Skippers Course

SAMSA Skipper’s Courses

The Skippers courses and licencing are for power driven vessels under 9m in length.

We also offer the SRC VHF+DSC marine radio courses, please request separate info for that. (For boats operating Category D, C or B or vessels that have a VHF radio on board)

Contact us for the next Skippers Course

Saturday is a day of lectures starting at 8am followed with the theory Exam.

Sunday morning will be the practical evaluation starting at 8am.

Please bring dry clothes on both days just in case you get wet on the practical due to possible splash or rain. We might change sequence of days for the practical depending on Sea conditions.

Due to the covid19 pandemic we will have to practice social distancing and the wearing of masks or shield, sanitizing and temperature readings.

Courses

The courses are all SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) approved and are for power driven vessels only, from Restricted waters (dams, rivers or estuaries) or 1, 15 or 40NM (ocean)

You bring your brain/memory, calculator, ruler, and a pen.

Prerequisite sea time/ hours at sea

You are required to have completed a minimum of 25 hours sea time Category R, E, C (helming the vessel yourself) prior to being able to obtain a skipper’s license. (Verified on a log sheet provided) one can attend the course without the hours but cannot receive a licence until these hours are obtained.

You have a maximum of 2 years to complete this prerequisite and complete and pass all requirements, otherwise you will forfeit your course fees and must start from the beginning again.

We do offer boat handling courses where you can obtain the sea time either using our vessel or your own at an hourly rate. If you need more info on the boat handling course, then please request info.

Course material

We supply all course materials which is included in the price. (The forms that get completed and sent to SAMSA in Pretoria) and all lectures and logbooks.

The packages are available for purchase any time before the course date at the fee of R2350, otherwise they will be given out on the course date.

Medical

SAMSA require a small medical (forms included in package from us or can be emailed if requested beforehand.)

Dr Botha, 21 Piet Retief Str. Strand tel 021 8538110 is available to do the medicals at a reduced fee of R100 / person.

Dr Botha will be available at the lecture facilities on Saturday to do medicals if you would like to use his services.

You can use any other medical doctor if preferred.

Course fees

The course fees are R2350 (lectures, practical, course materials and SAMSA registration).

Courses are for inland waters (R) and (E) 1, (C) 15 or (B) 40 nautical miles. (Ocean, dams etc)

This fee can be paid in cash on the course date (Saturday) or EFT beforehand. No card facilities.

ID photos

X4 colour ID photos are required on a white background.

ID photos can be done at the course at a fee of R50 / set.

Practical evaluation

We offer our boat for the practical, but you are welcome to use your own.

Price for using ours is included.

Price does not change if you use your own vessel.

Out of schedule courses

Any other course dates out of schedule can be arranged during office hours on weekdays, this could include groups or a one on one. A premium price of R3800 would be charged for a one on one course during the week. X1pax =R3800; x2pax =R3300 per person; x3pax =R3050 per person; x4pax =R2800 per person; x5pax =R2500 per person; over x6pax =R2350 per person.

Categories

You can only apply for the category that you have practical experience in currently. (You were helming the vessel.)

Upgrades can be done at a later stage.

The higher the rating the more advanced examination will be conducted.

Skippers Course

Please bring along

  • Copy of your ID or ID book so I can make a copy.
  • 4X ID photos (colour only, on a white background) please put your name, surname and ID number on each photo.
  • Pen, calculator, and ruler
  • Course fees R2350 (ocean) or (restricted waters) 
  • Please bring your own lunch and coldrinks. (there are close by shops to purchase lunch)

Bank details

Eventide Marine (Pty) Ltd

First National Bank

Cheque acc. 62407222380

Strand branch code 200612 or 250655

Ref. (Your Name and Surname)

Location (Gordon’s Bay)

South African Small Craft Association

2 Sir Lowry’s Pass road

Gordon’s Bay

7140

Directions

When travelling from the Cape Town direction along the N2

Travel in the direction of Sir Lowry’s Pass. (N2)

At the foot of the Pass’ traffic lights turn right towards Gordon’s Bay, this road is called Sir Lowry’s Pass Road but is not marked.

Continue on that road ± 4.7 km, until you get to the last house on the left-hand side, Number 2.

Please park on the opposite side of the offices on the grassed, designated parking area.

Co-ordinates

S 34′ 09.413

E 018′ 52.254

Licences

Licences will be available immediately on completion of the course providing all requirements are met, which includes completed paperwork, passing the theory, oral and practical evaluation.

You will be issued with an interim certificate valid for 6 months while your application will be sent to SAMSA Pretoria for processing. This licence is a valid skipper’s licence.

Your original can take up to 6 months to arrive back from SAMSA.

You will be notified by SMS when your original is ready for collection.

Collection will be at the same address as the course you attended.

Bookings

Please confirm bookings via email; WhatsApp or sms to secure a place on the course.

Use your name and surname as reference with your cell number and the date of course preferred.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the venue if needed for those travelling far. They are self-catering units with an ensuite bathroom and full DSTV. Bedding provided. Fee is R350 p/p/night.

Only 2 units available so booking is essential prior to the date.

Lisa Shorter             (SAMSA authorized agent 00338)    SASCA A115      

Tony Smit                (SAMSA authorized agent 00324)    SASCA A54

Email: lisashorter@rocketmail.com

Tony 083 962 8276        or         Lisa 082 754 6326       

(SAMSA authorized number can be verified on SAMSA website, marine notice 6 of 2011)

CATEGORIES

Skipper- Inland waters Category R (Any category R vessel.) Operating in rivers, tidal rivers, dams, estuaries, lagoons and fishing harbours.)

Entry Requirement

  • Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
  • Proof of identity-copy
  • Over 16 years old
  • 25 hours of skippering, on vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship. (Sea-time recorded on any category vessel is acceptable for category R) or 100 hours of active crewing time verified by the skipper.
  • The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Day Skipper Category E (< 9m in length, 1 Nautical mile out at sea and Inland waters) 

Entry Requirement

  • Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
  • Proof of identity-copy
  • Over 16 years old
  • 25 hours of skippering, on vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship. (The sea-time requirements must be obtained on category E or higher vessels or 100 hours of active crewing time verified by the skipper.
  • The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Day Skipper Category C (< 9m in length 15 Nautical miles out at sea) 

Entry Requirements

  • Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
  • Proof of identity-copy
  • 25 hours of sea service on vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship (The sea-time requirements may be obtained on either category C or D vessels.)
  • The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Day Skipper Category B (< 9m in length 40 Nautical miles out at sea) 

  • Doctor’s Certificate and eye test
  • Proof of identity -copy
  • Over 16 years old
  • 50 hours of skippering, on Category B vessels of the appropriate length certified by a qualified skipper taking responsibility for tutorship (The sea-time requirements must be obtained on category B)
  • The prescribed written, oral, and practical examination.

Skipper Coastal < 9 m (40 Nautical miles out at sea and night rating)

  • Eyesight Test Certificate
  • Doctor’s Certificate
  • Proof of identity
  • Over 18 years old
  • 200 hours of skippering, on Category B or higher vessels < 9 meters certified by a skipper taking responsibility for tutorship and of which at least 50 hours must be night hours completed in a logbook.
  • The prescribed written, practical, and oral examination. (Candidate has to be in the possession of at least a Category C Skipper license)
  • Practical using your own Category B vessel demonstrating your skippering abilities at 40NM out to sea.

Endorsements: Dive Skipper if the candidate is qualified.                                                                                                        

  • The candidate needs to have a minimum of Dive Master Diver qualification or equivalent and be older than 18 years of age.
  • Plus 10 hours logged practical skippering on a dive boat with a SAMSA appointed examiner. Fee = R450 for Examining on a dive boat.

Surf endorsement is NOT available for the Western Cape and is only required on the East/Natal coastline, so we do not offer it.

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