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If you're a spa therapist, the transition to a yacht can be an exhilarating new chapter in your professional journey. Here's your comprehensive guide on how to make it happen.


1. Understanding the Role and its Demands


Before diving in, it's crucial to fully understand what's expected of a yacht Spa Therapist. The day-to-day responsibilities of a yacht Spa Therapist include providing spa treatments or massages to yacht owners and their guests on request. This could be anywhere from 12 treatments per day to three treatments per month, depending on demand and the size of the yacht. Additionally, you may also be required to assist with stock control and the overall seamless running of the spa.


In addition to spa-focused responsibilities, Spa Therapists are also integral members of the Stew team on board a yacht, so be prepared for to take on additional tasks related to housekeeping, laundry and potentially service. It is a nice balance though, as it will allow you to become a more integrated part of the crew and the team. The goal is always a seamless 7* guest experience, no matter the time of day.


2. Required Certifications & Qualifications


STCW Certificate: Short for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, this is a foundational certification required for all crew members working on board a yacht. To learn more about it, visit the Qualifications section on our website.


Seafarer's Medical Certificate: This is a medical test performed to establish whether your health and your level of fitness allow you to work at sea. The most popular Seafarers Medical Certificate is ENG1 which is issued by an MCA approved doctor but you can also get an equivalent counterpart test in your country.


Massage and Beauty Qualifications: To work as a spa therapist onboard a yacht, it's essential to possess internationally recognised massage and beauty qualifications, such as diplomas or degrees from accredited institutions. Specialised Training: Consider pursuing courses in specific treatments popular among yacht guests, like advanced facials, acupuncture, or specialised massages.




3. Building Your CV


If you've worked in a land-based spa or aboard a cruise ship, you're already ahead. Emphasise any experience that showcases your flexibility, adaptability and ability to provide personalised treatments.


On your CV point out any relevant experience and skills that showcase your ability to perform well as a Spa Therapist on board a yacht.


Your CV will be your best ally in landing a Spa Therapist job on board a yacht so be sure to spend some time perfecting and polishing it. If you are not sure how to write an eye-catching yachting CV, visit our CV section where you can also download a free CV Template to help you on your job search.



4. Landing the Job


Refresh Your CV: Highlight relevant certifications, training, and experience. Ensure your CV radiates professionalism and passion.


Networking: The yachting industry is built on relationships. Attend industry events, join online forums, and connect with current yacht crew members.


Yacht Crew Recruitment Agency: Partnering with a renowned agency like YPI CREW can streamline your job hunt. Recruitment services are completely free of charge to candidates so partner up with a trusted recruiter and follow their guidance. They'll match your skills with suitable opportunities and provide insights on presenting yourself in the best light.


To start your career as a spa therapist onboard a yacht, register with YPI CREW and upload your most recent CV. Our dedicated Interior Specialist Team, Anita Lukas and Maria Fourre, will assist you on your career journey and guide you through the recruitment process.



5. Additional Tips


Flexibility is Key: Being adaptable and open to learning will help you thrive in this dynamic environment.


Maintain a Positive Attitude: A positive mindset is crucial and will go a long way in securing a position on board a yacht. Having the ability to stay positive and adapt to the changing nature of yachting is something that will be appreciated by your captain and crew.


Join a Yacht Crew Community: There are lots of online groups such as Antibes Yacht Crew or Palma Yacht Crew, where you can stay updated on what’s happening in the world of yacht crew and meet like-minded people. These platforms offer valuable advice, shared experiences.


Keep in touch with your recruiter: Regularly check in with your recruiter via the ‘Check-in’ function on your YPI CREW profile. Keep your recruiter updated on your location, plans and things you are looking for. Remember that your recruiter will be with you throughout your career.

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