If you’re thinking about a career in, or even a gap-year, working on luxury yachts, it’s a good idea to chat to people that have done it before.
Working on luxury yachts is not a career for everyone. Due to the long hours, hard work and extreme amount of patience to name a few of the qualities you need to survive this lifestyle, not many actually make it past one charter! To avoid spending a large sum of money to obtain your basic and compulsory yacht training, it’s helpful to chat to some experienced yachties and get a real feel for whether this career is for you.
Speak To Past Yachties
Get Onboard Yachting Agency is based in Cape Town, one of the two locations in South Africa that offer luxury yacht crew training.
It was created by Lara Dippenaar and Meg Tonkin who met working onboard one of the world’s premium superyachts. Meg, who runs Get Onboard, offers one-on-one consulting to those curious about starting a career on luxury yachts. She is able to answer your questions and offers a wealth of hands-on knowledge, drawn from a decade of life on board luxury yachts.
Meg says “It’s always nice to be able to speak to someone who has been there, and will give you the full picture without sugar coating”.
If you’re not currently in Cape Town, she also offers digital chat sessions, or if you’d like to get a good picture in your own time, has written an eBook jam packed with tips and tricks from her excess of 10 years experience of working on luxury yachts. The eBook offers all the information you’ll ever need to get your first yacht job. From what to study and where, visa application tips to the types of jobs on board, what to pack, and where to go to find employment – 54 pages of valuable insight.
Get your ultimate yacht crew deckhand training guide here, or book a session with Meg to find out if yacht life is for you!