A complete guide to yacht crew training
With so many courses available, some of which being mandatory, yacht crew training can certainly be a minefield. Whether you're junior crew starting out in the yachting industry, or mid- to senior-level crew hoping to get further ahead in your career, it can be difficult to know which crew-training courses are required, which are preferred, and what each will entail.
Yachting Pages has put together a series of crew-training guides to help you navigate the training ladder; learn which courses you need for various roles on board, as well as some general tips to help you in your search for crew-training schools and providers.
Whether it’s your first job or you’re looking to progress, there are a range of qualifications available, some of which are required by law. We provide insight and advice into the qualifications beneficial for each role.
STCW Basic Safety training is mandatory for all crew working aboard a superyacht. Find out how to obtain your STCW certificate, including how much it costs, what you'll need to prepare and what's involved.
MCA-approved STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid and Medical Care On Board Ship courses enable crew to offer more medical services to the persons on board their vessel.
To become a deck officer on board, crew need to gain the Officer of the Watch (OOW) qualification, allowing them to keep watch and navigate from the bridge for safety and smooth operation of the ship.
No interior training is mandatory for a stew, but to get ahead in the race, it’s highly recommended to enrol on a tailored course to improve your chances of landing a job on board
Yacht engineering qualifications were introduced in February 2001 to provide an industry standard system of certification, allowing all those who wish to pursue marine engineering careers to do so regardless of previous training.
To drive a superyacht tender, crew need an RYA Powerboat Level 2 or National Powerboat qualification for an overall introduction to powerboating and tender handling. This teaches the fundamentals of boat handling and safety.
The VHF radio is a vital piece of safety equipment on board a yacht, and it's important for crew to understand the correct procedures.