Frequently asked questions about Skippers and VHF courses

What do I need for a skippers licence?

You need to be 16 years old and bring the following with you.

6 x ID Colour Photos 

Copy of your ID


Medical Certificate  

Eye test  

Log sheets.

If you are unsure please contact us

How long does the course take?

 One to five days depending on Category required

How do I become a skipper in South Africa

Contact SkipperSchool KZN who are SAMSA appointed to certify you.

What size boat requires a Skipper licence

All power driven vessels under 9m with engine size over 15hp

How much does a skipper ticket cost

from R1990

More information about the courses

Is there theory and practical – Yes

Forms found on website

The course covers all vessels under 9m and includes Jet Skis .

Courses run every Saturday from 07h45 – Cat R and E – one day

Study material is available online .

All personell are certified .

The School issues Interim SAMSA certificates while SAMSA produces the final Certificate .

 Certificates can be upgraded .

How do I get a COF for my boat

All vessels require a COF and inspection of vessel must be done by SAMSA appointed surveyor

We are SAMSA appointed surveyors and issue COFs and Buoyancy certificates

VHF Radio information

VHF radio with DSC is required by all vessels going to sea  and a VHF licence is required to legally operate a VHF radio .

VHF course covers setting up of radios and messages using DSC and RT .

You get certified by attending a Short Range Certificate course with a certified school like VHF SRC School KZN .

The courses are 10 hours in total – one day .


Send an Enquiry

Contact Us

031 701 53 24

Mike Higgs 082 441 2937

12 Henred Road New Germany Durban 3610