Getting into the super yachting industry can be daunting with everything you need to know and do.

Welcome to South African Yachties

Just starting out?

Don’t waste your time and money trying to figure it all out! Call South African Yachties – we’ll give you all the information you need.

Already a yachtie?

We are here to help you with all your yachtie needs! South African Yachties can help with everything from visa assistance and seamans books, to advanced course bookings!

Not from South Africa?

No problem! New to yachting, or already a yachtie – there is a lot that South African Yachties can assist you with no matter where you are from.

Our Happy Customers

No words can describe how friendly and professional South African Yachties is. I was treated like a friend from the start and I thank David for all his personal attention. If you want to make money, love traveling and have a great personality this industry is for you! Thanks again!

My name is Tyler and I finished high school last year. I heard about David via family and decided to get in touch with him. It was easy to get going and very soon I was Skyping David and getting all my stuff arranged very quickly. David helped me organise my CV and also made sure I had everything together for what would have otherwise been a very difficult and lengthly Visa application. I was given tips about the ins and outs of the yachting industry and without David’s help I would have spent hundreds if not thousands of euros making mistakes in France. I owe the success of my time in France and Italy to David and would recommend him to anyone wanting to start out in the industry.

Dave’s enthusiasm for yachting is contagious! He’s been really helpful in every aspect with my preparation for pursuing a yachting career. Truly priceless advice!

David Pott was the First Mate on the yacht I worked on during my gap year. Even though I had absolutely no experience in the industry, nor had I even seen a yacht in my life, he managed to almost singlehandedly train me up. Doing so took a great deal of patience as well as a natural eye for detail. Without him I never could have been able to pull my weight and would have lost out on the best 8 months of my life.

South African Yachties in my opinion is the preferred way to get into the Yachting industry. Dave has been professional from day one. He guided myself and a friend through the entire process making him a pleasure to work with. His friendly manner and advice was key in helping me decide that this was what I wanted to do. Always helpful and using vast knowledge of the industry answered my every question. If you want to be one step ahead then through Dave, Samantha and South African Yachties is the only way to go! Thank you South African Yachties!

David helped me with everything to do with the yachting industry from the courses, where to apply for visa’s, what agents to register on and the list goes on. Without David I probably would never have made it to Antibes and onto a yacht, he also put a word in for me getting me a day of day work which is fabulous when you have no experience and need some cash.

I was one of the first to be part of David’s crew placement program, introduced in 2012. I also had the pleasure of working with David on a daily basis where he passed on his Mr Miyagi yachting knowledge and experience. Approaching David for help and advice was unquestionably my grates assets to entering the industry. David is one of the most professional and energetic people I have worked with and will go to great lengths to make sure you are well prepared to start a yachting career. I would not be where I am today without David’s do’s and don’ts advice for entering the industry and any South African, or potential Yachties, wishing to step aboard and chase their dream job on a boat will be at a serious disadvantage without David’s years of wisdom.

You guys truly are the best!!! Thank you so much for all the help, I would not have made it this far without South African Yachties!

Our South African Yachties Team

Taelin Jones

After working her way up in the yachting industry for the past 6 years, with her refined eye for detail and passion for helping others – Taelin has returned home and taken on a more land-based role; as one of the new directors of South African Yachties.

Justin Hockey

 After 7 years in the industry, working onboard various different types of yachts, Justin has decided to step away from his life at sea to settle into the land based role as Director of South African Yachties. His expertise lie in the deck department, with water sports being his forte.

Shalom Salome Banda
Johannesburg Branch

Shalom has a BA degree in corporate communication and a background in marketing, administration, customer service and events. She previously worked as a visa consultant for 4 years, specialising in French and Italian applications. She joined the South African Yachties family in 2018 and has been an integral part ever since. Shalom heads the JHB office branch.

Phelokazi Brander
Cape Town Branch

Phelo has a national diploma in tourism and 3 years background as a visa processing agent before joining us in 2021, she has since become an integral part of the SA Yachties family. Phelo heads the Cape Town branch office.