Our International Flotilla Skipper course (IFS) is an intensive 8 day course teaching experienced sailors the skills to become a skipper, a professional and a leader.
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, recognised in the charter sailing industry throughout the world. The course end 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.
If yes, then don’t hesitate to join our team for the summer season!
If you do not have the required experience or certification please check out the Training and Partner Schools page. Our partner schools will help you gain the experience and licenses required to attend the IFS course.
The course is 8 days long starting from Split, Croatia. Each yacht has a dedicated instructor and you will share with up to 3 hosts that will be your guests for the week. (see Host Academy)
Day 1: Theory on land, what it means to be a professional skipper
Day 2: Check in procedures of the yacht. Technical inspection and how to set yourself up for success with your newly arrived guests.
Day 3-6: Practical training on the water. Docking, anchoring, formation rafts mixed in with team work, harbour knowledge and practical skipper tips and tricks.
Day 7: Exam and evaluation. You get to show your skills to our instructors. You will be tested on manoeuvring, communication and professionalism.
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 the following question: “Would I feel comfortable sending you out on charter with my friends or family?”. This decision will be based on 4 aspects and will determine whether you pass or fail.
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.