Job Positions & Required Experience
The primary positions aboard private yacht are Master,Staff Captain/Chief Officer, deckhand, Steward/ess, Cook, and Engineer. All of which require some degree of prior experience.
To apply for Master you will need very good yacht experience background on minimum 45 m long yacht, previous references from former employers and holding Master certificate degree.
In order to become an engineer, it is necessary to hold an advanced degree or equivalent experience in marine engineering. In addition, one must be skilled in electrical engineering as well as plumbing.
For aspiring deckhands, strong boating skills are essential. They include the ability to drive a tender or small motorboat, wood varnishing and painting skills, and proficient swimming and sailing skills. Holding a tender boat license or a captain’s license is a plus.
If you are seeking a position as a steward/ess, being a woman will definitely increase your chances. Though there are some male maids, it is not common. It is advantageous to have experience as a maid in a reputable hotel or within any hospitality service.
Lastly,in order to apply as a cook, you must be an experienced and accomplished professional. Most yacht owners are billionaires and as such expect only the finest dining experiences. If you aren’t 5 star, you might as well forget about it.
Required Certificates & Credentials
All positions require that you undertake a one week yachting safety course known as the STCW 95.
Additionally, knowledge of English is essential for all positions. Helpful secondary languages include Spanish, French, and Italian