Yacht crew training guides
Yachting Pages has put together a series of crew training guides to help you get started and progress in your superyacht career. Learn what training you need for various roles on board, as well as some general tips to help you in your search for crew training schools. See below for some expert advice on crew courses and academies.
Whether it’s your first job in the maritime industry or you’re looking to progress in the yachting world, there is a range of qualifications for each crew job role. Yachting Pages has worked with industry experts to provide some guides and advice to what qualifications you will need, depending on your role.
Want the responsibility of navigation on a ship’s bridge? Then you should consider becoming the officer on watch (OOW). If you want to become an officer on board a luxury yacht or superyacht, you will need to obtain the officer of the watch (OOW) certificate. Find out everything you need to know...
If you plan on working on a superyacht, you’ll need to obtain an STCW 95/2010 certificate before you start your crew job. Read Yachting Pages' guide to find out how to obtain your STCW certificate and how much it costs, what you'll need to prepare and what is involved in the mandatory course.
Provided by the Professional Yacht Association (PYA), GUEST stands for ‘Guidelines for Unified Excellence Service Training’ and offers stewards and stewardesses a clear training route, leading to an industry recognised certificate of competence issued by the PYA.
There are qualifications required if you're charged with being responsible for medical care or first aid on board a yacht or superyacht. Read Yachting Pages' guide on the two courses that are available, which will legally enable you to offer more medical services to the persons on board your vessel. Both courses are approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Yacht engineering qualifications and certificates were introduced in February 2001 to provide an industry standard system of certification. The system allows all those who wish to pursue engineering careers to do so, no matter what their previous training is. Click through for some expert advice on yacht engineering courses and qualifications.
If you're a member of crew, planning on driving a superyacht tender, you will need to obtain an RYA powerboat level 2 qualification. The licence takes around two days to complete and is permanent so does not require renewing. The course is made up of 90% practical work with 10% theory.
The VHF radio is a vital piece of safety equipment on board a yacht and it is important to understand the correct procedures. What if you had to make a mayday call in a foreign country? Would you know how to do it?