Welcome to Skipper Academy

Join now to work as a skipper or hostess for our partners The Yacht Week and Yachts and Friends.

What is Skipper Academy?

We educate skippers and hostesses in the yachting industry, teaching the necessary skills and qualifications for the exclusive opportunity to work with one of our partners The Yacht Week and Yachts and Friends as well as various other flotilla events and charter companies. With the benefit of our expert tuition you will be in high demand with crewing agents around the world. If you successfully complete our course we guarantee summer work, so join now and become part of our family!

Where will I work?

Skippers and hostesses working through Skipper Academy can be hired by any of our partners, including The Yacht Week and Yachts and Friends. Once you finish an academy course you'll become part of the family and be in a great position to work for Skipper Academy anywhere in the world.

The Yacht Week Trailer

Working as a skipper or hostess for The Yacht Week is one of the best jobs out there. Skippers will be sailing, partying and enjoying a never-ending summer with people from over 60 different countries. If you think the trailer is exciting, wait until you experience it for yourself!

Go to The Yacht Week

Yachts and Friends Trailer

With Yachts and Friends there's no set route. It’s up to the skipper and crew to set the course, allowing them to have the freedom to sail wherever they want. Skippers and hostesses will get the chance to discover islands outside of The Yacht Week route at their own pace, with no stress of harbours filling up early.

Go to Yachts and Friends

Skippers on a railing

We want you!

We guarantee work for everyone who passes our academy and holds an RYA Yachtmaster. You will also receive a highly competitive remuneration, with the potential to earn up to €600 a week for skippers and €400 for hostesses!

You only have to do the Skipper Academy once and when you have passed you are welcome to come back for as many seasons as you like.

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Minimum Requirements

The Yacht Week skippers in Croatia:

The Yacht Week/Yachts and Friends skippers in other destinations:

  • Passed Skipper Academy
  • RYA Yachtmaster Commercially Endorsed / STCW95*
  • Fluent in English
Sign up as a Skipper

*You can attend Skipper Academy before your Yachtmaster exam.


  • Very service minded
  • Previous cooking experience
  • Fluent in English
Sign up as a Hostess

Five Courses

Everyone can become a skipper or a hostess. We offer courses that cater to different levels of experience.

Skipper Academy

Skipper and Hostess students on a yacht

Are you a passionate sailor who is RYA Yachtmaster certified? Do you want to become a professional skipper?

Skipper Academy

RYA Yachtmaster

Skipper student trimming sails

For all skippers who have completed Skipper Academy, don’t stop there! Take the RYA Yachtmaster exam through one of our partner schools.

RYA Yachtmaster

Croatian C License

Skipper student steering a yacht

All you need to skipper in Croatia is the Croatian C license and to pass Skipper Academy.


Hostess Academy

Girl cooking food in a yacht

If you are all about great service and want to give your guests on board the perfect vacation, join the Hostess Academy and work on a yacht.

Hostess Academy

Zero to Hero

Skipper and Hostess studens planing a route

New to sailing but eager to learn? Zero to Hero coming soon.

Zero to Hero