Superyacht Deckhand Career Course

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 40hp Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs). This Power Boat 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 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.

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Experience requirement:
Matric Exemption / Gr. 12 equivalent

34 days


Beginners Guide to Yachting

All required accreditation courses and certifications

Support with VISA application

Professional Yachting CV

Lunches, tea, coffee

All course training materials

Crew Accommodation on request in the V&A Crew House, Superyacht Training Centre

Superyacht Deckhand Course – Certificate of Completion

superyacht deckhand course
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34 Days

This comprehensive course may in part be facilitated by Ocean Star Sailing, Superyachting South Africa, Power and Sail or other registered providers.

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