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JOIN CROATIA SAILING ACADEMY Professional skipper course

Sailing Course – Professional

Pricing from 1550€ per person

It takes 18 days of sailing school to turn you into a professional skipper. During the Professional skipper course, you will sail the Croatian coast. Through approximately 350 nautical miles of day and night navigation, you will experience the hidden beauties of Croatia and get the taste of the local way of life. The Professional skipper course is an opportunity to turn your passion for sailing into the best summer job!

Join Croatia Sailing Academy

No previous sailing experience needed

Sailing Course Objectives

The Professional skipper course lasts for a full 18 days, during which you will sail from Northern Adriatic to Central and Southern Adriatic waters. The course consists of theoretical and practical education but also reveals the secrets of the authentic Croatian sea life.

In 18 days, you will sail approximately 350 nautical miles of navigation both day and night, and gain the experience necessary to be a professional skipper.

Sailing Course Experience

You will visit famous Croatian tourism destinations, but also peek into less known spots of the Croatian coast. Once we set sail from Istria, you will initially discover the islands of Lošinj, Unije, and Susak, further sailing to breathtaking Kornati National Park, heading south towards the islands of Vis, Hvar, Brač, and Šolta. Completing the Professional skipper course will make you ready to sail in favorable and less favorable weather conditions. Turn your passion for sailing into the ideal summer job!

What You Will Learn

Boat maneuvering:

  • Mooring of the boat, by stern and flank
  • Departure from the mooring site, secluded and between other boats
  • Docking by bow and stern
  • Various anchoring techniques
  • Tying the mooring buoy

Navigational skills:

  • Meteorology
  • Map reading methods
  • Navigation plan and course specification
  • Navigational instruments usage


  • Locating and inspection of onboard first aid
  • Most common injuries and avoidance methods
  • Safety at sea
  • Everyday practical work on VHF radio station

Mechanical problems solving:

  • Introduction to the main characteristics of the propulsion system
  • Motor and propulsion system control
  • Recognizing and solving the ship’s most common system failures
  • Recognizing and solving the most common sailing mistakes
  • Correct usage of the mooring winch
  • Avoiding the most common boat damages

Skipper's skills:

  • Knowing the responsibilities, duties and rights of a skipper
  • Trimming of the sails
  • Nodes
  • Preparing the boat for navigation
  • Introduction to the basic sailing rules
  • Check-in and check-out process
  • Internal crew communication

Included in price

  • License category “C” (Boat leader up to 30 GT) 
  • On board accommodation 
  • Skipper Instructor (Yacht Master) 
  • Liability Insurance 
  • Boat fuel 
  • Marina and mooring expenses 
  • Tourist taxes 
  • Linen and final cleaning  
  • Professional literature
  • Adriatic coast route recommendations 
  • Croatia Sailing Academy certificate (trainees who achieved to meet the CSA criteria)  
  • Zizoo Skipper certificate (trainees who achieved to meet the CSA criteria)
  • One-year phone support after finishing the course 
  • CSA T-shirt

Price not includes

  • Transportation to the departure marina 
  • Food and drink on board (800kn) 
  • Exam costs by Harbour Master’s Office (500kn) 
  • Medical examination for exam (400kn)

Dates 2022.

Course 1

  • 22.03. – 09.04. – The price is 1.850,00€ in case you don’t own a valid sailing license
  • 26.03. – 09.04. – The price is 1.550,00€ In case you own a valid sailing license

Course 2

  • 19.04. – 07.05. – The price is 1.990,00€ In case you don’t own a valid sailing license
  • 23.04. – 07.05. – The price is 1.690,00€ in case you own a valid sailing license

Course 3

  • 10.05. – 28.05. – The price is 2.190,00€ In case you don’t own a valid sailing license
  • 14.05. – 28.05. – The price is 1.890,00€ in case you own a valid sailing license

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