5 consecutive Saturdays: 09h00 to 17h30
5 consecutive Tuesday evenings: 17h30 to 20h30


R14 600

Next Course:

Full-time Theory


5 consecutive weekdays: Monday – Friday 09h00 to 16h00



Next Course:

Full-time Practical


5 consecutive weekdays: Monday – Friday 09h00 to 17h30



Next Course:

An SA Sailing (SAS) Day Skipper is qualified to skipper a sail boat on inland waters during daylight hours at sea from sunrise to sunset, in local waters. A Day Skipper is also qualified to skipper a power boat under 100 tons on inland waters. 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 10 weekdays course from 19h00 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. Collision regulations
  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. SAMSA SRC Radio License
  2. At least 16 years of age.
  3. An eye test including colour vision (details on the SAS website)
  4. 200 miles logged on a sailing vessel as an active member of crew.
  5. 2 night hours on watch.

Items students are requested to purchase before doing the course:

  1. Chart SAN 3002
  2. A Portland plotter
  3. Navigational divider
  4. 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 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.

Fee includes all course notes. Sailing from Royal Cape Yacht Club. Meet at 08h00 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 licence.
  3. An eye test (details on the SAS website).

Course Includes:

A comprehensive manual, a membership to the prestigious Royal Cape Yacht Club for the duration of the course including secure parking, and access to the bar & restaurant.


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

What to Bring

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


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.

How to Register

Please deposit 25% of the course fee into the Good Hope Sailing Academy account.

Current account No. 4104719892.
Branch code 632005.
Reference: Name & Course

NB: Please don’t forget to advise Shivnarine Dirks by e-mail when you have paid the deposit, stating: 1) Your name 2) The amount 3) The course you wish to do 4) The date

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