If you’re seeking to expand your horizons and embark on a career path that’s a little different from the usual hospitality and retail positions, yacht crew jobs offer a world of rewarding opportunities. Whether you find yourself serving as a yacht stewardess, deckhand, or even as a yacht captain, you’ll enjoy traveling the world, mingling with people from diverse backgrounds, and gaining invaluable experience as well as transferable skills.
But how do you take that first step to becoming a veteran yachtie?
Here are SEAZONE’s top 5 tips for working on a yacht:
1. Research Your Options
If you’re new to the yachting world, it’s worth spending some time learning about the various career options. What does a yacht deckhand do? Could you be the perfect steward or stewardess? How about converting your on-shore culinary experience into becoming the next superyacht superchef? It’s also important to think about where you would prefer to work – the Mediterranean? The USA? All of these answers impact your next steps.
2. Get the Right Certifications
Before you start applying for yacht crew positions, you need to make sure you have all the right documentation. The exact certifications will vary based on your chosen position as well as the geographical area, but some key documents include:
- Passport + Visa (valid for at least 6 months after the end of the contract)
- Seaman’s Book
- STCW Basic Safety Training Certificate
- STCW Security Awareness Certificate
- ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate
Specific courses or certifications may also be required by the employer. Make sure you stay up to date – regulations are changing all the time.
3. Improve Your English
As yachting is an international industry, high-level professional English is essential for all yacht crew, including deckhands and stewards. Even if you’re a native English speaker, it’s important to ensure you can communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people. Practice makes perfect!
4. Prepare Yourself Mentally
The yachting industry is a luxurious, glamorous world. But for yacht crew, it’s also a very demanding industry that requires a lot of hard work. Long hours are typical, and you will need to spend most of that time on your feet, while living in close quarters with other crew. Plus, you’ll be expected to maintain absolute professionalism at all times, serving guests with a smile. How does that sound?
5. Polish Your Resume
Yacht crew jobs are typically very competitive, especially when it comes to high-paying positions and the more prestigious vessels. How can you make an impression? That’s where SEAZONE can help. Simply visit CREWZONE to create a full profile, and within minutes you’ll have a free professional CV that highlights your most important skills and experience – all in the clean, easy-to-read format employers expect. If you add a photo, be sure that it’s accurate and gives a positive impression, with a smile and good lighting.
Got all that? Great! You’re ready to start finding your dream job. Just enter our CREWZONE, sign in, and access our Job Search. With SEAZONE, you’ll start your season off on the right foot!
Good luck on your future career!