“Doing my yacht courses through Certified Training and SYSA gave me a great grounding in all I needed to know when trying to enter the yachting industry. The courses involved many practical exercises which I felt was a great help.
The instructors were hands on and very approachable during all my courses, which was integral in my learning. We were also taught about how to approach boats during our dock walking and how to put a yachting CV together which is vital when trying to find a job in an extremely competitive industry.
I was lucky enough to find job on a beautiful 72 metre motor yacht just two weeks into my job hunt. As I’ve said already, I feel the grounding I got during these courses played a big role in me landing that first job.”
Mark Airey, South Africa (72m Motor Yacht)
“Thank you so much for the experience. The training centers were beyond informative and the instructors were amazing.”
Charles Scheffers, South Africa
“I really enjoyed my overall experience during my training! Amazing people, amazing facilities and everyone was willing to help in any situation!”
Matthew Nuttall-Smith, South Africa
“I just wanted to say thank-you very much to Christy at Certified Training for all her help in answering all my questions and booking all the courses for me. I feel very confident in tackling the yachting industry after all the courses I’ve been on and learning from the most experienced lecturers/instructors. I know I can be a success in this industry.“
Rory Lavoipierre, South Africa
“It was so great! I would happily recommend Certified!”
Tiaan Pistorius, South Africa
“Hi Guys, I found the perfect job for me this season, thank you so much for the proper training. SAFFAS are on top 🙂 “
Telana Van Wyk, South Africa (30 metre M/Y)
“I just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done! These past few weeks have been incredible, I’ve met so many people and learnt alot. You have an amazing team of instructors, please let them know they are great and I hope to see everybody in the near future!”
Connor Wakefield, South Africa
“It is very easy to be wary when deciding if the yachting industry is something one should enter or not – there are a huge number of factors that go into joining the industry and working at sea, many of which are not common knowledge to most of us. This is where Certified Superyacht Academy come in – besides providing all the necessary courses required to work on superyachts, they also provided an abundance of knowledge! They were always a phone call or email away if I had any problems or questions and were always more than willing to help.
The courses themselves were informative yet fun and entertaining as well as being a great opportunity to network! At the beginning, the decision to pursue yachting was one that frightened me and caused me huge amounts of stress.Thanks to Certified, I am now completely at ease and have no doubt that I will succeed in this industry!”
Emily Shuttleworth-white, South Africa
“I was fortunate enough to do my RYA PBII course with the Certified/SYSA team in Cape Town. Unfortunately, I could not do my other courses through them as they were fully booked and for a good reason….they are fantastic!
Training under a team of ex-superyacht crew changes the way you learn and certainly helped me in my steps to starting my career in yachting. Throughout the course everything was explained exceptionally well, all questions answered, organisation was a main priority as well as the understanding of all pupils. The practical side was the best part, all the information learnt in the class was put into action, not only did it give me confidence going into the industry, but it was also very fun.
I highly recommend Certified/SYSA for anyone that would like to join the superyacht industry. They not only help you get ready to enter the industry but also assist when you are overseas and need advice or help. All in all, very supportive and a great resource that can be called upon throughout your yachting career.”
Candice Elizabeth Rick, South Africa (25 metre M/Y Low Blow)
“Having been given great training and explanations by experienced instructors, I had total confidence and the ability to stand out, especially with regards to the watersports.”
William Smith, South Africa (63 metre M/Y Mine Games)
“Thank you Conrad,
I’ve done many courses in my life and met lots of different guides, and you are between the best and most professional ones.”
Ron Hadas, Israel
“Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the team at Certified Training.
I had a blast and learnt a lot! I would like to make special mention of Kat, he really helped me out a lot and made the courses that much more enjoyable and informative! I’m very happy that I chose you guys and will definitely recommend you to anyone that is interested in getting into the industry.”
Graeme Holmes, South Africa
“Good job Certified Training, friendly people always willing to help with anything. Gives me a lot of confidence to take on this adventure with all the advice and training.”
Ryno van Zyl, South Africa
“Thank you so so much for all your help with all my courses , I would definitely recommend Certified Training to anyone in the future”
Maxime Lomey, South Africa
“We were lectured and helped by individuals who had actually lived and worked on the yachts and were both passionate and enthusiastic about the industry. It helped us understand the nature of the job and what would be expected of us as well as provided detailed answers to questions we had yet been able to answer. The instructors were patient and engaging and all around good guys. I will definitely be returning for tickets in the future and have already advised friends to pick up courses via your programmes.”
Jordan Mitchell, South Africa
“Thanks for all the assistance you and Kirsty gave me starting out on this venture! I did feel really prepared and a step ahead of the rest when I first arrived in Antibes.”
Jane Ann Warren, South Africa (60 metre M/Y)
“Thanks to Certified Superyacht Training’s expert training, advice and guidance, I found a great job on a 37m M/Y within two weeks of arriving in Antibes! I was well-prepared for the realities of the season and even got to use my tender-driving skills as the junior Stew because the Captain was confident in my training and certification. Thank you to Conrad, Kirsty and the Certified Superyacht Training team!”
Rebecca Campbell, South Africa, (37 metre M/Y GForce)
“Awesome time, awesome people and successfully passed all my courses. Thank you certified superyacht training academy!!”
Cassandra Gillie, South Africa
I landed a permanent job on Monday. Got a call from the agent at around 9:30, then the captain called 2 minutes later, went straight for an interview and by 11:30 I was on board…
Anyway just thought I would let you know and also thanks for all the help..
Raniero D’Alberto, South Africa (54 metre M/Y Maraya)
Thought I’d let you know that I’m tender driver on a 10m, to a 28m sail yacht. Absolutely rocking it. I even have to pick up guests alongside, whilst the boats are cruising at 10knots. James Bond stuff right there!
Thanks for all the help (and patience)
Stef Hoffgen Berger, South Africa (30 metre M/Y Gemini Lady)
I really enjoyed doing the rya powerboat course, Ian knew what he was talking about and I understood everything he taught me about driving a boat as well as doing safety checks.
Michael Meyer, South Africa
To all at Certified Superyacht Training,
I am finally here in Antibes. Its still quite surreal and am thoroughly enjoying it.
Thank you for keeping me informed and up to date continuously. For always being so helpful and friendly. Was always so easy to chat with you and I appreciate everything you did and organised for me.
Thank you for all the theory lessons, chart work was a pleasure with you as well as the radio course. Your stories were always enjoyable and you really made learning fun which makes it easier to learn at the end of the day. RTFQ!! WTC.
A really big thank you. You took me from an absolute novice and turned me into a day skipper in 10 days and I can say that with confidence. Your experience shines through in your teaching methods and you shared a lot more knowledge outside of what we were doing as well which I am grateful for. It was such an awesome 10 days. I would do it again tomorrow. When I come back and will request you as a lecturer on future courses.
To everyone as a whole, it was a pleasure doing my courses with you. I really enjoyed the vibe. Will be sure to return for the next bunch of courses.
Travis Paterson, South Africa
“Hey man just popping in to let you know I got a job last weekend on a 54m in Italy. M/Y SEA FORCE ONE. So just want to say thanks to you and all at certified superyacht training shot man keep well”
Donaven van der Merwe, South Africa (54 metre M/Y Sea Force)
“I got your details from my brother, Wesley Jones. He has just finished his first season as a crew member of Jazz of Monaco, thanks to your training courses.”
David Jones, UK
“Antibes has been a blast, start to finish… I see what you mean now about the Rose, baguettes, fromage and chirizo sausages coming out of your ears… good times!
I got a great job, just wanted to let you guys know!
50m Super yacht, new build, I am deck/stew which is best of both worlds… 9 crew, starts on 1st July in Sanremo Italy, world cruising as of next Feb…
I am super excited!”
Carly Jack, South Africa
“I hope you are all well. I just wanted to give you the good news. Lee-Anne and I both got full time jobs on separate yachts. Her yacht is called My Petra and mine is call Lionheart. We are both very happy and super excited for the season ahead, but mostly grateful and appreciate the time we spend in Cape Town doing courses with you.”
David Jones, UK
“Just a quick thank you for your help with my STCW 95. It was fun.”
Johann Rousseau, South Africa
“I must say a very BIG thank you to you guys for helping me in choosing the correct courses for my new career path. I have been working on yachts for almost 3 months now and absolutely love it!!! Keep up the good work.”
Tasmin Dreyer, South Africa
“What an awesome concept! It’s great to meet people who are passionate about what they do. Your enthusiasm and willingness to help is very impressive, and I would recommend Certified to anyone.”
Greg Hanley, South Africa
“I’m so glad I found your website. You saved me money and gave me a great holiday at the same time!”
Jon Cunningham, UK
The feedback I got from both our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices were very positive, but especially so from the Cape Town training.The Johannesburg learners reported that the training was a lot of fun and they enjoyed it very much. The Cape Town learners came back very enthusiastic from the training. They said that they learnt a lot of stuff that they would never have thought of before. They thought it was great fun. And especially enjoyed the fact that there was so much practical where they could apply their taught knowledge.
An extract from an email of one of the employees who gave feedback about the course:
“The training we had yesterday was fun and interesting. The course was presented in a professional manor.Theory – The presenter was professional in the way he presented training. His message was clear and fully understandable. Practical – Was fun…dressing up, looking the part, and doing exercises, which definitely helped building team spirit, working as a team and most importantly, learning the correct procedures, to be followed in case of a fire occurring.”
Once again, thank you so much for organising such a successful training programme. You have really provided excellent service and I would most certainly recommend your company to other organisations who are in search of training service providers.”
Lianne Diamond, Eurolux South Africa
“I would just like to thank Richard & Conrad at certified training for there professional and efficient service I received.
Having investigated all possible avenues to get into the Yachting Industry I came across the Certified website and sent through my request and contact details. Within an hour I received a breakdown of all the necessary requirements for the various positions and costs for all the courses, I was able to easily review what I needed and book my course and by the following day I had a reply email confirming the dates for my STCW and Powerboat courses. There after sales service was excellent, contacting me after I had completed the course to see how it went and if there was any way in which they could improve their Service. I was very impressed with this as they made me feel I wasn’t a number to them and they showed a genuine interest in me as a customer.
I also enjoy that they’re always updating me of upcoming courses and necessary information I might need to further my yachting career.
I will definitely recommend Certified Training to anyone who is looking at getting into the yachting industry!
Lance Green (March 2010 – M/Y Candyscape II 62 metre)
“Certified’s service has been great thus far. Your response is always quick and you are very efficient in what you do. I would do any course through certified again and will suggest you to anyone i know. The STCW course was absolutely great. Had so much fun and enjoyed it a lot.”
Adele Jordaan, South Africa
“You’ve really helped me a lot with all this stuff, I would have been very lost without it all!”
Anna Shilina’s comments on entering the Superyachting Industry
“I really appreciate all your efforts in getting me this far with my dream. I cannot thank you enough.”
Kelly Francis, South Africa – Reply after we set up an interview on a cruise ship for her
“Your presentation was extremely valuable!!”
Kim Pannack’s comments on the Certified Superyacht Presentation
“I enjoyed the info session and found you to be very thorough with information shared. Am thankful for your willingness to help people progress in the industry.”
Renee Du Rand’s comments on the Certified Superyacht Presentation (Aug 2010 on Motor Yacht CARCHARIAS – 35m)
“Finished the STCW on Sunday. Really enjoyed it. The trainers/instructors where all excellent. I do feel a lot more confident about the prospect of spending extended periods of time afloat. Also made some great connections that I’m sure will come in use in the future.”
Damion Swan on completing his STCW 95 Course
“I Just wanna let you know that I got a job here in Monaco, found one after a week of dockwalking, which is lucky. The competition is tight, but there are jobs going around. Interesting industry, learning a lot, having to adapt to the lifestyle too, but all good 🙂 Thanks again for all your help in getting me here!”
Anna Shilina, one of our many successful students. We wish you the best of luck! Fair winds and smooth sailing.
“It has been a pleasure dealing with Conrad of Certified Superyacht Training. I was looking to do a few courses before venturing into the superyacht industry, and Conrad’s extensive knowledge of the industry, and all the necessary requirements quickly swayed me to do my coursed through “Certified”. Conrad’s service has been excellent, with detailed descriptions of where to go, what to bring, and he even followed up after each course to find out how I enjoyed them. The courses were fantastic, and I have already had two job offers! If you are new to the industry, you can’t go wrong with dealing with Conrad.”
“Thank you, the course was really fun and sufficient”
Jessica de Bruin’s comments on the STCW 95 course which she completed in order to work on Cruise Ships.
“The courses were very good thanks, quite an amazing experience actually. I already have permanent employment, I just did the course to further my education and hopefully I’ll be able to work on my bosses yacht now.”
Dean Charles Hauptfleisch
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