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Skipper Academy

SailWeek Skipper Academy offers intensive one & two week training courses for beginners and certified skippers to start their new career and become SAILWEEK / flotilla SKIPPER or private skipper.

● Minimum 4 weeks of work for SailWeek
● All living expenses paid while working
● Earn from 400 to €900+ tip
● Sail yachts and catamarans from 40 to 64ft length
● A job all your friends are jealous of
Read more details about our pay scheme here.

Which course is the right for me?

BEGINNER

● No sailing experience needed
● Two separate weeks of training
● Learn all the basic sailing and docking
● To start your sailing career or just gain knowledge
● Ready for a new challenge
● Enthusiastic

ADVANCED

● Previous sailing knowledge
● Internationally recognised license already obtained 
● One week intense training
● Fast paced learning
● Take your career to the next level

CATAMARAN

● Previous sailing knowledge on      monohulls
● Internationally recognised license already obtained
● One week intense training
● The ultimate ego booster
● The start of your catamaran career
BEGINNER
ADVANCED
CATAMARAN

Beginner Course

2022 Dates & Pricing
2 – 9 April
AND
23 – 30 April
CLOSED
9 – 16 April
AND
30 April – 7 May
CLOSED
16 – 23 April
AND
7 – 14 May
OPEN
Course price for 2022: €1300 
Location:  Central Dalmatia (Split region)
Payment plan:  3 instalments
  • €200 (48h after getting your confirmation mail)
  • €550 (7 days before first course week)
  • €550 (7 days before second course week)
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Location:  Central Dalmatia (Split region)
Requirements
  • Assumed knowledge: none or basic
  • License: No license required
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Language skills: Fluent in English
  • Minimum duration: 14 days (two separate weeks)
Course summary
  • Know your boat (maritime terms and parts of a boat)
  • The basics of sailing
  • Ropework and nautical nodes
  • Springs and anchors
  • General seamanship
  • Maneuvering the boat
  • Docking and anchoring
  • Terrestrial navigation
  • The basic of Meteorology
  • Safety awareness
  • First aid
  • VHF Radio
  • Communication skills and teamwork
  • Preparation for the tour
Evaluation
During the week we will be monitoring your behavior patterns, work ethic, attitude and people skills, not only how you handle the boat.

After finishing the week-long training your knowledge and skills will be evaluated by one of our sailing instructors.

Note: To maintain objectivity, the sailing instructor who evaluates your skills and knowledge is not the instructor who guided you through the academy program.
The Goal/Outcome
Our Goal is to turn you into professional and well trained skippers. Not only with the ability the maneuver and sail a boat but also have great communication with guests and be confident in yourselves and your ability as a skipper.

We are certain by the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Skipper a boat by day in coastal regions
  • Know how to dock a boat
  • Know how to anchor a boat
  • Skipper a boat under sails
  • Fix minor mechanical problems
  • Use VHF radio
  • Have a lot more sea knowledge then before the course
GET CERTIFIED
To work as a SailWeek skipper you need to obtain an international license and after this course you will be ready to do so.

You can either:

  1. Take the test in your own country
  2. Take the test in Croatia through our partner

After successfully finishing SailWeek Academy you will be ready to apply for any of the approved international licence tests listed here.

Advanced Course

2022 Dates & Pricing
9 – 16 April OPEN
16 – 23 April CLOSED
23 – 30 April OPEN
30 April – 7 May CLOSED
7 – 14 May CLOSED
Course price for 2022:  €800
Location:  Central Dalmatia (Split region)
Payment plan:  2 instalments
  • €200 (48 hours after getting your confirmation mail)
  • €600 (7 days before course week)
Requirements
  • To attend this course you have to have one of the internationally recognised sailing qualifications.
    This is not a beginners course! You should be comfortable handling a yacht in any weather condition.
    Please check here for valid accepted sailing licence.
  • Assumed knowledge: One of the above licences is required to attend Advanced SailWeek Academy course
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Language skills: Fluent in English
  • Minimum duration: 7 days
  • Location: Central Dalmatia (Split region)
Course summary
  • Advanced Seamanship skills
  • Maneuvering the boat in narrow areas
  • Docking and anchoring during windy situations
  • Minor individual motor repairs
  • Advanced navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Safety awareness and signals
  • MOB exercises
  • Boat rescue exercise
  • First aid
  • Advanced sailing and sails trimming
  • Sailing regattas
  • Creating line and circle rafts
  • Communication skills
  • Crew handling
  • Guest management
  • Preparation for the tour
  • Introduction to the locations and Local tours
Evaluation
During the week we will be monitoring your behavior patterns, work ethic, attitude and people skills, not only how you handle the boat.

After finishing the week-long training your knowledge and skills will be evaluated by one of our sailing instructors.

Note: To maintain objectivity, the sailing instructor who evaluates your skills and knowledge is not the instructor who guided you through the academy program.
The Goal/Outcome
During this Advanced course we want to make you from leisure skipper into a professional skipper, turning your weaknesses into your strengths. You will gain experience needed to work in the nautical industry through more complex navigation exercises.

Our Goal is to turn you into a professional and well trained skipper. Not only with the ability the maneuver and sail a boat but also have great communication with guests and be confident in yourselves and your ability as a skipper.

We are certain by the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Skipper a boat by in coastal regions of Mediterranean, Baltic or non-tidal waters
  • Handle a boat in all weather conditions
  • Sail a boat at a high standard

Catamaran Course

2022 Dates & Pricing
9 – 16 April CLOSED
23 – 30 April CLOSED
7 – 14 May OPEN
Course price for 2022: €1000
Location:  Central Dalmatia (Split region)
Payment plan:  2 instalments
  • €500 (48 hours after getting your confirmation mail)
  • €500 (7 days before course week)
Requirements
  • To attend this course you have to have one of the internationally recognised sailing qualifications.
    This is not a beginners course! You should be comfortable handling a yacht in any weather condition.
    Please check here for valid accepted sailing licence.
  • Assumed knowledge: Please check Licenses needed to attend Advanced SailWeek Academy course
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Language skills: Fluent in English
  • Minimum duration: 7 days
  • Location: Central Dalmatia (Split region)
Course summary
  • Advanced Seamanship skills
  • Maneuvering a catamaran
  • Two engine maneuvering in narrow spaces
  • Sailing a catamaran
  • Docking and anchoring a catamaran
  • Docking and anchoring during windy situation
  • Minor individual motor repairs
  • Advanced navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Safety awareness and signals
  • MOB exercises
  • Boat rescue exercise
  • First aid
  • Advanced sailing and sails trimming
  • Sailing regattas
  • Creating line and circle rafts
  • Communication skills
  • Crew handling
  • Guest management
  • Preparation for the tour
  • Introduction to the locations and Local tours
Evaluation
During the week we will be monitoring your behavior patterns, work ethic, attitude and people skills, not only how you handle the boat.

After finishing the week-long training your knowledge and skills will be evaluated by one of our sailing instructors.

Note: To maintain objectivity, the sailing instructor who evaluates your skills and knowledge is not the instructor who guided you through the academy program.
The Goal/Outcome

We are certain by the end of this course you will be able to skipper a catamaran:

  • in coastal regions of Mediterranean, Baltic or non-tidal waters
  • in all weather conditions
  • And sail at a high standard

What's Included

● 7/14 days of sailing in Croatia
● Accommodation onboard the course yacht
● Professional RYA sailing instructor
● Course materials & SailWeek skipper handbook
● Sheets, blankets and towels
● Fuel for the yacht & marina fees
● Tourist tax & end cleaning

Additional Costs

● Travel to Split, Croatia
● Transfer to the marina
● Food and beverages for the week
● One group dinner ashore mid week

FAQ

● Here is a link for Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ

Sail & Work

For the candidates who successfully finish SailWeek Skipper Academy we promise at least four weeks of work for SailWeek. 
During those weeks you'll get the opportunity to show us everything you learned through the Academy. 
After that, based on the demand and overall skills, you'll may get offered more work from SailWeek.
Skippers operate as freelance contractors and can accept or reject any work we offer.
  • Minimum 4 weeks of work for SailWeek
  • All living expenses paid while working
  • Earn up to €900 + tip per week
  • Sailing yachts from 40 to 64ft

Disclaimer:

We guarantee 4 weeks of work with SailWeek after you successfully finish the course.
Please note:
  • Not all 4 working weeks are guaranteed to be in the same year. This depends on the booking situation.
  • If the skipper is not performing up to standards we reserve the right to end the working agreement.
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