Host Academy is a course for you who want to work a summer as host with QD & The Yacht Week.
The course will prepare you for working and living on a yacht for a summer season. You’ll learn all the tips and tricks of how to cook on board a sailing yacht, how to give your crew an amazing week of holiday as well as seeing the most common ports we sail to.
Host Academy is required for everyone who want to work for QD. It’s a pass/fail course, if you are confident cooking and love to take care of guests and friends for dinner, then you are likely to pass and offered work in the summer.
If yes, then don’t hesitate to join our team for the summer season!
If you do not have the required experience please checkout our Training and Partner Schools page. The recommended training will help you gain the experience required to attend Host Academy.
The course is 8 days long starting from Split, Croatia. Each yacht has a dedicated instructor and the yacht is also shared by 4 skippers that will be your “guests” for the week (see IFS Certificate)
Day 1: Theory on land, what it means to be a professional host
Day 2: Check-in procedures of the yacht and what to think of when stocking up for a week at sea.
Day 3-6: Practical training on the water, including basic sailing skills. Visit the islands we go to in the summer and practise cooking and hosting a yacht.
Day 7: Exam and evaluation. You get to show your skills to our instructors and that you have what it takes to work on a yacht.
Day 8: Check out of yacht, end of the course. Delivery of exam results.
At the end of the course the instructors will ask themselves: “Would I feel comfortable sending you out on charter with my friends or family?” This decision will be based on 5 aspects and will determine if you pass or fail the course.
Applications are now open.
|Week 15 8-16 April (Early course)||OPEN|
|Week 17 22-30 April (Early course)||OPEN|
|Week 18 29 April - 7 May (Early course)||OPEN|
|Week 20 13-21 May||OPEN|
|Week 21 20-28 May||OPEN|
Course Cost: For 2022 we have reduced the course cost significantly to €495 which you will make back within two weeks of work. During the first three weeks working you will be on a probationary period and will receive the base rate only. See payment scheme for details.
Early Course: When issuing work assignments, we aim to have all bookings staffed 4 weeks prior to their start date. Therefore successful students on earlier academy courses will be assigned to start working earlier in the season than students of later courses.