If your dream is to travel the world or get away from your desk, then working as a Deckhand on a Superyacht could be the job you are looking for. Before you start your new career you will need a few essential skills and qualifications to prepare you for the industry.

Our Deckhand course has been designed for aspiring Deckhands who want all the qualifications, experience, and mentoring to start a career on a Superyacht. As well as practical skills, we provide industry guidance, CV mentoring, and confidence to start your new career.

The Superyacht Deckhand course comprises two of our most popular programmes:

Week 1: STCW Basic Safety Training week, required by all crew working at sea.

Week 2: Superyacht Deckhand course. We will teach you all the skills you need to perform your role onboard, these include:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Ropework, splicing and the essential knots you should know as a Deckhand.
  • Two days on our motor boat where you will learn how to drive and maintain a mini Superyacht!

And loads more. Please see the full itinerary below for a fill list of skills covered during the two-week course


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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. 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. Seafarers tax advice. Flying Fish are registered tax agents, and we can provide expert advice on how to keep on top of your accounts.
  5. Guidance with covering letters and employer references.
  6. Interview techniques.
  7.  Regular meet-ups in Antibes with one of our Flying Fish Mentors.
  8. Access to our exclusive Flying Fish WhatsApp group, where we and other course graduates share job opportunities.
  9. Six months of ongoing career support.


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.

Please select the accommodation option below if you want to stay with us.

Why train with Flying Fish

  1. Flying Fish limits student numbers to small groups. This means you have the opportunity for one-to-one time with our expert Instructors.
  2. We are the only company providing hands-on practical motorboat experience.
  3. We provide shared self-catering accommodation in crew houses 5 minutes from our training centre in Cowes.
  4. Flying Fish offers a free and exclusive Career Support Service.

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

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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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!

Would you like to spread the course fees over time? Consider our finance option. For further information, click here.

15 day(s)

From £3,000

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)


From £3,000

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