Working on a superyacht has much to offer. Amidst the beautiful setting and interesting guests, lies plenty of adventure and excitement! It is important, however, to be aware of a few realities that will help you mentally and physically prepare for the journey.
You need some form of qualification
To get a job on a yacht, you need more than waitressing experience and a lovely personality. You require job-specific qualifications. The bare minimum would be the STCW 2010 course, which is compulsory for all crew members to have completed. The course covers the basics of safety and security at sea and runs over 11 days. If you’re a little more experienced, or once you’ve completed your STCW, you may consider growing your list of qualifications by taking the Deckhand Course. This is ideal if you are interested in more physical work. You will be taught practical skills like rope work, winching, wash downs, anchoring and more.If you prefer working with guests, food and drink, then the Interior Crew Training Course would be better suited.
It’s not all about your looks
The yachting industry can be very superficial, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend your days cleaning toilets and polishing. Charter guests and yacht owners are some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world and are used to a standard of luxury and a certain level of service. While a smart appearance is required, if you are not willing to work hard and get your hands dirty, then no matter how beautiful you are, this industry may not be for you.
It’s real and it can be ugly. It can affect just about anyone, so don’t be disheartened if you suffer from it; it doesn’t mean that the industry isn’t for you. As you get familiar with life at sea, you will figure out ways of preventing illness as best as possible. Two suggestions we have are to avoid alcohol the night before a long passage and to keep some motion sickness tablets on you at all times – these are magic!
Don’t be fooled into thinking that working on a bigger boat means bigger crew quarters. Get used to sleeping on a bunk bed and sharing a room the size of an average dining room table with your friend – OK, it might not be that bad… or is it?
Toys Toys Toys (not all for you!)
While you will be surrounded by jet skis, helicopters, paddle boards, scuba gear, and the best inflatables money can buy, you need to understand that many of these luxuries are not available to the crew. They require constant maintenance, take hours to set up and clean, and most of the time you will probably wish they weren’t onboard. There may be occasions when the Captain allows the crew to make use of selected gear, provided that they are well looked after, cleaned, and stored correctly after use.
Life is not completely one big party
Don’t trust everything reality TV shows and Instagram show you. While you certainly spend your days surrounded by the world’s most luxurious items while living on a boat that is worth millions, experienced yachties can attest to the fact that the experience is not all fun and games. Being on charter means 18 hour days with some of the most demanding guests. Working on a yacht is a real job that requires commitment and dedication. If you can get through the hard times, however, we promise that the good times will make it all worth your effort.
Still interested? Good!
While these truths aren’t meant to put you off, it is important that you enter the yachting industry with a realistic expectation of what will be expected of you. Hard work is certainly a major part of the job, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. If you are ready to get started, contact us to book your basic training courses. If you would like to know more about the behind the scenes tips and tricks to get ahead in the yachting industry, be sure to download our “Beginners Guide to Yachting” resource guide.