Since you are here, I am sure you have heard about the wonderful life of being a yachtie.
It is a fun-filled career that can allow you to travel and make really good money while you do so.
But how do you get started in the industry, and what entry-level jobs can you start out with?
If you are thinking about joining yachting, but don’t know where to start you are in the right place.
There are a lot of different yacht crew jobs that you can apply for, that can help you jump-start your career in yachting.
But before you leave your land-based job to become yacht crew, it is best to prepare yourself and know which department you should apply for.
Gaining experience or learning a trade can help increase your chances of getting a job on a yacht.
And that is why I am here to share my experience from working on the yachts, to help you find the right position for you.
Below I am going to discuss all of the entry-level positions that you can apply for in the industry and all the jobs that you can do beforehand to help increase your chances for landing your first job in the yachting industry.
Types of Entry-Level Yacht Jobs
For the most part, there are going to be 4 different jobs or departments that you can apply for onboard a superyacht.
These jobs are going to be:
- Crew Chef/Galley
These are all the main areas that you can work on when you are first starting out in yachting.
Chef – The Best Job For The Creative Type
Every boat needs someone to cook for the crew, the owners and maintain the galley.
This is one of the easiest positions to come into, especially if you have experience on land working as a chef.
If you want to get a job as a chef onboard a superyacht it is a good idea to have some experience working in restaurants or even better working as a private chef.
It is probably one of the most transferable positions on the boat because it is pretty straightforward. If you can cook on land, you can most likely cook on a boat.
However, even if you don’t have experience working in a restaurant you can still get an entry-level position on a yacht working as a chef.
There are a lot of boats out there, that simply need someone to cook for the crew while the chef is away on holiday.
This is a great opportunity to get a job on board and get some experience working in the industry. The more people and friends you make in the industry the easier it is to get your next job.
If you have a passion for cooking and want to learn more about getting a job as a chef onboard a superyacht check out How to become a yacht chef
Jobs that are land-based will help you land your first entry-level chef job.
- Cooking for catering companies
- Private Chef in an Estate
- Cooking in Restaurants
Stewardess – The Best Yacht Job For Wanting Guests Interaction
This is probably by far the easiest entry-level position on a yacht to get a job, especially if you are a girl. Sorry, boys.
Yachts are always looking for new stewardesses and more than likely you probably already have some experience from prior jobs as well that will help you get a job as a stewardess.
Having any experience in any service-related industry is normally transferable to being a stewardess on a boat. Since you will most likely have meal service duties while you are a stew.
Usually, any extra skill that you have that is going to make you stand out from the rest is going to help you get a job on a superyacht before someone else.
Jobs that are land-based will help you get a Stewardess position. Tips for becoming a yacht stewardess.
- Hair Dresser
- Massage Therapist
- Any food service position
- Housekeeping in a hotel
- Yoga Instructor
Deckhand – Best For Being Outdoors
This is probably the most popular yacht crew position, but also the most competitive. There are always way more people looking for a deckhand position than there are jobs, especially at entry-level positions.
It is super competitive and you have to make yourself stand out.
If you want to apply for this position it is more important than any other, to have useful and applicable experience that is going to transfer to the yachting industry.
Most crew members joining yachting wants to be a deckhand.
It is highly competitive.
To land a job you are going to need to have previous boating experience or be some kind of expert in water sports.
This means that you are going to have to stand out from them if you want to be different and you want to get your first entry-level position on a yacht.
The best way you are going to be able to stand out from the other 100 people applying for an entry-level deckhand position will be to have experience in carpentry skills.
Deckhand Duties that will help you land a job
- Carpentry skills
- Water sport instructors
- Boat driving skills
Engineering – The Best Job For The Thinker
This is not usually an entry-level position when it comes to yachting, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t jobs out there that you can apply for especially if you have previous experience in engineering.
It also doesn’t hurt if that is what you went to school for.
Being an engineer is hard work and you have to be super knowledgeable. You have to know what you are doing and know what you are talking about.
You are going to be in charge of the ins and outs of a superyacht, so this job isn’t for the crew member that is looking to join yachting to party.
Being an engineer isn’t just knowing how to run the engines and change the oil.
Most likely as an entry-level yacht job you will be in charge of fixing the toilets, and repairing the blender when it is out.
You will be in charge of all mechanics on the boat. You are pretty much a glorified handyman.
Jobs on land that will help you get an entry-level engineering job
- Mechanic of any kind
- Schooling in engineering
- Boat repairs
Why You Should Work On A Superyacht
Working on a superyacht is not for everyone, but it is for anyone who doesn’t really want to work in an office.
You are able to do some pretty amazing things working on superyachts, once you are an experienced crew member.
But not everyone who leaves their home in pursuit of a job in yachting is going to make it.
There are a lot of people that come looking for a job but never get one and have to go back home, but that doesn’t have to be you.
As long as you make sure you have some prior experience before trying to get a job on a superyacht you will be ok.
Also, once you set out on your journey to work on a superyacht, it will help increase your chance of getting that job if you read my blog on How to Get a Job on a Superyacht