How To Get a Job as a Stewardess on a Superyacht

Friday, October 5, 2018
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What is a Yacht Stewardess

A yacht stewardess (yacht stew) is an entry-level position to working onboard a superyacht. A Yacht stewardess is responsible for the maintenance of the interior of the superyacht and providing the highest standard оf hоѕрitаlitу аnd ѕеrviсе in line with the owners and/or guests expectations.

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What Does a Yacht Stewardess Do?

Depending on the size of the yacht, there are between 1 and 5+ yacht stewardess. The duties and responsibilities as a yacht stewardess will vary with the size of the yacht and number of crew on the yacht. Your first job as a stewardess on a larger size yacht will consist of learning the basic duties of a stewardess. Crew Mess duties, detailing, cleaning windows, polishing is high on the agenda to keep the yacht in immaculate condition at all times.

Onboard a smaller yacht with a smaller number of stewardess, responsibilities will increase to more hands-on duties such as; tender driving, anchoring, mooring procedures, assist within the galley or deck operations.

The workload varies depending on the yacht, season, itinerary and whether you have guests onboard. The busiest times are usually pre-season, boat shows or guest arrivals and whilst guests are onboard. A yacht stewardess position on a superyacht requires energetic professionals and as you’ll be constantly on your feet. Whilst guests are not on board its common to have a normal 8-5 schedule with weekends off if working fulltime. If there is a trip or event with guests, hours will be much longer, and work will be much more demanding.

What are the responsibilities of a Yacht Stewardess?

  • Providing 5-star service to guests and ensuring guest satisfaction
  • Providing excellent guest service, silver service and bartending skills when needed
  • Maintaining laundry, housekeeping and wardrobe tasks for both guests and yacht crew
  • Floral arrangements and decorations
  • Excellent knowledge of fine dining, wines and cocktails
  • Maintenance of guest-cabin care and detailed cleaning
  • Assisting with inventory and restocking provisions
  • Watchkeeping within the crew mess
  • Stowage for sea
  • Attention to detail
  • To maintain a safe and secure environment

Yacht Stewardess Job Descriptions

Purser

Larger superyachts with greater numbers of yacht crew will often employ a Purser to manage recruitment and financial matters. On smaller yachts, the Chief Stewardess fulfills this role. Duties include bookkeeping and accounting, payroll, ensuring crew certifications are up to date, managing the yacht’s inventory and organising supplies of everything from food and drink to cleaning supplies and crew uniforms. The Purser is also in charge of coordinating delivery contracts and managing guest transport to the yacht and to and from planned events and venues.

Skills required: A Purser will have gained experience as a Chief Stewardess on smaller yachts. The person in this role needs to be highly organised with strong administration skills, and able to manage the paperwork for every department. Excellent communication skills are also required as the Purser will work closely with guests to organise trips, events, and may take responsibility for hiring new crew members when needed.

Salary expectations: There is considerable crossover between the duties of a Purser and a Chief Stewardess, but on larger yachts where both roles are filled, a Purser can expect to earn between $6,000 to $12,000+ per month.

Chief Stewardess

The term 'Stewardess' is being used here as statistically there are more females than males within the interior department, but that being said, there are a handful of Chief Stewards within the yachting industry as well. The primary aim of the yacht’s interior department is to ensure the comfort of the owner and all onboard guests by providing exceptional service. Duties extend to food and drink service, cleaning, polishing, flower arrangements, cabin preparation, and more. With the Chief Stewardess taking responsibility for overseeing the tasks completed by the entire interior department and reporting directly to the Captain. Extra responsibilities include arranging guest trips, transport and obtaining the appropriate currency for each location.

Skills required: The Chief Stewardess needs to have exceptionally high standards and a keen eye for detail. Skills will generally have been developed through experience in a Stewardess role, and success in this role requires an ability to provide services above and beyond 5-star expectations. Discretion is also extremely important, and an experienced Chief Stewardess can anticipate the wants and needs of every guest.

Salary expectations: Depending on experience and the size of the vessel, the current salary range for a Chief Stewardess is between $4,500 to $9,000+ per month.

Stewardess

A yacht stewardess (stew or steward) is responsible for maintaining the interior of the yacht and providing the highest standards of onboard hospitality. This is an entry-level position and a stewardess will work under the supervision of the chief stewardess. Duties include food and drink service, bartending, table setting, cabin preparation, and general housekeeping and laundry for both guests and yacht crew. On larger yachts, housekeeping duties may be overseen by a separate head of housekeeping, and laundry becoming a designated job role.

Skills required: As with an entry level deckhand position, success in this role comes down to being prepared to work hard and keep a smile on your face. Previous experience of providing silver service or having skills as a barista or cocktail maker can boost your potential to secure a job, but the most important quality to possess remains a positive attitude and a sense of pride in achieving the highest standards in your work.

Salary expectations: An entry-level stewardess can expect to earn between $2,700 to $3,200 per month. On larger yachts, the stepping-stone position of the second stewardess can provide greater responsibility by sharing some of the chief stewardess’ duties and earnings increase to an average of between $3,300 to $5,500 per month.

 

Yacht Stewardess

Yacht Stewardess Training and Qualifications:

Essential Certificates You Must Hold Before You Can Get a Stewardess Job on a Yacht are:

 

1. STCW Basic Training

2. ENG 1 (Seafarers Medical Certificate)

3. Passport and visas, if applicable

 

What does the STCW (95 + 10) Basic Safety Training course include?

  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1)
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2)
  • Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW A-VI/1-4)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1)

How To Become a Yacht Stewardess With No Experience?

If you have no experience in the superyacht industry, the first thing you will need to do is read the Ultimate Guide of How to Get a Job on a SuperYacht. it’s not really possible to have directly related yachting experience if you are brand new to the yachting industry, but not to worry. Having no experience doesn’t mean that you can’t ever land a job as a Yacht Stewardess. Captains have, in the past, hired crew with a variety of backgrounds such as hospitality, bartending and anyone who can prove they have the willingness to learn with the right positive attitude.

 

Some courses/past experiences which will help you stand out from the other yacht stewardess and crucial to landing a yacht stewardess job are, but not limited to:

    • Basically, anything hospitality/service related: hotel, cruise ships, cleaning, bars and restaurants
    • Any spa/beauty experience: masseuse, personal training, yoga, manicure, pedicure, hair and make-up.
    • Table service (e.g. silver service, napkin folding, etc)
    • Childcare/Teaching: Nanny, Baby-sitting experience or teaching kids.
    • Food Safety and Hygiene or cooking experience
    • Floral Arrangements
    • Bartending: sommelier, cocktail, mixologist, service experience
    • Barista
    • Anything boat related: sailing, boat driving, diving, fishing, wakeboarding, kite surfing etc.

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What else do I need to do?

  • Always present yourself in a professional manner
  • Prepare a Superyacht CV
  • Dress well and yacht appropriate
  • Maintaining a respectful, friendly attitude during courses and interviews can make a big impression on potential employers and valuable network contacts

Do you have an immaculate room or are you a little OCD when it comes to cleaning, organizing and cleanliness? Well if not it won’t be long before you are a neat freak. Yacht Stews and Interior crew are masters of all. Imagine labelling every single item in your cupboards or detailing a toaster (that’s right you probably never even heard of the term “detailing” before. It basically means clean something that an average person will think is already clean. It’s not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a skill that will pay off in both your personal and professional life.

If you have what it takes to be a yacht stewardess, stay open-minded, show your eagerness to learn and let your personality shine!

How Much Does a Yacht Stewardess Earn?

At entry-level, a Junior Yacht Stewardess could expect to earn between $2,700 and $3,200 per month. An experienced yacht stewardess could earn upwards of $4,000 per month depending on the size of the vessel and previous deckhand experience, training and certification. These numbers are based on an average, all yachts are different and sometimes pay more or less depending.

8 Steps to Getting a Stewardess Job:

Step 1: Research – Understanding the position and requirements
Step 2: STCW Basic Training
Step 3: ENG1
Step 4: Training and Qualifications
Step 5: Register with SuperYacht Crew Agency
Step 6: Upload a quality CV
Step 7: Network
Step 8: Dock Walking – Day Work

In a quick summary, getting a job as a stewardess on a yacht can be a challenge, however, if you have read this far, the first step of the search for a stewardess job is already complete. Check our Stewardess Jobs via our Job Board.

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