Training and Partner Schools

What is your level of experience?

Think this could be the best job in the world but don’t have the necessary experience or qualifications to attend Skipper Academy?

No matter your level of expertise, our partner schools can help you reach your sailing goals and teach you the necessary skills required to attend Skipper Academy.

Whilst we accept a few other internationally recognised sailing qualifications from experienced sailors, we prefer applicants with RYA Yachtmaster qualifications. We encourage those seeking qualifications to choose RYA schemes. Contact us for advice if you have any uncertainties regarding qualifications or schemes.

No Sailing Experience

It is possible to go from zero-to-hero in a short period of time but it will require a significant financial investment in 6+ weeks of intensive sailing and study. Please contact our partner schools below, they will find a suitable program to help you reach your goals. We recommend taking an introductory sailing lesson at your local sailing club before committing so you know what you're getting yourself into.

As a skipper you will be responsible for the safety and wellbeing of up to twelve guests. It is essential that you are both a confident sailor and able to handle a yacht under any weather conditions. It's not always sunshine, ocean breeze, and tan lines – storms can roll in quick, yachts can break, emergencies can happen and you must be prepared. It's not easy starting with no experience. With the right drive and determination, not only can it be done but you're guaranteed to find it an incredibly rewarding journey. Some of our best skippers came from the corporate world, quit their jobs, and have since been sailing the world. It all started with a Yachtmaster fast-track program.

RYA Day Skipper Course and VHF Licence

Build Miles and Experience

RYA Yachtmaster Theory

RYA Yachtmaster Prep Course

RYA Yachtmaster Exam

QD Skipper Academy

Basic Keelboat Experience

If you have any experience sailing keelboats, it isn’t a big leap to the Yachtmaster Coastal. If you have been sailing whilst on a family vacation or completed an introductory sailing course, you may only need a couple more weeks of practice to fine-tune your yacht handling, hone your sail trim, build your miles and learn emergency procedures such as MOB. Please contact our partner schools and they will create a tailored course to help you reach your Yachtmaster. Depending on your level of experience this may take 1-3 weeks and usually requires the Yachtmaster theory module.

Dinghy Sailing Experience

Transitioning from dinghies to keelboats is easy for experienced dinghy sailors. Dinghy sailors generally have excellent wind awareness and sail trim. There are some nuances to keelboats, such as the forces and load on the sails, the responsiveness, and all the technical equipment and yacht systems. It can take 2+ weeks of practical and theoretical training to learn the theory, docking manoeuvres, how the yacht handles, and emergency procedures. You will also need to build miles before you are eligible for the Yachtmaster exam. Our partner schools will give you recommendations on training.

Experienced Without Qualifications

Are you a salty sea dog? Could you sail before you could walk? Is Wind your all time favorite movie? Is an official qualification the only thing stopping you from throwing off the bowlines and sailing away from the safety of the harbour? Do you hold the RYA Yachtmaster minimum requirements? All you need is to take your Yachtmaster practical exam. We recommend that even experienced sailors take a Yachtmaster prep course to learn tips and tricks, common mistakes, and RYA methodology in order to be successful. Our partner schools offer prep week and exam combinations. Whilst it is not essential, we highly recommend taking an online Yachtmaster theory course. The most common reason for failing the Yachtmaster exam is lack of theoretical knowledge.

More information on the RYA Yachtmaster

Partner Schools

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MT Power and Sail Barcelona

MT Power and Sail is a family run teaching centre with a commitment to genuine sail training. To them sailing is a passion not just a business! The lead instructor Paddy has skippered with Quarterdeck since 2011 and knows what it takes to be a professional skipper. They offer an Accelerated Skipper Program for those that are interested in progressing from beginner to advanced sailor. This modular program can be adapted to fit any experience level. The courses are scheduled to line up with Quarterdeck Skipper Academy and Barcelona has cheap flights to Split or Dubrovnik.

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Sail Due South South Africa

Sail Due South is the premier yachting academy in South Africa. They specialize in experienced yacht industry training and professional development backed by hundreds of thousands of nautical miles experience. They offer fully comprehensive Yachtmaster fast-track course as well as individual RYA modules. With the Rand’s favorable exchange rate, training in South Africa can be a very affordable option, even if you factor in travel costs.

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