Jan Pfister B.


DoB March 9, 1974. Since childhood I sail around the skerries off Kristiansand / Southern Norway. The required skills I received from my grandfather and father. End of 2002 I quit my job in Switzerland and dedicate my working life to seafaring.

I am married and have two kids (2009 & 2012).

As long-term entrepreneur and sailor I am a skilled navigator with farsightedness and distinct leader qualities. My experiences of commanding are ranging from open keelboats on inshore lakes via sail and power driven superyachts cruising coastal areas to ocean crossings on board tallships.

A leader position does not keep me from pulling the ropes and getting my hands dirty if required and from using my versatile social and practical skills for the benefit of team and material. My passion is delivering my enthusiasm for the subject to interested people and ignite a spark in their heart.

Since 2008 my activities focused around 70% on operating in Arctic seas and I am proud to say that I developed into an Arctic sailing specialist beside my solid knowledge of the European coasts.

I speak and write German and English, am semi-fluent in Norwegian and survive in Italian and French.


  • Master unlimited area 200gt STCW II/2
  • GOC/GMDSS STCW IV/2 and A-IV/2
  • Medical Care STCW A-VI/4-2
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management operational level STCW A-II/1, A-III/1 and A-III/6
  • Crowd and Crisis Management STCW A-V/2
  • Certificate for fitness for sea service STCW A-I/9
  • Basic Safety Training STCW A-VI/1-1, A-VI/1-2, A-VI/1-3 and A-VI/1-4
  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean STCW A-VI/1 Para2.1 endorsed
  • RYA Sea Survival Instructor
  • RYA SRC Assessor
  • RYA First Aid Instructor
  • International Certificate of Nautical Competence Class A&B
  • A&D licences for Swiss inshore lakes
  • LRC
  • PADI AOW Diver
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies for contemporary management of small and medium-sized businesses
  • Certificate to run gastronomic businesses, incl. HR-Management, accountancy, food handling und hygiene


2008 ongoing
blue water services GmbH, Switzerland
Founder and owner of blue water services GmbH. My company is specialised in services and consulting in private and commercial maritime sectors. We work on freelance base for several companies in the branch. Projects like „Swiss Maritime Academy“ are products and the others clients of blue water services GmbH.


2019 ongoing
Polar Sail, Arctic
Skipper of the 70′ expedition steal yacht „Valiente“ in cooperation with Seil Norge with sailing in Spitzbergen / Svalbard, Arctic Norway, Greenland and Northern Atlantic. I am involved in maintenance, product development, compliance of rules and regulations, crew training and sales.


2008 to 2019
Boreal Yachting AS, Arctic Norway
Evaluations and training of Boreal Yachting AS personnel. Skipper for versatile tours along the Norwegian coast and Barents Sea up to Bear Island and Svalbard. 2012 to 2017 project leader and chief instructor for the recognised RYA Training Centre „Boreal Sailing Academy“ – a departement of Boreal Yachting AS. My duties range from product development via marketing and optimising sales channels to conducting and monitoring practical sail training within RYA syllabus.


2015 to 2017
Foundation Jugendschiffe, North Atlantic

Captain of „Salomon“, a traditional 47m/153′ threemast-topsailschooner from 1906. Additionaly I was responsible for the maritime education of crew and cadets and supported the safety team with working on processes and procedures according to ISM regulations.
(Canaries, Capverde, Carribean sea, Bermuda, Acores with crossings accordingly)


2010 ongoing
Swiss Maritime Academy GmbH, Switzerland
Initiator, co-founder and principal of the first recognised RYA Training Centre in Switzerland. We conduct the full RYA shorebased syllabus and are continuously developing individual products to meet local customer requirements.


Schoenicke Skipperteam, Northern Europe
Skipper for charter and deliveries on sailing yachts from 44’ to 60’ (Baltic W, Irland, Scotland, Iceland, Northsea).


M/Y Faribana 42m/140′, Mediterranean
1. Officer on a private motoryacht cruising from Greece to Southern France.

The same year took me to a ship evaluation to the Seychelles, where I had the chance to visit the protected Southern Islands and the touristy Northern Islands likewise.

S/Y Aello 37m/125’, Mediterranean

1. Officer on a private traditional twomast-gaffschooner from 1927 designed by Max Oertz. The cruising gound was limited to the Kykladies.

2001 to 2008
skipperjan.ch, Mono and Multi from 37’- 50’, recognised RYA Training Centre 2007-2008
Founder of skipperjan.ch. Implementation of the RYA syllabus in Switzerland and Southern Germany with SRC Assessments und practical trainings. Skipper for many charters and deliveries around Europe. skipperjan.ch developed into blue water services GmbH and Swiss Maritime Academy GmbH.

sundowner.de, Elba, S/Y Yavanna & Cafe Doppio, 44’ & 40’
Skipper of several charters around Elba, Capraia, Corsica und Sardinia.

Fischer’s Segelschule, Luzern
Sailing instructor for inshore licences.

Ueli Fääri, Basel
Part time „Fäärimaa“ (ferry skipper) on a traditional cabel ferry crossing the river Rhein.

Taucherhelm, Basel
Advisor in wholesale and retail business for diving and sailing equipment. Specialized in personal marine equipment, ship-accessories and electronics.

Arthur Andersen AG, Zürich
Junior in marketing division for HR, CRM, PR and Communication..

Pizza-Taxi, Moehlin
Partner of a food delivery company. Responsible for the hr-department (incl. CRM trainings), controller of the production processes and hygiene.

Primary, secondary, highschool and college Typus D. Followed by Swiss Jazz School and various part time jobs.

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