With no previous sailing experience necessary, the RYA Competent Crew course is an ideal introduction to yachting. Over 5 days, you will learn how to steer a yacht, put up the sails and handle them, become familiar with nautical terms and learn how to live on a yacht, among other things.

In sailing, safety is of utmost importance, which is why you will also learn how to assist in the recovery of a sailor overboard, operate flares and use life jackets, harnesses and life rafts.

You will also sail over 100 nautical miles, enjoy at least 4 night hours’ sailing and visit many of the harbours and anchorages of the Cape area. The training you receive will ensure that you can function as a confident and competent member of any sailing crew.

Food is supplied for the course and there are no extra costs.


Learn basic navigation, pilotage, safety procedures, collision regulations and seamanship.

As an aspiring skipper, 2 Oceans Maritime Academy will introduce you to the fundamentals necessary to take a yacht to sea. You will be taught basic navigation and pilotage, which includes chart work, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, understanding tides and the international regulations for preventing collisions at sea.

You will be accommodated onboard your training yacht (should this be part of the 2 Oceans 6 / 17-week career course or the 9-day Day Skipper combined course). Food, however, is for your account.


Learn hands-on skippering techniques, navigation, pilotage, boat handling and seamanship.

Taking charge of a yacht can be a daunting yet highly rewarding experience. Under the guidance of our expert instructors, you will gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to confidently skipper a yacht in a variety of sailing conditions.

By completing short passages as skipper, each student practices weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation, pilotage and importantly boat handling under power and sail.

On completion, you will receive an RYA Day Skipper Course Completion Certificate. If you then wish to sit a South African Sailing assessment you may do so. This would entitle you to a Certificate of Competence that allows you to skipper a yacht along the coast of South Africa in daylight hours.

You will be accommodated onboard your training yacht for the duration of the course and all food is included.


Get to grips with advanced coastal navigation, pilotage, meteorology and collision regulations.

This advanced course in navigation and meteorology is perfect for those who are working towards taking the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster offshore exam. It is also ideal for those wishing to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages.

Navigation aspects of the course include position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge and the use of Almanacs, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment (GPS).

The meteorology section includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction by observation and using a barometer.

International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea is covered in detail and time is invested in learning how to apply this information when planning and executing passage plans.

This is conducted at our 2 Oceans Academy training Centre close to the Hout Bay Harbour, Chapman’s Peak and a short walk from the beach.

All RYA course material will be supplied.


Skippering techniques and navigation for coastal passages, advanced boat handling and pilotage.

During this practical course you will be guided through navigation – both offshore and in limited visibility conditions. You will also learn advanced weather forecasting and passage planning in addition to watch-keeping and preparation for sea. Each student will have an opportunity to plan and execute passages while taking complete command of the yacht.

At the end of the course, your instructor will give you a thorough debrief session, which will assist you in further developing your skippering ability and confidence.

Upon the successful completion of the course you will be able to skipper a boat on coastal passages safely and with confidence.


A 1-week practical exam-readiness intensive programme.

The programme includes advanced skippering and boat handling techniques in preparation for the Royal Yachting Association exams. It includes navigation, pilotage, man overboard recovery and overall confident yacht management skills.

2 Oceans Maritime Academy ensures that each and every one of our candidates is fully prepared and confident to complete the RYA/MCA practical exams. With an early appraisal of a candidate’s current performance and knowledge base, the instructor (a licensed Yachtmaster Instructor) will then structure the week to address any areas of potential weakness. The focus of this 5-day course is to ensure that candidates are well-positioned to successfully demonstrate a variety of skippering techniques to meet an examiner’s requirements.

Concentrated time is spent on MOB drills, boat handling under sail and power and commanding a yacht on passages during the day and at night. Other subjects include passage planning and weather, preparation and safety at sea, maintenance, navigation, pilotage and thorough knowledge of the international Collision Regulations.

At the end of each day, candidates will receive a debrief from their instructor. At the end of the week, another feedback session ensures that candidates know how to approach the exam in a relaxed and confident manner.


A 1-week theory intensive programme.

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course covers the theory sections of the RYA syllabus so that you can sit the written part of the exam with confidence. The programme covers celestial navigation, satellite navigation systems, great circle sailing, meteorology and passage planning.

(Further practical passage-making is necessary to meet the requirements of an oral exam.)

Candidates wishing to gain the Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence need to have completed the theory component as well as taking sights at sea. They also need to hold a valid Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

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