Below deck is a reality series that profile a group of youngsters, also know in the industry as “yachties” as they live and work onboard a superyacht, and ensuring that their demanding clients ever changing needs are met.
While we all take this show with a pinch of salt, it has offered the public a glimpse into the what working onboard a superyacht is really like for those looking to join the industry as a stewardess, deckhand or chef. Working as crew onboard can be very demanding, especially when working long hours and in confined spaces, however the extraordinaly travel opportunities, the friends you make and of course the very attractive salaries make the industry a very appealing one.
Having worked in the industry for over ten years, we know exactly what it takes to help you Get Onboard.
Just follow these easy steps:
Complete your STCW basic safety training
All journeys to a superyacht career start with STWC. It’s the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchingkeeping (STWC) course and it’s a compulsory requirement for any seafarer employed at sea. The course takes 11 days to complete and is made-up of 4 modules, as well as Proficiency in Designated Security Duties. Contact us if you would like to know the next availability.
Complete your ENG1 medical.
The ENG1 medical is an examination to prove you are in good health and medically fit to be able to perform your duties whilst working on board a ship. It only takes a few hours to complete, however you need to see a MCA certified doctor. Contact us to schedule your appointment.
Superyacht Career Courses.
Once you are confident you are fit and able to work at sea, it’s time to complete your additional training in the department you feel is most appealing. Finding your first job on a super yacht is by far the most challenging part of the process, which is why we strongly suggest you look into completing additional courses in order to better your chances of being hired. We offer full career packages for the deckhands, stewardesses, chefs and engineers. Pop us a mail to find out more about our career programs.
Download our Ebook
Finding your first position on a yacht is by far the most challenging part of working onboard. That’s why we have done the hard work for you and compressed our decade of experience of working onboard into the “Beginners Guide to Yachting” ebook. Packed full of tips and tricks to help you get ahead, from visa requirements, dock walking, the different yachting seasons, how to prepare your CV, what agencies to register with, Facebook groups to join, day work, where to stay, even a packing list. Download here
Look for work
There are various Facebook groups, Instagram pages and crew agencies that are you able to join for free. From here you will be able to apply for jobs directly either via the group or over email. While the crew on Below Deck make looking for work easy, remember it can take up to 6 weeks to secure your first position, so be patient and stay positive.
Remember to have fun and enjoy the process. We look forward to seeing you on the next season of Below Deck