Are you wanting to maximise your job potential in the Super-Yacht industry?
STCW Training UK can help you with a dedicated programme tailored to most yachts' requirements. We spend a lot of time visiting various yachts throughout the world and have extensive experience in the industry. We have put together a 'bucket list' of qualifications we can provide through ourselves and our chosen partners to enhance your ability to get that dream job.
The Bare Minimum - STCW Basic Courses: Basic Fire-fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Security Awareness
Better - All the above but also Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
Better Still - All the above plus RYA PWC (Jet Ski) Competence Certificate and Powerboat Level 2
The Best - All the above plus RYA PWC Instructor, VHF/SRC Operator's Licence and Efficient Deckhand Course
Even Bester (!) - All the above plus RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
Living and Working on a Super-Yacht:
Below you can read more about the general work you will be required to do along with the living conditions, average salaries and working hours. We know what Captains, First Officers and Bosuns are looking for in a new starter and the programmes above will enhance your ability to find a job amongst the hundreds of hopefuls who apply every year.
Deckhand is the entry level for crew jobs on superyachts. Your job will include many diverse activities but the main aim will be to maintain the exterior of the yacht and keep it in top condition. You will normally be part of a team of between 2 and 6, your line manager will normally be the bosun and then the First (or Chief) Officer. Your duties will include:
General exterior maintenance
Driving tenders and Jet Skis
It can take several weeks of hard effort to secure a job and if you have the edge over other candidates with the extras above you will be short-listed and possibly reduce this to days. Other qualities required will include things we can't help you with such as: politeness, willingness to learn, willingness to go that extra mile, confidentiallity and a smart appearance
An entry level deckhand could expect to earn between £1,200 and £1,800 per month. An experienced deckhand could expect up to around £1,800 to £2,200 or more per month. Charter yachts are normally very busy and you will work hard, however there are perks if the guests have had an excellent experience when they will show their appreciation with sometimes eye boggling tips to the crew as a whole. Private yachts are the less busy and tend to carry out trips with their owners (the Boss) a few times per year. You will not work as hard as on a charter yacht but there will be less tips.
On most yachts you will share a cabin with two bunk-beds with another crewmate. There will be a shared washbasin and shower and your own locker and/or wardrobe. You can expect your cabin to be no more than about 2m x 3m square. The cabins will normally be situated in a corridor next to the crew mess separate from the guest area where the whole crew will eat and socialise. Working hours will normally be 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. with most weekends off when there are no guests onboard but much longer hours when they are onboard. (You will come under the rules of the Maritime Labour Convention however which means you may work long hours but then get time off to compensate.)
Normally laundry will be done for you by the interior crew (Stewardesses and Stewards). Everybody works together and so you should keep your cabin clean and tidy and help the interior crew to carry out their duties by respecting their workload and attention to detail - they are primarily there for the Boss or guests.
There will be at least one chef onboard who will prepare meals for guests and the crew. Sometimes there will be a dedicated crew and separate "front of house" chef if the yacht is a large one. Meals are normally very nutritious and of a high standard and mostly the Chief 'Stew' will make sure there are home comforts to cater for personal choices when purchasing supplies if possible (if you prefer to drink a certain soft drink, nutrition bar etc.)
Please get in touch if we can help you with your career transition.