We always try to make clear to our students that working on a yacht isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t for everyone. The yachting industry is best suited to those with unique characteristics that enable them to be able to handle the pressure that comes with working onboard. No matter the size of the yacht you work on, these traits are essential to making your yachting career a long and successful one.
Is is essential to understand that when you start out in the industry, you will be taking direct orders from your superiors on a daily basis. In some cases, your superior may even be several years younger than you. It is imperative that you are able to listen, take orders ad follow instruction, not only will this make you a better crew member, but will also make you time onboard much more enjoyable. It is not always easy to deal with an authority figure, but if you make an effort to listen respectively, it will go a long way to making you a great crew member.
Working on yachts is a physically demanding profession. If you work in the deck or engineering department, your duties may frequently include: sanding, scrubbing, varnishing, wiping, or polishing. These jobs can sometimes lack mental agility, so if you need to constantly be stimulated, yachting may not be for you.
On charter, you essentially offer a 24 hour service. This means being awake before guests wake up and until after they have been to bed. It is essential you manage your sleep schedule to help regulate your energy levels so that are you able to preform your duties accordingly.
When you work on a yacht, you don’t only work there, but you live, eat and sleep there too. Long charters and stressful situations can cause confrontation amongst your fellow crew members. If you can learn to communicate effectively, accept each others different cultures and views and are able diffuse stressful situations without conflict, you will make some life long friends and work colleagues.
Working on a yacht is very different to living on land. Your personal space is confined, work hours are long, and daily freedoms are limited. If you like your independence to do you like, when you like, then perhaps yachting isn’t the best career choice. However, if you are able to adjust mentally and physically to the yachting lifestyle, you could have found the career of your dreams
This attribute is absolutely key to working onboard a super yacht. It is essential you are able to take instruction and perform the necessary task without question or debate. We are of course referring to any reasonable and safe task, however these instructions should be completed in a pleasant, friendly manner, in the timeliness expected of that instruction. Being kind, polite and getting on with your tasks will make you a valued and well respected crew member onboard.
Do you think you’ve got the skills needed to make you a successful yacht crew member? Why not check out our list of super yacht courses available and let’s get you qualified to join this incredible, and profitable career. Contact us to book your place today.