Skipper Academy

It pays to see the world

Skipper Academy is an intensive 8 day course teaching experienced sailors the necessary skills and tools needed as a professional skipper. We build on strong existing sailing foundations, which we will expect students to have, and teach them how to apply their knowledge as skippers. Theoretical scenarios, practical applications and mentoring is the trio to success; our instructors will equip aspiring skippers with everything they need 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 an experienced and confident sailor? Someone who’s not afraid to step up and take the wheel? Are you enthusiastic and social? Most of all, are you up for an adventure? If yes, then please don’t hesitate to join the family. For prerequisites and more information check out our Syllabus.

Your course to success

1. Experience

You posses one of our accepted licences and have a strong foundation of sailing experience

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 Skipper Academy we will need to see proof of your travel arrangements so we know you’re coming.

4. Learn

Attend Skipper Academy in Croatia where you will be taught how to apply your sailing knowledge in a professional capacity.

5. Set Sail

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

Course Summary

Skipper Academy hones in on what it takes to become a professional skipper. The practical part of the academy will focus on close quarter manoeuvring in ports, yacht system troubleshooting, caught anchors, local weather, and emergency situations, all with crew management in mind. You will also learn the flotilla operation logistics of rafting 50+ boats together in circle raft procedure instructed by the first skippers to have ever done it.

The academy will also educate you about what professional qualities differentiate a sailor from a skipper. We will cover insurance, contracts, invoicing, leadership, crew management, roles and responsibilities and various other aspects.

More Details


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