Finding work onboard luxury and superyachts is very competitive. If you are new to the industry and don’t have any connections to get you placed don’t fret, there are a few things you can do that will boost your application, and a few things that are mandatory.
The level of training and experience you need is dependant on what position you’re applying for.
Positions To Get You Started
If you’re brand new to the industry, the general positions taken up by newbies onboard are deckhands, stewards and chefs (whether crew or sous). If you have an engineering degree or equivalent qualification you might also qualify as a junior engineer or deck engineer on board.
Mandatory Requirements & Certificates For Working On A Luxury Yacht
If you plan to work as crew on a superyacht or luxury yacht there are two mandatory certificates needed to get work on board:
A mandatory qualification required by all crew hoping to work on a commercial or charter yacht. STCW 2010 is the most up-to-date course – (Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers). The STCW 2010 is a compulsory requirement for any seafarer in order to be eligible for employment at sea. Course modules include Marine Fire Fighting, Sea Survival, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety, Social Responsibilities and Competence in Security Awareness.
Having this certification will certainly improve your chances of getting work on board a luxury yacht.
is a medical examination set by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) to assess whether individuals are fit to work on a seagoing vessel and perform duties at sea. You can typically obtain the certificate from MCA Approved Doctor (AD) and this certificate is also mandatory before you’re allowed to complete your STCW course.
If you already have the basic training certificates, we also have a list of the more advanced courses you can look at here.
Additional Skills That Will Get You Noticed
If you’re itching to get started, or biding your time once you’ve received your basic certifications and waiting for placement on a luxury yacht, there are land-based positions that might help give you an additional edge. Read our article on The Skills That Could Benefit You on Yachts to find out what these might be.
Where to Study
There are a couple of academies in South Africa you could consider for this training. Get Onboard have partnered with the only academy that offers internationally ITY and MCA certified courses in the country through our professional agreements with our maritime partners.
The training is through a professional, highly-recognised international partner and takes place in either Durban or Cape Town. Get in touch with us to talk you through the various yacht crew training and courses and we can help you apply to study and get you set-up for your first luxury yacht job!
If you’re not sure whether yacht life is for you, download our yacht crew ebook, the insiders guide to life on a luxury yacht. It’s packed full of info about what to really expect, and step-by-step tips for what you need to get /do before your first yacht crew placement.