Want To Work On A Superyacht

By Steve Brand | February 13, 2018



Working on a superyacht is the dream job for many, and with the industry growing rapidly every year, more and more yachts require professional, qualified yacht crew.

There are many reasons why people are packing their bags and moving into a career at sea. Few jobs exist where you can benefit from tax-free salaries and expense-free living, all whilst exploring the world. So what positions are available and what training is necessary?

The different roles

Yacht crew can refer to a variety of different positions, and whilst some are more hospitality focused others require different skills. Depending on the size of the yacht, crews can include a team made up of:-

  • Captain
  • Engineer
  • Deckhands
  • Steward/Stewardess
  • First Mate
  • Safety Officer
  • Purser
Work Requirements and Training

It is essential that anyone working within the maritime industry completes the STCW Basic Training course.

If you’re thinking about starting a career in the Superyacht industry, then our training package could be the perfect way to start your journey!

The 9-day STCW training course includes:-

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.
  • Elementary First Aid.
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness.
  • Personal Survival Techniques.
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility.

In addition to these compulsory requirements our package also includes extra courses:-

  • Short Range Certificate (VHF).
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2.
  • PPR (Personal and Professional Responsibilities) online course is included free of charge. This is required for your commercial endorsement. We can arrange your commercial endorsement for you if you wish.
  • Basic Seamanship (including vessel terminology–knots–introduction to Basic RADAR and collision regulations–buoyage region A and B).

Although these courses are not mandatory, we’ve noticed that by adding these extra qualifications to your CV candidates have greater experience and are more likely to land their first job out at sea! Discussing the matter, Steve Brand, Founder and Managing Director of Seahaven Maritime Academy has commented,

“The superyacht industry is highly competitive. Individuals who are new to the industry are up against those with some or a lot of experience, so it’s very importance to maximise your good qualities. Enthusiasm and willingness to do what it takes to get your feet on the deck are crucial. Dock walking, smartly dressed with a folder full of well written and presented CV’s is a great way to start. Be willing to accept any day work you can get. Your face needs to fit – By that, we mean that living on a boat, cooped up with the same people for weeks or months can be challenging, so an easy going personality and smiling face is very important.

The most essential training and certification is the STCW basic training courses and an ENG1 medical, but to put you ahead, we would recommend our Superyacht Training Package which provides the STCW courses and an RYA Powerboat Level 2 course, VHF Radio Operators Licence and an Introduction to Basic Seamanship course. We also include, at no extra charge, an RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities course, essential for commercial endorsement of the Powerboat Level 2 certificate.”

For entry requirements, prices and more information please see our course overview or feel free to get in touch.

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About The Author

Steve Brand
Managing Director

Steve is a highly experienced instructor with a long and impressive track record in safety-critical working environments. Training is much more than a job for him, it is a vocation and his dedication and care for his valued students is second to none.


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