Anyone who has known me the past two years knows that I have been working towards getting a job on a superyacht. It has been all that I have talked about! (well that and Scuba Diving). Now, as I sit here organising how I will be getting to London, I realise that I leave in 10 days! That means I have 10 days to completely pack up my life again. At least this time will be easier as I have less stuff to pack.
Last year in February, I went to Sydney for two weeks and completed my basic courses. Since then I have been working to save some money to head to the South of France to walk the docks and look for a job.
What are Superyachts?
There are many definitions of superyachts, one of the most common is that it is a luxury yacht longer than 24metres in length. With increases in technology many exceed 100metres and the largest yacht currently is 180metres long!. Superyachts are professionally crewed and can be either privately owned or chartered out. They can also either be a sail or a motor yacht.
What qualifications are required?
The minimum requirements to crew a superyacht are the STCW. STCW stands for the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. It comprises of several components including first aid, firefighting and fire prevention, personal survival techniques, personal safety and social responsibility and security awareness.
All other qualifications are not compulsory but from what I have read, it helps to have the following as there is a lot of competition for jobs.
- Powerboat level 2 – so that you can drive the yachts tender
- VHF radio
- ENG1 – a seafarers medical. For a lot of yachts this is compulsory to have
If you are completely new to the industry (otherwise known as ‘green’ crew) it doesn’t hurt to complete a introductory deckhand or steward/ess course.
Other non-maritime skills are also handy to have include hospitality and housekeeping skills, and dive qualifications.
So what is the plan?
I am flying to Antibes in France where I have booked accomodation in a crew house. And basically I will be walking the docks in the area introducing myself to the boats and networking in the hopes of getting a job.
Fingers crossed I get one before I run out of money and have to return to Scotland/Australia.