ESSENTIAL YACHT CREW GUIDES
Is yachting the right choice for me?
There is a lot of positives to being a yacht crew member - you get to travel the world, meet incredible people and make great memories and lifelong friends. You receive a generous compensation and you live onboard so most of your daily expenses are taken care of, making it easy for you to save lots of money.
Still, yachting it is not necessarily a good match for everyone. Once you start working onboard, you sign up not just for the job, but also for the unique lifestyle which comes with it.
This is a highly luxurious industry that revolves around creating lasting memories for the owners and guests of the yachts. As crew, you play an integral role in making the magic happen.
You are expected to work very hard, be a dedicated team player with the common goal to ensure the guests have the best holiday. You have to get used to living in tight spaces with other crew members and have little privacy and time on your own.
If you have what it takes to lead such a lifestyle 24-7 and perform well at the 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.
To help you decide if yachting career might be a good option for you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Can I excel in a fast-paced working environment?
Make no mistake working on a Superyacht is hard work. Although it may seem like fun in the sunshine, Superyacht crew work long hours for their money. While the boss or guests are onboard you may find yourself working 14-hour days for weeks at a time.
The rewards of a career working in the superyacht industry are certainly extraordinary, but you must have resilience and a strong work ethic to excel.
Am I happy living away from home?
One of the really good benefits of working onboard yachts is that you will get to travel a lot and see many different places. While that sounds very appealing, you need to be ok with being away from home for months at a time and often missing out on important family events and big holidays.
This can certainly be a challenge mentally for those who are not used to being away from home for long stints. It is important to consider how prepared you are for life at sea, and if you are ready then the rewards are extraordinary.
Am I good at taking direction from others?
In yachting, hierarchy is very important. You need to be good at taking direction from other people whilst keeping a positive attitude. The main goal is to make sure the yacht operates smoothly, and the guests have a spectacular experience during their time onboard.
To achieve that, you need to be very flexible in taking on any tasks that your senior crew member gives you, following them through to the best of your ability. You must be prepared to adapt to all scenarios and challenges that may arise, and be part of a team that ensures the seamless operation of the yacht
Can I deal with living in cramped conditions?
The crew cabins can be on the small side and you will be sharing with fellow crew mates. Superyacht crew live, work and socialise together so finding a quiet corner can be difficult.
Working onboard a yacht is a very rewarding job and a dream career for many but not everyone is cut out to handle its unique aspects.
Other essential guides
Explore yacht roles
Are you ready to find your new ideal job on board a yacht?
Become a member of YPI CREW and connect with our recruiters so they can guide you through your job search.
Each of our recruiters is specialised in crew placement for a particular department and they will do their best to get you an interview on board a yacht. They will also advise you on how to best present your experience and skills and prepare for a yacht job interview.