Become yacht crew with these sought-after skills
Written by Michael Henson
Last updated: 02/12/2016
The yacht industry is a fantastic industry to work in. You get to see amazing places, meet great people and earn a ton of money. All you need is to complete your STCW, get your ENG1 and your good to go. However you may already have some skills superyacht owners and captains find desirable, which in turn will increase the chances of finding employment in an increasingly selective market.
Scuba diving instructor
Scuba diving is now the most popular recreational water sport in the world as shown by the increasing numbers of enthusiasts, scuba diving sites, and companies selling scuba diving equipment.
Superyachts travel in some of the most diverse waters in the world, which in turn offer some of the most spectacular places in which superyacht guests can go scuba diving. A yacht crewmember that can take guests below the water line in a safe and controlled manner is a highly sought after skill.
Jet ski instructor
For people who love messing about on the water, jet skis are great fun and as they are on almost all superyachts they are extremely accessible for any yacht guests. They are easy to use, ultra-mobile and extremely fast, however it’s these features that also make jet skis dangerous.
Serious injury can occur all too easily for a careless or untrained thrill-seeker to hop on a jet ski and go racing along. Many responsible adults are aware of these dangers and want some initial safety training for both them and their children beforehand. A crewmember who has taken it upon themselves to obtain skills and qualifications in jet ski safety may stand out in a crowded market.
Massage and beauty treatments are similar to food on a superyacht; you should be able to have as much as desired. Some superyachts have a dedicated masseuse/spa therapist but if they don’t, being a stewardess who is skilled in beauty therapy and massage allows you to offer guests extra luxury at a moment’s notice. This is something both the captain and guests would appreciate.
Fitness instructorOver the years there has been a large increase in the importance of not only personal trainers, but all aspects of health and fitness on board yachts. Both recruitment agents and fitness professionals have seen a rise in the demands from owners and guests for crew with a fitness background. With most large yachts offering a gym, it makes sense to offer guests professional expertise as well. It's an added bonus for the yacht to offer someone knowledgeable and therefore completes the service package.