The Small Vessel Code lays out the differing levels of competence that a candidate must achieve in order to obtain a certificate for the level desired. The code is the national standard and any person who desires to train or examine small vessel skippers shall adhere to the specifications and level of knowledge detailed therein.

To operate a vessl, smaller or equal to 9 meters and with engine power more than 15hp, on all Ports, fishing harbors, tidal rivers, tidal lagoons, estuaries and all inland waters in South Africa a skippers license is required.

The penalties for operating without a valid license are high and inspectors are clamping down on those operating without a license.

Skipper Academy Gauteng North and its instructors are all registered with SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) who issue the skipper licenses on behalf of the Department of Transport.

Courses are held in Pretoria and venues are selected depending on the size of the class. Skipper courses can also be arranged in other towns if their are 10 sudents or more. We will then bring the class to your doorstep.

Skipper Academy Gauteng North offers the following courses:

Cat R Skipper License: (Must be 16 years old)

A skipper with a Cat R skipper license may operat a vessel in all Ports, fishing harbours, tidal rivers and lagoons, estuaries and all inland waters in South Africa. What we need if you do the course is the following:

1. Copy of your ID

2. 4 Passport photos (can be color or black and white)

3. Medical certificate filled in by any doctor ( will be send as an attachment with other documents)

4. Log of minimum of 25 hours on dams or rivers signed by applicant/student (will be attached in documents)

5. Attend a approved course

6 Pass the SAMSA approved examination paper.

Cat E Skipper license: (must be 16 years old)

Skipper of a Cat E license may operate a vessel from a sheltered launch site daylight hours only 1nm offshore and 15 nm from sheltered launch site.


1. Copy of ID document

2. 4 Passport photos

3. Medical certificate

4. Log with 25 offshore hours where you were in charge of the vessel, signed off by a licensed skipper with Cat E - B skipper license.

5. Copy of skippers ID who signed you off

6. Copy of skipper who signed you off skippers license

7. Must attend a skippers course

8. Pass the SAMSA approved examination papers.

The skipper course is a one day event starting at 08h00 and ends at 15h00.

It includes Theory and practical demonstration around a boat.

Coffee and tea served and Lunch at 12h00.

On succesfull completion of the skipper course and with all your documents handed in, you will be issued with a temporary license.

SAMSA will forward the original licenses to us and we will let you know as soon as we received it.

Skipper course fees R 2200.00 which includes the SAMSA fees as well as your skippers manual. Deposit of R 500 payable when you book your seat for a skipper course. Deductable from course fee.

Please bring a pen and highlighter.

Banking details:

Absa bank savings account:

Account: W. Oosterhuis

Account no: 9066582196

Branch code: 632005 Reference your name and ID number.

E-mail adress:

Willie Oosterhuis: SAMSA appointed Lecturer, examiner and surveyor SAMSA no..00054 Cell. 083 727 3913

Pieter Bronkhorst: SAMSA appointed Lecture, examiner and surveyor SAMSA no 00053 082 374 4356. E-mail adress:

Johan Franken: SAMSA appointed Practical course operator Cell. 082 374 4356 E-mail adress: