Staff at the Survival Centre

Head: Department of Maritime Studies and Survival Centre

Assoc Prof (Capt Dr) Ed Snyders

To contact the office of Prof Snyders, please use the below details:
Tel: 021 440 5752/ 5780
Email: (Douglas Dyers)

Among others, Prof Snyders has 26 years Maritime Education & Training (MET) experience (10 years at Northlink FET College) and 9 years of seagoing experience, i.e. in excess of 35 years maritime industry experience. Toward the end of his seagoing career, Prof Snyders served as relieving Master (Captain) aboard the research vessels Africana and Algoa.

Prof Snyders is passionate about MET and initiated the first dedicated Marine Engineering programme in 2007. During the same year he acquired the ex-inshore patrol vessel Patella, now renamed to Fathom10, as a training vessel. He spearheaded the imminent implementation of the following professional degrees, viz. Bachelor of Nautical Science (BNautSc) and Bachelor of Marine Engineering (BMarEng), a first for South Africa.

He serves on many university committees and boards and is a member of, among others, Nautical Institute (UK), Society of Master Mariners & the South African Maritime Safety Authority's (SAMSA) Syllabus Committee. Prof Snyders also serves on the external evaluation panel for the University of Stellenbosch's Faculty of Military Science and was appointed external moderator for the subject Nautical Science in 2007.

He holds, among others, a Doctorate in Technology; Master's in Post School Education (PSE); NHD: Maritime Studies, NHD: PSE, a Master Unlimited certificate of competence and is in the process of completing an MBA.

Key staff


Senior Instructor & Survival Centre Manager: Samantha Montes
Tel: +27 21 440 5731

Kirsten-Leigh Worrall
Tel: +27 21 440 5764

Instructor: Sizwe Mavundla
Tel: +27 21 440 5728
Email address:

Instructor: Ralph Meas
Tel: +27 21 440 5728

Instructor: Wilfred Prince
Tel: +27 21 440 5766


Departmental Secretary
Vanisha Harry
Tel: +27 21 440 5763

Invoices & statements

Chwayita Mali
Tel: +27 21 440 5762

Payments and Bookings

Please email:


Levern Abrahams
Tel: +27 21 440 5716

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