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How to get a job on a Superyacht

Looking for jobs on superyachts?The best jobs are the ones that don’t feel like work and that’s certainly true of a career in the yachting industry. After all, you get to travel to far-flung destinations, hang out with celebrities and the pay is fantastic.

What qualifications do I need?

If you want to work on superyachts and vessels over 24m, as a minimum you’ll need STCW Basic Safety Training Certificates. Even if you’re working on a smaller yacht, you stand a much better chance of securing a job if you have these certificates.

STCW Basic Safety Training includes:

  • How to respond to basic security situations on-board
  • How to prevent and fight fires
  • What the working conditions of a ship are like and how to keep yourself safe
  • Basic first aid and lifesaving skills
  • How to survive in an emergency situation

These are just some of the skills you will learn – a lot is packed into one week!

If you have already decided whether you want to work on deck or as a member of the interior crew, then we have specific courses available for these roles which will give you a much better chance of securing the job you want.

Since the Captain is usually the one who specifies the crew members they are looking for, each will likely ask for different skills, levels of experience and qualifications. Some deck crew roles may require you to have a Yachtmaster qualification. Even if it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to complete the course anyway, as it is essential if you someday want to become a Captain or Chief mate (the second in command).

How to get a jobs on superyachts with no experience

It is indeed possible to secure a job at sea with no previous yachting experience, so long as you have the qualifications necessary. Naturally, your job role choices will be limited at first, typically entry-level positions include: cook, steward/stewardess and Deckhand.

You may already have relevant experience even if you’ve never stepped foot on a yacht. If you have any experience in the following, put it on your CV:

  • Basic cooking
  • Hospitality
  • Babysitting
  • Painting
  • Mechanics
  • Diving
  • Bartending
  • Woodworking

Benefit to working on a yacht (aside from the enviable tan)

1. Travel all across the world

Working on a yacht will give you the opportunity to visit some incredible places, from private Caribbean resorts to beautiful cities adored by the rich and famous. Best of all, you don’t have to fork out a penny; you’re being paid to travel to these destinations! While you will be working hard most of the time, you will get days off, which can spend exploring wherever you’ve stopped off at.

2. Earn a lot of money

The salaries of yacht workers are incredibly high (Captains earn between €60,000 to €150,000 a year)! If you work on a Superyacht as a Deckhand or Steward/ess, expect to earn €1,800 – €3,000 per month tax-free, with tips of a similar amount if you’re on a Charter. Living costs are all paid for, so it’s easy to save fast and spend your money as you wish.

3. Enjoy amazing experiences

Yacht crew work hard and play hard. You’ll get to attend celebrity parties, try diving, ride Jet Skis, eat at the best restaurants and go shopping in your downtime. It’s all part of the lifestyle!

4. Make friends for life

You’ll be working and living closely with your crew mates creating life long relationships. Even once you’ve parted ways, you’ll stay in touch, if only to reminisce about all the adventures you had together.

5. A chance for progression

It’s an unfortunate truth that some roles are dead-end jobs. As long as you complete the training necessary for each crew role, you really do have the chance to one day become a Captain or Chief mate. You will learn so much during your time on the yacht and that experience will be invaluable no matter what you choose to do in the future.

Each Captain is different, and will be looking for the traits and skills they favour, so while you might not be suitable for one yacht, that doesn’t mean you won’t be perfect for another. Work hard and one day you could secure that dream job!


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