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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes. We teach S.A. Sailing's internationally
 accepted sailing courses. In addition to this, ours is 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).

No, you do not have to have sailed before, but some courses require previous experience. If you wish to brush up on your skills, there is a specifically designed refresher course for those who have sailed before. If it’s your first time sailing, we offer an Introduction to Sailing Course. People of all ages and all fitness levels enjoy sailing. If you have any specific health concerns or if you are a weak swimmer, please inform your instructor so that your needs can be met.

Yes! Our sailing instructors have years of experience and numerous qualifications, not to mention hundreds of hours of sailing between them. Read about our team here. You’re also in good company - Good Hope Sailing Academy was established in 1993 and since then over 3000 students have attended its courses.

Our vessels are routinely checked by The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), and maintained to the highest standard. All students will be required to wear safety gear as and when needed and will be supplied with a PFD or harness. Please inform your instructor if you suffer with any specific ailments or allergies and bring the medication needed with you.

Yes. Sailing is not a dangerous sport and as a rule, it has a good safety record. Our instructors check weather updates before launching and follow best practice when it comes to safety.

The chance of seasickness is small – as you are mostly on deck and in the fresh air. If nausea occurs, it tends to occur below deck where one cannot see the horizon properly. If you do feel sick, inform your instructor so that he/she can attend to you. If you take nausea medication while flying, bring it along just in case.

If a course requires specific documents or item(s) it will be listed on the specific course page. If you are not sure, pop us an e-mail and we can clarify for you.

Warm clothing is a good idea, and we find multiple layers are best (as the weather may change and one can remove items of clothing if needed). Please wear non-marking, soft shoes. If you already have deck shoes, that’s great – but any soft-soled closed ‘takkie’ (sneaker) shoes will do. Sandals are not advised as they offer no protection for your toes. A waterproof jacket is essential. (Sea boots are good for wet weather days). Sunglasses are a good idea for glare – please use glasses that have a string tie to keep them from falling overboard. Lip balm and a cap or hat (again with a string tie is a good idea). Sunscreen. Please use a soft bag rather than suit case for storing your items.

All our courses include a comprehensive manual, membership of the prestigious Royal Cape Yacht Club for the duration of the course including secure parking. Also new Royal Cape Yacht Club members proposed by GHSA are entitled to a 10{c5bcb44f6bce4abbd2857d30d7dcef620ad1def4418ce17f665fe61672cda48c} discount for the first membership fee. A deposit of R250 is required for an access card to the Royal Cape Yacht Club, refundable at the end of the course.

The practical courses are taught on a Muira or Fast 42. The theory of all our courses is taught in our classroom at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.

Yes. If it’s your first time sailing, we offer an Introduction to Sailing Course to help you acclimatise.

Yes. If you wish to brush up on your skills, there is a specifically designed refresher course for those who have sailed before.

GHSA offers a comprehensive Competent Crew Course which can be done on weekends or full-time.

GHSA offers the following Practical courses: Introduction to Sailing, Competent Crew (Sundays), Competent Crew (Full-time), Day Skipper (Saturdays), Day Skipper (Full-time), Day Skipper (Practical), Coastal Skipper (Saturdays), Coastal Skipper (Full-time), Night Sailing, and Local Water Sailing.

Good Hope Sailing Academy has been accredited by SAMSA and offers the DSC radio course to students as this is a requirement for obtaining you Day Skipper’s licence from SA Sailing. We offer the Short Range Certificate (SRC) Radio Operator Certification for Non-SOLAS vessels. Please see the course section for details.

Yes. This helps you to gain mileage and be better prepared for the Coastal course. The Local Waters Course is offered on your yacht or ours.

Yes. We take you on an After Dark Sail to experience a night entry into The Port of Cape town. There is a minimum of two hours night sailing required to obtain your Day Skipper licence.

Yes we do - these are weekend trips along the Western Cape coastline between Cape Town and Saldanha Bay. We leave Friday evening and return Sunday afternoon, you will experience night anchoring or night sailing. Provision is included.

Yes. We tailor make full time Day Skipper and Coastal Courses to suit your time schedule on your yacht or ours. These courses can be done over two weeks or split into two modules, the theory or the practical module. We also offer a tailor made Refresher Course.

See our full course table here (of fees and dates) for a full breakdown of costs.

A deposit is required to secure a place. To register for a course, please deposit R1000 into Good Hope Sailing Academy. Current account no 1371410011. ABSA Bank, Adderley Street, code 632 005. Please do not forget to notify either Poul Hansen or Lisa Malherbe by e-mail or SMS to when you have paid the deposit, stating your name, the amount, the course you wish to do and the date. Email: ghsa@iafrica.com or lisa@goodhopesailingacademy.co.za Mobile: Poul: 0834430706 or Lisa: 082 419 3334 A deposit of R250 is required for an access card to the Royal Cape Yacht Club, refundable at the end of the course.

For your convenience, deposits for a course can be paid via EFT online. We also have a credit card facility available. A deposit is required to secure a place. To register for a course, please deposit R1000 into Good Hope Sailing Academy. Current account no 1371410011. ABSA Bank, Adderley Street, code 632 005. Please do not forget to advise either Poul Hansen or Lisa Malherbe by e-mail or SMS to when you have paid the deposit, stating your name, the amount, the course you wish to do and the date. Email: ghsa@iafrica.com or lisa@goodhopesailingacademy.co.za Mobile: Poul: 0834430706 or Lisa 082 419 3334. A deposit of R250 is required for an access card to the Royal Cape Yacht Club, refundable at the end of the course.

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