Depending on the yacht position you’re after, it’s always helpful to have certain skills that will give you the edge over other crew members vying for the same job. Remember that your personality and dynamic with the rest of the crew also plays a huge role in getting picked to crew a luxury yacht.
The top additional skill that is most useful across job duties (besides being a super patient people’s person) is waitering or bartending.
Here are some general skills that might be helpful for entry-level yachting positions:
Interior Crew – Stewardess/Steward (entry level)
Housekeeping – who knew that making your own bed and tidying up would have it’s benefits!
Attention to detail and organisation – you have to love making lists.
Any restaurant/service experience
Laundry – high focus on ironing and proper care of different types of fabrics
Floral knowledge – knowing different kinds of flowers and being able to create beautiful flower arrangements.
Wine experience – sommelier skills highly advantageous, but should have at least a basic knowledge of wine varietals, glasses and notes.
Organisation and admin experience a plus
Bonus skills: childcare, yoga, massage/spa experience, event planning
Exterior Crew – Deckhand (entry level)
Water sports experience (surf, kite boarding, flyboarding, wakeboarding, jetski, etc. Having been an instructor is a major plus)
Experience driving tenders/inflatable
Scuba diving – bonus if you’re an instructor
Being able to tie lines (“ropes” as land people call them)
Knowledge of common knots – previous scout badges could be well rewarded here!
Swimming (should be obvious when working on the water)
Some hospitality (must be good with people) – all crew on yachts are in some form of hospitality
Bonus skills: electrical, plumbing, IT, carpentry, etc. Things are constantly breaking and having those skills are valuable on yachts, even those with engineers.
Galley – Crew Chef Or Sous-chef
Provisioning – the ability to plan food & drinks and control stock accurately
Galley (kitchen) organisation
Knowledge of different cooking styles
Ability to adapt to allergies and food restrictions
Willing to work within a set budget
On-time meal preparation
Experience cooking at a restaurant
Culinary training a plus!
Health and safety knowledge
Bonus skills: knowledge of new cooking techniques (like sous-vide) and cooking experience at fine dining restaurants (award-winning a plus)
Engineer – Junior Engineer Or Deck/Engineer
Basic knowledge of engineering
AEC course recommended
Broad knowledge in plumbing, electrical, AC, engines, and machinery
Organisational skills and ability to follow a maintenance schedule
Natural curiosity and problem-solving
Bonus skills: carpentry, painting, construction
The skills above are not an exhaustive list, but make for a great starting point. Once you’ve got your skills defined, be sure to include them in your yacht CV! Yacht CVs are different than most land-based jobs as they are specially tailored to the yachting industry. If you need assistance in creating a yacht CV, get in touch with us!