Sail In Asia Yacht Training Internship

Yachting Internship Thailand

Our Yacht Training Internship in Thailand is an intensive training course that provides a rigorous personal training program to develop a career in the yachting industry. As a beginner to sailing you will be guided through a serious of courses and gain the necessary experience to be able to successfully captain a sailing yacht and teach others.

The training is carried out through what can best be described as an apprenticeship at our IYT Sailing Centre in Phuket, Thailand, under the direction of the Principal- an IYT Examiner and Yachtmaster Instructor. The objective is for the intern to attain the qualification of the IYT Yachtmaster Coastal within the agreed period of 12 months. The intern will also be trained as an IYT Sailing Instructor during this period as we believe that learning to pass on knowledge and skills is a vital part of running a yacht or superyacht.

This course is unique throughout the world and was established because Mike Downard,the Principal of SIA believes that Instructor training and Intern training requires a full one year period to be successful for both student and school. Interns leave SIA, after 12 months, incredibly well prepared for their future. Get in touch with us to find out about this unique career opportunity in the yachting industry.

Learning to be a Captain / Instructor

This apprenticeship involves attending the above courses and working with qualified staff in an assistant role - 'learning the ropes' while gaining experience and mileage. The apprenticeship is an all encompassing one, where your ability to work with a variety of people from different cultures and backgrounds will be tested. As well as sailing skills you will need to develop your 'people skills'. Ours is a business that requires everyone involved, works well with our customers and always deliver a great experience to them. Sail in Asia will develop the trainees' competence, knowledge and confidence across all aspects of the business.

In your role at Sail In Asia you will take a full and active part in running a watersports activity centre. You will skipper or crew yachts, learn to maintain engines and do basic servicing, help with charter preparations and corporate team building activity. Trainees will learn to teach all of our recreational (Zero to Hero Courses) and will become a proficient captain by learning to guide people in every facet of yacht and crew management.  Trainees will have a line manager who will oversee their training and experience. Sail in Asia is involved in Yacht Racing, Yacht charter, Team Building International schools Outdoor Education and of course preparing you for career in the Yachting Industry. You will have opportunities to become involved in all or most of these activities over your one year at SIA.

An Internship Bond is paid by the intern and held by the company. It is repayable to students who successfully complete the full contracted period of the training. This bond ensures that interns complete their training and do not leave early. Interns are an important part of our community and we need to know that they will be there for the agreed duration.

The Yachting Internship Thailand is a big undertaking for both Sail In Asia and interns themselves. We have found the experience more successful if both parties have clear objectives from the outset. Our interns are selected not only because we feel that they have a high chance of success, but because they can contribute to the on-going success of our company. Shared objectives are a good way to help ensure that this is what actually happens. To this end we agree with each intern a special project to run as a part of the overall intern program.

Our Internships have been running for many years and we have been very lucky with the quality of the interns we have trained.  Personality is really important and our customers have ofter commented on the superb customer service that they have had during the courses they have attended.  If you are good with people this is a training that will give you huge rewards.  Carefully evaluate the literature on this page and then if you think you are the right person - send us your cv and tell us why you want to join us and what you offer that makes you stand out against other candidates. Check out what people say about us on Trip Advisor to evaluate our Yacht Training School.

Working with International Schools

Expeditions and Adventure Training

International Schools come to Sail in Asia because we have developed really exciting outdoor education courses and adventurous journeys (including the Duke of Edinburgh International Award). We plan expeditions with the Outdoor Education specialist teachers from International Schools, using our fleet of 12 yachts, canoes and even dragon boats. We camp on tropical islands and sail in unspoilt estuaries and coastal waters. Our Outdoor Education website is worth reviewing, if you like the sound of adventure on water and engaging in running flotilla sailing in stunning locations. This work is really fulfilling and enjoyable. Check out the movie below to see what its all about.

Internships and Instructor Training.

We are Asia's only school offering Yachting Internship courses. Check out our one year instructor/internship course that is designed to give you a career in the yachting industry.

Internship Requirements

Career in the Yachting Industry

The course is open to a wide range of applicants. We have a minimum age of 18 years and a maximum of 65. General fitness and an engaging personality are important. Ideally you are well educated and enthusiastic about watersports and are able to work with a wide range of people of different backgrounds, religions and personalities. We have had students join us who are college leavers, lawyers, teachers and even film makers. We look for quality applicants who have a desire to learn to skipper a yacht or super yacht as a career choice and who may want to enter the marine industry in other roles. Are you that person? If you think the Internship Course is of interest to you, send us a personal profile / cv and a statement explaining why you would wish to join us, for this unique training course.

Learning to become a RIB Master and Safety Boat Proficient

Powerboat Proficiency Courses

International Yacht Training Powerboat Courses are also taught by Sail in Asia. We teach how to operate RIBs and Small powerboats. We are the only school in Asia who can train Safety Boat Courses on RIBs so we can provide safety cover for our school groups, corporate groups and our recreational training customers.

Additional Details:

During our yachting internship Thailand, while you work and train with us you will complete the following courses and get at least the listed experience:

  • International Crew
  • Watchkeeper / Flotilla Skipper
  • VHF Radio Operator
  • RIB Master
  • Bareboat Skipper
  • Yachtmaster Coastal
  • Bareboat Sailing Instructor

Students may also engage in the following activities and more:

  • Milecatcher Activities (building the required miles)
  • Yacht crewing & skippering
  • Boat servicing, maintenance and repairs
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Site maintenance
  • Team Building Activities
  • Regattas
  • Work with students and corporate clients
  • Yacht Delivery

Previous experience: No previous experience required, although we recommend that have at least been sailing a few times and know that you like it.

Duration:  6 or 12 months training courses.

12 month Internship Bond:  200,000THB returnable bond (at course end).

Qualifications / Experience gained:

Students will engage in the following activities:

  • IYT Bareboat Skipper
  • VHF Operators certificate
  • Small motorboat and RIB Master
  • Coastal Yachtmaster
  • Bareboat Sailing Instructor
  • Yacht Racing

Experience of all aspects of running an active water sports centre. Experience of corporate teambuilding events.

You will also have the experience of living Thailand and all that that entails.

We can help you with the following on request:
  • Long term accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Motor Bike or Car Rental
Course Dates:
Internships are available throughout the year and applicants are invited to send thuir cv to us with a personal statement stating why they wish to be considered for this course.  Please contact us for more details.

SIA Internship Course Prices

Location Duration (days) Early Booking Discount Price (THB)
60 Days Before 30 Days Before Full Price
Phuket 364 100,000