Yacht Crew Candidates - FAQ
- Is there a minimum age to work on yachts?
- I am a newcomer to the industry: How long will it take until I get a job?
- Do I need to speak other languages apart from English? Do I for instance need to speak French to look for work in Antibes?
- I am a newcomer, what personal belongings shall I take with me on board?
- Can I find work with my partner?
- How long are contracts for?
- What is the difference between a private and a charter yacht?
- Where will the yacht travel?
- Who pays for the documents that I need to be able to travel to join a yacht?
- I have tattoos - will this affect me getting a job?
- Can my family contact me through YPI CREW if they cannot reach me on the yacht you have placed me on?
- What accommodation is available in Antibes whilst I look for work?
- I am a newcomer to the industry: How long will it take until I get a job?
- What should I be wearing for interviews?
- How do I know the Yachting industry is for me?
- What are the working hours?
- How many holiday days am I entitled to?
Yes, there is. The minimum age is 16. No person below the minimum age shall be employed. Also, night work under the age of 18 is prohibited. "Night" shall cover a period of at least nine hours starting no later then Midnight and ending no earlier then 5 am. This is in accordance to the MLC 2006 Standard A1.1 Minimum age. Please note that you can start the online registration procedure with YPI CREW before the age of 18, but we will wait until you turn 18 years old to place you on a yacht.
We cannot answer this question, it's the same as asking: how long is a piece of string. It depends a lot on your skill set, enthusiasm, professionalism, neat and tidy presentation, politeness, resourcefulness and, of course, luck. Some people find work within a few of days or couple of weeks...others will not make it. We recommend you give yourself a month to find work and have the financial means to sustain yourself during this time. If within a month nothing happens, you need to re-evaluate your position. Please note that recruiters will not interview you unless your online profile is up to date with a copy of your CV, STCW 95, ENG1 and passport.
Do I need to speak other languages apart from English? Do I for instance need to speak French to look for work in Antibes?
The quick answer is no; English is the language of the seas and the working language on board yachts. Of course, being able to speak other languages is a bonus and can make life easier and enhance your experience. It can also help dealing with some guests on board the yacht and with local suppliers. Antibes and the south of France is the heart of the Mediterranean yachting industry and most suppliers who are serious players in the yachting industry will speak English.
There is a very large English speaking community in the South of France, many yacht crew and captains live here with their families.
Crew cabins are small and you will be sharing with one person of the same sex; Space is at premium so best to travel light. You will be provided with crew uniforms, crew shoes and all toiletries so all you will need are a few civilian clothes for your off time. Laundry is taken care of by the stewardesses. Products such as the Kindle are great for yacht crew; Gone are the days of bulky books taking up valuable space!
We do not not place entry level couples; Working as a couple is a privilege which one earns and only happens at senior level; And even then yacht crew jobs for couples are not that common.
It all depends; some yacht crew jobs are seasonal jobs, typically these contracts run from April to end of September for the Mediterranean season and from October to March for the Caribbean season. Seasonal jobs are most of the time for junior stewardesses and deckhands. Some yachts below 40 meters with only a one season program may also only hire a chef for that period.
Generally speaking Captains, officers, engineers, senior interior crew are employed on a permanent long term contract.
A private yacht belongs to an individual who will use the yacht with his friends and family. A charter yacht also has an owner but in addition it will be rented out to third parties for a determined amount of time.
Wherever the owners want to go.
The standard A1.4 Recruitment and Placement, paragraph 5 of the MLC 2006 states that (b) no fees or other charges are to be borne directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the seafarer other than the cost of the seafarer obtaining a national statutory medical certificate such as an ENG1, the national seafarer’s book and a passport, not including the cost of visas, which shall be borne with the ship owner.
Some yachts have a grooming and appearance code and a policy of "no visible tattoos" - This means nothing visible when wearing a crew uniform ( polo shirt and shorts or skirt). It is best to discuss this with your recruiter who will advise you on which yachts this might be a problem.
Can my family contact me through YPI CREW if they cannot reach me on the yacht you have placed me on?
In case of emergency, if your family is not able to reach you on the yacht through regular means of communication (telephone and email), your family can email us or call us. We shall forward the email onto you and follow up with a call to make sure the email has reached you. If we have received a phone call for you from your family with an urgent message, we shall email you and also follow up with a phone call. Should we have placed you on yacht through a yacht management company, we shall also contact the yacht management company and forward the message. Your family can reach us on email@example.com and +33492904610 during office hours.
The email address firstname.lastname@example.org is monitored outside office hours and the mobile number to reach us outside office hours, for emergencies is +33612046508. This is the number of Laurence Lewis, the director of YPI Crew. Please note that the above is only to be used in case of emergency should your family have failed to contact you directly. It is your responsibility to ensure that your family has your up-to-date email and telephone numbers on board the yacht you work on and YPI Crew will not be held responsible for failed or delayed communication. YPI Crew will not charge you for the above.
Most crew will stay in crew houses. In Antibes the following crew houses are available :
- The Crew Grapevine +33 (0)619032652 or +33 (0)616662843
- The Glamorgan +33 (0)493344271 or +33 (0)624165457
- Debbie’s +33 (0)493744140 or +33 (0)632387528>
- Ammas Crew House +33 (0)619638250
- The Crew House +33 (0)492904939
- Hotel Etoile +33(0)493342630
We cannot answer this question, it's the same as asking : how long is a piece of string. It depends a lot on your skill set, enthusiasm, professionalism, neat and tidy presentation, politeness, resourcefulness and, of course, luck. Some people find work within a few of days or couple of weeks...others will not make it. We recommend you give yourself a month to find work and have the financial means to sustain yourself during this time. If within a month nothing happens, you need to re-evaluate your position. Please note that recruiters will not interview you unless your online profile is up to date with a copy of your CV, STCW'95, a medical certificate such as an ENG1 and a passport.
Look around you and look at what employed yacht crew wear during the day and copy that style. This will position you one step ahead of your competition. There are a few uniform shops in Antibes where you can buy everything you need. Generally speaking the professional yacht crew attire is a polo shirt or a shirt, white, blue or beige and plain shorts, skirts (not too short in length) or pants with boating shoes. Dangly and ornate jewellery is not appropriate.
Yachting industry is very rewarding, but it is not for everyone, because once you start working onboard, you sign up not just for the job, but also for the unique lifestyle, which comes with it. As an entry-level crew member, you will be expected to work very hard, be a dedicated team player, and be willing to do whatever it takes to provide a special holiday experience to the yacht guests. You must be able to live in tight spaces with other crew members and have little privacy and time on your own. Plus, you must be totally service-oriented to ensure that each guest is happy. If you have what it takes to lead such a lifestyle 24-7 and perform well at a yachting job, then the sky is the limit and you will be able to have a long and successful career afloat in a field of your choice.
The MLC (maritime and labour convention ) 2006 stipulates the limits on hours of work or rest shall be as follows :
Maximum hours of work shall not exceed :
- 14 hours in any 24 hour period
- 72 hours in any seven day period
Minimum hours of rest shall not be less then :
- 10 hours in any 24 hour period
- 77 hours in any seven day period
However, during a busy season you should expect to have to work unusual and long hours if required as yachts operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The minimum is 2.5 calendar days per month of employment. On medium to larger yachts, however, it is a common practice for chief engineers and senior deck officers to work on rotations, such as three months on three months off.