You’re thinking about starting an epic adventure working on board luxury, private yachts and living the dream! Travelling to exotic places and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. But how do you start this grand journey? What is the magic bullet that will get you working on superyachts?
Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no magic bullet…well, that is not quite accurate, there is, and you’re not going to like it. The two qualities that is most likely to get you work on superyachts is hard work & tenacity. Those are your magic bullets. Those together with the right training of courses.
Superyacht Training & Yacht Job Courses
Working on superyachts does not mean that you can just charm your way onboard if you’ve done some basic waitering work. Not even if you have the nicest personality. You need qualifications. Proper certifications and (at least) the minimum training.
So what training do you need to work on superyachts?
If you’re a newbie to the yachting industry you will need at least two training courses behind your name. Well, technically there is one course, and the other is the Seafarer’s medical exam.
The STCW 2010 is a 10 day course and a compulsory requirement for any seafarer in order to be eligible for employment at sea. The course modules typically include Marine Fire Fighting, Sea Survival, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities and Competence in Security Awareness.
If you’re a little more experienced, or once you’ve completed your STCW, you can look at expanding into other qualifications and roles such as potentially the Deckhand Course if you’re into being more physical, where you will learn all the basics and receive practical training including: rope work, winching, wash downs, anchoring and more.
Or you could look at the Interior Crew Training course if you prefer working with guests, food and wine, and catering to guests needs and demands.
If you’re not sure which types of roles would be a good fit for you, download our ultimate beginners yacht crew handbook which also includes a superyacht training guide and advice to survive your time on board.