Welcome to Skipper Academy

Skipper Academy offers you an unparalleled opportunity to work as a skipper or hostess for our partners The Yacht Week and Yachts and Friends. With the benefit of our expert tuition, you will also be in high demand with crewing agents around the world. If you successfully complete our course, we guarantee summer work for a minimum of six weeks! Join now and become part of our skipper family.

What is Skipper Academy?

Skipper Academy educates skippers and hostesses, teaching them the necessary skills and qualifications for work with one of our partners. Obtain the RYA Yachtmaster and get a guaranteed 6 weeks work or pass the Croatian C Licence and get a minimum of 2 weeks work.

Skippers will receive remuneration of up to €600 per week and hostess €300 per week.

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. But there's no obligation to work through Skipper Academy. Once you finish an Academy course you'll be in a great position to work for yourself or a crewing agency anywhere in the world.

The Yacht Week

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

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 a minimum of 6 weeks for everyone who passes our academy and hold an RYA Yachtmaster. You will also receive a highly competitive remuneration, with the potential to earn up to €600 a week for skippers and €300 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/Yachts and Friends skippers in Croatia:

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

  • Skipper Academy
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal*
  • Fluent in English

*You can attend Skipper Academy before your Yachtmaster exam.


  • Very service minded
  • Previous cooking experience
  • Fluent in English
Requirements in detail

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 Licence

Skipper student steering a yacht

All you need to skipper in Croatia is the Croatian C licence and a pass on the Skipper Academy. Find out what the C category is here.

RYA Yachtmaster

Hostess Academy

Girl cooking food in a yacht

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

Hostess Academy

Zero to Hero

Skipper and Hostess studens planing a route

New to sailing but eager to learn? Zero to Hero offers a five week hands-on course that begins in France and ends in Croatia.

Zero to Hero