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A Deckhand is the entry-level position for crew who want to work on Superyachts. A Deckhand’s role will be varied, however, the first responsibility for a Deckhand is the meticulous cleaning and maintenance of the exterior of the yacht, which must be kept in pristine condition at all times. You may pitch in and help the Interior crew during busy turn arounds.

Deckhand cleaning crew

During maintenance periods, you will help out with some of the routine maintenance tasks that can’t be done while on charter, including varnishing, painting, Awlgrip and repairing the various toys, like Jet Skis, which the yacht will have onboard.

How much do I get paid to work on a Superyacht

Yacht salaries start from €2,000 a month for Deckhands and Stewardesses, rising to €4,000+ for more senior roles. You live onboard the yacht so there are no living expenses. Meals are prepared by the Chef onboard, and you very rarely need to buy any groceries or toiletries. Read our guide on Superyacht salaries

Do I need any experience to become a Superyacht Deckhand?

It’s fair to say that most Superyacht crew don’t come from a boating background. However, any experience in water sports, diving or sailing will help. What is common among crew is the desire to work outdoors in the sunshine. All crew working on yachts require basic Safety qualifications called STCW. Crew area also required to complete an ENG1 medical to prove you are fit and healthy to work at sea.

The biggest quality the Superyacht Captain looks for is attitude. If you have a good, positive attitude then you will go far. Flying Fish can provide all the qualifications and skills you need to get going. if you don’t have any experience then there is a great blog on how you can improve your chances.

It’s all about the travel

If you like traveling then working on a Superyacht could be perfect. It’s no surprise that Superyachts spend all of their time in the sunny parts of the world. Generally, yachts spend the summer in the Med and winter in the Caribbean.

Superyacht Deckhands

4 steps to become a Superyacht Deckhand

There are mandatory qualifications required by all yacht crew, including STCW Basic Safety Training. Along with qualifications, you will need key skills and an understanding of the role of a Deckhand if you want to find that dream job.

We like to break down the journey to become a Superyacht Deckhand into four stages:

  1. Complete your ENG 1 Medical. A requirement for all crew who want to work on yachts.
  2. Complete your STCW Course. This is a minimum requirement for all professional yacht crew.
  3. Get experience. On our Deckhand Course, we teach you what you need to know to do your day job. Everything from VHF radio, rope work, security training to Power Boat Level 2 and PWC.
  4. Go to where the work is. After completing your Deckhand Course, you are now ready to head to France and look for your first job on a Superyacht.

Our Superyacht Deckhand Course combines everything you need into an all-inclusive two-week course.

We help find your dream job

Flying Fish deliver regular recruitment days in Antibes, France for all graduates of our Superyacht Deckhand and Steward/ess courses. This day is exclusive for Flying Fish customers.

The day is designed to complement our course, delivered by our industry expert who live in France and work for a major recruitment agent. The day provides the knowledge you need to start looking for that dream job.

All the skills you need in one 2 week course

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Superyacht Deckhand Course

This 2 week course provides the essential qualifications needed to enter the Superyacht industry as a Deckhand, including STCW Basic Safety Training.

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STCW Basic Training: The Minimum Requirement

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STCW Basic Safety Training Course

STCW Basic Safety Training is the minimum requirement for anyone wishing to work on a commercial.

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