The yachting industry is one that usually has it’s own set of rules, however as we have all learnt, unfortunately nothing escapes the coronavirus pandemic- not even the super yacht industry.
With the Mediterranean season just around the corner, how do you find work?
In previous years, junior crew looking to join the industry would flock to yachting hubs like Antibes, Palma and Fort Lauderdale. With the current travel restrictions (as of 31st January 2021) new restrictions have been implemented by the French government making it impossible for Non-EU crew to travel to France to look for work.
What to do if you are a Non-EU crew member?
Currently, non-EU citizens cannot enter France without compelling grounds (looking for work unfortunately does not qualify) so it is now illegal to fly to France to for holiday or leisure travel.
You may enter however if you have a valid job offer and SEA (Seafarer Employment Agreement) in hand and are able to provide a negative PCR test done less than 72 hours prior to departure and by agreeing to self-isolate for 7 days.
What to do if you are an EU citizen?
EU crew members can enter France and are therefore able to look for work. A negative PCR test done less than 72 hours prior to departure is required, however you are not required to self isolate.
Even if you are able to enter France or other yachting destinations we do not recommend you dock walk in order to look for work.
So what can you do in order to look for work from home?
There is so much excellent superyacht related content that is freely available that will help give you an overview of the superyacht industry. If you are keep to learn more, check out our Beginners Guide to Yachting ebook that is packed full of everything you need to know in order to land your first job on a yacht.
While we are stuck at home, why not use this time to upskill. Complete some additional deck courses, complete your wine or barista training, master some new recipes or learn how to fly a drone. Being able to prove that you spent this time growing and developing your skills shows you are self-motivated and keen on progressing within the industry.
With any STCW course completed with us, we offer our candidates a full list of Facebook groups and crew agencies they can register with for free. Jobs are posted directly to these groups and agencies Instagram and Facebook pages daily, and being registered with them means you can apply directly from the comfort of your home.
Get your CV perfect
As we all know, the yachting CV is very different to the normal land based CV. With the industry already being as competitive as it is, don’t start off on the wrong foot by incorrectly displaying your necessary information. Download our free CV template here to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Even though our plans may be on hold, lets be grateful for our health and wellbeing, and when the time is right, we look forward to helping you Get Onboard