The Hopo Ferry Academy

Hopo training goals ~ attract, train & retain world class skippers

The team at Hopo Ferry are passionate about creating a fun, safe and accessible water transport service for City of Gold Coast residents and visitors.

Hopo would like to create opportunities for Gold Coast residents to embark on a rewarding career in the Marine and Tourism industries.

The Hopo Academy has been created to:

  • help address skill shortages in the industry
  • develop skills for people from all backgrounds
  • support the Hopo team to future proof the service
  • provide volunteer and internships for those wishing to gain experience in a dream job and location
  • assist in research projects on the Waterways

Hopo Ferries ~ the best training platform

The Hopo Ferry vessels were custom designed and built on the Gold Coast. The 12 metre catamarans are a ‘master only’ vessel, and require a skippers to have at least a Certificate II Maritime Operations (Coxwain Grade 1, near coastal).

Hopo team ~ fun, safe & supportive team members

The Hopo team includes expert Skippers, Crew, Maintenance Engineers, Reservations, Sales & Marketing.  All of the Hopo team members support each other to develop and the customer is at the centre of everything we do.

Hopo leadership ~ hands-on training with the experts

The leadership team provide practical hands on training and mentorship to our develop our staff on a regular basis.  Our leaders are ocean lovers, that are passionate about developing the next generation of skippers and crew, to protect our oceans and our beautiful Waterways.

Hopo trainees ~ a career that takes you to great places

There was been a total of 8 trainees that have graduated from the Hopo Academy in 2020.  These trainees are from a variety of backgrounds, genders and age groups.   The Hopo team is very proud of having 2 female skippers graduate, to help increase equality in the industry.

Hopo training Partners ~ the best in the businesss

Oour training partners are Paradigm Training and Aurora Training Institute, they are local businesses that excel at what they do.


If you are interested in joining the Hopo team, please contact

Hopo Training Academy