With the fast pace of modern life it is not always possible to organize a day or two to sit in a classroom. In some cases, people have to travel far to reach an approved facility.

The online course covers the SAMSA syllabus for the ‘R’ (Inland waters) and ‘E’ (1 Nautical Mile Sea) entry level licenses.  A holder of a R-license can upgrade to an E-license the moment he/she has the necessary sea hours – without doing another course.

Who should do the online course?

  1. Anyone, who does not have the time or facility nearby, wishing to write the SAMSA examination and apply for a skipper license.
  2. A person who wishes to study beforehand and then attend a  skipper course.xsound-signals
  3. Anyone who wishes to have more knowledge on the handling of a water going vessel but does not necessary wants to write the SAMSA exam.
  4. “Skipper assistant” It is a good idea to have a backup on board should something happen to the skipper. This can include anyone who cruises on a regular basis with an existing skipper. Someone younger than 16 can do the course but can only write the SAMSA exam after turning 16.


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by Dewald on Skipper Courses

Well structured

by Nathan Rafferty on Skipper Courses
Nathan review

Good course. Interesting facts, but too much for cat "R".

Hi Nathan
Just remember that the theory covers 'R' and 'E'. With a R-license you are allowed to enter harbours and lagoons and therefore need to know the basic sea signals. The other advantage is that you can upgrade from 'RT' to 'E' without doing another course or exam.

by Christo Schoeman on Skipper Courses

Clear and simple , information well structured and easy to follow.

by Mike VJ on Skipper Courses
Skippers course

Clear and very well structured, enjoyed the quizzes and content.

by Michael Ball on Skipper Courses

Very Simple but pricey

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