Before you get started on the journey of a lifetime, we think it’s important we share you some hard truths about working at sea.
Seasickness: It’s real and it’s ugly. Don’t assume that because you are working on a yacht you wont get seasickness- it can affect just about anyone. As you get familiar with life at sea, you will learn better ways to avoid it, such as not drinking the night before a long passage, or taking a seasick tablet 8 hours before departure. If you do get sick, this doesn’t meant the industry is not for you. Give it some time and allow your body to adjust to life at sea, it’s worth it. We promise.
Life is one big party: Don’t trust everything reality tv shows and Instagram show you. While you certainly spend your days surrounded by the worlds most luxurious items, living on a toy that is worth millions, experienced yachties can attest that life is certainly not one big party. Being on charter means 18 hour days with some of the most demanding guests, so it’s important to understand that working on a yacht is a real job that requires commitment and dedication. If you can get through the hard time, we promise the good times will make it all worth it.
Cabin sizes: don’t be fooled into thinking working on a bigger boat means bigger crew quarters. Get used to sleeping on a bunkbed and sharing a room the size of an average dining room table with your friend- ok it might not be that bad… or is it?
Toys Toys Toys: While you will be surrounded by jet ski’s, helicopters, paddle boards, scuba gear and the best inflatables money can buy, it is important to understand not all of these luxuries are available for the crew. They require constant maintenance, take hours to set up and clean and most of the time you will wish they weren’t onboard. There may be occasions when the Captain allows the crew to make use of selected toys, on provision they are looked after, cleaned and stored correctly after use.
It’s all about your looks: The yachting industry can be very superficial, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend your days cleaning toilets and polishing stainless. Charter guests and yacht owners are some of the wealthiest and most influential people in the world who are used to a standard of luxury and a level of service. While a smart appearance is required, if you are not willing to work hard and get your hands dirty, then no matter how beautiful you are, this industry may not be for you.
Still interested? Good!
While these myths aren’t meant to put you off, it is important you enter the yachting industry with a realistic expectation of what will be expected of you. Hard work is certainly a major part of the job, but the rewards definitely make it all worthwhile.
If you are ready to get started, contact us to book your basic training courses, or if you would like to know more about the behind the scenes tips and tricks to get ahead in the yachting industry, be sure to download our 54 page “Beginners Guide to Yachting” resource guide.