So you want to be a flotilla skipper?

Plenty of sun and great sailing

The role of a flotilla skipper is to ensure that the group of yachts creating the flotilla move smoothly between destinations.

Rewards for working long hours

If you take pride in providing great customer service and don’t mind working long hours, then a career as a flotilla skipper might be for you. You’ll get to work abroad in a beautiful location offering plenty of sun and great sailing conditions.

Your job role will be ever changing and your responsibilities will include giving safety and technical briefings, general maintenance, and assisting your guests with sailing. You’ll be in charge of everything from budgeting and provisioning to the yacht’s itinerary, and even booking restaurants for your guests to dine in during their stay.

So you’ll need an outgoing and friendly personality, and will be welcoming and accommodating to your guests at all times. You’ll have great management skills, be organised and efficient with administration and paperwork whilst also implementing and adhering to health and safety legislation. You’ll often need to use your initiative and make quick but considered decisions.

As a flotilla skipper, you’ll undoubtedly be kept busy for the whole season, from setting up the fleet to laying up. But you’ll have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, and will get to sail almost every day.

Professional Yachtmaster

This highly practical course will qualify you to skipper yachts up to 24 metres in length, up to 150 nautical miles from shore, ideal for employment as a flotilla skipper.

RYA Cruising Instructor

Many flotilla companies offer yacht instruction to their guests, so gaining the Cruising Instructor ticket in addition to the RYA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore certificate means you’ll be able to teach as well as skipper.

Read all about the experiences of UKSA graduate Olly as he shares his typical day in the life of a flotilla skipper here

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