If you would like to travel the world then a job on a Superyacht could be what you are looking for. Our Superyacht Deckhand Course provides all the essential skills you will need to start your new career.
A job on a superyacht is like no other job, you get to spend your working day in the sunshine on-board an incredible yacht in some of the nicest places on earth – there are not may day jobs like this! The pay is not bad either with the average salary for a new Deckhand ranging from €1,800 to €3,000 per month, depending on the size and type of yacht. Furthermore, this income can be tax-free. Then there are the tips! Working on a superyacht can be hard work, long hours and you will be away from home for long periods but very rewarding and for many the start of a fantastic career!
Our Superyacht Deckhand Course is very popular as it provides all the qualifications and additional skills that are required to start a new career as a Deckhand.
If you are looking for everything in one course then we recommend this option.
The Superyacht Deckhand Course is made up of six essential elements:
- STCW Basic Safety Training – 6 days
- Powerboat Level two – 2 days
- VHF Radio Operators course – 1 day
- Superyacht Deckhand Training course – 5 days
- Personal Watercraft (PWC) – 1 day
- Recruitment day (Antibes) – 1 day
The superyacht industry has seen significant growth over the last ten years, with superyachts increasing in length and complexity meaning the demand for well-trained crew has increased too. Working on-board a luxury yacht is very rewarding, meeting like-minded people who long for adventure.
New for 2018
We now include the MCA Proficiency in Designated Ship Security Duties (PDSD) qualification as well as Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) within our two-week Superyacht Deckhand Course.
- All safety equipment, publications and certification.
- CV/Industry preparation day with one of our experts.
- Free online recruitment service.
- Superyacht recruitment day in Antibes.
VHF (SRC) exam fee not included. Payable to the RYA
Dates & pricing
|02/04/2018||16/04/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Waitlisted - call 01983 280641|
|23/04/2018||07/05/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|14/05/2018||28/05/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|04/06/2018||18/06/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|09/07/2018||23/07/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|13/08/2018||27/08/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|03/09/2018||17/09/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|24/09/2018||08/10/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|22/10/2018||05/11/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
|19/11/2018||03/12/2018||Cowes, Isle of Wight||Available|
Pre-requisite experience and qualifications
You must be 18 years old to train with Flying Fish.
The course is suitable for complete beginners who are looking to work as a deckhand on a commercial yacht. You should have a strong work ethic, vital to your new career.
To work on a Superyacht you will need to complete an ENG1 Medical to say that you are fit to work at sea. We recommend you complete your ENG1 before you start your course. Once you have completed your training and passed your ENG1 Medical you will then be ready to begin your adventure.
The course is made up of fun, action-packed practical and theory exercises. The course is split into two sections. The first being your mandatory STCW Basic Safety Course followed by your deckhand training and other useful skills, essential for putting you ahead of others looking for work in the industry. Here is an overview of the course structure:
STCW Basic Safety Training – 6 Days
STCW Basic Safety is a compulsory qualification for crew on superyachts:
- Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.
- Proficiency in Security Awareness.
- Personal Survival Techniques.
- Elementary First Aid.
VHF Radio Operators Course – 1 Day
RYA Radio VHF Short Range Certificate (GMDSS/DSC) teaches you marine radio techniques and emergency procedures.
RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course – 2 Days
This course is a legal requirement for crew who need to drive the yacht tender. You will be on the water in one of our RIBs focusing on slow speed manoeuvres plus theory knowledge needed to drive the yacht tender.
Superyacht Deckhand Training – 5 Days
The next week is spent learning new skills you will need as a Deckhand. These include:
- GRP Course.
- Ropework, knots and spicing course.
- CV and industry prep.
- RYA Radar Course.
- MCA Proficiency in Designated Ship Security Duties (PDSD).
- Security Awareness Training.
PWC (Jet Ski) Course – 1 Day
This practical, exciting course will teach you all there is to know about the Jet Ski and how to use one safely. Jet Skis are often found on luxury yachts and it’s the crews job to know how to use these toys!
Superyacht Recruitment Day in Antibes (Optional)
There is no additional charge for this Recruitment Day in the South of France. Our staff in Antibes help you through the process of seeking employment. The day includes: looking at local crew agencies, what to expect, personal presentation, dos and don’ts, dock walking, and a final polish of your CV before you begin your career in the superyacht industry.