Week 16 - FULL

12 - 19 April

Split, Croatia


Week 17 - FULL

19-26 April

Split, Croatia


Week 19 - FULL

03-10 May

Split, Croatia


Week 20 - FULL

10-17 May

Split, Croatia




Split, Croatia


This is not a beginners' course. You must have sailing experience and a navigational sailing license. A background in racing dinghies, keelboat cruising or similar is ideal.

During the course you will practise all from single handed moorings to circle rafts and technical yacht knowledge.

You will visit and learn about the main ports in Croatia and prepare you for your first charter. You will get to know the skippers and hosts you will be working together with in the summer.

This is a training course which will get your foot into the sailing industry, you will be recognised worldwide as an experienced, professional skipper. The course ends with a pass/fail exam. Usual pass rate is 85% based on sailing skills, yacht manoeuvring, team work and guest communication.   Everyone who pass are invited to work for QD as a skipper in the summer.

What you can expect from us

  • One-on-one mentoring and tuition from our expert instructors
  • Shore based and practical lessons to teach you how to maintain the standard of professionalism that Quarterdeck expects of its skippers
  • Course materials and tools to prepare you for work on the water
  • Crew management training
  • Advanced sailing and docking manoeuvres
  • Local tours and fun teambuilding activities
  • A great week of sailing and learning with like-minded people in stunning Croatia

What we expect from you

  • Minimum age: 20-years-old
  • You are fluent in English
  • Valid sailing License, VHF License & First Aid certificate
  • Sailing experience: You are a sailor and can comfortably sail a yacht with experienced crew. Experience from either from dinghy racing, keel boat cruising/racing or similar level.
  • Social skills: You are the leader of the yacht and must be ready to step up to this role and guide your guests through a week of living on a yacht.
  • Attitude: You want to live on a yacht, meeting new friends from all over the world and being part of an international team of skippers and hosts.
  • Availability: To get the most weeks of work you need to be available in our peak period June & July.

Academy Format

The course is 7 days long starting from Trogir, Croatia. Each yacht has a dedicated instructor and the yacht is also shared by 4 skipper and 3 host students.

Day 1:  Meet on Friday evening for a shore-based lecture and run-through plan for the week. This will be an opportunity to get to know other students before starting the practical course. 

Day 2: On Saturday, you will meet the instructor team at the marina. Then it will be straight into check-in and provisioning the yacht. Depending on the weather we aim to sail out on Saturday. 

Day 3-7: Practical training on the water. Visit the islands we go to in the summer and practice the skills you will need. During the daytime, it's 100% focused on training and developing the practical skills required. Most evenings we have social activities similar to how it is during Yacht Week. Work during the day, and have fun in the evening.

Day 8: Check out of yacht, end of the course. You will be free to leave by 1600 however a lot of people tend to hang around Split that evening.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Yacht Week Academy, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to work on any future Yacht Week/QD charter with us.

Yacht Week guarantees a minimum of 6 weeks of work in your first season, and often more if you make yourself available for the entire season.

After successfully completing the academy and setting up your account, you can choose the specific weeks you are available. We then issue as many assignments as possible, giving you the freedom to accept or reject them.

For each assignment, you can invoice between €550 - €1000, in addition to any tips received.

We believe it is important for staff to have some proper time off each week. Yacht Week charters officially end on Friday afternoon which means you have a full night off without guests before your next charter starts on Saturday afternoon. This differs from the standard Sat-Sat charter which most charter companies follow.

Once you have completed a few assignments, you become eligible to join our Yacht Week Alumni page, which hosts over 1000 skippers, chefs, and agents. This community is an excellent place to make connections, and many of our staff use it to secure opportunities for the winter season in the Caribbean.