Since starting my blog, I have had various e-mails and post comments asking for some basic info about getting into the Superyacht industry and for some legitimate websites that may be useful. In response, see below for details and hyperlinks to relevant articles, forums, crew agents and course providers.
For absolute starters, the compulsary requirement for all crew working in the Superyacht industry is an STCW 95 (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) certificate. This qualification is legally required to work on board a sail or motor yacht over 24m (many under this size ask for this qualification too). The STCW 95 includes Fire fighting, Personal Survival, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility and First Aid – remember, if you’re out at sea you can’t call the emergency services!
As the competition for jobs is high, additional relevant qualifications will help you to find a long-term position if you are serious about working in the yachting industry. Dependent on the department you wish to work in, you can improve your employability with qualifications such as a Yachtmaster, Powerboat level 2, a diving qualification, water sports instructor qualifications, approved engine certificate, hospitality and wine courses (the possibilities are endless). As you gain experience and sea-time over the years, you can progress up the ranks with further qualifications. Monetary investment in your career is recuperated relatively quickly with competitive salaries and general expenses covered by the boat.
Superyachts require engineers, chefs, stewardesses, dive instructors, water sport instructors, carpenters, masseuses, beauticians, electronics specialists, hairdressers and the list goes on . . . Crew roles are relatively stereotypical, males working on the exterior of the boat and females running the interior however, if you would like to be a male steward or a female engineer it is not impossible, there are such a variety of vessels out there with vast requirements, everyone can find a yacht to suit them.
Working in the Superyacht industry is a great way to combine work with travel; the majority of vessels are based in the Mediterranean in European summer and commonly head to the Caribbean or Indian Ocean for the winter. Furthermore, exploration vessels are known to head anywhere from the Pacific to Antarctica, Mexico to Malaysia. On the other hand many stay in the Med for winter and the crew find themselves hitting the slopes of the French and Italian Alps every weekend. The hours for Superyacht crew are not fixed and can be quite demanding; with guests on board 3-4 hours sleep per night is not uncommon and you may not have the opportunity to step onto dry land in all ports. However in return, crew often work a Monday – Friday, 8-5 schedule when the vessel is without guests. In this instance you have a great opportunity to explore the countries you visit. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again . . . The Superyacht industry is based on a ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic and if you put the hard work in, you get a great lifestyle in return.
See hyperlinks below for further useful information, articles, forums, crew agents and course providers.
Useful info, Articles and Forums
The Crew Report
Synfo – Superyacht News and Information
Luxury Yacht Group
Blue Water Yachting
Crew Seekers – Expenses paid for deliveries – good to gain experience and sea miles
UKSA – UKSailing Academy– I can recommend this from personal experience
Warsash Maritime Academy
Red Ensign Training
Blue Water Yachting
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