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How to work on a yacht and qualifications you need

There are two essential certificates all yacht crew need to have to be able to work onboard a yacht, regardless of their role.

Mandatory certificates you need to work on board a yacht

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Are you ready to find your new dream 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 and secure you your next yachting adventure.

 

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.

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STCW Basic Safety Training

Safety onboard superyachts is of paramount importance. This is both for your own wellbeing but also to ensure a seamless and uninterrupted experience for the guests you look after.

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping’ and is required for all crew who are working onboard commercial ships or superyachts.

The course teaches the basics of staying safe at sea and it comprises of 5 modules:

 

  • Personal Survival Techniques

  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

  • Elementary First Aid

  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

  • Proficiency in Security Awareness

 

The STCW certification is valid for 5 years from completion of the course, and each 5 years you are required to take an STCW Refresher Course in Fire Fighting and Sea Survival. So, prior to looking for work onboard a yacht, you must make sure all your certification is up to date.

 

The good news is that there are training centres all around the world where you can complete the STCW course and obtain your certification. Research online to find the nearest centre to you and get started. The course takes 5 days to complete so make sure you have accommodation nearby.

It's also important to ensure that your certificates are issued in English and that the course is certified either by MCA or the national maritime organisation of the country where you take your course.

Seafarers Medical Certificate

Seafarers Medical Certificate 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.

ENG1 is valid for two years so you will have to make sure to renew it regularly before it expires. Always keep an eye on your expiry dates because, as yacht crew, you might find yourself in the middle of the season with no way of renewing it instantly.

Without a valid Seafarers medical certificate, it is illegal for you to stay and work on board, so always make sure your certificates are up to date.

You can research online to find a medical professional certified to issue a Seafarers Medical Certificate near you.

See the list of MCA approved doctors based in the UK
See the list of MCA approved doctors outside of the UK.
See the list of Countries whose seafarer medical fitness certificates are accepted as equivalent to the UK ENG 1.

Get ready to set off on an adventure-rich career in the yachting industry by making sure you have the essential certificates in place.

 

It is imperative 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.