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Experience the thrill of surf launching!

Certification qualifies you for up to a 100 ton sport & recreation vessel and a 20 ton commercial vessel. A certificate of competence for small power driven vessels will be issued by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)


Course outline - Sodwana Bay


4 Days from Thursday 07h00 to Sunday 13h00 (arrive Weds eve)

12 Qualifying surf launches on our specially rigged trainer boats.

Training on both semi-rigid & ski-boats to obtain endorsements for Category C licence (15 Nautical miles offshore) 

The theory exam is conducted during the 4 day course


Extra Specialities covered:


Technical information of hull design and deck layout

Maintenance, servicing and operation of outboard motors

How to recover and restore a capsized rig

Medical CPR, near drowning and dive medical problems

How to buy new and second hand boats

GPS theory and practical

Fish finding theory and practical

Commercial dive charter practices

How to start game fishing and spear fishing


2023 Dates - Category C Skippers


JANUARY 12 – 1 

MARCH 09 – 13 

APRIL 13 – 16 

MAY 25 – 28 

AUGUST 24 – 27


OCTOBER 19 – 22

NOVEMBER 16 – 19

NOVEMBER 23 – 26

Course includes books, map, lectures by SAMSA authorised trainers, practical training, theoretical examination and 4 nights self catering accommodation in our camp- see pics below. (No rebate will be given if students choose other accommodation)


SRC - Short range radio certificate

Please note SAMSA requires all skippers to have a SRC certificate - this is a VHF licence with DSC (Digital Selective Calling). As of 1 Jan 2018, a standard VHF radio licence is no longer valid. The SRC course can be done on any Sunday directly after the skippers course. It requires one extra night's accommodation, depart Monday morning. 

It can also be completed in Pretoria should you prefer.

***You will not be able to launch until you do this licence.

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