Please see below a range of yacht job FAQs that may be able to help answer any questions you may have.
Finding a yacht job takes hard work and persistence. There is a lot of competition in the ever growing industry. It is advisable to register your CV with more than one recruitment agency, although be careful to not lose track of your CV – it can be pretty embarrassing when a Captain calls you to speak about a position that you had no idea you were being put forward for! It is also useful to fly out and start dock walking, handing out CV’s in person and securing some day-work, it is important to do some research to where you want to go (SOF, Antibes?), when? (March time for Europe, November for winter season destinations) and be organised! Look into Crew Houses, which docks you can walk etc. wilsonhalligan are always happy to help and offer advice to anyone wanting to break into the industry and/or secure a new yacht job.
To become crew on a yacht or superyacht you must have passed the STCW10 and ENG1 qualification for safety onboard. This is the bare minimum that is required but there are plenty of other qualifications and skills that will help you to progress in the yachting industry. During the Winter Seasons, you will find that more and more yachts require B1B2 VISA’s. Please contact your Local Embassy for more information.
When applying to become crew on a yacht you will start at the entry level role of deckhand. You do not need a sailing qualification for this role but having one will make you favourable over other candidates. As mentioned above the minimum qualifications needed to get started are the STCW10 and ENG1 basic safety training but there are many other qualifications and skills that a successful deckhand should be equipped with:
When you are starting out in the industry you will need to go ‘Dockwalking’ which is exactly what you think it is; walking the docks in order to enquire about jobs and hand out CV’s. This can be daunting but it is best to start by checking the marine traffic and searching by location. Have a look at where the bulk of traffic is docked which will usually be a marina or shipyards but traffic can also be docked in residential areas. Try to dock walk the top 3 largest marinas and one shipyard, residential area or smaller marina to start with.
Our web chat is online on Wednesdays where you can ask real recruitment consultant any questions that you might have. You can still use the chat on any other day of the week and a recruitment consultant will get back to you when they are next online.
The first thing you need to do is know what it is you want to do and then research, research, research. Find out about the company you want to work for and the recruitment agencies that find the staff for those companies. Cruise ship companies tend to use recruitment agencies to select and vet possible candidates for their jobs so look into as many companies as you can.
Once you have registered your CV and created an account with us, you can change your account password at any time. Just follow the ‘Forgot Password’ pathway.
wilsonhalligan are always happy to help you make sure your CV is portraying you in the best light possible! Get in touch with us today if you have any questions about your current CV.
In the past, there have been positions for partners to work together aboard superyachts although this is normally an opportunity for more senior partners and are still quite uncommon in this industry. As an entry-level role, it is unlikely that it will be possible to find a role with your partner.
Salaries as a crew member can vary a lot and across the industry. Many factors can determine the salary such as your level of skills and experience, the position that you take on board and the size/type of yacht. As an entry-level position with few additional qualifications, a deckhand may expect a salary of between £1,000 and £2,200 per month.
You may have many skills that you didn’t realise are valuable for your super yacht CV. Depending on the role and department you wish to work in you could use skills such as; bartending, catering, cleaning and hospitality skills for stews and stewardesses. Deck drew would value a background in boats and water sports and an officer role would benefit from team and project management skills.
Try to pack as light a possible! If you start as an entry-level crew member you are not likely to have much space for your belongings as you will most likely be sharing cabins with other crew members. All of your uniforms will be provided and toiletries are usually available on board. You will need a small number of civilian clothes for your free time and possibly some home comforts like a tablet or journal.
Being in the yachting industry you will gain very valuable experience in team and project management and many other things. Returning back to shore-based work will have many opportunities for you and you can apply your skills and experience gained aboard to a variety of different roles including roles in the industry as a florist or charter broker and many completely unrelated positions. We recruit to many Shorebased and Household positions, please take a look at our jobs page or get in touch for more information.
You can bookmark the website on your phone or tablet, however when doing so, you will need to ensure that you are on the ‘Home’ page of the website. If you bookmark from a job listing, the bookmark may look for a lost link once the job has been filed and removed from the site.
We would be more than happy to help you find your next crew member! Take a look at our ‘Contact’ page where you can find the contact details for each recruitment consultant, or give us a call on +44 1489 886 802 to discuss our Terms of Business.
Short answer – of course! We do recommend letting us know before hand so we can ensure the right person is in the office for you to speak with. Our offices are located on the South Coast of the UK. Full address can be found on our contact page.
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We’d love to help you find the perfect candidates for yacht crew roles on large Yachts and Superyachts.
wilsonhalligan offers the latest jobs for superyachts and private estates. We work with all yacht departments, from deck to interior and engineering, and all household positions including Butlers, Private Chefs and more. Contact us today to have a chat.
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