SSA's Sailing Academy is focused on providing top quality training. We know that both the ocean and the yachting industry demand a high level of competence. SSA's dedication and expert training will ensure that you achieve the standards required whilst having the adventure of a lifetime.
SSA offers a wide range of courses, from entry level to yachtmaster and industry career options.
Learn to sail at our Durban Sailing Academy.
About RYA Courses
If you looking to work internationally you need an RYA recognised skippers ticket.
Due to certain RYA criteria (Topography & Harbour Layout), Durban Port cannot be awarded full RYA status. In fact, the only area in South Africa the RYA deem suitable for RYA examination is Langebaan in the Cape.
SSA is therefore not an RYA accredited academy. However, to ensure that our students are given access to RYA accreditation; Sea Sailing Adventure is proud to announce its official alliance with Langebaan based RYA sailing academy Sail Due South.
Once your training and mileage is completed in Durban with SSA, students will fly to Langebaan and join Sail Due South for a refreshing recap, fine tuning and gain local knowledge of the examination area as well as examination preparation and the exams themselves.
Choose the course that suits you and step safely aboard the start of your adventure.
All courses (except VHF & GPS) include accommodation.
- Deck Hand
- SAS Day Skipper
- SAS Coastal Skipper
- Industry Entry - Gap Year
- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
- RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
- Mileage Trips
- Custom Charters / Mileage Trips
- Weekend & Day sailing
- VHF Radio
Download full Deck Hand course details (PDF)
An introduction to the world of sailing. Test your ‘sea legs’ and get accustomed to life undersail. This course covers the basics of sailing and boat handling, and will enable you to become a useful crew member aboard a yacht.
Duration: 3 Days
Mileage logged: + 80NM
The first notch in your ‘captain’s belt’! This is a high standard day skipper course, leaving you competent to skipper a yacht yourself. Whether you want to sail your own yacht or charter a yacht worldwide, this course will give you the confidence to do so.
Download full Day Skipper course details (PDF)
Coastal Skipper - South African Sailing (SAS)
The Coastal Skippers is designed to be adaptable to your individual needs;
- From scratch, with no experience needed and all modules completed in succession.
- Part time, completing each module over a time frame that suits you.
- Joining just the modules that you require (For example, if you already have your day skippers you need not do module 1)
Part Time Coastal Skipper Theory
- The part-time coastal skipper theory course is aimed at those of you with at least your Day Skipper ticket and 800 logged miles.
Industry Entry - Gap Year
Join the world wide yachting industry and get paid to travel and sail the world! Whether you are looking to join the super yacht industry or smaller yacht charters our ‘Gap Year’ course is perfectly suited to get your feet off the dock and onto a yacht.
The SSA Gap Year Course is a combination of essential courses, workshops and qualifications designed to put you 'ahead of the pack'.
Duration: 7 weeks
- SSA - Durban: 5 weeks
- Sail Due South – Langebaan: 2 weeks
Cost: R 43 000
Download full Gap Year course details (PDF)
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
This course is for the serious sailor. The Yachtmaster qualification is suited to skippers wanting to navigate across oceans and cruise the world. It is also suited to those aiming for serious career opportunities in the sailing, yachting and super yacht industries.
The SSA Yachtmaster Offshore Course is a combination of the following:
- South African Sailing (SAS) Coastal Skippers
- Coastal Skipper International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
- RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
- SSA - Durban: 10 weeks
- Sail Due South – Langebaan: 3 weeks
Cost: R65 000
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
What if you are in the middle of the ocean and your GPS fails?
The Yachtmaster Ocean qualification goes one step further. It covers the entire above Yachtmaster Offshore course and adds one week extra to run a celestial navigation course. Please enquire with SSA for further information and pre-requisites.
Please enquire with SSA for further information and pre-requisites.
SSA Steward/Stewardess Course
This is an invaluable course that opens many doors and opportunities in the yachting industry. The course covers everything from silver service and etiquette to presentation to wine, and lots more!!
Together with SSA, the steward/stewardess course is run under the guidance and expertise of a Head Stewardess with many years' experience on board super yachts.
Duration: 5 days
Download full stewardess course details (PDF)
Set sail and enjoy the beautiful South African coast line whilst gaining mileage and experience in your logbook. All mileage trips are return trips and include an experienced instructor/skipper on board to help further your sailing skills.
Durban – Richards Bay
Duration: 4/5 days
Mileage: approx. 200NM
Cost: R3 000
Durban – East London
Duration: 7 days
Mileage: approx. + 550NM
Cost: R6 000
Please enquire with SSA for further information.
Whether it’s a just a sail around the bay or a return trip to Cape Town, SSA will customise a mileage trip or charter to suit your needs.
Day & Weekend Sailing
You may be visiting Durban or may just want a fun day of sailing, SSA will provide a yacht and skipper. Enjoy Durban with the wind in your sails!
GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
Navigation made easy! SSA GPS course covers the principals of GPS operation and navigation as well as a practical application aboard either your own yacht or one of ours.
Duration: 2 days
Mileage: + 30NM
Over and Out.
Before sitting the ICASA VHF radio exam, SSA will run you through the finer points and ensure you are radio ready.
Duration: Half day