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 Marlon on Skipper Courses
On Line Skipper Course

Excellent. I really enjoyed it.

by Ian on Skipper Courses
On-line SkippersCourse

Excellent way of presenting the course. Good use of videos. Only criticism is no reaction to e-mails

Hi Ian
Sorry to hear about your ‘no reaction to e-mails’ experience. We strive to answer all e-mails the same day and it happens very rarely that we miss one. We will surely follow up.

by Cathy Dreyer on Skipper Courses
Lockdown zoom exam

Brilliant initiative to organise an online zoom skippers exam. Perfect time to learn the course material and write the exam. The zoom exam worked extremely well. Kobus guided me through the process and we were visible at all times, therefore able to ask questions, when needed. Very informative and thorough course. Empowering experience. Thanks to Kobus and Herkie. Highly recommended. John

by rainer on Skipper Courses
great layout

really enjoyed the course ,very informative .

by Gerhardt Mare on Skipper Courses
Skippers Course

I really enjoyed this course, as a "newbie" to boats this really taught me a LOT!!!

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