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A Personal Trainer onboard a yacht is responsible for evaluating yacht owners’ and guests’ fitness levels and health conditions in order to create and implement bespoke exercise programs.


It’s important to note that, when not exercising with the clients, Personal Trainer takes on the duties of a Deckhand and assists in the Deck Department. The ratio of Personal Trainer vs. Deckhand duties will generally vary depending on the size of the yacht and the yacht owner’s requirements but the role is generally more oriented toward deck duties.


The exercise space onboard a yacht can be very different from that of an on-land gym. Personal Trainers on board are typically limited to what space they have available to them, which means sometimes training on deck, swim platform, tender garage, or a dedicated yacht gym. This will mean that some exercises will need to be adapted to the space, so being able to find good solutions will be required.



What does a yacht Personal Trainer do? | Yacht Personal Trainer Job Description


On a daily basis, a Personal Trainer will be carrying out various tasks, starting from assessing guests’ and owners’ physical condition and creating unique workout routines for them. They will need to explain the exercises in a clear and efficient way while demonstrating how to use the training equipment safely, in order to avoid injuries. 


As mentioned before, in addition to this, a Personal Trainer will also take on Deckhand duties whenever they are not doing exercise sessions.


The responsibilities of a yacht Personal Trainer include:

  • Evaluate clients’ fitness levels and health conditions

  • Build individualized exercise programs 

  • Explain exercises in detail and suggest alternatives if needed

  • Explain the safe and proper use of exercise equipment

  • Maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness of the exercise equipment

  • Impeccable customer service and client focus

  • Assuming Deckhand duties when not training with guests


Soft and hard skills required to be a Personal Trainer onboard a yacht


To be a successful personal trainer, you should have advanced knowledge of a variety of exercise techniques and how each one works to improve the body. Top candidates will also have an empathetic attitude, able to understand each client's individual goals, emotions, and needs.


The skills of a good yacht Personal Trainer include:

  • Previous experience as a personal trainer or relevant role

  • Knowledge of various fitness programs, from basic exercises to more challenging training sessions

  • Ability to guide and motivate clients

  • Available to work flexible hours

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Enthusiastic, encouraging attitude.

  • Impeccable customer service and client focus



Mandatory certificates needed to work on board a yacht 


All crew members regardless of the position and seniority need to have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate, along with 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, it is not possible for crew to work on board a yacht and a Recruiter will not be able to assist you in finding work onboard a yacht. 


For more information about mandatory certificates please visit our Mandatory Certificates Guide.



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Each of our recruiters is specialised in crew placement for a particular department and they will do their best to get you an interview onboard a yacht. They will also advise you on how to best present your experience and skills and prepare for a yacht job interview.

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