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Skipper Academy Lisbon

Professional Skipper

Become a Professional Skipper

Start the Journey of your Life

Everyone loves to walk around the Marina, admiring the boats and imagining how life could be onboard that specific Yacht. 


This is your chance to develop and improve your skills and start a career in the yacht industry. If you always dreamed of working in this area but never had the chance, we give you the guidelines for a career in this industry.  Satisfied guests don’t talk to their friends about the charter company they took a yacht at – they talk about their Skipper.


Skipper Career

What do I need to Apply?

  • Minimum age: 18 years old

  • Fluent in English

  • VHF Licence

  • A great attitude

  • Sailing with Guests onboard can be physically and mentally challenging. Be prepared. 

  • Professionalism and a willingness to learn. 

  • Sailing experience: This is not a sailing course. Students are expected to already have experience aboard and should be able to handle a yacht in any weather and sea conditions. 

  • Day Skipper,  Yachtmaster certificates, or a Sailing Boat License issued by your country.  This will guarantee you have all the theory  knowledge needed to start.

Group sailing friends

“There is nothing better then learning while having fun ” 

- Gabriel Frois -

The Career

Passion and love for the Sea, Sailing and Seamanship

To become a good skipper it takes a great deal of self-confidence and passion.

A good Skipper doesn't have to know all about navigation, maritime traffic rules, safety regulations, first aid and medical care, marine engineering and electronics and meteorology – he has to be a master of it all… and this is only the beginning. Sailing it's only roughly 10% of the skipper’s job and abilities. 

A good skipper is always friendly with his crew/guests but has to maintain a certain distance so that he knows when it's time to make the right decisions for both the yacht and crew safety


Course Description and Contents

Full week of training and getting involved in the business

Catamaran anchoring

Technical Skills 

How to adapt your current skills to working with inexperienced clients, and learning how to manage a yacht calmly and effectively in any situation

Sailboat maintenance

Team Work

Working in harmony with your Crew is as important as involving your guests in activities on deck.

Sail and yacht care

Yacht Care

Looking as good as new! Keeping the yacht is essential to maintain the crew’s safety as well as comfort. Keep the deck tidy and clean the outside of the yacht on a daily basis

Team work onboard


Crew or Guests briefing at the beginning of the Tour, sailing lessons, or asking your crew for mooring assistance,  all must be done in a calm and clear way

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