Working on a Superyacht as a Steward or Stewardess is becoming the career path of choice for many who look for a job at sea rather than on land. It’s a perfect way to combine work and travel, you will spend all of your time in the sunshine and in some of the most beautiful places in the world. If you have ever considered a career as a Steward/ess on a luxury yacht, then Flying Fish will help you achieve your goal.
What is life like onboard
A Superyacht is the pinnacle of luxury and extravagance: the yacht is built to each owner’s specifications and, in this industry, you will find that money is no object. Due to their size and complexity, the yachts require a qualified crew to operate and look after them 24/7. All the crew live, eat, work and sleep onboard. Your working day will typically start at 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. When on charter or if the owners are onboard, then there are no set working hours. You will share a cabin with another Stewardess.
To get a better idea of the Superyacht industry then we recently caught up with Charlotte Fox, who completed our Superyacht Stewardess course in March 2017. After nearly a year in the industry, having spent the summer in the Med to then sail across the Atlantic to do the Caribbean season Charlotte is in a great place to give an insight to life on a Superyacht
What qualifications are required to work on a Superyacht
All crew working on large yachts are, at a minimum required to complete STCW basic safety training, as well as hold an ENG1 medical certificate. Both STCW basic safety training and the ENG1 medical are mandatory. Those are the formal qualifications, then there are skills needed to work as a steward or Stewardess. If you have a background in waitressing or in hospitality then this will be valuable to your new career.
The skills needed onboard a yacht are slightly different to that on land so our Superyacht Stewardess course will improve on what you have learnt. If you are new to Superyachts then the Stewardess course will give you the skills you need and give you a leg up on everybody else who does not have experience.
Superyachts come in all shapes and sizes, a lot of our graduates will end up on a 30m yacht. On a smaller yacht then you may be required to drive the tender, jet ski, even time on the bridge helping with lookout duties. The course includes Powerboat and Jet ski (PWC) training providing the essential skills needed
Finding that dream job
Flying Fish deliver regular recruitment days in Antibes, France for all graduates of our Superyacht Deck 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.