Skipper Academy Lisbon
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 or even 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.
What do I need to Apply?
Minimum age: 18 years old
Fluent in English
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.
You can also choose to apply to a Day Skipper or Yachtmaster Course before you join this course. This will guarantee you have all the knowledge needed to start.
“There is nothing better then learning while having fun ”
- Gabriel Frois -
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
How to adapt your current skills to working with inexperienced clients, and learning how to manage a yacht calmly and effectively in any situation
Working in harmony with your Crew is as important as involving your guests in activities on deck.
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
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