Become a skipper

This could be the perfect summer job for you!

Every year we train and contract skippers from all over the world. Applicants who pass the International Flotilla Skipper (IFS) certificate get to work for The Yacht Week during the summer season in places like Croatia & Greece.

Minimum 5 weeks of work for The Yacht Week
All living expenses paid while working
Earn up to €450 + tip per week!
Sail yachts from 40-64ft

Your course to success

1. Experience

You posses one of our accepted licences and have a strong foundation of sailing experience

2. Apply

Create an account and fill in the application form. We get a lot of applicants so make yourself stand out!

3. Learn

Attend Skipper Academy in Croatia where you will be taught how to apply your sailing knowledge in a professional capacity.

4. Set Sail

After passing our academy, you will be IFS certified allowing you to work for The Yacht Week and Private Charters!

Accepted sailing licenses

We encourage our skippers to have a commercial license. This will allow you to receive a higher salary.

For full list of accepted licenses see Requirements details

Certification Average remuneration
RYA Yachtmaster Commercially Endorsed €450/week*
RYA Yachtmaster €420/week*
Basic Sailing License €390/week*

*IFS certificate, VHF certificate, First aid and Sailing licence are required for all our skippers. Pay scheme here

Requirements details

International Flotilla Skipper (IFS) certificate

All our skippers must hold the IFS certificate. We run up to 6 academies per year. All graduates typically start with 5 weeks of work.

What's Included

  • A week of sailing in Croatia
  • Accommodation onboard the course yacht
  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks onboard
  • Expert tuition from professional instructors
  • Course materials and skipper handbook

Additional Costs

  • Travel to Split, Croatia
  • Transfer to the marina
  • First night accommodation and food
  • One meal ashore mid week


Applications are now open for Spring 2021.

Week 16 16-24 April 2021 (Early course) CLOSED
Week 17 23-1 May 2021 (Early course) CLOSED
Week 18 30th April - 8th May (Early course) CLOSED
Week 19 7-15 May 2021 CLOSED
Week 20 14-22 May 2021 CLOSED

Note: Payment not due until your application is accepted. Choose to pay in full or in three instalments. Please refer to booking terms and conditions for more information.

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.

Applications open


Do you have what it takes?

Join our team of professional skippers this summer

Apply for 2021