Tips To Getting A Job On A SuperYacht

Thursday, June 2, 2016
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How To Get a Job On a SuperYacht?

1. Choose your SuperYacht Career Path

2. Get Certified

3. Register With A Crew Agency

4. Network

5. Choose Your Ideal SuperYacht Job

6. Try Dockwalking

7. Find The Best Location to Start your Yachting Career

8. Nail The Job Interview

Work On A SuperYacht

Securing a job on a superyacht is the ultimate goal. Working on a yacht can be unique, lucrative, and potentially a long term career path, but breaking into the field can seem very intimidating. If you aren’t sure where to begin, it’s important to know what sort of Yacht Jobs are out there, and also what you can do to increase your chances of placement on a yacht crew. There are plenty of yacht jobs available for a wide range of abilities, and with determination, knowledge, and the right SuperYacht Agency, you can prepare yourself for your long term goals in this career.

A high quality yacht crew is always in demand and there are many different positions to fill on a superyacht. The number and type of positions can vary depending on the size of the superyacht.

Crew Positions Onboard a SuperYacht

  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Second Officer
  • Bosun 
  • Deckhand
  • Chief Engineer 
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • ETO
  • Purser
  • Chief Stewardess
  • Second Stewardess
  • Head Of Interior
  • Head Of Housekeeping
  • Stewardess
  • Laundry
  • Head Chef
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef

Ask yourself which position on a superyacht would suit your character and skill set best. Experience is highly valued in a crew member, so if you are lacking in relevant prior experience, you could be at a disadvantage. However, if you are serious about working on a superyacht, there are a few tips on how to get a job on a superyacht including how to enhance your SuperYacht CV and make it stand out from the crowd, brush up on your Nautical Phrases and SuperYacht Terminology.

Training and Certifications For Yacht Crew Jobs

There will be several training courses and certification options available from many sources, and once you have considered your long term goals for a yacht crew position, that will determine which courses and certifications are required.

The absolute minimum requirements to obtain your first job on a superyacht are to be STCW 2010 Certified. STCW 2010 stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, standards that were set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  The STCW 2010 consists of 5 basic training courses that will cover Personal SurvivalTechniques (PST), Basic Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid & CPR and Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR).

Note: If you are serving on board a ship and are qualified in any of the following you must, as of the 1st of January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating/refresher training within the last 5 years.

You must also have your ENG1 Medical Certificate, the MLC states that every seafarer must have a valid medical certificate. ENG1 is a relatively quick and unobtrusive examination set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to minimize or prevent potential hazards at sea. MCA approved Doctors will establish whether or not you have any medical conditions that might cause you to be unable to perform certain duties at sea.

"Securing a job on a superyacht is the ultimate goal"

As mentioned above, these are only the minimum requirements, for each specific position you look into, there will be a list of many more qualifications and courses that will also be required. E.g. Engineers require holding a ticket such as AEC, MEOL or their Yacht Y4, Y3, Y2, Y1 Ticket and Certificate of Competence (COC).

Finding the Right Superyacht Crew Agency

Once you have your basic training and qualifications specific for how to get a job on a superyacht under your belt, you may find it beneficial to register with a yacht crew placement agency. This is a very common way for newcomers to land their first job on a superyacht. There are many crew agencies out there, so deciding which agency will be the best fit for you will be at your own discretion. The general procedure is to either sign up on their registration page, or email the crew placement agency providing them with your CV and other related documents. There may be a quick interview before it is official, but once you are registered, the search for crew jobs begin.

Social Media is also a great way to get started, joining and posting in superyacht related groups, and making sure you are out there looking for either day work to get your foot in, or through contacts you already have in the industry.

Searching For a Job On a Superyacht

Whatever method your choose to land your first job on a superyacht we wish you the best of luck in finding your dream job, just as any land based career it is important to present yourself in a professional manner. Dressing well, and maintaining a respectful, friendly attitude during courses and interviews can make a big impression on potential employers and valuable network contacts. It is very important to be honest about the position you are seeking for and the qualifications you hold.

The Superyacht Job you want is out there – doing your part to prepare yourself with proper training and knowledge can only work in your favour. You are already half way there!

Good Luck and we would love to hear how it all works out. Should you have any questions or need any advice please feel free to email us.