There are a number of schools around the world offering basic training courses for yacht crew, but not all are internationally recognised.
This is important, as you don’t want to spend money doing a certification that won’t be relevant for the waters you will potentially crew in.
When choosing a place from which to get your yacht crew training, the most important accreditation to look out for is whether they are ITY (International Yacht) and MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) certified.
Great news for South Africans wishing to pursue a career in the luxury yacht industry is that Get Onboard is partnered with the only internationally ITY and MCA certified yacht crew training academy in South Africa.
Courses for Newbies
There are a bunch of areas you could qualify in, be that cooking (chefs), attending (stewards) or fixing (deckhands/engineers), but before you can specialise, every single yachtie needs the following two items under their belts:
The first is a medical certificate that states you are cleared, and fit to be at sea and called the ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate. 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.
The second is the STCW 2010 which is a compulsory requirement for any seafarer in order to be eligible for employment at sea.
Where to do these in South Africa
Because these courses are internationally certified, you don’t have to leave the country in order to complete your basic training. This at least gives you extra time to prepare things like your yacht CV and choose where you’d like to kick-start your yachting career from.
You can choose whether to complete the STCW Course in Durban or Cape Town as well as other more advanced courses..