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SKIPPER ACADEMY

Join us on the adventure of becoming a professional skipper. We'll train you to the highest level so you'll be able to work within nautical industry worldwide. Get some new skills while having fun.

SailWeek Skipper Academy

Doesn't matter if you are a rookie or you're already a certified skipper. Sail Week Skipper Academy offers you complete training courses, giving some extra attention to the customer care services on board. Nowadays, interpersonal skills, teamwork and communication skills are the top of priorities in every industry. We offer a new, dynamic and fun way of training.

You'll gain new skills and be able to give high quality service on/off board in compliances with the employer's and guest needs and objectives.

You would like to join us but you're not sure

Which Course is right for you?

Let us help you. Doesn't matter what course you chose, our highly qualified instructors will provide you everything you need to know and you'll be qualified to take a next step in your career.

BASIC Course

If you don't have any maritime experience or you have low nautical background, Basic course is the way to go. This 2 week intensive sail & study course gives you the skills to sail your own boat safely anywhere in the Mediterranean, Baltic or other non-tidal waters in any weather conditions.

After finishing SailWeek Academy Basic course you will be ready for the upcoming test for Leaders license category C or equivalent issued in your country that is needed if you want to work with SailWeek. Find more information at GET CERTIFITED.

  • All these skills are going to be gained one-on-one from our professional certified skipper instructors.

    • Know your boat (sea 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
  • During the first week of Basic course we will teach you basic sailing skills and everything necessary to enter the world of sailing. You'll get the skills required for the upcoming 2nd week where you'll improve your theoretical and practical skills gained in the first week and be ready for the upcoming test for Leaders license category C (up to 30 GT) or equivalent issued in your country.

    • Pre-course experience: none
    • Assumed knowledge: none or basic
    • Minimum age: 18
    • Minimum duration: 14 days (1 week in April/1 week in May)
    • Location: Central Dalmatia (Split region)
    • Ability after the course: Able to skipper a boat by day in coastal regions
    • Needed Medical evidence for upcoming skipper licence: Yes (you can do your Medical until the start of the 2nd week of Basic course)
    • Sail and work: Once you pass Sail Week Skipper Academy you can submit your available dates and we will offer you contract for 2 working weeks at SailWeek. Skippers operate as freelance contractors therefore can accept or reject any work we offer. The more flexible your availability the more work you will receive. New skippers will spend majority of their first season working for SailWeek before having the opportunity to move onto private charters
  • After successfully finishing SailWeek Academy you will be ready for the upcoming test for Leaders license category C or equivalent issued in your country.

    In partnership with Maritime Education and training centre ADRIA LIBAR we offer you to get your sailing skills certified so you are authorized to command boats for private and business purposes, and yachts of up to 30 GT.

    • Theory and practice course Maritime Education and training centre ADRIA LIBAR: 2100 HRK - 1645 HRK (220 EUR) *

    * SailWeek Academy in partnership with Maritime Education and training centre ADRIA LIBAR is giving you a special discount and the best possible price in getting your certification, Leaders license category C.

    You'll have choice to attend theory classes at ADRIA LIBAR Training Centers in: ZAGREB, OSIJEK, ZADAR, SIBENIK, SPLIT prior SailWeek Academy courses. Full schedule will be provided shortly.

    Other requirements

    • 2 Photo ID
    • Medical evidence for skipper licence not older than 6 months; 500 HRK (70 EUR)
    • Test Croatian Maritime authorities:
      • Croatian citizens: 540 HRK (70 EUR)
      • Foreign citizens: 1020 HRK (140 EUR)
    • Test tax: 35 HRK (5 EUR)

Advanced Course

If you are already a certified skipper who wants to improve sailing skills and upgrade your knowledge about sailing. ADVANCED course is the intensive 7 days course that will improve your theoretical and practical skills.

Special attention will be focused on your social and interpersonal skills. After finishing this course you will be able to work within nautical industry worldwide.

  • All these skills are going to be gained one-on-one from our professional certified skipper instructors.

    • 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
  • 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.

    • Assumed knowledge: Certified skipper Leaders license category C or B or equivalent issued in your country
    • Minimum age: 18
    • Minimum duration: 7 days
    • Location: Central Dalmatia (Split region)
    • Ability after the course: Able to skipper a boat by in coastal regions of Mediterranean, Baltic or non-tidal waters
    • Sail and work: Once you pass Sail Week Skipper Academy you can submit your available dates and we will offer you contract for 2 working weeks at SailWeek. Skippers operate as freelance contractors therefore can accept or reject any work we offer. The more flexible your availability the more work you will receive. New skippers will spend majority of their first season working for SailWeek before having the opportunity to move onto private charters

Ready to go?


BASIC ADVANCED
Week1 (part 1/2)
April 7 - April 14
AND
Week2 (part 2/2)
May 5 - May 13
Week1
April 7 - April 14
OR
Week2
May 5 - May 13
Location
Split, Croatia
Location
Split, Croatia
Yacht type
Monohull
Yacht type
Monohull
1000 EUR
AVAILABLE
700 EUR
AVAILABLE
+ Get certified (optional)
Maritime Education&Training
centre ADRIA LIBAR:
2100 HRK 1645kn (220 EUR)
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Basic - Payment plan

  • First instalment: 200 EUR (48 hours after getting your confirmation mail)
  • Second instalment: 400 EUR (during the April course)
  • Third instalment: 400 EUR (during the May course)

Advanced - Payment plan

  • First instalment: 200 EUR (48 hours after getting your confirmation mail)
  • Second instalment: 500 EUR (during the course week)

What's Included

  • Spot on a yacht (7/14 days)
  • Course materials
  • Safety equipment
  • Gas for the kitchen
  • Sheets, blankets and towels
  • Professional instructor
  • Fuel for the yacht
  • Marina fees
  • End cleaning
  • Tourist tax
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Additional Costs

  • Flights and/or transportation to Academy starting point (Split)
  • One group dinner out mid week (mandatory)
  • Food and beverages

NOTE: Every sail boat has kitchen facilities and you'll be able to prepare your meals onboard without extra big costs for your budget.

If you want to get certified after the BASIC Course

  • Theory and practice course Maritime Education and training centre ADRIA LIBAR: 2100 HRK 1645 HRK (220 EUR)

Other requirements:

  • 2 Photo ID
  • Medical evidence for skipper licence (not older than 6 months) 500 HRK (70 EUR)
  • Test Croatian Maritime authorities
    • Croatian citizens: 540 HRK (70 EUR)
    • Foreign citizens: 1020 HRK (140 EUR)
  • Test tax: 35 HRK (5 EUR)
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Important

Please don't forget to bring:
  • Short/long sleeve clothes
  • Waterproof clothes (jacket, trousers)
  • Sunglasses
  • Boat shoes/ boat boots (non-slip)
  • Baseball cap / hat
  • Woolly hat
  • Sleeping bag (optional)
  • Personal hygiene
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SAIL & WORK

Once you pass Sail Week Skipper Academy you can submit your available dates and we will offer you contract for 2 working weeks at SailWeek. Skippers operate as freelance contractors therefore can accept or reject any work we offer. The more flexible your availability the more work you will receive. New skippers will spend majority of their first season working for SailWeek before having the opportunity to move onto private charters.

Get In Touch

Croatian office: +385 98 9560 262
Sailing Instructor:
Josip Deranja +385 97 7733 911
Host Instructor:
Kristina Raffanelli +385 97 772 6133
info@sailweekacademy.com

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