Boat Safety

All pleasure vessels used in South Africa, excepting:

  • Power driven vessels powered by motors of 15HP or less
  • Sailing vessels of less than 9m
  • Vessels propelled by human power alone

are required to be surveyed (inspected) annually and issued a Certificate of Fitness (COF) by either a SAMSA surveyor or a safety officer appointed by an Authorised Agency.

Every year in November we organise a special day of Mass Boat Inspections for our members to have their boats inspected and certified.

A Certificate of Fitness (COF) will only be issued after the Safety Officer has inspected and passed your vessel for safety complience.

Boat inspections for new and existing members are done by the Safety Officer on the first and third Wednesday of every month, by appointment only. It takes place at PEDSAC from 17h30 – 18h30.

New members are required to provide a Flotation Certificate and a valid Skippers Certificate of Competency (COC). 

Take note of the Buoyancy Certificate Requirements

SAMSA Commercial and Pleasure vessels safety checklists:

Download the latest official SAMSA safety checklists here.

The local copies below might be outdated.

  • Catg A - Operating any distance from shore.
  • Catg B - Operating less than 40nm from shore.
  • Catg C - Operating less than 15nm from shore.
  • Catg D - Operating less than 5nm from shore.
  • Catg E - Operating less than 1nm from shore and 15nm from an approved launch site.

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Additional regulatory information can be found on the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) website.

Contact our Safety Officer if you require more information.