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ESSENTIAL YACHT QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications required to work on board a yacht.

Mandatory certificates you need to work on board a yacht

All crew, regardless of their position on board, need to have completed the STCW Basic Safety Training along with obtaining a recognised Seafarers medical certificate, the most popular being the ENG1 which is issued by an MCA ( Maritime and Coastguard Agency ) professional medic.

Without these two certificates, a yacht crew recruitment agent cannot assist you in finding work onboard a yacht .

STCW Basic Safety Training

STCW is a one week long course that provides students with an important introduction to working at sea and the necessary safety knowledge.

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping’ and is required for all crew who are working onboard commercial ships or superyachts.

The course teaches the basics of staying safe at sea and it comprises of 5 modules:

Personal Survival Techniques

Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

Elementary First Aid

Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

Proficiency in Security Awareness

The STCW certification is valid for 5 years from completion of the course, and after that you are required to take an STCW Refresher Course in Fire Fighting and Sea Survival . So, prior to looking for work onboard a yacht, you must make sure all your certification is up to date.

The good news is that there are training centres all around the world where you can complete the STCW course and obtain your certification. Research online to find the nearest centre to you and get started. The course takes 5 days to complete so make sure you have accommodation nearby.

It's also important to ensure that your certificates are issued in English and that the course is certified either by MCA or the national maritime organisation of the country where you take your course.

Seafarers Medical Certificate

Seafarers Medical Certificate is a medical test performed to establish whether your health and your level of fitness allow you to work at sea. The most popular Seafarers Medical Certificate is ENG1 which is issued by an MCA approved doctor but you can also get an equivalent counterpart test in your country.

ENG1 is valid for two years so you will have to make sure to renew it regularly before it expires. Always keep an eye on your expiry dates because, as yacht crew, you might find yourself in the middle of the season with no way of renewing it instantly.

Without a valid Seafarers medical certificate, it is illegal for you to stay and work on board, so always make sure your certificates are up to date.

You can research online to find a medical professional certified to issue a Seafarers Medical Certificate near you.

See the list of MCA approved doctors based in the UK .  See the list of MCA approved doctors outside of the UK . See the list of Countries whose seafarer medical fitness certificates are accepted as equivalent to the UK ENG1.

There are two essential certificates all yacht crew need to have to be able to work on board a yacht, regardless of their role.

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What qualifications are required to work on a Superyacht?

So you wonder- what are the essential yacht qualifications and certifications needed to work as yacht crew? No matter whether you are the most experienced captain or a brand new yachtie, it is essential that you acquire, and maintain your yacht qualifications and certifications up to date. In order to be eligible to work at sea, there are some mandatory legal requirements:

  • STCW basic training, including Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
  • ENG1 medical Examination

STCW Basic Safety Training Yacht Certificate

The STCW yacht qualification is the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchingkeeping (STWC) course and it’s a compulsory requirement for any seafarer employed at sea. The STCW Basic Safety Training yacht qualification comprises five modules which take eleven days to complete. The modules are personal survival techniques, firefighting, elementary first aid, personal safety and social responsibility, and proficiency in designated security duties. Learn more about the  STCW Basic Safety Training certificate here.

ENG1 SEAFARER MEDICAL CERTIFICATE

A seafarer medical certificate is mandatory for anyone hoping to get a job on a yacht. The most popular and widely recognised of the available seafarer medical certificates is the ENG1. The ENG1 Medical is a basic medical certificate and is as essential as your STCW’10. It is a mandatory requirement to prove you are fit to work as a yacht crew member at sea. Only MCA-approved doctors can perform an ENG 1 medical exam. Learn more about the  ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate .

Once you are confident you are fit and able to work at sea, it’s time to complete your additional training in the department you feel is most appealing. Finding your first job on a super yacht is by far the most challenging part of the process, which is why we strongly suggest you look into completing additional courses in order to better your chances of being hired. We offer full career packages for the deckhands, stewardesses, chefs and engineers. While the STCW and ENG1 are the only compulsory courses that you need to complete in eligible to work at sea, there are various other courses you can complete that will greatly enhance your CV. These include deck modules like,  Powerboat Level 2 ,  Yacht Rating certificate ,  Jetski licence , and  Stewardess training  which includes flower arranging, barista training, wine pairing and basic housekeeping skills.

While the yachting industry has many perks, it certainly isn’t for everyone. Often you are required to spend long periods away from friends and family as well as working long hours living in a shared work environment. Take a look at our article to learn the truth about yacht crew life and see if working on a yacht is really for you. Do you still have some unanswered questions? Why not  download our eBook and find out all the insider tips of surviving, and preparing for yacht crew life , or  contact  the Get Onboard team.

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1. what are the basic requirements you need to be eligible to work in the yachting industry, 2. what is the stcw and why do i need it, 3. what is the eng1 medical certificate, 4. what land based experience will help me find a super yacht job, 5. what are the different departments onboard, 6. what crew training is required for me to work as a junior deckhand.

  • Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Theory
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  • Specialist Super Yacht Training Course (Deck Hand Training Course)
  • RYA Power Boat Level II
  • RYA Personal Watercraft Course
  • RYA Competent Crew Certificate
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory and Practical Certificates
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7. What crew training is required for me to work as a junior stewardess?

  • Stewardess Course
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
  • MCA Food Safety Level 2
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2

8. How do I book my training courses?

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What Size Yacht Requires a Crew? (For Different Lengths)

While smaller yachts can be operated by a single person, larger yachts require a trained crew to operate them safely. Different types of yachts also have different crew needs, which can depend on the yacht's size, features, and intended use. In this article, we'll let you know what size yacht requires a crew, and how many crew are needed for different types and lengths of yacht.

Yachts that are over 30 feet in length require a crew to operate them safely. A yacht that is 100 feet in length requires a crew of at least four to six people, including a captain, engineer, stewardess, and deckhand. Meanwhile, yachts that are under 30 feet in length can be operated by a single person.

Recreational yachts are typically smaller and used for leisure activities like fishing, cruising, and water sports. Since these yachts are usually 30 feet or smaller, they can be operated by a single person without a crew. Let's see how many crew members are needed for other types of yachts.

  • If the yacht is under 30 feet and is being used for recreational cruising, a crew of two is usually sufficient.
  • A 90-foot yacht with multiple decks and luxury amenities may require a crew of 8–12 people, including a captain, first mate, chef, stewardess, and deckhand.
  • For sailing yachts between 30 and 50 feet, a crew of four to six is typically required.
  • A small superyacht may have a crew of around 20 people, while a larger one may require a crew of 50 or more.
  • The cost of hiring a full-time yacht crew can range from $50,000 to $200,000 per crew member per year.

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Crew requirements for different yacht sizes, yacht types and their crew needs, the cost of hiring a yacht crew and the role of each member.

The size of the yacht is a key factor in determining whether you will need a crew and how many crew members you will require. Below is a table summarizing the crew size requirements for different yacht sizes:

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Crew size for yachts under 30 feet

Yachts that are under 30 feet in length are generally small enough to be operated by a single person. However, you still need to have some experience and knowledge of boating to operate them safely. It is also recommended to have at least one additional person on board for safety reasons.

If the yacht is being used for recreational cruising, a crew of two is usually sufficient. You may also need to obtain a recreational boating license depending on your location.

Not sure how to get a boating license? Find which state you're in and get a boating license here.

Crew size for yachts between 30 and 75 feet

Yachts that are between 30 and 75 feet in length may require a crew. These yachts are designed to be operated by a small crew or a couple, with one person serving as captain and the other as crew.

If you have experience and the yacht has upgraded features like autopilot, you may be able to captain your own yacht without a crew. However, if you are new to yachting or the yacht has more advanced features, you may need to hire a crew.

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For recreational cruising, a crew of two to four people is usually sufficient . For larger yachts, there may be additional crew members such as a chef, stewardess, or engineer.

Crew size for yachts over 75 feet

Yachts that are over 75 feet in length generally require a crew to operate them safely. The exact number of crew members you will be based on the size and features of the yacht.

  • A 90-foot yacht with multiple decks and luxury amenities may require a crew of 8-12 people, including a captain, first mate, chef, stewardess, and deckhand.
  • A 100-foot yacht with advanced navigation and communication systems may require a crew of 10-15 people, including a captain, engineer, deckhand, chef, stewardess, and possibly a security officer.
  • A 120-foot yacht with a helicopter pad, swimming pool, and other high-end features may require a crew of 12-20 people, including a captain, engineer, deckhand, chef, stewardess, helicopter pilot, and other specialized staff as needed.

Crew size for yachts over 300 feet

Bigger yachts require more crew members because they tend to be more complex and have more systems and equipment that need to be maintained and operated. Additionally, larger yachts typically have more amenities and features that require specialized staff, such as spa therapists, dive instructors, and security personnel.

A yacht that is 300 feet or more in length may have multiple decks, a helipad, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a gym, and other luxurious amenities that require a larger crew to operate and maintain.

In addition, larger yachts may require more crew members to ensure the safety of the guests and the vessel, especially when navigating in challenging waters or during adverse weather conditions. Larger yachts also often provide a higher level of service, which requires more crew members to ensure that every guest's needs are met.

Different types of yachts have different crew needs, which can depend on the yacht's size, features, and intended use. Here's what you need to know about yacht types and their crew needs:

20-100 ft Personal use, weekend trips, fishing
30-200 ft Racing, cruising, adventure, exploration
100-500 ft Luxury, entertainment, social events
50-300 ft Charter, tourism, research
50-200 ft High-end amenities, personal service

Crew size for recreational yachts

Recreational yachts are typically smaller and used for leisure activities like fishing, cruising, and water sports. Yachts that are 30 feet or smaller can usually be operated by a single person without a crew.

However, larger recreational yachts, like those in the 50-100-foot range, may require a small crew for maintenance and management.

Crew size for sailing yachts

Sailboats are a popular type of yacht used for racing, cruising, and exploring. For sailing yachts between 30 and 50 feet, a crew of four to six is typically required. This crew would include a captain, a first mate, a cook, and one or two deckhands.

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For yachts over 50 feet, the crew size can range from six to 20 or more. This is because some yachts may also have additional staff, such as a chef, a stewardess, and a masseuse. These staff members are typically hired to provide luxury services to guests onboard.

One of the hidden costs of buying and owning a 50-foot yacht is the costs for staff and crew, which ranges around $50,000 - $150,000 per year.

Crew size for superyachts

Superyachts are the largest and most luxurious yachts on the market, typically measuring over 100 feet in length. A small superyacht may have a crew of around 20 people, while a larger one may require a crew of 50 or more.

Larger superyachts with more amenities and more guests on board will require a larger crew to ensure that all aspects of the vessel are properly maintained and operated. The team will typically include a captain, first mate, engineer, chef, stewardesses, deckhands, and other specialized roles depending on the yacht's amenities.

Some owners may prefer a smaller crew to maintain a more intimate and personalized experience, while others may opt for a larger crew to ensure that all tasks are handled efficiently and to the highest standard.

Crew size for commercial yachts

Commercial yachts are required to have a crew size that is appropriate for the size and type of the vessel, as well as the number of passengers on board. The crew size can vary greatly depending on the yacht's size, amenities, and intended use.

In general, larger yachts will have a larger crew, while smaller yachts may only require a few crew members. For example, a small yacht that is used for day trips or short-term charters may only require a captain and a mate. However, a larger yacht used for extended charters or as a luxury hotel at sea may need a larger crew.

The crew size for commercial yachts is regulated by various maritime authorities, such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). These authorities have established minimum crew requirements based on the size and type of the yacht, as well as the number of passengers on board.

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Based on USCG requirements, a commercial yacht that is less than 100 gross tons and carries up to 12 passengers must have at least one licensed captain and one crew member. If the yacht carries between 13 and 36 passengers, it must have at least two licensed crew members. For yachts that are over 100 gross tons, the crew size requirements will be higher.

A captain license costs around $700 - $800 , but this may vary according to the country as well as potential extras you might need to purchase.

Crew size for luxury yachts

Luxury yachts are designed for comfort and style, typically featuring high-end amenities like spas, gourmet kitchens, and entertainment systems.

Luxury yachts require a larger crew because they are typically larger, more complex, and more luxurious than other types of boats. A larger crew is necessary to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that the guests have an enjoyable and comfortable experience on board.

Here are some of the reasons why luxury yachts require a crew of 10-30 persons:

Safety: A larger crew is necessary to ensure the safety of the guests and the yacht. The crew must be trained and experienced in handling emergency situations, such as fires, medical emergencies, and adverse weather conditions.

Navigation: Luxury yachts require a skilled crew to navigate the vessel safely and efficiently. The captain and crew must be familiar with the yacht's systems, equipment, local waterways, and navigation rules.

Maintenance: Luxury yachts require constant maintenance to keep them in top condition. A larger crew is necessary to perform routine maintenance tasks, such as cleaning, painting, and repairing the yacht's systems and equipment.

Service: Luxury yachts are known for their high level of service and hospitality. A larger crew is necessary to provide guests with personalized service, including gourmet meals, housekeeping, and other amenities.

Entertainment: Luxury yachts often have a variety of entertainment options, such as water sports equipment, movie theaters, and music systems. A larger crew is necessary to operate and maintain these amenities, as well as to provide instruction and assistance to the guests.

The cost of hiring a full-time yacht crew can range from $50,000 to $200,000 per crew member per year. This includes their salary, benefits, and any other expenses associated with their employment, such as training and uniforms.

Here's a breakdown of the average annual salaries for different yacht crew positions:

$80,000 - $300,000
$60,000 - $120,000
$50,000 - $120,000
$35,000 - $80,000
$60,000 - $150,000
$30,000 - $55,000

The roles and responsibilities of the captain

  • Responsible for the overall operation of the yacht including navigation, safety, and communication with other vessels
  • Must have extensive knowledge of waterways
  • Must make quick decisions in case of emergency
  • Must hold valid Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) issued by USCG
  • For yachts over 100 gross tons, a captain must hold a USCG license for appropriate tonnage and route
  • May need to hold specific endorsements, such as a towing endorsement or a radar observer endorsement

The roles and responsibilities of the captain engineer

  • Responsible for mechanical systems on board the yacht such as engines, generators, and other equipment
  • Must have a good understanding of how systems work
  • Troubleshoots problems that arise
  • Works closely with the captain and other crew members
  • May be responsible for managing inventory and ordering spare parts and supplies

The roles and responsibilities of the stewardess

The stewardess is the first point of contact for guests and they are responsible for the following:

  • Greet guests warmly and show them to their cabins
  • Provide information about the yacht and its amenities, as well as local attractions and activities
  • Clean and maintain guests' cabins
  • Make beds and ensure fresh towels and linens
  • Responsible for serving meals and drinks, setting the table, and clearing dishes

The roles and responsibilities of the deckhand

The deckhand is an entry-level position on a yacht and they work under the supervision of the first mate. They are responsible for a variety of tasks such as:

  • Cleaning the yacht and handling lines and fenders
  • Assisting with navigation and docking
  • Maintaining the exterior of the yacht, such as washing and waxing the hull, cleaning the decks and windows, and maintaining the yacht's equipment and machinery

The roles and responsibilities of the chef

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  • Responsible for providing exceptional culinary experiences for guests
  • Plans menus, prepares meals and manages galley and kitchen area
  • Plans menus that meet the dietary preferences and restrictions of guests
  • Creates menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and appetizers
  • Responsible for provisioning the yacht with fresh ingredients and supplies
  • Prepares high-quality meals and presents them well
  • Manages galley and kitchen area, including cleaning and maintaining the kitchen, managing inventory and ordering supplies, and ensuring that all equipment is in good working order

The roles and responsibilities of the first mate

  • Considered as the second in command on a yacht
  • Works closely with the captain to ensure the safe operation and navigation of the boat
  • Responsible for managing crew and overseeing day-to-day activities on board
  • Assists captain with navigation and piloting of yacht
  • Monitors weather conditions, charts courses, and ensures the yacht is on track and avoiding potential hazards
  • Manages crew and delegates tasks as needed
  • May be responsible for scheduling and coordinating crew shifts, managing inventory and ordering supplies, and ensuring that the yacht is clean and well-maintained
  • May serve as liaison between guests and captain, ensuring that their needs are met and that they have an enjoyable experience on board

The roles and responsibilities of the second mate

  • Assists captain and first mate in navigation and operation of yacht
  • Maintains the yacht's navigational equipment, including GPS, radar, and other electronic devices
  • Ensures all charts and publications are up-to-date and that any necessary corrections or updates are made.

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Superior RYA Yacht Crew Training in South Florida

The Ocean Academy is a fully accredited and recognized Training Center for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).  We offer superior Theory and Practical Yacht Crew Training 

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal (Power)

  • We are the ONLY school in Fort Lauderdale to independently offer accredited Theory and Practical training for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal.  This course includes one week of theory training in chart-work, navigation rules, meteorology, tidal height calculations, aids to navigation, voyage planning and more.  Week two includes practical training on our 40' (12m) training vessel, followed by the RYA Practical Examination. The Duration for this course is 6 days, with a total of 40+ hours of direct contact.  Included in your tuition is the RYA Student Pack which includes course notes, Training Almanac and Training Charts.  Plotting tools are not included, but our Yachtmaster FAQ will help you understand the tools that are needed.  We keep our student/instructor ratio to 4:1 maximum for the best training experience.  Please contact Steve from the contact information below for a consult and information on booking your course.

RYA Power Boat Level 2

  • The Ocean Academy is fully accredited to offer the RYA Power Boat Level 2 Course (PBL2).  We offer this course in a two-day theory and Practical course, or a three day evening class for those crew members who are working on-board during the day.  The course is offered on our modern and well equipped 23' (7m) center-console training vessel, with electronic chart plotter, DSC equipped VHF radio and all the latest safety equipment.  Included in the tuition is an online voucher for the Start Boating course notes booklet.  We keep our student/instructor ratio to 3:1 for the best training experience.  Please contact Steve from the contact details below for a consult and infomation on booking your course.

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Courses and Qualifications

To be in the best position to secure that dream position on-board your chosen yacht, it is important for potential crew to know which qualifications are preferred, and how to go about getting them.

Super yacht Crew Training Centres are becoming a popular way for potential crew to obtain industry specific training under the watchful eye of the associated regulatory bodies, for example the MCS (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) covering foreign flagged yachts and the USC (United States Coastguard) covering US flagged yachts.

To work on charter yachts the STCW Basic Safety Training is mandatory .

For all other crew jobs, i.e. day-work, deliveries, private non-charter yachts, it is highly desirable but not always essential.

STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers)

To obtain this Standard, you will need to attend a recognised course which will then issue you the necessary certification.

Find a huge selection of STCW courses in your area on STCW Direct .

Other Certificates

Deck, engineering, interior and culinary courses.

Find a directory of various training for superyacht crew on our website.

ENG1 (Seafarer Medical Certificate)

The ENG1 is a UK medical examination, performed by a Doctor to ensure that anyone employed or engaged in activities on any sea-going ships meets a minimum standard of health. Most crew on UK registered yachts are required to hold the certificate.

Read more about ENG1 medical examinations and se a list of certified doctors.

When thinking of undertaking training towards obtaining a crew position it is worth bearing in mind that qualified staff will always have the edge over unqualified, so any training you can afford is worth investing in yourself.

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IYT offers courses for the professional superyacht industry from interior and deck crew training to Master 200 Ton Unlimited. Whatever level of training you need we can help you achieve the necessary qualifications and guide you towards a fulfilling career in the industry. Please see the courses page for information about all professional courses and read the general information for Master of Yachts courses below.

Remember, an IYT certificate is a qualification that can be used globally. Unlike other training organisations, IYT insists on an understanding of IALA regulations in areas A & B, weather systems and tidal calculations in the north & southern hemispheres.

Marine Communications (VHF-SRC)

  • Small Powerboat and Rib Master (MCA Recognised)

IYT Commercial Tender License Course

  • IYT Commercial Tender License Course

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  • Master of Yachts Limited (Power or Sail)

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  • Master of Yachts Unlimited

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  • Boat Engineer Course (SCV Code for Vessels Operating in the Caribbean)

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Mandatory Yacht Crew Security courses and Crowd and Crisis to work on the larges Mega yachts in the world. 

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Mandatory (MCA Equivalent) Medical Certificate for Seafarers included during the training week. 

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We guide our crew together through the STCW and on board in our crew community groups with B1/B2 visas, interviews, dock walking and yacht jobs.

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" there was so much value even in the online course to get started. but the best part is that you get all your stcw certification and cv, that you need to secure the first job. now i work on a 80m yacht and on my way to become a 2nd officer. i would even do the course again as a good refresher. ".

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" the best way to start your career. it saves you time, effort and money. what i appreciated most was getting all the qualifications and that the instructors are patient and give support in explaining how to do the tasks onboard. it gave me the support and help i needed to start. ", join our successful crew on yachts worldwide .

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i had 24/7 support and in addition to the certification they wrote a new cv. i was offered 2 deckhand roles within the first week. i landed a dream job on 86m m/y ecstasea in my first deckhand role. 

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Very happy. I got all the STCW Certificates, MCA Security Awareness, STCW Crowd Management and ENG1. It really is an all in one package, they also write your CV and connect you to Yachts. I landed a short term position in Monaco few days after the training and I am now working on a yacht in Dubai."

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" great help with cv, job search and certification i was able to get onboard a yacht a few weeks after getting my certificates in croatia on a 70m yacht for an atlantic crossing. they are great support and continue to help with updating my cv for new positions. ", what is it like working as yacht crew on board .

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Where can i start the training .

With Yachtie careers you can start  online yacht crew training anywhere in the world,  and then we custom make your package offering you hybrid online training with  Basic Safety in your home country or the most popular option booking the  STCW with us in Split, Croatia / Tampa, Florida USA.

Do Yachtiecareers get me a Yacht job after the training ?

In addition to get all required Certificates, we also get you Business Cards, CV and connect you to Yachts and agents in our network to get your first Yacht job, on average 6 weeks from start to your first job. 

What qualification do I need to work on a Yacht ?

To work on board and get a yacht job, you need the following and it is all included in our Training. 

  • Stewardess Training
  • Deckhand Training
  • ENG1 Medical Certificate
  • Food and Hygiene Level 2
  • STCW Security Certificates
  • Superyacht CV to apply for jobs.
  • STCW Training Certificates and Basic Safety
  • YCA Yacht Certified Training

This is IMO and MCA recognised and enables you to work on any Superyacht in the world.

How much is a Yacht Stewardess Salary ?

A Junior Stewardess salary starts from 2300€ and with experience and the right yacht crew training and qualifications, yacht crew working on deck can make up to 10000€.

How much is a Yacht Deckhand Salary ?

A Junior Deckhand salary starts from minimum 2300€ and with experience and the right yacht crew training and qualifications, yacht crew working on deck can make up to 10000€.

How does it work ? What happens when I book ?

1. Get full life-time access to Certificates and YCA Training Online, only pay 50% with the payment plan.

2. Complete all the training at your own pace from your dashboard with  24/7 access to your personal Instructor and job coach and get your certificates.

3. We write your CV and start the job search with your personal plan and 10-step checklist.

4. You get added to our crew community and WhatsApp groups with 24/7 access and support.

5. STCW in person 7 days training and crew accommodation with the other crew in Croatia or Florida.

6. Get your ENG1 + your new CV photo and final CV issued from us. We connect to agents, yachts and start the job search.

7. Get first job and we set up bank account.

Should I do the Yacht Training in Tampa,Florida or Split, Croatia ?

You can start online. But wether you select STCW in Croatia or Florida, you will end up with the same STCW Certificate and Yacht training worldwide approved. It only depends on your preferences.

What Yacht training should I select to become a Yacht Stewardess ?

You start from online i  then join us for STCW in Croatia or Florida to get your final Yacht Training & Certification. 

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Deckhand Training Courses

Entry-level deckhand courses and qualifications to help land your first job on a superyacht.

Essential Deckhand Training:

Entry-level deckhand courses and qualifications are essential to your success in the superyacht industry. Obtaining your first job as a deckhand is difficult as it is a fiercely competitive position. With a great deal of training available, it may be difficult to understand which deckhand courses are right for you and your budget. Before deciding on which courses to enrol in, we encourage you to understand the role of these courses and certifications so that you are able to make informed decisions.

Below is a list of essential courses you should take as an aspiring deckhand with little or no experience :

  • STCW Basic Training
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2 or IYT Rib Master
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness PSA or Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

You are able to connect with our global network of deckhand training providers for each course, either by selecting a specific course, or by selecting a region in the deckhand course finder section, found below the course content.

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STCW Basic Safety Training

In order for you to legally obtain a job on a commercial superyacht (over 24m) you have to be certified with all four basic safety training modules, which are as follows:

  • Personal Survival Techniques | PST (A-VI/1-1)
  • Fire Fighting Fire Prevention | FFP (A-VI/1-2)
  • Elementary First Aid | EFA (A-VI/1-3)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities | PSSR (A-VI/1-4)

STCW Basic Training courses can be booked on an individual bases or booked in combination with other essential deckhand courses. You can find out more about STCW Basic Training , connect with an STCW Basic Training Centre near you , or continue to other deckhand safety training courses below.

*Although this is a commercial requirement, it is generally seen as a requirement for employment onboard private vessels by yacht owners, captains, management companies or flag states. Failure to obtain STCW Basic training severely limits employment opportunities.

Powerboat / Rib Training:

As an aspiring deckhand, this course is a necessity, providing you with an essential license to drive superyacht tenders around the world. Unless you have a role that excludes you from such deckhand activities, this is a crucial course that forms the basis upon which you can develop your vessel handling skills. These skills are not only required to drive guests, but also to pass practical examinations required for licenses required to drive larger vessels.

The two most popular courses that do not require any prior experience, are the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course or the IYT Small Powerboat & Rib Master . Although the majority of deckhand job posts request a Powerboat Level II, an IYT Small Powerboat & Rib Master is seen as an equivalent and serves the same purpose. Both are recognised by the MCA.

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Proficiency in Security Certificate

(STCW A-VI/6-1) & (STCW A-VI/6-1)

In order to work on an ISPS-compliant vessel, an STCW proficiency in security certificate is required. Proficiency in Designated Security Awareness (PSA)  is the minimum requirement, whereas  Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)  is required for crew who are designated security duties on such vessels.

Both courses can be done in class or online. *ISPS complaint yachts are commercial yachts larger than 500GT (Usually commercial yachts +50m in length)*

Find out more about the PSA & PDSD Certification and connect with a training provider, or continue reading about further deckhand training below.

Beneficial Deckhand Courses:

Courses to broaden your deckhand skill set and capabilities for common superyacht duties

  • Entry Level Superyacht Deckhand Course
  • VHF SRC (Short Range) Radio Certificate
  • Personal Watercraft Operator / Certificate

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Superyacht Deckhand Course:

Most "Superyacht Deckhand Courses" are non-accredited and do not form part of a requirement for legal employment but are generally sold in conjunction with essential courses (some of which may be mandatory or deemed as appropriate by the training provider in question) and advertised as a "superyacht deckhand course" package or similar.

The purpose of a superyacht deckhand course to introduce candidates to the duties and skills associated with the role of a deckhand. This course is tailored towards candidates with little to no exposure to the superyacht industry.

Course content is dependant on the training provider but generally includes industry information, general deck procedures, wash-downs, maintenance, cleaning procedures, line handling, knots and bends, as well other topics to help familiarize you with the deck department career path the lies ahead.

Superyacht deckhand courses give potential employers an indication that yous have a basic skill set and understanding of the deckhand duties that lie ahead.  This forms a foundation upon which to build skills and knowledge through onboard training and experience. Depending on the location and school in question, a small amount of onboard training/experience on a yacht nearby may be included.

VHF Short Range Certificate (SRC):

As a deckhand seeking your first job in the yachting industry, it is advisable to obtain a VHF Short Range Certificate, preferably one recognised by the MCA. VHF is a common form of communication not only from the bridge of the superyacht but also from tenders to the main vessel (or other vessels) when out of UHF Radio range (your personal hand held for internal crew communication), or to land based authorities.

This 1-day course is an essential qualification required for further deck qualifications (Such as a Yachtmaster/ Master of Yachts), and is also required for commercial endorsement of a small powerboat license. The sooner you as a deckhand becomes familiar with this equipment the better. It is, therefore, a recommended course for green deckhands to complete.

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Personal Watercraft (PWC) License

PWC's often referred to as Jet Ski's or Wave Runners, are common watercraft found on board superyachts. Operation of PWC's is a common duty of a deckhands during guest trips. Certain countries require PWC operators to hold a license, most commonly countries in Europe/ The Mediterranean, making it mandatory for crew to hold a license should they wish to operate one.

This one-day theory and practical course will teach you how to operate and navigate a personal watercraft in a safe manner. No previous experience or qualifications are required. A certificate is provided upon successful completion of the course (to the required standard). The IYT PWC and RYA PWC are recommended, accredited versions of this course.

In areas where jet ski licenses are not required, it is a commonly requested by captains, management companies and owners for insurance purposes. It is very beneficial to hold such a license.

Complementary Deckhand Training

Additional courses to give you an edge (that do not require previous deckhand experience)

  • RYA Personal Watercraft (PWC) Instructor
  • SCUBA Diving Qualifications

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RYA Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) Instructor Course

Due to the fact that charter guests and yacht crew require a PWC license in order to operate a Jet Ski in the Med, the demand for crew with the PWC instructor certification is high. Crew with the instructor license (working on a correctly registered vessel) are able to certify guests with an RYA Introduction to PWC Safety Course, allowing them to use the watercraft during their time on board.

Scuba Diving:

Scuba diving experience and qualifications are beneficial in helping land a job as a deckhand. While Dive Instructor and Dive Master courses considerably improve the chances of getting a job on vessels that support guest diving experiences, basic Open Water and Advanced diving qualifications are also beneficial and will improve your CV.

Whether it is accompanying guests on a dive in the Bahamas or inspecting something under the hull of the yacht, scuba diving experience can be a great addition to your skill set as a deckhand.

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Deckhand Training & Certificates For Deckhands With Sea Time & Experience

Courses & certification for deckhands that have evidence of sea service and real tender handling experience after 1 to a few busy seasons of employment 

  • MCA Yacht Rating Certificate 
  • Yacht-Master / Master of Yachts
  • Advanced Powerboat
  • MCA Efficient Deckhand (EDH)

MCA Yacht Rating Certificate

Certain commercial superyachts require a number of crew to hold a Yacht Rating certificate as per the safe manning procedures of the vessel in question. An individual can apply for an MCA Yacht Rating certificate once the required sea time is acquired and by completing specific tasks in the Training Record Book (TRB), signed off by a qualified officer or captain.

For Crew without experience, the yacht service requirement can be reduced if aYacht Rating Course Completion Certificate  or - IYT Superyacht Deck Crew Course is attained but the MCA Yacht Rating Certificate can only be applied for once 2 months of sea service is acquired.

Therefore, although a "Yacht Rating Course" covers some important aspects, usually taught onboard, completion of this course does not qualify a candidate to apply for a job that requires an MCA Yacht Rating Certificate , unless the applicant has sufficient sea service and meets the medical and STCW requirement.

RYA Advanced Powerboat

If you are required to be licensed to drive larger powerboats (10m - 24m) during the day and night and have insufficient sea time and experience for your Master of Yachts 200, then the Advanced Power boat course is an option to consider. With an RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Commercial Endorsement, license holders are able to drive an MCA coded boat up to 24m in length or 80 gross tons up to 20 miles away from the shore or safe haven. The responsibility of large tender handling is usually only given to crew have built up significant time behind the helm of tenders, under supervision of more experienced crew. If you are new to the industry (unless you have real large power boating experience) you are likely to be accompanied and supervised by a more experienced, licensed crew member during large tender handling duties. It should therefore not be assumed that this course will allow you to take on such duties without time, experience  and training with a more experienced crew member present.

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Yachtmaster / Master of Yachts 200:

Gaining a Master of Yachts Certification is an important step for those who would like to progress their career as a deckhand and start taking on additional responsibilities. A Commercially Endorsed Master of Yachts 200GT opens up more employment opportunities (fulfils certain manning requirements for commercial vessels), allows candidates to work as an Officer on yachts <500GT and allows candidates to begin training modules that form part of the requirement for an MCA Officer of The Watch (OOW) 3000  and is a common requirement for the primary drivers of guests in large superyacht tenders. Find out more about the RYA and IYT Yachtmaster / Master of Yachts.

Efficient Deckhand (EDH) Course

Once you have your Yachtmaster / Master of Yachts under your belt and you are ready to start chipping away at your OOW (MCA Officer of the Watch 3000 Limited), it is advised to begin with the Efficient Deckhand Course. An EDH will ensure that you operate in a safe and professional manner when moving to a more senior role where leadership and instruction is required. The framework for further training can be found on our Deckhand to OOW course page .

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  • Experience: 2 Seasons +
  • Salary: 3500EUR
  • Salary: 3000EUR
  • Rotation (8:8 Weeks)
  • Qualifications: ETO CoC preferred
  • Experience: 2 years +
  • Salary: 8000EUR
  • Experience: 2 Years +
  • Salary: DOE
  • Qualifications: Y3
  • Experience: 2 year +
  • Salary: 5500 euros
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1
  • Experience: 1- 2 years
  • Salary: tbc
 

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How to Become A Yacht Engineer

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Are you looking for a career as a yacht engineer?

Wilsonhalligan have compiled a breakdown of the qualifications and requirements needed to start out as a yacht engineer. As well as insight into the job day-to-day and how to effectively land your dream position.

What does a Yacht Engineer do?

It depends on the type, size and usage of the yacht. But, the Engineering department are responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all:

  • electricals
  • electronics
  • as well as in some cases, structural systems and appendages found on board a modern yacht and superyacht.

Skills needed to be a successful Yacht Engineer:

The role requires a keen eye for planning and organisation. Planned maintenance (carrying out preventative and explorative maintenance before failures occur) is a very important aspect in modern marine engineering. Skills in project management, resource allocation and time management are very desirable, in addition to extensive and diverse technical ability. Many yachts employ software programmers to aid a methodical approach to planned and preventative maintenance, as well as to record failures and repairs as they occur. As well as keeping an accurate inventory of spares held on board. Being able to efficiently use such software programs efficiently would be highly advantageous. Examples of these asset management programs are AMOS  and  IDEA .

Challenges as an Engineer Onboard a Yacht:

Engineering on a superyacht has particular challenges. Some yachts (particularly charter yachts) can be very busy, meaning a very fast paced and demanding environment. High expectations from owners and guests in regards to service and entertainment also puts a keen onus on engineering departments. They are expected to keep all systems working to minimise or eliminate down time and negative impacts on the itinerary. Of course, when the yacht is at sea, many of these systems are safety critical. Break downs and failures offshore bring a whole new set of challenges and risks.

Which qualifications do I need to get in to Superyacht engineering?

There are really two main entry routes in to yacht and superyacht engineering. They follow two distinct certification pathways – entering from commercial shipping, or working through yacht-based certification routes.

Firstly, the Commercial Shipping Route of Training for Yacht Engineering:

The Commercial Shipping route most commonly begins with a sponsored cadetship with a shipping company. Who, are working in partnership with maritime training providers. Candidates must apply to one of a number of cadetship schemes. And, if accepted will undertake usually 3 years of study and work experience on the sponsoring companies’ vessels. Culminating very often in the Officer of the Watch (Engineering) or ‘EOOW’ ticket. And, usually either an HND or BSc Degree in Marine Engineering or similar.

Once the EOOW certificate is in hand, candidates can be considered suitably qualified. As well as experienced for junior engineering officer roles on large yachts. A common first yachting job for EOOW qualified candidates is 3 rd Engineer. The main advantage of a cadetship is that seatime is gained quickly and on vessels over 3000 GT. It also allows for a ticket which is ‘unlimited’ by tonnage as all yacht engineering certificates are. This opens the door to working on the world’s largest mega and superyachts.

Also, the sponsoring company pays for all courses and examinations which would be extremely expensive if self-sponsored. And, very often a small training bursary is paid on top (some as much as €11,000 / year). The biggest disadvantage is that candidates will have to commit to different types of vessels during the cadetship. These are likely to be chemical tankers or containerships. But most of the large luxury cruise ship companies also offer cadetships. Which, is in some ways closer to the yachting industry. One facilitator of maritime cadetships is the Warsash Maritime Academy – see here .

Secondly, the Yacht Certification Route of Training for Engineering:

This route is made up of 6 key certificates:

The Approved Engine Course (AEC). Often seen as the base-minimum for superyacht engineers who wish to work on yachts over 24m LOA.  Usually a 4-day course covering the theory of compression-ignition (diesel) engines and includes a large amount of practical workshops. View the full syllabus for the Approved Engine Course (AEC) . One common provider of AEC courses is Bluewater Yachting in Antibes –  see here .

The Marine Engine Operators Licence (MEOL). This is the first certificate in the yacht route that requires sea service, specific shore based learning and an oral exam.  View further details on MSN 1859 here .

Y4 Engineer. The first of what is commonly referred to as the ‘Y Tickets’. Y4 allows engineers to work as Chief Engineer on yachts between 200 and 500GT. And, up to 1500Kw in propulsive power.

Y3 Engineer. Allows engineers to work as Chief Engineer on yachts up to 3000GT and up to 3000KW in propulsive power.

Y2 Engineer. Allows engineers to work as Chief Engineer on yachts up to 3000GT and up to 6000KW in propulsive power.

Y1 Engineer. Allows engineers to work as Chief Engineer on yachts up to 3000GT and up to 9000KW in propulsive power.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have simplified the Y ticket structure however, and  page 19 of MIN 524  provides a simple conversion table from Y tickets to the new standard –  Small Vessel (or SV) tickets.

Some course providers are now offering yachting cadetships – one example is this one provided by  the UKSA in Cowes on the Isle of Wight .

How To Find a Job as a Superyacht Engineer

Once you have the relevant qualifications, then comes the time to start looking for your first position. Of course, word of mouth and personal connections made through training are a fantastic way to gain knowledge on current positions available however, also consider the following:

Dockwalking – travel to one of the main Superyacht hubs like Palma, Antibes or La Ciotat and walk the docks asking yachts if they need engineering crew. You   should   take a proper CV ,  references ,  and  make sure you  are well – presented. Be polite and  prepare   yourself  for  some   face-to-face rejection .  However, don ‘ t take  things  personally .

Use a reputable crew agent such as wilsonhalligan who are MLC 2006 compliant, vastly experienced and a well respected crew recruitment agency in the industry who does the dock walking for you!

We hope you find this helpful! And, we wish you luck on all your career endeavours.

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