Day Skipper

  • Part-time


    Duration: 5 consecutive Saturdays

    10h00 to 17h30

    Duration: 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings

    18h30 to 21h30


    • 08 Feb
    • 14 Mar
    • 25 Apr
    • 30 May
    • 04 Jul
    • 08 Aug
  • Full-time Theory


    Duration: 4 consecutive weekdays

    Monday - Thursday 10.00 to 17.30


    • 17 Feb
    • 27 Apr
    • 08 Jun
    • 20 Jul
  • Full-time Practical


    Duration: 5 consecutive weekdays

    Monday - Friday 10h00 to 17h30


    • 20 Jan
    • 24 Feb
    • 04 May
    • 15 Jun
    • 27 Jul
An SA Sailing (SAS) 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 and at sea from sunrise to sunset. This course gives a sound grounding in Coastal Navigation and Yacht Management. It is designed for students who are competent to crew on a yacht. It can be done over 5 full Saturdays and 5 Tuesday evenings, OR as a 9 weekdays course from 10h00 to 17h30. The Day Skipper practical component is taught on a Miura. The success of the course is indicated by the number of our students who now own and skipper their own yachts overseas or in South Africa. During this course you will learn:
  1. Weather patterns
  2. Seamanship and skipper's pre-sailing actions
  3. Cape Town Port Regulations
  4. Rules of the Road
  5. Safety at sea
  6. Compass work
  7. Tides
  8. Plotting a course
  9. Obtaining fixes
  10. GPS
  11. Chart plotter
The SAS requirements for the Day Skipper ticket are as follows:
  1. At least 16 years of age.
  2. An eye test including colour vision (details on the SAS website)
  3. 200 miles logged on a sailing vessel as an active member of crew.
  4. 2 night hours on watch.
Students are requested to purchase the items before doing the course:
  1. Chart SAN 3002
  2. List of Lights
  3. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  4. Symbols and Abbreviations
  5. A Portland plotter
  6. Navigational divider
  7. A basic Calculator
These items can be obtained directly from Action Yachting at the Royal Cape Yacht Club and from either Chart World, or from Chart International, both in Foregate Square, Duncan Road, Duncan Dock (small red brick office buildings just inside the dock when entered from the Heerengracht). The full-time theory course is aimed at yachtsmen who are in complete control of their yacht at sea but need to know more about navigation, colregs and GPS. Successful candidates will pass the internationally accepted SAS Day Skipper Practical and Theory Exams. The theory for all our courses is done in our classroom at the Royal Cape Yacht Club. The tickets issued for all Day Skipper tickets are based on the International Merchant Shipping Act (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations 2007. This course can be done over 2 weeks in one, or split into two modules: the theory or the practical module. There is also an exam.

You may also request a tailor made course so GHSA will fit in with your timing or schedule. (Course demands remain the same).

Fee includes all course notes. Sailing from Royal Cape Yacht Club. Meet at 10.00 Good Hope Sailing Academy's classroom, Royal Cape Yacht Club. To register with SAS for the Day Skipper ticket you will need:
  1. A photocopy of your logbook with records of your experience.
  2. A VHF SRC Radio and licence.
  3. An eye test (details on the SAS website)


The course is taught to SA Sailing’s syllabus. It is internationally accepted.
A certificate of competence and a log book is issued on completion.


Please deposit R1000 into Good Hope Sailing Academy.

Current account No. 1371410011. ABSA Bank, Adderley Street, code 312-109.

NB: Please don’t forget to advise Poul-Ejnar Hansen either by e-mail or SMS to Mobile 0834430706 when you have paid the deposit, stating:

1) Your name 2) The amount 3) The course you wish to do 4) The date.

Related courses / suggested for you:

    Competent Crew

    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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    Local Waters Skipper

    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

    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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A comprehensive manual, a membership to the prestigious Royal Cape Yacht Club for the duration of the course including secure parking, members’ discount in the bars and restaurants and free wifi.


Please review the required essential items needed before you do this course! They are listed on the left in the course description.


Please wear warm clothing and non-marking, soft shoes.

  • Warm clothing
  • Non-marking, soft shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses (string tie)
  • Cap or hat (string tie)
  • Sunscreen
  • Packed Lunch
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic)