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RYA Sailing School South Africa
The Odyssey Adventure
Pre-requisites: None
Duration: 5 Months
Modules / Certificates:As a graduate of the 2 Oceans Maritime Academy RYA/MCA Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean /Master of Yachts Course you will have accumulated:
  • Book this course
  • R150,00.00
  • Break down of course costs

    2 Oceans Maritime Academy R150 000.00
    RYA Exam fees + -£466.00 (payable directly to the RYA in the UK) 
    STCW 95 R 7 800.00 (payable directly on day 1 of course latest)
    Accommodation during STCW 95 + -R980.00 (payable directly to Backpackers and only if accommodation is needed)
    MCA ENG 1 MEDICAL + - R1 800.00
    + food during theory courses and weekends off + - R4800.00 (this is a rough estimate each candidate will be either less or more)
    This popular 4 Month course is offered all year round and is the start of your Yachting Career.
    Contact us for more information and booking. +27 21 790 2442

    Please note:  STCW is not included in the course fee
Course Outline
At the 2 Oceans Maritime Academy we have specifically designed this course so that obtaining the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean/Master of Yachts 200gt 150nm Certificate of Competence becomes a highly achievable goal.

When it comes to sailing nothing can substitute experience. Which is why this comprehensive course ensures that each and every learner experiences varied conditions, sea states and weather first hand along the South African Coastline and more importantly offshore while completing Ocean passages. This is so that he or she can develop their skills via very credible open water experiences.

At 2 Oceans Maritime Academy we don't just want our students to pass their Certificates of Competence, we want them to learn how to sail - and sail well. Their future wellbeing and enjoyment depends on the safety knowledge and skippering experience gained throughout this premium course. It is important that each and every student graduates from 2 Oceans Maritime Academy primarily as a competent yachtsman and secondly as qualified skippers.

The course is structured to suit novices and experienced sailors alike. Levels of competence will be dramatically raised for those with previous experience while novices will find the course structured to allow them sufficient time to assimilate all the information and develop as natural sailors, with sufficient confidence and experience to sit the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore assessment. With this in mind the programme is divided into 4 parts:

Part 1 | Foundation phase

This 4-week phase is excellent for beginners and more experienced sailors alike. As a novice, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the principles of sailing in preparation for the remainder of the course, while as a more experienced sailor you can take this opportunity to recap your existing knowledge, eliminate bad habits and improve on your sailing techniques. Part 1 is conducted in Hout Bay, Cape Town, during which time you will spend 2 weeks living aboard a yacht and learning the skills of Competent Crew and Day Skipper. This is then followed by 2 weeks of classroom-bound theory where you will be taught basic and advanced navigation - including meteorology, collision regulations, passage planning and radio operation.

Part 2 | Gaining your Coastal Skipper Certificate

The second phase is a 4-week programme. Your first week consists of offshore passages around the Cape Coastline where you will even get the opportunity to follow in the sailing footsteps of the world's greatest explorers and round the famous Cape of Good Hope. This week is then followed by a 2-week preparation course in Langebaan where you will undergo training so that you can sit the RYA Coastal Skipper exam with confidence. You will then return to Cape Town for another week in which time you will complete the S.T.C.W.95 (medical aid) component of the course. The S.T.C.W.95 is a compulsory requirement of commercial endorsement. It is important to note that learners must gain their Coastal Skipper Certificate before they can attempt the Yachtmaster Offshore Assessment.

Part 3 | Invaluable hands on experience- Ocean Crossings

Destination RIO. During this 5-week phase you will spend your time gaining invaluable hands-on experience as you undertake an extended offshore passage from Cape Town via St Helena to Rio. Once you arrive, the 2 Oceans instructors will give you feedback on your coastal navigation, ocean navigation, skippering technique and passage planning skills.

After a few days of relaxation in sunny Rio, you will then sail the return leg to Cape Town via the remote island of Tristan Da Cunha. This is a really exciting part of the course, as weather conditions on the return trip can vary from fresh North Westerly breezes to strong Westerly blusters. This is true blue water offshore sailing at its best and planning and preparation is essential! Upon your return to Cape Town, you will once again receive a thorough debriefing on your performance before enjoying a much-needed week's break. From wine bars and wine routes to nature trails and nightclubs, there are lots of things to see and do in Cosmopolitan Cape Town. We promise you won't be bored for a second.

Part 4 | Consolidation

This final phase is where you build confidence, and prepare, for your final exam. During this phase the crew will complete a self-sail exercise for a week wherein you will take charge of the yacht while an instructor monitors your progress. A further two weeks is then spent recapping theory and preparing you practically for your final assessment in the testing area of Langebaan. Upon passing successfully, you will return to Cape Town where you will complete all paper work, medicals and commercial endorsements required.

Candidates with sufficient experience can then continue with the 2 Oceans Academy |RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean ticket. This is an additional 2 weeks' programme consisting of one week of theory followed by a sight-taking trip offshore and then the final oral examination.

Full Course Description

Included in the programme is:
  • Accommodation on board during practical courses - during theory and STCW weeks you need to find your own accommodation
  • Food during all practical sailing modules
  • Equipment
  • Publications
  • Tuition, berthing fees/mooring fees and use of yacht and tender
  • Course material and log book
Excluded in the programme is:
  • Transport to 2 Oceans Maritime Academy on first day and last day of course
  • RYA Exam fees, which need to be paid directly to the RYA in the UK (£30.00 RYA SRC, £32.00 for Commercial ticket, , £231.00 for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore & £173.00) +- £466.00 to the RYA (R4700.00)
  • Accommodation and food during the 7 days of STCW 95, we can recommend a back packers for R140 per night in a dorm or a nearby B&B.
  • Food during weekends off and theory courses. (20 days of theory + - 12 days off budget on + - R150 per day max)
  • MCA ENG 1 MEDICAL for commercial endorsement R1500.00.
  •  STCW course fee
  • RYA exam fees SRC 60 pounds
  • Accommodation during STCW, theory courses and weekends off
On successful completion you will be able to work on a variety of sailing yachts as a: charter skipper, flotilla skipper, corporate day sailing skipper, cruising instructor, delivery skipper or First mate. The aim of this course is for those who are serious about a career in yachting and are seeking the best opportunities in order to gain the skills and qualifications required for employment in flotilla, charter, deliveries and instruction.

WHY us?
  • Highly qualified Instructors - Each and every one of our trainers has invaluable practical and theoretical industry experience under his/her belt. Properly trained personal for every level of your course.
  • Individual attention - We deliberately keep our classes small so that you get hands on, personalized training and maximum time at the helm.
  • Purpose-built boats - We are proud to have the newest and biggest sail training boats in the country. Sailors-in-the- making will get to train on board on of our three brand new boats. 42' or 37'.
  • RYA Accreditation - 2 Oceans Maritime Academy is an accredited Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre. Our syllabus is without doubt the best around. This means that the tuition you receive from us follows an international programme that sets the benchmark for worldwide training standards.
  • Professional Course delivery – we delivery on all you read, the fact that 80% of our business is repeat business speaks for itself.