Vessel Code

We offer skipper training for all vessels < 9 metres (recreation and commercial),  > 9 metres but < 100GT (recreational ceritification only) and > 9 metres but < 25GT (Commercial) for all categories of certification:


  • Category R (protected waters) (Self study and lecture based):

  • Category E (up to one nautical mile offshore) (Self study and lecture based): 

  • Category C (up to 15 nautical miles offshore) (Lecture based)

  • Category B (up to 40 nautical miles offshore) (Lecture based)

  • Category B Coastal Skipper (up to 40 nautical miles offshore, day and night) (Lecture based)

The following Certificate of Competence endorsements can also be issued: 

  • Dive Skipper (anyone wanting to operate a vessel engaged in diving operations)

  • Surf Launching

Course Pricing:

Category R and E: R 800.00

(Includes course manual.)

Category C and B: R 3 800.00

(Includes course manual, chart SAN 3002)

Category B Coastal Skipper: R 4 800.00

(Includes course manual, chart SAN 3002)

Parallel Ruler and Divider: R 680.00

Category B Coastal Skipper > 9 metres: POA


Our course covers the following topics and runs according the the SAMSA Code for Small Power Driven Vessels:

IALA Marine Buoyage System

        Lateral Marks, Cardinal Marks, Isolated Danger Mark, Safe Water Mark, Special Mark, New Danger Mark

Legal Requirements as per The Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations of 2007

        Categories of vessel and Certificates of Competency

        Purpose of voyage details

        Local General Safety Certificate and Certificate of Fitness

        Vessel limitations

        The purpose of a proper lookout

        Documentation to be carried on all vessels at all times

        Launching and beaching regulations

        Vessel colouring and markings

General Seamanship

        Safety appliances and equipment requirements

        Nautical terminology


        The purpose of built-in buoyancy

        Ropes and knots



        Operating vessels in different sea states

        A skipper's responsibility and duty

        Emergency steering

        Collisions and running aground


        Mooring procedures

Outboard Power Units

        Controls and kill switch



        Fault finding

        Manoeuvring with single and twin motors


Safety and Emergencies

        Deck draining


        Fire drills

        Weather anticipation


        International nautical flags

        Man overboard procedures

Rules of the Road and Distress Signals as per International Regulations for the Preventing of Collisions at Sea, 1972

        Rules 1 to 18: Steering and sailing rules

        Rules 20 - 22: Lights

        Rules 24 - 30: Day shapes

        Rules 32 - 35: Sound signals

        Distress signals

Marine Environment and Meteorology

        Synoptic charts

        High and low pressures

        Cold and warm fronts


        Wind direction

        Weather forecasts and reports

        Beaufort wind scale        


        Waves and swell



Navigation and Pilotage


        Chart datum

        Chart features

        Notice to mariners

        Vessel traffic seperation systems

        Making safe passage

        Global positioning systems

        Marine compass

        Variation and deviation



We offer practical skipper training on our 8 metre RIB. All practical training is conducted by SAMSA qualified skippers and the hours can count towards the candidates practical experience. The training consists of the following:

       Pre-launch checks and trailering

       Manoeuvring and pilotage       


       Fire drills

       Man overboard

       Pivot turns

       Mooring procedures

       Trim and loading

       Drogue usage

       Motor fault finding

       After launch routines

Please contact us for a quote as our vessel and skipper runs on an hourly rate.


All our skipper exams, irrelevant of category, meet SAMSAs stringent standards including theory, oral and practical components. On successful completion of your examination you will be issued with a SAMSA Certificate of Competence.

Examination Fee: R 1 000.00

SAMSA Fee: R920.00

We at Marine Training & Consulting support responsible skippering when approaching marine animals. Please stick to the international guidelines, otherwise rather do not approach. Don't chase or harass the animals. Their safety is our concern.

Skipper Documentation

Skipper Medical
Skipper Logsheet
Skipper Examination
Surf Launch
Marine Training & Consulting, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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