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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?

Its 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.

Its all about the travel

If you like travelling then working on a Superyacht could be perfect. Its 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

5 Steps to become a Superyacht Deckhand

There are a few mandatory qualifications required by all crew. Then you will need key skills and understanding of the role of a Deckhand if you want to find that dream job.
We like 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 Basic Safety Training, a minimum requirement for all professional yacht crew
  3. Experience. On our Deckhand programme we teach you what you need know to do you day job. Everything from VHF radio, rope work, security training to Power Boat Level 2  and PWC.
  4. Recruitment. From CV writing, interview techniques, to our recruitment site, contacts in the industry and our exclusive recruitment day in Antibes. Flying Fish help you find that dream job

Our Superyacht Deckhand course combines everything you need into a all inclusive two week course.

Finding that 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 exclusively for Flying Fish customers and is included within the package.

The day is designed to complement our course, delivered by our industry expert who lives in France and works 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

2 weeks from £2,540

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

1 Week from £775

STCW Basic Safety Training

STCW is the minimum basic safety training requirement for anyone wishing to work on a commercial vessel greater than 24m in length. Our STCW Course is for one week.

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