Offshore Sailing Academy

We make sailing rewarding, accessible, and fun for everyone.

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Epic

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Nearby

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

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  • Location
  • Grade
  • Disabled Friendly
    No
  • Accommodation
    Nearby
  • Team Building Facilities
    Yes
  • Family Friendly
    Yes

Learning to sail is best done with an experienced yachting school. Offshore Sailing Academy stands on a base of over 35 years of sail training, and with its current youthful team, are best placed to train you, with a combination of tried and tested methods as well and modern techniques. The training methods are modern and effective, our boats are well suited and well maintained and we have ideal classroom facilities. All of this provides the best learning environment for you. Our experienced, highly qualified sailing instructors employ modern training techniques to build your confidence on our yachts at sea and make sure that your sailing experience with us is an excellent one.

Sail training in Durban provides you with excellent sailing conditions and great offshore experience. Living aboard the yacht during the course is an adventure in itself and creates bonds with other aspirant yachties! Join the hundreds of young people now who have had adventures of their lifetimes on yachts in exotic locations across the globe. Why Sail With Us?

Learning to sail is best done with an experienced yachting school. Offshore Sailing Academy stands on a base of over 35 years of sail training, and with its current youthful team, are best placed to train you, with a combination of tried and tested methods as well and modern techniques. The training methods are modern and effective, our boats are well suited and well maintained and we have ideal classroom facilities. All of this provides the best learning environment for you, so give us a call!

Our Staff

Our experienced, highly qualified sailing instructors employ modern training techniques to build your confidence on our yachts at sea and make sure that your sailing experience with us is an excellent one.

Our Training Methods

As pioneers in the sailing training in South Africa, we have created sailing courses that are guaranteed to build your confidence and prepare you for a career at sea. As well as the practical sailing sessions off the coast, you will get to grips with the yachting theory in our lecture rooms – using all the modern teaching aids to help you consolidate your knowledge.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to make sailing rewarding, accessible, and most of all fun for everyone! From our base in Durban and with over 35 years experience we are considered the experts in running sailing courses for all ages, abilities, and desires. Our results stand the test of time. We have launched more than 15 000 sailing careers. Through our knowledge of the Yachting and superyacht industry and our connections with the superyacht crew placement agencies, we are able to assist you in becoming one of our career successes. The 12-day S.P.I.C.E course enables young adults looking to take a working gap year to gain entry to the megayacht industry, fully equipping you with the knowledge required to get you onto a great yacht.

Sail training in Durban provides you with excellent sailing conditions and great offshore experience. Living aboard the yacht during the course is an adventure in itself and creates bonds with other aspirant yachties! Join the hundreds of young people now who have had adventures of their lifetimes on yachts in exotic locations across the globe.

Durban is located on the east coast of South Africa, being the largest city of the Kwa-Zulu Natal province. Durban, also known as “surf city”, is home to golden beaches and a laid-back sunshine lifestyle.

Summer, from November to March, is a hot and humid time, with the months of April to June being less humid, yet still warm at an average of 25 degrees Celcius. Winter, if you can call it that, from July to September has the odd cool day, but it’s rare that the daily temperature drops below 20 degrees Celcius.

This makes for perfect sailing weather all year round, with sea temperatures rarely dropping below 20 degrees Celcius or 68 – 74 degrees F!! So, as the slogan goes, “Durban – the warmest place to be!”, is absolutely correct as the sailing destination of choice.

Introduction Course:

Overview

Our sailing courses are aimed at those looking to kick-start a career in the sailing industry and for sailors simply keen on improving their yachting skills. Browse through our courses and view the website’s events calendar for all of our upcoming courses.

Once you have found a sailing course that best interests you, and you wish to inquire about booking a placement, please feel free to send us a course inquiry by filling in your details and the name of the course you wish to attend in the allocated contact form. Once we have received your inquiry we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Target Audience –

For people want to experience the thrill of sailing for a couple of hours
Price: The cost for the three-hour excursion is R400 per adult or R200 per child of 12 years and younger. Children must be at least 8 years old to come aboard, accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. All persons coming aboard will be required to sign an indemnity. The fee includes an instructor for the outing.

To provide you with a sailing experience and to introduce you to the exciting world of yachting, we provide a 3-hour sailing experience once a month, typically the third or fourth Sunday of the month, weather permitting.

We can take a maximum of 7 people (excluding instructor) aboard.

Please note that a minimum of 2 active adults are required aboard, to assist with rigging. A qualified skipper will be with you onboard at all times during your sailing experience, for your safety and comfort.

during peak season, this is subject to vessel availability

Day and Adventure Sailing

Overview:

Target Audience –

For people want to assess if sailing is for them, they go out as a group or family for a day to experience sailing and determine if it’s something they’d like to pursue, or;
For people who have some sailing experience and want to build up mileage. Boat hire for several days in order to go out each day to practice or brush up their sailing skills while building mileage for their log book – in sailing, logged sea miles is key!
Price: we will discuss pricing with you
Bring your friends/family/group (min 4, max 8) and experience the thrill of sailing on the beautiful Indian Ocean
Choose one day or more, whatever suits your pocket and diary (a one day sail is often chosen to allow a group to get a taste of sailing, whereas a crew of experienced sailors hires a vessel for several days to brush up on skills and log mileage)
Sailing Daily from 09h30 – 15h00
If you chose two or more days, you get to sleep aboard on the mooring and enjoy membership of the local yacht club during this period
If you are a group of experienced sailors, an adventure experience can be arranged, enabling you to enjoy the thrill of distance sailing, with an overnight passage along the KwaZulu Natal coastline
You are guaranteed fun in the sun with a great introduction to the wonderful world of sailing
This wonderful experience is fantastic for families or friends wishing to bond and have fun together, and it just might lead to further exotic sailing adventures around the world

Yacht Hand Course

Overview

Duration: 3 days – (* a minimum of 4 students required to run this course)
Price: we will discuss pricing with you
Required Experience: None or limited sailing.

This is the best starting point for the person who has very little or no sailing experience. It will give you an excellent sailing foundation and a fun-filled three days! This course, also being the first three days of the Combo course, often runs concurrently with our Combo courses, so ideal to experience together if some family members want an introduction.

Course Curriculum

The Yacht Hand course introduces the beginner to sailing. Following the SA Sailing syllabus, you will learn all about sea terms, sails, ropes work, fire precautions, safety at sea, man overboard techniques, distress signals, weather, rules of the road and helmsman ship.

Certification:

Offshore Sailing Academy Yacht Hand Certificate
SA Sailing Yacht Hand Course Completion Certificate

Combo Course – Yacht Hand and SAS Skipper Course

Overview:

Target Audience –

For adults and sailing enthusiasts who wish to earn their sailing qualification to allow them to skipper their own vessel or prepare them for skippering a charter vessel on overseas sailing holidays
Duration: 9 days (Three S.A.S assessments – a practical boat handling assessment; a theory exam and a navigation exam – all done at Offshore Sailing Academy in the last 2 days)
Price: we will discuss pricing with you
Required Experience: None

A nine-day course covering both the Yacht Hand and Yacht Skipper modules. This course is very popular as it usually runs from a Saturday to the following Sunday, so leave required is only five working days! Lectures followed by sailing daily, including one night approach. The first three days of the Combo course is the Yacht Hand module, so an ideal opportunity for family members to join you for the first three days to get some basic sailing experience, and then you continue for the remaining 6 days to obtain your Day Skipper’s ticket.

Course Curriculum:

During the Combo Course, while following the S.A.S Day Skipper Sailing syllabus, you will learn all about sea terms, sails, rope work, fire precautions, safety at sea, man overboard techniques, distress signals, weather, rules of the road, helmsmanship and introduction to full-on advanced navigation. All seamanship skills and navigation skills are upgraded into a leadership role and sailing is of a high standard to enable you to confidently set the S.A.S Day Skipper Exam at Offshore Sailing Academy.

You will be taught how to:

Pilot a yacht in familiar waters
Advanced sailing skills
Interpreting weather forecasts
Mooring a boat
Dealing with emergency situations
Night sailing familiarisation
Advanced navigation techniques

Certification:

Successful candidates will obtain two certificates:

SAS Day Skipper’s Ticket Category C for vessels over 9 metres – for sail and power, inland and offshore, allowing you to operate a recreational vessel up to 100 tonnes or up to 25 metres in length, from sunrise to sunset, less than 15 nautical miles from home port or 25 nautical miles from home port, provided not more than 15 nautical miles from a safe haven.
International Certificate of Competence (ICC) – allowing you to charter overseas (*ICC – for SA citizens/residents only)
BONUS – you will have your legal South African Sailing (SAS) certificate to sail your own boat and use your ICC to charter overseas (Bareboat or Flotilla)

Additional modules/training to be completed before or after Combo course attendance:

Short Range Certificate (SRC radio License from SAMSA) (proof of successful completion necessary to satisfy SAS for issuing of Skipper’s ticket)

Note: For your information, we do have an option to complete the course in three modules. This is a viable option for those who are unable to take the time off work to attend the full-time course.

S.P.I.C.E Course

Overview:

Target Audience –

For young adults who have finished school or their tertiary education, and are looking for a qualification and some basic skills to operate as an effective Deck Hand, while working on motor boats or sailing vessels overseas as part of their gap year experience
Duration: 12 Days
Required Experience: None

A sailing course that is ideal as preparation for your gap year experience and/or as an entry into the Super Yacht industry. 12 days (option to live aboard our yachts) of sail training at Offshore Sailing Academy.

What better way to experience your gap year, than traveling the world from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean?! If you enjoy this lifestyle, as many have, you can turn your gap year into a full-time career, earning excellent money and setting yourself up for a great lifestyle.  You get to visit exotic places, meet the rich and famous and earn highly valued foreign currency while experiencing a unique wonderful lifestyle! Hard work with amazing rewards!!!

Course Curriculum:

The Super Yacht industry is a multi-billion dollar one and there are many jobs available. The S.P.I.C.E course will prepare young people for entry-level (deckhand) work in the industry.

You will cover the following modules including:

Day #1 – Day #3: Yacht Hand

Introduction to sailing
Sailing terminology and maneuvers
Rope work, knots

Day #4 – Day #9: Day Skipper

Watch Keeping
Log Keeping
Cooking aboard a yacht
Anchor Watch
Heavy weather sailing
Navigation
Passage planning

Day #10 – Day #12: Deck Hand introduction

Social behaviour aboard a yacht and dress code
Career guidance
Life Skills and Teamwork
Work and CV helpful hints
Varnishing and Splicing
Basic Diesel Engine Maintenance
Winch Servicing

Candidates will obtain two certificates:

SAS Day Skipper’s Ticket Category C for vessels over 9 metres – for sail and power, inland and offshore, allowing you to operate a recreational vessel up to 100 tonnes or up to 25 metres in length, from sunrise to sunset, less than 15 nautical miles from home port or 25 nautical miles from home port, provided not more than 15 nautical miles from a safe haven.
International Certificate of Competence (ICC) – allowing you to charter overseas (*ICC – for SA citizens/residents only)
Additional modules to be completed after SPICE course attendance:
Short Range Certificate (SRC radio License from SAMSA) (proof of successful completion necessary to satisfy SAS for issuing of Skipper’s ticket)
STCW 2010
ENG 1 medical

Optional:

Power Boat (PB2) – in Cape Town
Personal Water Craft (PWC) – in Cape Town

Coastal Skipper Preparation Course

Overview:

Target Audience –

For sailing enthusiasts who have their Day Skipper’s ticket and wish to prepare for their next sailing qualification, allowing night sailing and further distance range

Duration: 6 days (+ 2-3 days for written and practical exams)
Price: we will discuss pricing with you
Required Experience:
A minimum 800nm;
3 port entries;
24 night hours and;
a minimum of three 60nm passages
Course Curriculum

Enable all to get the experience necessary to get to Coastal Skipper level and set the SAS Coastal Skipper exam.

Theory and Boat Handling
Mileage Building (optional)
South African Sailing Exam – Theory and Practical to be arranged directly with SAS

Certification:

This course will give you all the necessary experience and certification to sit your external SAS Coastal Skipper examination.

Mileage Trip – Richards Bay / East London

Overview: 120 OR 200 OR 500 NM Trips

Target Audience –

For sailing enthusiasts who have a Skipper’s ticket and wish to build their mileage to allow them to progress to the next qualification
Prices: we will discuss pricing with you
Required Experience:

Students should have completed Yacht Hand and Yacht Skipper or the equivalent – to get maximum value. However, you may join in with just the Yacht Hand under your belt provided two-thirds of the crew have at least their Day Skipper’s ticket if you want to log miles and night hours.

This course is ideal for Competent Yacht Skippers who like to sail in more challenging conditions and gain mileage and night hours. It will turn you into a truly accomplished Skipper, develop your ability to manage a crew and improve your navigation. Most important: ideal for aspirant SAS Coastal Skipper Exam candidates. (Most will have completed our 9 days practical and theory preparation course to be super confident.)

These trips involve night sailing and will cover preparation for sea-handling under power and sail, pilotage, passage making, the role of the Skipper, how to handle adverse weather conditions and emergency situations, navigation procedures, yacht victualing and watchkeeping.

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