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 Richard Day on Skipper Courses
Skippers Course

Great course. Lots of detail, and excellent links if you need more.

by Darryl Andrews on Skipper Courses
Useful Information

I learnt so many things about safety that I thought was not important but now I know that if I go out to sea I will be confident and aware of them all. This course should be taken by everybody, not just those who want to become a skipper. It is well designed and extremely informative to the general public.

by Daniel Bredenkamp on Skipper Courses
Skippers course

Really enjoyed the course! Trust I will pass the SAMSA exam!

by Andries on Skipper Courses
R Course

I have really enjoyed this well presented course, material needed is presented taking into account the level of the course. Well done!

by Niel van der Westhuizen on Skipper Courses
Great Layout and very informative

I really enjoyed the course. Most of the information is really just common sense, although common sense is not as common as everyone thinks. I found the information direct and to the point, easy to understand and quite informative. Well done on a good course.

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