Coastal Skipper Training


Experience the excitement and adventure of coastal boating.

Obtain your certificate of competence for small power-driven vessels from the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

The course consists of theoretical and practical training.


Four to five days practical training at Sodwana Bay

A minimum of 12 Surf launches on our specially rigged training boat

Training is done on our boats and on successful completion you will obtain the Category B or C certificate, with surflaunch and where applicable the dive skipper endorsements.

Course fees quoted includes accommodation and meals. Excludes transport to Sodwana bay, snacks and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation are booked at our camp, Emoyeni, where the lectures are presented. The camp has a fully equipped kitchen and facilities for your use during your stay.

We assist with bookings based on your requirements.

Course Details

  • Theory sessions are normally combined with the monthly practical course in Sodwana
  • We can arrange for seperate theory sessions.
  • South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) sanctioned content.
  • Course fee includes manuals, lectures and exam fees.
  • SAMSA Registration & exam fee is excluded


  • Surf launching
  • Small craft handling & launching
  • Radio procedures
  • Basic first aid
  • Navigation at sea
  • Safety & other equipment
  • Skipper duties, responsibilities & safety afloat
  • Boat design & layout
  • Diving from small craft & commercial practices
  • Buying a new / secondhand boat
  • Outboard motors
  • GPS and Fishfinders
  • Night rating
  • Skipper refresher courses
  • Inland skipper courses – Category R
  • Diving – entry level up to instructor course