Working on a Superyacht
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.
How much will I earn
Working on a superyacht will be rewarding and will take you all over the world. Crew are required to to work hard, be away form home for long periods and have exceptional customer service skills. The yachts recognise your commitment and the pay reflects that commitment. A Stewardess starting out in the industry can expect to earn €2,000 to €2,500 per month. If you are a UK resident then your salary is tax free.
Land a job on a charter yacht then assuming the charter guests have a good time then it is customary to receive a tip. You are likely to earn an additional €1,000 to €3,000 per charter (usually one week) depending on the size of the yacht. It is common for crew to earn €20,000 to €30,000 in tips per season (May to Sep) on top of your salary.
What is life like onboard a Superyacht
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. After nearly a year and a half 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 hospitality then this will be valuable to your new career.
I already have hospitality experience
Any hospitality experience will be useful however, 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. All our Deck or Stewardess courses includes Powerboat and Jet ski (PWC) training
A customers point of view
Kelly completed our Stewardess course in September 2018. Kelly decided to move from a career in the sky as an air-stewardess to one at Sea. The day after completing our Stewardess course she has landed her dream job via Facebook, read her story and why Kelly decided to become a yacht stewardess
Finding that dream job
This is the whole reason you are reading this, find a job on a Superyacht and start our new career at sea. Part of our Stewardess course focuses on careers advice, in fact we now spend a whole day looking at the industry, paying tax, getting that first job and your CV’. We will help you write a CV and as we have met and trained you can provide that all important reference telling potential employers why they should employ you. Flying Fish have great seen great success over the 11 years we have been running Stewardess training courses, with 95% of customers now working in the industry
Flying Fish recruitment day
Flying Fish deliver regular recruitment days in Antibes, France for all graduates of our Superyacht Deck and Steward/ess courses. The day is exclusively for Flying Fish customers. It is designed to complement our course delivered by our industry expert who works for a major Recruitment agent in France. The day provides the knowledge you need to start looking for that dream job.