Becoming a Yacht Stewardess
From selling insurance to working on a luxury Superyacht, Kelly shares her journey to success and why she decided to become a Superyacht Stewardess.
What did you do before you decided to become a Yacht Stewardess?
I did various phone based customer service roles including a spell selling insurance and even worked for a debt collection agency. I didn’t much like sitting behind a desk so I retrained as a British Airways Air Stewardess which was much more up my street. I spent two and a half years traveling the globe, going to the some beautiful places with some amazing people.
How did you discover Superyachts?
I was lucky enough to spend Christmas and New Year in St Lucia with work, our hotel was within a beautiful marina and it was here that I met some Superyacht crew who were taking some time out, relaxing in between charters. I became friends with some of the crew and after getting to know them and hearing about life on board I just wanted to know more about the industry. It was here that I first thought about working on yachts and by March I decided becoming a yacht stewardess would be my next challenge. Everything I did from then was working towards becoming a yacht stewardess.
What attracted you to the Superyacht Industry?
After my stint behind a desk I knew I wanted a job that allowed me to travel and work at the same time. I though being an air stewardess was the only answer, that was until I met the crew in St Lucia. Customer service has always been a passion of mine so I wanted to be able to combine this with my passion for travel. I had done it in the air so why not at sea!
I did a lot of research into the industry and during that research I came across Flying Fish. I decided to do a two week Stewardess course as the course included all the qualifications you need, including STCW basic training. I had worked in hospitality but I wanted to learn more about the role of a Stewardess which is why I signed up.
What was your experience like at Flying Fish?
I loved my time at Flying Fish! The training was so strong, the instructors were all brilliant and the group of people I trained with were amazing! Flying Fish were professional, knowledgeable and know how to make the course fun. You learn a lot in a short period of time, it’s pretty intense but trainers like Mark and Andy made it interesting and fun. We especially loved Angus who took us for VHF Radio not the most interesting of subjects but actually one of my favorite days due to his hilarious stories.
What about finding work as a Stewardess?
I was so lucky as I got offered a job the day after I finished the course. There are lots of jobs online and Flying Fish help you prepare your CV, which is really important to finding a job. When looking for work you do need to be ready to leave as most jobs want you to start immediately. I applied for a Stewardess job on Facebook, which led to an agency who then put me in touch with a yacht. I had a phone interview with the Chief Stew and was offered the job the next day!
Were are you now?
So, I am now on the south coast of the UK on a beautiful 80 meter motor yacht, with a crew of 23. It is literally my ideal yacht – I have really landed on my feet! At the moment we are preparing for an Atlantic crossing, we are due to leave in three to four weeks. We are heading for Florida where the yacht will be based for the winter and we are hoping for a charter or two before Christmas. We are working from 8:00am until 5:00pm Monday to Friday with weekends off, but I know that will change once we arrive in the US.
I have been onboard for a week now, lots of cleaning and laundry and packing up ready for the crossing. I am getting to know the crew who are all brilliant. I know it has only been a week and its been hard work but I am having an amazing time, loving every minute.
I am so glad I made the decision to change career. This has been such an amazing experience, and you never know, I may end up in that Marina in St Lucia for Christmas!
If you are interested in beginning a career on a superyacht like Kelly then the minimum requirement is an up to date STCW qualification. We made this video to show what its all about and what goes on during the course.