A super yacht deckhand Deckhand is the entry-level position for crew who want to work on in the exterior department onboard a super yachts. A Deckhand’s role will be is vast varies depending on the size of the vessel, however, the primary responsibility for a Deckhand is the meticulous cleaning and maintenance of the exterior of the yacht, which must be kept in pristine condition at all times.
On occasion, yacht deckhands may assist with the interior and galley department however this varies on each vessel and its size. His or her responsibilities are carried out under the leadership of the yachts Lead Deckhand, the Bosun, Chief Officer and/or the Captain.
What Does a Deckhand Do?
The deck department can range in size from between 1 and 10 or so deckhands. The duties and responsibilities as a yacht deckhand vary depending on the size of yacht and number of crew on the yacht. With your first position, you can expect your duties to consist of learning the basic duties of a deckhand, including washdowns (cleaning the yacht from top to bottom), cleaning windows, polishing stainless steel and scrubbing the teak decks.
if you decided to work onboard a smaller yacht with a smaller number of deckhands, some of the deck responsibilities for deckhands will increase to more hands-on duties and guest relations such as; tender driving, anchoring, mooring procedures, sanding, varnishing and painting etc. On smaller yachts, you can also expect to be have dual roles and be expected to assist within the galley or interior when on charter. Team work makes the dream work.
Being a deckhand requires that you are comfortable talking to and dealing with guests, as you will be assisting guests with water sport, tender rides to shore and yacht toys such as jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks and more. It’s important to interact with owners and guests in a professional manner when teaching them how to operate the equipment on their own.
Deckhand Jobs and Responsibilities:
Below is a list of duties you can expect to perform within your daily duties onboard:
7. Fibreglass restoration
8. Line handling
10. Driving Tenders & Toys
11. Cleanliness of the yacht wash downs, stainless polishing, waxing
12. Assisting the Bosun and Mate in maintenance projects; sanding and taping up for varnishing or painting (Awl grip), caulking, filling
13. Continued learning of yacht maintenance, operations and systems; line handling, tender driving, navigation, safety, water sports
How much do I get paid to work on a Superyacht
Yacht salaries start from €2,000 a month for Deckhands and Stewardesses, rising to €4,000+ for more senior roles on luxury motor yachts. You live onboard the yacht so there are no living expenses. Meals are prepared by the Chef onboard, and you very rarely need to buy any groceries or toiletries. Read our guide how much you can earn working on super yacht.
Do I need any experience to become a Superyacht Deckhand?
The good news is that you do not require years of training in order to secure a crew position to work on a yacht. However, any experience in water sports, diving or sailing will help. What is common among crew is the desire to work outdoors in the sunshine.
There are some essential crew training certificates you must hold before you can get a deckhand job on a Yacht are:
The STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping. The STCW’2010, previously referred to as STCW’95, forms part of the basic safety training and is a compulsory requirement for any seafarer in order to be eligible for employment at sea. The STCW 2010 has replaced STCW 95 and is the new code that all seafarers working on board commercial vessels must adhere to should they are want to work at sea.
If you are planning on joining the super yacht industry to look for a yacht job as a stewardess, deckhand, engineer or chef, you will need to complete this STCW course.
The ENG1 Medical is a basic medical certificate and is as essential as your STCW’10. It is a mandatory requirement to prove you are fit to work as a yacht crew member at sea. Only MCA-approved doctors can perform an ENG 1 medical exam
3. Passport and visas, if applicable
The biggest quality the Superyacht Captain looks for is attitude. If you have a good, positive attitude then you will go far. Get Onboard Superyacht Academy can provide all the qualifications and skills you need to get going including detailed information on our Deckhand Course.
If you require additional advice on how to get a job as a Deckhand on a superyacht, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.