SAMSA Category C & B Skippers & SRC Radio Course

Our diving program is a great way for you to obtain skipper training at the same time, improving your skills, experience and qualifications.


Theory: 1 Week
Practical :  3 – 4 Weeks


  • You must be 16 years of age
  • No prior experience is required

Includes: (Skippers)

  • Skippers Course Manual
  • Charts & Equipment for Map Work
  • Exam Fees (Theory & Practical)
  • SAMSA  Registration Fees
  • Tuition
  • 50 Hours of practical training

Includes: (radio course)

  • Radio Course Manual
  • Tuition
  • Practical Radio Training
  • Exam Fees
  • SAMSA  Registration Fees

Quotation on request.


To operate a vessel smaller or equal to 9m with a motor bigger than 15hp (including jet-skis), a skippers license is required and applies to rivers, dams, seas and harbours.

The categories are as follows:
Category R:  This applies to all inland waters e.g. rivers, lagoons and dams.
Category E:   Vessels going 1NM offshore.
Category C:   Vessels going 15 NM offshore.
Category B:   Vessels going 40 NM offshore.

Skippers Course Breakdown:
Lectures:  The theory is covered in 3 lectures approx 3 hours each.
Practical Training:  Minimum of 50 hours practical training which is completed on route to dive sites and day to day charter operation.  If you already have the necessary skippers hours signed off by a certified skipper (similar Category or greater), it is not necessary to complete the practical training.
Theoretical Exam: 2 – 3 Hours
Practical Exam: 2 Hours

Diving Endorsement:
To obtain this, we supply SAMSA with your PADI Divemaster Number and proof of certification.
We also ensure that you complete the “diving endorsement” addendum to the skippers exam.

Surf Launch Endorsement:
In order to launch from a designated “surf” launch site, it is required to do additional training and obtain the surf launch endorsement on your skippers license.
Training required: 12 training surf launches ( a maximum of 3 can be done on one day).    This component is at an additional cost and dependent on previous skipper experience.

What you will learn


  • General Boating Procedures
  • Chart work – Compass direction & Navigation
  • Emergencies & Safety Equipment
  • Anchoring & Rope Work
  • Weather and Oceanography
  • Rules of the Road
  • Marine Radio Communication
  • Lights & Day Shapes
  • Launch & Recovery Procedures


  • Radio Procedures
  • Use of  VHF Radio Simulators (with DSC)
  • Satellite Safety Equipment
  • Radar Safety Equipment
  • Maritime Safety Information
  • Portable Communication
  • Power Sources & Batteries
  • Regulations & Obligatory Procedures
  • Emergency Position Beacons