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Skipper Position - Airlie Beach Based

Updated Wed 31 Jan 2024

Female Skipper Sitting on the steps of a white Catamaran in the Coral Sea Marina


The Position

Full-time boat skipper, based in Airlie Beach.

Sailing Whitsundays is looking for an experienced, qualified and adventure-loving skipper to navigate and manage our luxury overnight vessels in the Whitsunday Islands. As the master of the vessel, you will literally be running the ship, and local knowledge and experience are highly favoured.

With ample opportunity for career growth in a workplace that doesn’t get boring, the right person will be skippering an array of different modern catamarans, classic sailing vessels and diving tours. Spend your days and nights out at sea navigating and exploring on a never-end island adventure as a skipper.

Currently, this career move requires you to be based in Airlie Beach, where you will spend the majority of your weeks out at sea. This position requires valid skipper qualifications as well as all of the current, valid certificates necessary to skipper a vessel.

If you are unqualified but want to attain your skipper qualifications, get your foot in the door with our host/deckhand positions. We are strong advocates for learning and career development out on the water, and the right candidate can move from host positions into prospective skipper positions with Sailing Whitsundays! 

Your Responsibilities

The skipper is arguably the most important crew member on the vessel. As a skipper, you are responsible for journey planning according to weather conditions, navigating the vessel, maintaining and operating all equipment on board, the safety and enjoyment of all guests, crew onboard and following all maritime regulations. We’re looking for a genuine, responsible and good-hearted skipper to fill this important role in the Sailing Whitsundays team!

About Sailing Whitsundays 

Sailing Whitsundays is an established, local travel agency operating in Airlie Beach. With over twenty staff spread across four countries, we are a diverse and creative team constantly coming up with innovative, forward-thinking solutions to seamlessly connect travellers to the wonders of the Whitsundays.

As a comprehensive competitor in the Whitsunday tourism market, we book thousands of sailing and catamaran boats, private charters, scenic flights, jetskis, dive adventures, regional tours, fishing experiences, segway rides, skydives and more. Our team works with established operators such as Cruise Whitsundays, iSail and GSL just to name a few. Sailing Whitsundays is also renowned for incredible packages, that combine accommodation and island tours, seamlessly.

We deliver visitors to dreamy destinations such as Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet Lookout, Whitsunday Island and Daydream Island. But most of all, we’re passionate about illuminating the Whitsundays and its plentiful wonders in unique, mindful and unforgettable ways.

Apply Today! 

To apply for a position with us, please complete and submit our Google Form. All applications are treated with the strictest of confidence.

We can’t wait to work with you! 

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