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How to Start Your Yachting Career as Junior Deck Crew

Embarking on a career in the yachting industry, especially as a junior deck crew member, is an exciting and rewarding journey. Yachting is a career unlike any other. You will get to travel the world, but you will also spend long periods away from home, your friends, and family. You will live and work on board a yacht, and you will need to maintain a level of professionalism and hard work throughout your time on board. This page provides all the essential resources you need to navigate this path, from understanding the industry's basics to finding your first job. Our comprehensive guide covers every step of the process.

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2. Create a Professional Yachting CV

Crafting a compelling and professional CV is a crucial step for anyone looking to join the yachting industry as a Deckhand. Your CV not only serves as your first impression but also offers you a chance to stand out from other candidates. In an industry where competition is fierce and standards are high, a well-crafted CV is vital for securing roles on board yachts.

  • Professional Photo: Include a high-quality, professional headshot wearing a tidy white polo or button-down shirt.

  • Certifications Front and Center: Prominently list all relevant certifications such as STCW, Medical Certificate, Powerboat Level 2, and any additional qualifications like Yachtmaster or Divemaster.

  • Highlight Transferable Skills: If you have experience in areas like carpentry, watersports, diving, etc. make sure to highlight these, as yachts are often looking for crew with these skills.

  • Detail Your Hobbies and Interests: This gives insight into your personality and helps gauge your fit within their crew.

  • Be Specific About Your Experience: For land-based jobs, list your role, responsibilities, duration of employment, location, and the name of the company. When it comes to yacht experience, specify the make and size of the yacht, your role, whether it was a charter or private vessel, the duration of your service, and the number of crew.

  • Layout and Design: Ensure your CV is clean and uncluttered with a professional layout that prioritises ease of reading. Avoid using colums or colour blocks, as they may distract from the content.

Quick Tips for a Deckhand CV:

1. Understand What Certificates You Need

All crew, regardless of their position on board, need to have completed the STCW Basic Safety Training, along with obtaining a recognised Seafarers medical certificate, the most popular being the ENG1 which is issued by an MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) professional medic.


Without these two certificates, a yacht crew recruitment agent cannot assist you in finding work onboard a yacht.

3. Learn How to Actively Look For Your First Job On Board a Superyacht

Once you have your certificates and your yachting CV ready, leverage yacht crew recruitment agencies for tailored job opportunities, and actively network both online and in-person within yachting communities. Lastly, be persistent but patient. The yachting industry is competitive, and finding the right position can take time. Stay motivated, keep learning, and be open to starting with temporary or seasonal positions as they often lead to longer-term opportunities.

Register with Recruitment Agencies

Register with reputable yacht crew recruitment agencies like YPI CREW. They specialise in matching crew with yachts and can be invaluable in finding job opportunities that suit your skills and experience level. Be honest about your experience and qualifications, maintain good communication with your recruiter and follow their advice to improve your employability.


Keep Your Online Profile Updated

Consistently update your profile whenever you acquire new daywork, certifications, or references, even during the off-season. We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to have an up-to-date profile; it makes such a difference in getting ahead in your job search.

Check-in Online Once a Week

Regular Check-ins: Make sure to check-in via your YPI CREW profile once a week (not more). This is the ultimate way to get the recruiter's attention, but do not check-in daily. Checking in once a week is the best way to allow the recruiters to help you. Click here to log into your YPI CREW profile.



The yachting industry is built on connections. Engage with the yachting community through social media platforms, attend crew events, and join online groups. Personal recommendations can be powerful; let friends, family, and acquaintances know you're seeking a position on board a yacht.

Follow Online Job Platforms

Many yachts advertise positions on online job boards. Regularly check these and apply for positions that match your qualifications. Tailor your applications to each job, and ensure your contact information is up-to-date. However, be mindful when applying for these as it's not unusual to run into scams. See our guide on "How to spot scams on social media". 

Look For Daywork to Build Your CV

Your first job may not be your dream position, but it's an essential step in your yachting career. Be prepared to accept less glamorous tasks with enthusiasm and dedication. This industry values hard work and a positive attitude.


As soon as there is a position suitable for you, your recruiter will contact you to put you forward for the role. Be ready for interviews at short notice and familiarise yourself with common interview questions. Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the industry and willingness to learn. See our tips on how to prepare for your yachting interview.


This one-week course provides students with a crucial introduction to working at sea and essential safety knowledge. STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping’ and is mandatory for all crew working aboard commercial ships or superyachts.


A Seafarer's Medical Certificate is a medical test conducted to determine whether your health and fitness levels enable you to work at sea. The most common Seafarer's Medical Certificate is the ENG1, although equivalent tests are available in other countries.

Recommended additional courses for Deckhands include:

Apart from the mandatory STCW and your Seafarer’s Medical Certificate, there are also several other certificates recommended for junior Deckhands. Yachts often seek crew with additional certifications, so it’s always a great idea to expand your horizons and pursue additional courses.

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2: This two-day course provides the skills and theory required for driving powerboats. It includes practicing low-speed and close-quarters handling, man overboard recovery, and an introduction to basic high-speed maneuvers.

  • RYA PWC: This one-day course teaches you how to drive Jet-Skis, including essential navigation, safety, launching, and rules of the road.

  • PDSD: Proficiency in Designated Security Duties is a course providing maritime security awareness required for all seafarers who have designated security duties onboard a vessel that complies with ISPS.

  • AEC1: A basic engineering course that provides the practical basic training and theoretical knowledge of diesel engines.

  • PST: The Personal Survival Techniques course provides students with the knowledge and practical skills required in the event of an emergency at sea, along with the necessary steps to take to ensure survival.

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Next Steps

To start your journey in finding work in the yachting industry, register with YPI CREW and create a detailed profile. Upload the latest version of your CV and your certificates, ensuring all information is current. Utilise our online resources for crafting a standout CV, including our industry-specific guide and editable templates. Once registered, introduce yourself to our recruiters through a direct message by using the 'Check-in' feature on your profile. Remember to check in regularly to keep your profile active and up-to-date, allowing our recruiters to match you effectively with job opportunities tailored to your skills.

Additional Resources

Explore our 'Additional Resources' for a deeper dive into the world of yachting. This carefully curated selection covers a range of topics essential for both aspiring and seasoned yacht crew members. From understanding the nuances of the yachting seasons to practical advice for your first recruitment agency visit, these resources offer valuable insights. You'll also find guidelines on salary expectations and essential information on visa processes.

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Things to Know Before Looking for a Job in Yachting

Before embarking on your journey to secure your first superyacht job, It's crucial to recognise that this sector is very competitive and demands a blend of specific skills and experiences. Read carefully through the following articles to ensure that you are fully prepared before considering a move to one of the yachting hubs. Preparation is key and understanding the superyacht industry is key to successfully landing your position on board a yacht.

Video: How to start your career as deck crew on board a superyacht?

Our Head of the Bosun and Deckhand Department, Fiona Murray, guides you through the essentials of getting started in the industry, from acquiring necessary skills to understanding the unique challenges and opportunities of yacht life. 

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