Southern Yachting Academy
Southern Yachting Academy
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Our sailing activities include offshore learn-to-sail adventures in Knysna as well as yachting skippers courses. Recommended for adventure seeking individuals, couples or family outings, corporate team building and offshore sailing training on the Garden Route, South Africa.
Knysna, South Africa

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Adam Fraser
East London, South Africa31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Bucket list stuff!

The Southern Yachting Academy has it all! Cutting edge & self-paced course content ~ brilliant for distance learning.

The biggest win for me was being able to complete the entire practical course plus the exams in only 7 days. All thanks to world class instruction from Captain Ben and Owner Mark Orpen (class act).

The cherry on top is the exquisite setting of the Knysna Lagoon. Unforgettable experience, a must for wanna-be sailers!
Written 1 July 2023
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Michael H
Cape Town Central, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Hi Mark I would just like to thank you for an amazing week together. I really appreciated the time and effort you put into training us and the way you so generously shared all the practical tips you have learned over the years with us. It was great getting to know you and I look forward to furthering my studies with you if I get through. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks once again!
Written 21 May 2023
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Awesome having you with us Michael and for bringing tons of life to the group who all had an absolute blast. Hope to see you o the water again soon ...
Written 8 June 2023
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Keagan F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Top class experience surrounded by spectacular scenes. I arrived to get a skippers and I left with great mates and a love for sailing. The academy equips you incredibly well and made me feel extremely confident, which is a great achievement considering I arrived as a complete novice.
Written 27 February 2023
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Awesome to have you aboard with us Keagan, we appreciate the kind review.
Written 1 May 2023
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Johan van Noordwyk
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A buddy and I did the Start Sailing course with Southern Yachting Academy - what an experience! Mark was an excellent instructor that effectively taught us the basics of sailing, firstly theory, and then the practical side. We had a fantastic couple of hours on the estuary. It was a day I will remember for a long time, and it has inspired us to rekindle our sailing tradition in our family. Many thanks for teaching and inspiring us!
Written 1 December 2021
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Thanks Johan for your generous rating and kind review; we are delighted to have inspired your love for sailing!
Written 29 December 2022
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Paul Gregory
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
The team was very professional & the time on the Knysna lagoon was an amazing experience. Top notch sailing all round. Thank you all !!
Written 9 September 2021
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Thanks so much for the review Paul, hope to see you on the water this summer!
Written 1 December 2021
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Peter Jones
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
A great experience with a fantastic bunch of people. Just completed Day Skippers. It really was an awesome experience. Thank you Mark and your Team. Great weather, great people, a great Team and an awesome vibe all round.
Written 8 August 2021
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Thanks PJ for the kind review. So awesome to see you with us in Knysna after all these years! Happy sailing ⛵...
Written 9 August 2021
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David L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Having just completed my coastal skippers training through Southern Yachting Academy in Knysna, I can recommend talking to them about their well structured sailing course. Complete with comprehensive notes and Zoom follow up sessions with Capt Ben, to help you understand any areas of difficulties. There is also full ttaining on their own yacht with a professional skipper on board to show you the techniques and safety requirements to skipper a yacht offshore. Thanks to Mark and his team for the experience.
Written 26 July 2021
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Thank you David for the kind review! Always a pleasure sailing with you.
Written 9 August 2021
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Rene Schieritz
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I did the day skippers course - fantastic course. Very knowledgeable crowd that are all passionate about what they do. Absolutely blown away by Mark and the team constantly going to extra mile at all times to help out - from lifts to lunch to getting my eye test and photos done. These guys always made an effort to not only make this whole experience educational, but they also made it amazingly enjoyable. Cannot recommend enough!
Written 8 April 2021
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Tough times require more professional delivery to our valued yachting enthusiast clients... Thanks again René for your kind review.
Written 18 July 2021
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Jaco v
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
We had a great family outing on the water and the sailing experience was one of note. Sailing through the Knysna Heads is a must do bucket list adventure.
Written 22 November 2020
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Thanks so much for your kind review! Awesome to have you with us.
Written 18 July 2021
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Josh P
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
An engaging experience that teaches you the ropes (pun!) , leaves you with skills to commandeer and as a bonus... the chance to meet interesting folks with a shared passion of life. Would recommend if the above appeals to you.
Written 17 October 2020
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Thanks so much for the kind review Josh... see you on the water soon :)
Written 19 October 2020
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