Becoming a Superyacht Deckhand is an exciting opportunity to travel and work worldwide. The Superyacht industry offers adventure and chances to explore the world.

If a career in yachting is Becoming a Superyacht Deckhand provides a clear career path for those looking at a long-term career change.

We designed our 15-day Superyacht Deckhand Course for crews just starting in the yachting industry. Our course provides precisely what you need to begin your career as a Superyacht Deckhand.

What does a Deckhand do?

A Deckhand is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the exterior of a Superyacht. Although the role varies from yacht to yacht, the core responsibilities remain the same. To learn more about the role, please visit our dedicated page.

Our Superyacht Deckhand Course is designed to provide practical and soft skills that Captains look for in Deckhands entering the industry.

Becoming a Deckhand

If you’re eager to learn more about the role of a Deckhand, then you can find out everything about the role in our blog Becoming a Deckhand.


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Is the Superyacht Deckhand Course right for me?

This course has been designed for crew, male or female, who want to work as a Superyacht Deckhand. Our 15-day course provides exactly what you need to get started, including the  STCW Basic Safety Training Course, our bespoke Deckhand Training Course, RYA Powerboat Level 2, Jet Ski, and lots, lots more.

You will have lots of fun, learn loads from Instructors who are experts in their field, and meet like-minded people who are on the same pathway as you.


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Please don’t take our word for it; check out what our past students have to say about their time with Flying Fish!

As well as the practical skills you benefit from our Career Support Service there to help with your CV, career guidance delivered by our an X- Superyacht bosun who has been there and done it!


Almost all customers choose our accommodation option. Flying Fish crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located—just a 5-minute walk to the town and our training centre. You can mix and socialise with other people on the course who, like you, will start a career in the Superyacht industry.

New for 2024 – Seafarers Tax Service

All crew working at sea must complete a Self Assessment Tax return at the end of each year to declare overseas income. 

We realise that tax is the last thing on your mind, and from June 2024, your first year’s annual tax return is included within the Superyacht Deckhand course price, saving you £210 plus a lot of hassle in the process!  

Flying Fish is a certified tax agent with HMRC, we help hundreds of Superyacht crew complete their Self-Assessment Tax Returns each year.

Our Career Support Service

As well as practical skills, customers benefit from our bespoke Careers Support Service, which provides mentoring and support to ensure you are ready to start your new career. Our Career Support Service has everything you need from CV guidance to prepare you for life in the Superyacht industry, including:

  1. A dedicated, personal mentor and coach will be on hand to support and guide you throughout your course.
  2. In one-to-one CV writing sessions, we guide you through writing a yachting CV, provide CV templates, and help you complete your Yachting CV.
  3. Industry presentation on ‘how to find work’ to prepare you for life onboard, registering with recruitment agents, visas, bank accounts, and more.
  4. Guidance with covering letters and employer references.
  5.  Regular meet-ups in Antibes with one of our Flying Fish Mentors.
  6. Access to our exclusive Flying Fish WhatsApp group, where we and other course graduates share job opportunities.
  7. Six months of ongoing career support.

Why train with Flying Fish

  1. Flying Fish limits student numbers to small groups. This means you have the opportunity to have one-on-one time with our expert instructors.
  2. We are the only company providing hands-on, practical motorboat experience.
  3. Seafarers Tax Service
  4. Comfortable self-catering accommodation in crew houses 5 minutes from our training centre in Cowes.
  5. Our exclusive Career Support Service.




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What our previous customers have to say

What an absolute honour and pleasure it was being a part of Flying Fish family for the 2 weeks I completed with them! From the professional, helpful and attentive staff to fun, laughter and memories.

Monika B

Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.

Ossia M

Book Superyacht Deckhand Course today!

Finance options available

Contact us for more information about financing your career, or click on the icon below, and we will contact you.

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15 day(s)


Cowes, Isle of Wight


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Still not sure?

From training to career advise we’ll be happy to sit down and give you the guidance you need!

If you would prefer to work as a Steward/ess then you may like our Superyacht Steward or Stewardess course.

Become a Superyacht Stewardess

Superyacht Stewardess Course

This course is the right choice for anybody looking to become a Steward/Stewardess. Includes STCW.

15 day(s)



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