A COMPLETE GUIDE TO YACHT CREW TRAINING
There is an extensive range of courses available for aspiring superyacht crew, from mandatory beginner courses for junior crew to speciality courses for mid- to senior-level crew wanting to further their yachting career. With so much on offer, it can be difficult to know which crew training courses are required, preferred and what exactly each will entail.
Our Yachting Pages crew training guides, written with industry insight from training professionals, provide you with the information to understand what qualifications you need and on board and tips to help you with your search for the best crew training courses and providers.
Search for crew training providers using our online superyacht directory.
Are you looking to expand your skills and knowledge but have no time away from the cabin? You can now gain qualifications online, via virtual training and e-Learning. Find out more in our guide to online training for yacht crew.
If you’re thinking about beginning a career in the superyacht industry but you’re not familiar with what qualifications you will need or how get them then this guide is for you.
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.