rope work, fire precautions, safety at sea, man overboard techniques, distress signals, weather, rules of the road, helmsmanship and advanced navigation. All seamanship skills and navigation skills are upgraded into a leadership role and sailing is of a high standard to enable you to confidently sit the SA Sailing Day Skipper Exam with Offshore Sailing Academy.


Successful candidates will obtain two certificates:

  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC) – allowing you to charter overseas (*ICC – for SA citizens/residents only)
  • SAS Day Skipper’s Ticket Category C for vessels over 9 metres – for sail and power, inland and offshore, allowing you to operate a recreational vessel up to 100 tonnes or up to 25 metres in length, from sunrise to sunset, less than 15 nautical miles from home port or 25 nautical miles from home port, provided not more than 15 nautical miles from a safe haven.


You will have your legal South African Sailing (SA Sailing) certificate to sail your own boat and use your ICC to charter overseas (Bareboat or Flotilla)

Additional modules | training

to be completed before or after Combo course attendance:

  • Short Range Certificate,  SRC radio License from SAMSA (proof of successful completion necessary to satisfy SA Sailing for issuing of Skipper’s ticket)


You have the option to complete the course in modules if you are unable to attend the full-time course.

SRC Radio Operators Course

SRC Overview

We offer the SAMSA accredited VHF DSC course to enable you to obtain your SRC (Short Range Certificate) radio operator certificate, which is a requirement for any person operating a VHF DSC marine radio and is often a prerequisite qualification for further courses.

  • Duration: 1 day 
  • Required:
    • Knowledge of Phonetic Alphabet
    •  3 x ID/Passport pictures
  • Age: 16 and older
  • Price: R 3 200.00 per person.