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We teach S.A. Sailing’s internationally accepted sailing courses

The only sailing qualification recognised by the South African Port Authorities

An SA Sailing ticket also entitles the holder to an ICC Certificate (International Certificate of Competence)


For your convenience, a full timetable of all the courses offered by The Good Hope Sailing Academy is available here.


Introduction to Sailing
  • Full-time: 2 Days

This is a hands-on course with two days spent at sea learning to be at home on a yacht. The course is for people who are not sure if they would like to sail, and for people who are in Cape Town for a short period of time.

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Competent Crew
  • Part-time: 5 consecutive Sundays
  • Full-time: 5 consecutive weekdays

The comprehensive Competent Crew course is designed for beginners who wish to obtain a more advanced ticket when sufficient mileage and experience have been logged. Many of our students are now sailing overseas or crewing on luxury yachts.

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Day Skipper
  • Part-time: 6 consecutive Saturdays 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings
  • Full-time Theory: 4 consecutive weekdays
  • Full-time Practical: 5 consecutive weekdays

A Day Skipper is qualified to skipper a sail boat in inland waters day and night and at sea from sunrise to sunset in his local waters. A Day Skipper is also qualified to skipper a power boat under 100 tons in inland waters by day or night.

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Night Sailing
  • Contact Us: Sailing after sunset

A minimum of two hours sailing after dark with an entry to a port is required for the day skipper ticket.

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Short Range Certificate (SRC)
  • Part-time: 3 weekday evenings
  • Full-time on request: 1 full day + exam

This SRC course replaces the old Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate. We're accredited by SAMSA and able to offer the new radio course to our students. This is a requirement for obtaining your Day Skipper’s licence from SA Sailing.

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Local Waters Skipper
  • Contact Us: 4 evenings

This course is designed to prepare you fully for the SA Sailing (SAS) Local Waters Skipper Exam - the oral, the practical and the Colregs exam. On completion the skipper is allowed to sail at night from his home port.

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Coastal Skipper
  • Part-time Theory: 6 consecutive Monday evenings
  • Full-time Theory: 4 days Mon-Thur
  • Full-time Practical : 5 days sailing Mon-Fri

This course is designed to take the experienced Day Skipper or equivalent through the SAS Coastal syllabus and exam. Instruction is done on a Miura, Fast 42 or your own vessel.

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Yachtmaster Offshore
  • Theory: 6 consecutive Monday evenings (last evening exam) Or 5 Full days

Designed as an add-on for students who have recently completed our Coastal Skipper course. The SAS Yachtmaster Offshore chartwork exam includes questions from the Day Skipper syllabus and the Coastal Skipper syllabus.

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Yachtmaster Ocean
  • Full Time: 5 consecutive weekdays

The badge of honour. Learn how to navigate by the Sun, Moon, Stars & planets. Master the sextant. Learn to enter the nautical almanac & the sight reduction tables. Become a navigator able to navigate anywhere in the world and under any condition.

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Refresher Course
  • Contact Us: 2 days

This two day course is designed to either prepare Competent Crew students for the challenging Day Skipper course or refresh a Day Skipper for the Coastal Skippers course. It includes ColRegs, navigation and terminology.

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Tailor-made Sailing Course
  • Full-time: 2 weeks OR split modules
  • Part-time Theory module: 4 days theory
  • Part-time Practical module: 5 days sailing

Did you know that we customise full time Day Skipper and Coastal Courses to suit your time schedule? The course can be done on your yacht or ours.

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