No boating or sailing license? No problem!
Did you know that on Zizoo, you can book a boat with a professional skipper? It’s true! Everyone, including travelers who’ve never sailed before and have no license, can experience the joy of a boat holiday with the guidance of a trained skipper who not only takes care of navigation and security but also has lots of tips and local recommendations. Even experienced sailors and boat holidaymakers can book a skipper to take over the steering wheel when they want to just relax and enjoy being on vacation.
Let us introduce you to some of the passionate and experienced skippers who cannot wait to welcome you on board!
Sasa, tell us about yourself. Where are you from? For how long have you been a skipper?
My name is Sasa Drobac. I’m 27 years old and I’m from Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. I have been working as a skipper for 5 years now and it has been an amazing journey.
How did you start sailing and then decided to even become a skipper guiding travelers around?
The first time I was on a boat I was only 3 years old and from then I probably fell in love with the boat and the sea. My parents took me on summer holidays sailing every year for a couple of weeks and that’s how I learned how to sail. When I got older I heard that there is a job position called skipper and that was something I really wanted to do, because it is an amazing combination of a boat, sea, and meeting new people.
What’s your favorite route and why?
What’s your favorite boat and why?
My favorite boat is Lagoon 42 and Dufour 56. I know these are two different boats but I like Lagoon because of its space and elegance and it’s easy to sail. Dufour 56 however is an amazing boat that has everything you need, it’s great for sailing, has great engines, and a luxurious interior.
What languages do you speak and did you ever have some problems in communicating with travelers?
I speak Croatian as my mother language, plus English, a little bit of German and Russian. I didn’t have any problems with communication with my guests.
How many trips did you already do as a skipper with travelers?
I didn’t count it but I would say +50 trips until now.
You must have met a lot of interesting people and made experiences, is there anything special (funny, emotional, sensational) you remember?
There are many situations that I remember with my guests and it is from crazy sailings on the strong wind to beautiful bays for swimming and amazing restaurants that we visit. I also keep my small book for reviews where my guests write me up how they remember their week.
What do you like most about your job?
I like that I’m on a boat in the middle of the sea with amazing people from all around the world. Nothing else is needed here.
What is the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part of this job depends on the type of guests you get, everything else is easy.
What is your advice for beginner sailors? Or somebody who wants to learn how to sail?
I would suggest they always stay calm in every situation and think logically when they have to make some decisions. Enjoy the process and never underestimate the weather conditions. Also, check everything twice and make sure safety is your priority.
What are the 3 most convincing arguments for you to go sailing?
You wake up in the middle of the beautiful bay and the first thing you do is jump in the sea, there is no need to prepare for the beach.
What are your tips for seasickness?
- stay calm
- look on the horizon
- eat some small snack
- be close to the fence if you need to throw out
What do you do during the off-season?
During the off-season I work as a MMA and conditioning coach, I’m also a photographer and videographer, and I have a culinary studio. In the winter season, I’m a ski instructor. Also, I work as an organization and matchmaker in MMA organization FNC.
What are the essentials you bring on a sailing trip?
- snorkeling equipment
- swimming shorts
- Uv sun cream
- hoodie and rain jacket
- flip flops and boat shoes
What would you advise someone who is willing to become a skipper?
Do it and you will love it. It is the best job ever!