FAQs – Get a Job Working on a Luxury Superyacht
Get Onboard is your one-stop-shop for landing your very first job on a luxury super yacht.
We cover some of the frequently asked questions about how to get into the Super Yacht Industry below:
What are the basic yacht courses you need to be eligible to work in the yachting industry:
There are two basic yacht training requirements that you need to complete in order the legally be eligible to work at sea. This includes the STCW’10 basic training course and the ENG 1 medical. These are compulsory courses and must be completed no matter which job or position you are applying for.
What land based experience will help me find a super yacht job?
The yachting industry is predominantly a career focused on hospitality. While various skill sets may assist you in finding a job, they are not enough to fully prepare you for a job on board. You will still need to complete the correct Maritime Training to be fully equipped for a job as a Super Yacht Crew member.
The following skills/ experience are beneficial:
Hospitality training, including waiters, bar tenders, event staff, hotel training, cruise liners
Au pair, nanny and child care, tutoring, child entertainment
Beauty therapists: nail technicians, hairstylists, beauty therapists
Trade skills including: carpentry, varnishing, building, plumbing, tiling, engineering
Watersports: scuba diving, wakeboarding, sailboarding, waterskiing
For Chefs: A natural ability and training/experience as a Restaurant, Estate, Hotel Chef
Personality traits: Social skills, cultured, good work ethic, good manners, well presented, self-confident, a positive attitude
How do I book my training courses?
Simple. Just email email@example.com explaining which course you are interested in. We will provide you with a list of available dates and our booking form. Simply return to us with your proof of payment and you place of the course is reserved.
Are these courses worth it, or am i just wasting my money?
Our courses have been created in order to best prepare our students with the correct qualification, and industry specific knowledge that would be expected of junior crew in the yachting industry. Te founders of Get Onboard Superyacht Academy spent over 12 years as a senior ranked crew member and so offer our candidates with the most up to date information to best prepare you for the industry.
Without your STCW and ENG1 you are not legally able to work at sea, so until you have completed those requirements, finding employment will be impossible. While the other courses are not compulsory, as industry experts we feel it is in our students best interest to educate themselves as much as possible before entering the super yacht industry. We do our best to offer our students the best possible advice on courses that would be most beneficial to their career goals as well as their pockets. To chat more about your selecting the most appropriate courses for you, click here.
What are the best locations to get a yacht job?
There are two main yachting hubs, the Mediterranean, particularly Antibes in France or Palma de Mallorca in Spain, and Fort Lauderdale or Miami in Florida. We explain the different seasons and best time of year to visit each areas in our article Best Locations To Get a Yacht Job for Time of Year.
Is working on a super yacht for everyone?
Yachting is for anyone who loves to go out of their way to please. However, it is open to all sorts of personalities – every boat is different and we will always do our best to place you with likeminded people. Take a look at our page on what makes a great superyacht crew for more information.
What is the minimum age to work on a yacht?
The minimum age to work on a yacht is 18 years old. While there is a chance of finding work straight after school, we suggest getting some work experience before departing South Africa.
What is the STCW and why do I need it?
STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping. The STCW’2010, previously referred to as STCW’95, is a compulsory requirement for any seafarer in order to be eligible for employment at sea. The STCW 2010 has replaced STCW 95 and is the new code that all seafarers working on board commercial vessels must adhere to. If you are planning on joining the Superyacht industry to look for a yacht job as a stewardess, deckhand, engineer or chef, you will need to complete this STCW course.
The course runs every week from our academy in Cape Town and takes 11 days to complete.
What are the different departments onboard?
What crew training is required for me to work as a junior deckhand?
Completing your deckhand courses prior to looking for your first job, demonstrates to your employers that you are dedicated crew member that understands what is required in order to be successful as an entry level crew member in the super yacht industry. Our industry leading standard of training ensures all our candidates enter the super yacht industry.
The primary duties of a deckhand are shared between the maintenance of the yacht exterior and looking after the guests. Maintenance tasks include painting, filling and fairing as well as 1- and 2-part varnishing jobs, plus all other cleaning, polishing and scrubbing duties. Guest related tasks vary from tender driving, beach set ups, water sports, jet skis, anchoring or manoeuvring of the yacht.
In addition the STCW training course, any of the following courses would be considered advantageous:
Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Theory
Specialist Super Yacht Training Course (Deck Hand Training Course)
RYA Competent Crew Certificate
RYA Day Skipper Theory and Practical Certificates
Will I get hired for my first job from South Africa?
Here at Get Onboard Superyacht Academy, we pride ourselves on offering our students practical and honest advice. That’s why you will never find us trying to sell your courses that won’t be specifically relevant to your department.
Landing your first job while you are still in South Africa is almost impossible. The reason for this is because just like you would interview for a land based position face to face,
How much can a motor yacht stewardess or deckhand earn?
The standard entry level salary for a junior stewardess or deckhand ranges between €2000-€2500 or $2300-$2800 per month. This amount is generally tax free, although the onus is on each crew member to check with their home county about tax obligations. Certain countries are tax exempt provided you spend more than 6 months out of the county. Check out our dedicated article on this here.
We have covered all of this and much much more in our easily downloadable yachting industry guide eBook. We go into detail of where you should start your career and at which time of year. We offer yachting CV templates, a packing list, course list, accommodation and visa information.
We break down the various yacht crew departments so that you can see where might be the best fit for you.
We explain what dock walking is, how to get day work, salary expectations and most importantly how to secure that first job. For more information check out this free chapter from the ultimate yachting industry here.
Do you want to know more about booking your yachting courses? Contact us
What is the ENG1 Medical certificate?
The ENG1 Medical is a basic medical certificate and is as essential as your STCW’10. It is a mandatory requirement to prove you are fit to work as a yacht crew member at sea. Only MCA-approved doctors can perform an ENG 1 medical exam.
The exam takes around 1 hour to complete, and should you pass you will leave with your certificate immediately.
Our facilities enable you to complete your ENG1 medical at the same premises as your STCW’10 for your ultimate convenience.
What crew training is required for me to work as a junior stewardess?
The primary task of a Steward or Stewardess onboard is to maintain the interior or the luxury yacht to the highest standard. You will also be required to cater to the needs of yacht owners or charter guests. Service, housekeeping and laundry form the three main departments of the stewardess responsibilities. Food hygiene and safe food preparation are also a major component of working as a stewardess on a super yacht.
Our stewardess training certification is run in Cape Town, South Africa. This is an entry level training course, designed for any crew member that is looking to pursue a career as as stewardess. Combining both practical and theoretical course modules, you will spend time working with actual products used onboard as well as familiarise yourself with processes for when guests are onboard.
In addition the STCW training course, any of the following courses would be considered advantageous:
You can also check out our article on what makes a successful yacht stewardess here.
How do I get my first job on a yacht?
Once you are qualified, what are the next steps to finding your first job onboard?
Yacht CV’s are very different to landbased CV’s and are essential when looking for a job on a yacht. Read our guide on what Captains Look For in A CV for more information.
What is Daywork?
Day work is a great way of networking, building contacts in the industry, and most importantly finding you first super yacht job. Day work refers to when you do not have a formal contract in place with a yacht, but you help out onboard for anything from a day to several weeks. Day working is a great way for you to get a sense of different roles onboard and whether the industry is right for you. Often the Captain or senior crew member will use day work as a trial or “audition” to see who is the best fit for the crew and is the most efficient worker so it is an excellent tool to use when searching for your first job.
What are the negatives of working on a yacht?
Working on a yacht is not all fun and games; it means spending great lengths of time away from friends and family, putting in extra-long hours as needed and living in a shared, confined space.
What are the positives of working on a yacht?
For many, the benefits of a yacht job outweigh the negatives. These include travelling the world, the opportunity to make and save a lot of money, making new friends for life and gaining important skills that will transfer over to many other industries.