You can only register an offshore craft if you have a VHF radio, ICASA owner’s license and VHF Operator’s certificate. (A 29meg radio is no longer sufficient as a standalone unit).
According to Stan Walter, SADSAA’s National Safety Officer, if you have an existing VHF radio with operator’s license on your boat – it will still be valid and will continue to be acceptable for surveys done this year. New laws are expected around January 2017.
Before a CAT R Inland Skippers certificate is issued: skippers need 25 hours of on-water practical experience – if you attend a SAMSA accredited school, or 50 hours if you do not attend their lectures.
More information contact: Mike Higgs from Boat Boys (031) 701 5324 or Stan Walter email@example.com