Skippers are in overall charge of boats; this could be fishing vessels, tourist boats, transportation vessels or private liners.
You will be responsible for the overall running of the vessel and crew. Navigation, communication and health and safety skills are essential in the role. Determination and commitment are important qualities when working at sea.
Opportunities can come through work experience or on the job training through employers such as the Merchant Navy. Those working in the maritime industry have the opportunity to work all over the world.