Host Academy

It pays to see the world

Host Academy is an intensive 8 day course teaching those with a passion for cooking the necessary skills and tools needed to become a professional host. We build on existing cooking skills that students are expected to have, and teach them how to adapt their knowledge to working in the tight confines of a yacht. Theoretical scenarios, practical applications and mentoring is the trio to success. Our instructors will equip aspiring hosts with everything they need to be able to work effectively in the charter industry.

We are the exclusive crew supply agency for the international flotilla phenomenon The Yacht Week! Upon successfully passing the course the majority of our skippers develop their sailing careers with The Yacht Week, where skippers and hosts can continue to learn and develop in a flotilla environment, and later on mature into private charters around the world.

Is this course for you?

Are you creative with food? Do you get excited creating new dishes and throwing dinner parties for your friends and family? Are you enthusiastic and social? Can you solve problems and think on your feet? Most importantly, do you have a great attitude towards life? If yes to all the above, this course is for you! For prerequisites and more information check out our syllabus


Your Recipe for success

1. Experience

Have a solid foundation of cooking skills and previous experience in hospitality, events, or customer service.

2. Apply

Create an account and fill in the application form. We get a lot of applicants so make yourself stand out!

3. Travel

If you are accepted into Host Academy we will need to see proof of your travel arrangements so we know you’re coming.

4. Learn

Attend Hotesses Academy in Croatia where you will be taught how to apply your cooking and hospitality knowledge in a professional capacity.

5. Set Sail

After successfully passing Host Academy we will offer you work with our partner The Yacht Week.

Course Summary

During the Host Academy you will complete an 8 day program that will guide you to become a professional maritime host. During the Academy, you will learn what it’s like to live, and work on a yacht. This course is designed to give you the knowledge you will need to succeed in the industry and focuses on crew management, leadership, culinary creations, and a service oriented drive for success. The students will get to participate in various cooking lessons and lectures on board the yacht, and learn some basic sailing skills along the way. They will quickly learn of the challenges involved in catering for up to ten guests in a confined space, while getting one on one training from an experienced professional.

More Details


Week 41 4-12 October 2019 €900
Week 16 10-18 April 2020 TBA
Week 17 17-25 April 2020 TBA
Week 19 1-9 May 2020 TBA
Week 20 8-16 May 2020 TBA
Week 21 15-23 May 2020 TBA

Note: Please refer to booking terms and conditions for more information.

Apply and set sail for the best job in the world!


What's Included

  • A week sailing on the Dalmatian Coast

  • Accommodation onboard a modern yacht

  • Food and drinks onboard

  • Expert tuition from professional instructors

  • Course materials and skipper handbook

Additional Costs

  • Travel to Split, Croatia

  • Transfer to the marina

  • First night accommodation and food

  • One meal ashore mid week

Questions? Contact us