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2 weeks
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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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 gives you everything you need to start looking for work as a Deckhand.

Working as a Deckhand on a Superyacht is a job like no other. You will spend your days earning money working in the sunshine onboard an incredible yacht in some of the most amazing destinations in the world! To work onboard a Superyacht you’ll need to be hard working and prepared to be away from home for long periods, but there are fantastic opportunities to advance your career for the right individuals! Learn more about the life of a Deckhand.

Superyacht Deckhand course

Our most popular programme, the Superyacht Deckhand course includes all the skills and qualifications you need to start your new career. The course includes STCW Basic Safety training, Powerboat Level 2 and our Deck crew programme which teaches you your role onboard. An important aspect of the programme is preparing you to your CV, Interview techniques and how to find that first job. Flying Fish customers benefit from our exclusive recruitment day in Antibes. We include a comprehensive guide to working on a Superyacht.

Where to stay

Flying Fish can provide accommodation for you in one of our crew houses in Cowes.  Our houses are comfortable and centrally located, just a 2-minute walk to the town and our training centre.  Two weeks of Self Catering accommodation costs £420.

Have you completed an ENG1 Medical?

All crew who want to work on a Superyacht are required to hold an ENG1 medical. We recommend you complete the ENG1 Medical before the start of your course, as it confirms you are fit to go to sea.

Why train with Flying Fish?

1. Flying Fish limit student numbers to small groups. This means you have the opportunity for one-to-one time with our expert Instructors.

2. Flying Fish are always happy to tailor courses to your needs.  Our courses are modular so additional elements can be added or removed.

3. We provide shared self-catering accommodation in crew houses only a minute’s from our training centre in Cowes.

4. Flying Fish include a CV day and mock interviews with one of our industry experts. We can even provide CV guidance and proof reading after you’ve completed your course plus a written reference to accompany your CV.

5. Flying Fish offer a free and exclusive Recruitment Event in Antibes. This event not only hooks you up with crew agents and helps you seek employment, we also give you knowledge on the local area and how to live there on a budget! Over a week’s worth of knowledge wrapped into one day!

No need to take our word for it, check out what our past students have to say about their time with Flying Fish!

Also, check out what one of our 2018 Superyacht Stewardess graduates, Rosie Jones has to say about finding work in the Superyacht industry!


  • STCW Basic Safety Training
  • Superyacht Deckhand Certificate
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Personal Watercraft Course (PWC)
  • RYA VHF Radio
  • RYA Radar course
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • CV/Industry preparation day with one of our experts
  • Realistic Deckhand job interview with one of our experts
  • Free online recruitment service
  • Superyacht Recruitment Event in Antibes
  • Small student groups for personal approach and one-to-one time
  • A written reference from one of our experts and ongoing support on completion of your training

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
22/07/2019 05/08/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight 1 Space Left
Course price £2,240
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared self-catering accommodation
19/08/2019 02/09/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight 1 Space Left
Course price £2,240
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared self-catering accommodation
09/09/2019 23/09/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight Waitlisted
Course price £2,240
Required deposit £250
Sorry, this is no longer available
Optional add-ons
£420Shared self-catering accommodation
07/10/2019 21/10/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight 4 Spaces Left
Course price £2,240
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared self-catering accommodation
04/11/2019 18/11/2019 Cowes, Isle of Wight 6 Spaces Left
Course price £2,240
Required deposit £250
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£420Shared self-catering accommodation

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must be 18 years old or older 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 be well-groomed and smart in appearance along with a strong work ethic, which is vital to your new career.

To work on a Superyacht you will need to complete an ENG1 Medical and we recommend you complete this prior to the start of your course, though this is not essential.

Full itinerary

The course is made up of fun, action-packed practical and theory exercises that will gain you certificates and tickets 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
  • Security Awareness Training

VHF Radio Operators Course – 1 Day

RYA Radio VHF Short Range Certificate (GMDSS/DSC) teaches you marine radio techniques and emergency procedures. VHF (SRC) exam fee not included. Payable to the RYA. On completion of this course you will have gained your VHF Radio licence.

Superyacht Deckhand Training – 5 Days

The next week is spent learning new skills you will need as a Deckhand. These include:

  • Getting a job, career advice, creating your CV, references, interview techniques
  • Skills needed, the role of a Deckhand and life onboard
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Ship Security Duties (PDSD) taught by an ex-royal marine
  • RYA Diesel engine maintenance course
  • A master class in rope work, knots and splicing
  • RYA Radar Course

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. On completion of this course you will gain your Powerboat licence.

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 crew’s job to know how to use these toys! On completion of this course you will gain your Personal Watercraft licence.

Superyacht Recruitment Event in Antibes (Optional)

There is no additional charge for this Recruitment Event in the South of France. Our staff in Antibes help you through the process of seeking employment. The event 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.

Related courses

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