• Aim This 34-day package is specifically designed to incorporate a variety of basic courses to help you build a CV and improve your chances of finding work in the yachting industry, especially the superyacht industry. Course overview The course is designed for those who have minimal sailing knowledge or experience. Students begin their practical training where they learn basic seamanship such as rope-work, sail handling, keeping a good lookout and assisting with all the day-to-day handling of a yacht. After a week on the water (5 days and 4 nights) students move to the classroom where they spend another week (5 days) learning the basic theory involved in boating (power and sail), with an emphasis on safety, rules of the road and fundamental navigational methods. This is followed by the STCW course (Standards of Training for Crew and Watch), where students learn basic first aid, fire fighting and life-raft training. In the final week, students will participate in an exciting 2-day Power Boat course on one of our 400hp Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). This Power Boat Level 1 & 2 course is now a prerequisite for crew to handle the yacht's tender. Students will then spend a day in the classroom earning their VHF radio license. The last 4 days include the deckhand course where maintenance, knowledge and application, wash-downs, teak maintenance, deckhand duties (navigational watch and guests on board), line handling and anchoring duties, etc are covered.
  • This course is presented by The Superyacht Culinary Academy, an accredited Highfield Qualifications training centre.  The Highfield Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering has been developed and is awarded by Highfield Qualifications and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF is a qualification framework regulated by Ofqual. MLC FOOD HYGIENE REQUIREMENTS: Under the MLC minimum requirements regulations, all Yacht Chefs and anyone handling food in the galley, Steward/esses and any crew handling or serving food are to be suitably qualified in Food Hygiene. Level II Food Safety is the minimum acceptable level for any crew processing or handling food on board. * Please note that online courses are no longer accepted by MCA enforced vessels. The Food Health Safety Level II that is offered in accordance with SYCA is awarded by Highfield and is recognised by the MCA.
  • Aim This course provides the opportunity for all crew (Deck Hands, Steward/esses and Chefs) to gain boat experience and knowledge necessary drive a powerboat and to stay safe while afloat. The course is the ideal complement to crew CV’s, making them more marketability and attractive to potential employers. Guests are ferried between the yachts and the shore, and crew are given the task to manage the tender to assist with transport, provisioning and other general duties. It is essential to hold a license before you can drive the yacht’s tender or RiB (rigid inflatable boat). Course overview This two-day course may be conducted on a variety of different boats and provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat. It covers all aspects of RIB driving and you will learn how boats work and equipment needed on the boat. On passing, the students hold a Power Boat Level II Certificate.
  • Course Overview STCW training is a legal requirement for anyone working at sea onboard commercial vessels such as offshore fleet, tankers, ferries and passenger vessels. Once you complete the training you will receive an internationally recognised certificate that will need to be renewed every five years. For offshore work such as working on oil rigs, you will also need to complete the 11 Day STCW 10 course which includes first Aid At Sea, marine firefighting, personal safety and social responsibility, personal survival techniques and proficiency in designated security duties. STCW 10 is a package of courses designed specifically for service in the yachting industry. The Superyacht Culinary Academy uses the leading STCW facility in Cape Town. Courses start weekly and run over a period of 11 Days. Not all the courses are consecutive, so the full course with all the modules a may take a little longer. Our courses are recognised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as well as SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority)  
  • Aim The Stewardess Training Course is the perfect entry-level course into the world of superyachts. Successful completion of this course will allow you to work as a Stewardess or Steward on superyachts of any size anywhere in the world. This course is ideally suited for people who have a leaning toward guest service and hospitality but need not have formal hospitality experience.  The course will provide you with multiple skills and professional knowledge of your role onboard as a Superyacht Stewardess or Steward. Course overview This 5-day course places great emphasis on the essentials of good service as well as giving you the theoretical and practical skills necessary to be an active crew member on board a superyacht and is regarded as the first step toward a career in superyachts. It requires a blend of responsibility, maturity and self-discipline and a good sense of humour and provides students an opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence. Students are taught a variety of skills including flower arranging, ironing, interior care, silver service and other guest service techniques, including wine appreciation. Successful graduates can confidently accept any Steward/ess assignment on superyachts anywhere in the world.
  • Venue: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Experience requirement: A reasonable level of kitchen proficiency Duration: 30 days Includes:
    • Superyacht Culinary Course - 8 days
    • Powerboat Level 2 - 2 days
    • SAMSA SRC/VHF Radio - 1 day
    • STCW 10 (Mandatory) - 11 days
    • Food Safety and Catering Level 2 (Mandatory) - 1 day
    • Boat orientation - 1 day
    Additional courses that we highly recommend to compliment the Superyacht Chef: Accommodation: Crew Accommodation on request in the V&A Crew House, Superyacht Training Centre Qualification: SYCA Advanced Certificate in Galley Competence IYT Superyacht Galley Chef accreditation (crew less than 10)  
  • Venue: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Experience requirement: A reasonable level of kitchen proficiency Duration: 8 days (in conjunction with Stir Crazy Cooking School) Includes: Unique SYCA online excel programmes essential for any yacht chef:
    • Charter Budgeting
    • Menu Planning
    • Recipe Costing and Pricing
    • Provisioning and Stock Management
    • Stock Costing
    • Lunches, apron, T-shirt,
    • All course training materials.
    Accommodation: Crew Accommodation on request in the V&A Crew House, Superyacht Training Centre Qualification: SYCA Advanced Certificate in Galley Competence SYCA Assessment for IYT Galley Chef accreditation (crew less than 10) Enquire now
  • Venue: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Experience requirement: Basic kitchen proficiency Duration: 2 days  Includes:
    • Lunches, tea, coffee
    • All course training materials.
    Accommodation: Crew Accommodation on request in the V&A Crew House, Superyacht Training Centre Qualification: SYCA Certificate in Basic Galley Competence Enquire now
  • Our Stewardess Career Course is the ideal package for you to start your career onboard a superyacht. The position of Stewardess is on superyachts requires balance, dedication, etiquette and of course hard work. We ensure that you’re fully trained to deal with the challenges of this position which can be one of the most rewarding positions on superyachts. Course overview This 21-day course places great emphasis on the essentials of good service as well as giving you the theoretical and practical skills necessary to be an active crew member onboard a superyacht.  It requires a blend of responsibility, maturity and self-discipline and a good sense of humour and provides students an opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence. Students are taught a variety of skills including flower arranging, ironing, interior care, silver service and other guest service techniques, including wine appreciation. We also prepare you for interviews, the challenges of dock-walking and CV preparation. The Stewardess Career Course starts off with the 5-day Stewardess Training Course, followed by the 11 day STCW course and Food Safety level 2, a prerequisite for all crew working on Superyachts. The prepares you for all the challenges of finding and securing a position in the industry and includes Powerboat and VHF radio training Successful graduates can confidently accept any Steward/ess assignment on superyachts anywhere in the world.