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5 Days
Cowes, Isle of Wight
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The Steward or Stewardess is on the frontline when it comes to delivering outstanding service to guests and owners. Having a full understanding of your role and the confidence in delivering that unique experience onboard requires special skills and a lot of practice.

This course is suitable if you already hold your STCW Basic Safety Training qualifications and are looking for some additional knowledge and training on the role of a Steward or Stewardess.

Course programme

At Flying Fish you will get that practical experience and confidence you need to work as a Steward or Stewardess from one of our industry experts who will teach you all you need to know about the interior in just one week. Working on-board a luxury yacht requires attention to detail and being able to work as part of a small team or on your own. As a Steward/ess you will gain a specific set of skills that interior crew will learn to perfect to a very high standard.

This one-week Interior Course is part of our two-week Superyacht Steward/ess Course. You will learn everything about life on-board, silver service, how to make good coffee, and flower arranging. Please see below for the full itinerary.

To work on-board a large yacht you are required to hold your STCW qualifications. If you don’t already have your STCW Basic Safety Training certificates, then consider joining our Superyacht Steward and Stewardess Course.

Where to stay

If you choose our accommodation option, the Flying Fish crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located. Just a 2-minute walk to the town and our training centre. You will be able to mix and socialise with other people on the course who, like you, will be starting a career in the Superyacht industry.


  • Superyacht Interior Skills and Certification
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) (virtual class)
  • CIEH Food Safety Level 2 (classroom-based course)
  • Barista training, wine appreciation, and cocktail mixing courses
  • CV/Industry preparation with one of our experts
  • Free online recruitment service
  • Superyacht Recruitment Event in Antibes
  • Small student groups for a personal approach and one-to-one time

Dates & pricing

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must be 18 years old or older to train with Flying Fish.

The course is suitable if you already have your STCW Basic Safety Training qualifications and are looking to work as a Steward or Stewardess on a Superyacht. 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. You will require STCW Basic Safety Training qualifications before applying for your first job.

Full itinerary

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

PDSD is for crew members who are required to perform a security-related duty onboard a ship or Superyacht. The one-day, MCA approved Course provides the essential training to enable you to perform you role onboard.

This course is delivered online

Steward/ess Training – 5 Days

During your training on this course, you will cover these subjects:

  • Professional aspects of crewing on Superyachts
  • Industry Clinic: the role of the interior crew and life onboard
  • Wine appreciation course at an independent boutique establishment
  • In house barista training
  • Cocktail training
  • Level 2 food hygiene course run by an industry specialist and restaurateur
  • Organise and run a cocktail party for VIP guests at one of the most historic and prestigious yacht clubs in Britain
  • Silver service training run by ex-Superyacht Chief Stew.
  • Housekeeping and laundry including cleaning products and their uses
  • Flower arranging and table set up
  • Mooring protocol, fenders and lines
  • Suitcase packing
  • Ironing & stain removal workshop.
  • Napkin folding

Optional add-ons to your course:

VHF Radio – 1 Day

VHF Short range radio (GMDSS/DSC) teaches you marine radio techniques and emergency procedures. £60 exam fee not included. Payable to the RYA before you take the practical exam.

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.


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