An Introduction to Yachting 

Finding your Perfect Job!

 

Welcome to the World of Yachting!

This would appear to a very glamorous occupation, travelling to amazing destinations and living onboard a luxurious superyacht, however, you will be there to work and there are some important factors to take into consideration before deciding if this is the perfect job for you. Do your research and try to find out as much as possible about this unique industry, before you start your new career.

 

Starting off in Yachting

Most crew start off their yachting careers as a deckhand, stewardess or cook. If you do not have any previous yachting experience you may have previous work experience that could be relevant to the industry e.g. restaurant or hotel work, carpentry, mechanics, watersports, nannying, beauty therapy or hairdressing. If you have skills in food or drink service, cooking or food preparation, painting, varnishing, cleaning or laundry this will be taken into consideration for an entry level position.

The yachts are either Private, which is when they are used privately by the Owner, or Charter, when they are chartered out for a fee. Either way you must be prepared to work long hours and during the season you will be working seven days a week and this can last for several months. You will be away from your family and friends for long periods of time and you will have limited access to the internet. You will have to wear a smile on your face at all times and work and live as a team.

 

Entry level Candidates

To work on a yacht you will need an STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) certificate, which comprises of 5 modules and costs approximately 1100 euros , and an ENG1 medical certificate, which costs approximately 120 euros, proving that you are medically fit to work at sea. It is beneficial to dock walk when looking for your first job, by visiting the marinas, seeing the yachts from the quayside and introducing yourself to the crew who work onboard them. You should present yourself in a professional manner and look the part, wearing a polo shirt with either shorts, a skirt or trousers. You may be able to secure some daywork which will give you a vital introduction to working onboard a yacht.  Networking is also very important, find out where the crew go to socialise after work so you can meet up but remember that your future employer could also be there. Ensure that you have sufficient funds to support yourself until you secure your first job as you will need to pay for accommodation, food and access to the internet. A crew agent will help you with your CV, give you advice and provide assistance. There is no way of knowing how long it will take before you find your first job, a great deal depends on your outlook and motivation. Sometimes it is just being in the right place at the right time!

 

Location

When you are starting off in yachting it is beneficial to be located in one of the main cruising areas when looking for work, during the summer it is the Mediterranean & for the winter it is the Caribbean. The main yachting hubs are Palma de Mallorca or Antibes for the Mediterranean, Antigua or St Maarten for the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale for Florida. The summer season usually starts with the Genoa Boat show for charter yachts, followed by the Cannes Film Festival & the Monaco Grand Prix. The busiest time for recruitment will be April and May when the yachts are being prepared for the busy season ahead.

For the winter season, yachts will recruit for onboard vacancies either before they leave the Mediterranean or will employ crew when they reach the Caribbean or Florida, USA. If the yacht is entering the US you will be required to have a B1/B2 US visa. Yachts that are undergoing a refit or carrying out general maintenance work in either a port or shipyard for the winter may also need to employ crew.

 

Registration and Creating a Profile

It is really important to keep your profile up to date. We need to know your availability and we will need to contact you quickly so please ensure that your telephone number and email address is correct. We will also need to know your current location, as Clients may request candidates that are in a certain area. Check in online regularly, so that we can see that you are actively looking for work as we will also receive a notification on our database. When you check in you will also be able to check the job board for our latest vacancies and either confirm or decline interest.

Whether you are an entry level candidate or an experienced crew member looking for a new position, please keep in regular contact with us through your profile and arrange an interview so that we can keep up to date with your situation and your requirements.

We do not accept CV's by email, you will need to register, create a profile and then upload your documents, including your CV, STCW, ENG1 Medical and any other relevant qualifications. You can create a personal summary and also upload a video introducing yourself to future employers.

 

Appearance

We expect you to dress appropriately as a potential crew member when you are attending an interview either with us or with a Client. Your clothes should be clean & ironed and your hair should be neat and tidy. Female candidates should not wear excessive make up and jewelry and male candidates should be clean shaven. Remember that if attending an interview onboard a boat you will be asked to take your shoes off before boarding.

 

The Interview

First impressions count, so arrive on time and be immaculately presented. Remove your sunglasses and remember to turn your phone off. Make sure you have fresh breath and don't chew gum. Take with you copies of your CV, certificates and references. Introduce yourself confidently and remember to shake hands. Listen carefully to the questions that you are asked during the interview and provide clear, concise answers. You should have done some research on the yacht or the job that you are applying for and have prepared some questions to ask in return.

 

Your first Job

Congratulations! Be prepared to work hard and to keep your standards high. You will be sharing a cabin, space will be limited so pack accordingly. On joining the yacht you will receive a safety briefing and familiarisation training and your role in the event on an emergency will be explained to you. There will be rules to follow and disciplinary procedures which you need to fully understand and full details should be provided in your seaman's employment agreement (SEA). You may also be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.You will be paid a monthly wage, receive health and medical insurance cover and an annual leave entitlement, which would have been agreed at your interview. Extra benefits may include an annual return flight and training courses. You will be issued with uniform and receive instructions and training for your new job. Remember to inform your crew agent that you have been employed and make your profile unavailable for work.