Need to get your SAMSA Accredited Skippers License?

Due to changes in the Law within the last few years, it is now a legal requirement that all Skippers obtain a SAMSA Accredited Skippers License.
This includes in-land and out-to-sea/coastal navigating of a vessel.

This is where Skipper School KZN comes in, we are here to help you obtain your skippers. We offer a wide range of skipper courses and provide well trained and very experienced instructors and examiners, who are here to make sure you and your family learn how to be safe on the water. For the official policy click here.

Skipper courses:
Don’t know which category license you need?

Day Skipper Category R

Vessels operating on inland waters. (now defined as all water areas accessible to the public and contained within ports and fishing harbours, lagoons, rivers, dams, wetlands and lakes in the Republic).

Day Skipper Category C

This level of national certificate certifies that the candidate has demonstrated that he/she has the knowledge necessary to skipper, during daylight hours, any category C (or lower) small vessel from and to his home-port or sheltered launch site, anywhere in South Africa, but limited to a distance of 15 nautical miles from shore from an approved launch site.

Sea time required for Category C or Category B

Day Skipper Category E

This basic level of national certificate certifies that the candidate has demonstrated that he/she has the knowledge necessary to skipper, during daylight hours, any category E small vessel from and to his home-port or sheltered launch site, anywhere in South Africa, but limited to a distance of 1 nautical mile from shore and 15 nautical miles from an approved launch site.

Day Skipper Category B

This level of national certificate certifies that the candidate has demonstrated that he/she has the knowledge necessary to skipper, during daylight hours, any category B (or lower) small vessel from and to his home-port or sheltered launch site, anywhere in South Africa, but limited to a distance of 40 nautical miles from shore from an approved launch site.

Sea time required for Category C or Category B

Night Rating Category B

This level of national certificate certifies that the candidate has demonstrated that he/she has the knowledge necessary to skipper a small motor driven vessel <9m on coastal passages, day or night, but within 40 nautical miles of the coastline.

By definition therefore any candidate who cannot attain the level of knowledge required to take a vessel 40 miles offshore cannot have the designation ‘coastal skipper’, nor can they be allowed to navigate a vessel at night (sunset to sunrise) except if the certificate is endorsed under the conditions described further on.

VHF SRC Courses

The marine VHF radio is an invaluable piece of communication equipment that is used round the world on board of all kinds of ships, from fishing boats to giant tankers.

VHF communications are suitable for vessels remaining relatively close to the coast and within range of coast stations operating on VHF channels, but VHF can also be used for inter-ship calls anywhere on the open seas.

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boatboyz@telkomsa.net

031 701 53 24

Mike Higgs 082 441 2937

12 Henred Road New Germany Durban 3610