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Working on yachts

Explore new horizons !
There are currently over 15,000 yachts in the world large enough to require professional, qualified yacht crew and as a result this industry is growing rapidly each year.
A career in yachting can be rewarding, exciting and a wonderful opportunity to travel the world and explore new horizons !
Wherever there is water, you have the potential to go. Traditionally the yachting industry in the Mediterranean runs from April until September and from November to April in the States & Caribbean. Having said that, more recently the possibilities are endless with many yachts circumnavigating the world.

Starting out in yachting

Yachting is an eye opening, ultimately fun industry that demands hard work, perfection and attention to detail. We speak with yacht crew every day to deepen our insight into what new crew should do and here are out top ten tips for starting out.
Get qualified !
It is essential to get a job on board a luxury yacht to get your basic qualifications first. Bluewater offers a full range of crew training courses for those just starting in the industry
  • ›   STCW 95
    5 day course
  • ›   Powerboat Level II
    2 day
  • ›   Interior Introduction
    3 day course
  • ›   ENG1
    Medical visit
Educate yourself on the industry
Read websites, follow yachting news, learn from other crew who were in your 'deck shoes' a few years ago. Good examples of yachting websites & magazines are
Prepare your CV
We have a sample copy and lots of relevant advice on creating your first yachting CV with our 'Your CV' section.
Open a club account
Open your club account to create your crew profile and make yourself available with our agency.
Move to a yachting hub
Certain times of year are more favourable for new crew looking to join the industry. If you are going to Antibes or Palma, we advise end of March/April.
Get a local phone number
You can buy pay as you go SIM cards either in newsagents or specialised telephone shops around the Mediterranean. This will help to save you money when job hunting!
Network, network & network
In every yachting hub you will find english speaking bars and cafes filled with yacht crew. Make sure you go and explore to build your network within yachting. Although global, it is a small industry so make sure to present yourself professionally.
Use social networking wisely
Captains check Facebook and Twitter pages before interviews. Make sure you protect images and content that may reduce your chances of employment. Once employed be sure to avoid any posts about your yachts, current location and inappropriate images.
Be dynamic !
Finding your first position in yachting is the hardest. Make sure you are dock walking, looking for day work opportunities and handing out your CV. You may find that one day's work leads to a permanent role or other job interviews.
Present yourself as you wish to be perceived
A smart, professional appearance will win over shorts and a beach top.

Applying for yacht jobs

The most important aspect when you are looking for work is to make sure your CV is up to date, well written and includes any relevant experience that you might have.
Stewards and stewardess
It is best to emphasis any hospitality experience or customer service skills you may have had, such as waitressing, hostess, silver service, bartending, cooking, nanny/au-pairing, babysitting, flower arranging, cleaning and/or laundry experience.
Engineers
Should you wish to join the engineering department, make sure you include all mechanical experience and qualifications including all work done in refrigeration, air conditioning, engines, electrical work, electronics and computing.
Deckhands
Obviously the most important aspect to include is any recreational sailing experience you may have had. If you are also qualified or experienced in woodwork or carpentry, have painting, polishing, varnishing know-how, then that is also great. Of course diving, sailing, fishing, any water sports background are all fantastic skills that are easily transferable.
Chefs
We deal with a great multitude of chef and sous chef positions. Most positions will require some form of culinary training.

Your CV

Make sure to only select positions that you are qualified to do onboard, selecting more than 3-4 positions on your profile can confuse potential employers
Keep it simple
Your CV should be no more than two sides of A4, including your photograph (in colour, face on, without sunglasses)
Easy access
Your CV should be in a word format to ensure it can be opened easily by all employers
Keep it current
List all recent contact information, references and work history
Be personal
By including a personal statement, along with a clear objective can help distinguish you from other candidates and helps prospective employers grasp your long term goals
The error of your ways
Don't give employers an excuse to dismiss your CV, review and spell check your CV
Be relevant
If you are applying for a steward (ess) position, emphasis any hospitality experience or customer service you may have had like waiter/waitressing, hostessing, silver service, bartending, cooking, nanny/au-pairing, babysitting, flower arranging, cleaning and laundry experience especially as great, transferable skills
Deck positions
Include all woodwork/carpentry and mechanical experience in additional to painting, polishing, varnishing, diving, sailing, fishing and all water sports skills/qualifications you may have
Engineering positions
Include all mechanical experience and qualification's including all work done in refrigeration, air conditioning, hydraulics, engines, electrical work, electronics and computing. If you have any craft skills, such as welding, metal working etc, then be sure to mention it

Crew salary guidelines

Position
Up to 30m
30-45m
45-60m
60+m
Captain
4000
5500
10000
11000+
1st Officer/Mate
3000
4500
5500
6500+
2nd Officer
n/a
n/a
4500
5000+
Bosun
n/a
n/a
3500
4000+
Deckhand
2500
2500
2500
2500+
Chief Engineer
n/a
5500
6000
8000+
Chief Stewardess
3000
3500
4000
5500+
Stewardess/Steward
n/a
2500
2500
2500+
Chef
3500
4500
5000
6000+
Crew/Sous Chef
n/a
2500
3000
3500+
* Salaries calculated in euros

Top tips

Research the industry
Knowledge is power and the more you research, the more informative & on the ball you will be
Interviews
Make sure you have a printed copy of your CV with you and always arrive early and dressed in a smart way. Research the yacht, make yourself prepared & don't be afraid to ask questions
Networking
The key to getting your first job is to network! Always carry a copy of your CV with you
Register with crew agencies
Remember the industry is a tight, professional network therefore it is crucial to communicate with others, walk the docks, distribute your CV and register with crew agencies
Keep us updated
Keep the agencies up to date! Always make sure your online profile has the correct location & contact numbers for you so we can get hold of you when new jobs come in
Update your profile
Update your online profile when you find a new position to no longer looking !
Find a yacht job
Register with us, create a crew profile, book training courses & apply for jobs