Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Stewardess and Steward training course

Course price
Duration of course
3 weeks

First-class hospitality training

Would you like to travel and visit the world’s most beautiful destinations whilst earning on average €2,500 per month tax-free plus tips? If so then superyacht hospitality training could be for you. Training at UKSA offers you the chance to experience first-class hospitality training at our unique, waterside training centre delivered by industry leading experts.

About the course

Course instructor and ex-chief stewardess, Venessa Hodgeson

As the superyacht industry continues to grow year on year, so does the demand for well-trained Superyacht stewards/stewardesses to provide the exceptional levels of service and attention to detail expected onboard these 7-star luxury vessels. UKSA’s Superyacht Hospitality course will equip you with all the skills needed to work on board to deliver to ultimate standard of service. You will train in UKSA’s unique superyacht galley ensuring that you learn in an environment similar to that on board a superyacht.

Delivered by renowned Superyacht Management Consultant and ex-Chief Stewardess, Vanessa Hodgson, our unique Superyacht Hospitality Training course has been developed in line with the GUEST programme. This course delivers all of the qualifications, practical skills, industry guidance, knowledge and support required to launch a successful career within the superyacht industry. You will perfect the art of making the best cocktails, create delicious canapes and make beautiful flower arrangements, training with like-minded people, whilst making friendships for life.

Vanessa said:
“The UKSA course makes it very easy for the students as it gives them the skill set required for the Superyacht Industry. From interior training to STCW Basic Safety alongside the on-going support they receive. All the guys and girls stay in contact with us and we mentor them through their career, not just when they are at UKSA. Students come to us from all different backgrounds and have a desire to travel and earn decent money. This offers them the chance to do something really different.

The course has been running a long time, and is well recognised within the industry and has a great reputation. Whether you go to Palma or Antibes, you’ll meet others who have come from UKSA. This helps with networking, which is half the battle when seeking employment. Our students nearly all find jobs within one to two months, and then they’re off.”

At UKSA we have seen on average 80% of our students securing a role within 3 months of completing their training.

Course Overview
  • Personal presentation, professional etiquette and protocol
  • Table management, placement and settings
  • Styles of service, course and order of service, buffets
  • Cocktails, bartending, wine and spirits appreciation (covering knowledge of wines and port)
  • Party, event planning and execution
  • 7* Housekeeping and attention to detail/superyacht cleaning
  • Laundry services
  • Health and safety onboard
  • Crew dynamics and life on-board
  • Understanding the high standards required for catering on yachts


Our Superyacht Hospitality qualification is inline with the Introductory Level 1 (GUEST) programme. You will gain the following qualifications plus the GUEST Introductory (Level 1) certificate of confidence on completion of this course:

  • GUEST Yacht Interior Introduction module
  • GUEST Basic Food service module
  • Foundation Food Safety Certificate
  • GUEST Wine, bar-tending & Mixology module
  • STCW Basic Safety Training
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety / Food Hygiene


Steward/Stewardess’s are typically required to work long hours and must be physically fit and able. You must be energetic and enthusiastic with an ability to work to a high standard in all tasks. Some previous experience in hospitality is a great bonus, but not at all necessary to join the training. Also if you have aligned experience in beauty, food & beverages, catering, wine & art appreciation, massage, sports & training, these extra skills will also be useful in your career progression.

You must have an ENG1 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea (click here for more details). Whilst it’s not essential to hold your ENG1 to complete your training with UKSA, it is required to hold this to secure work in the industry. For this reason, we recommend all students gain their ENG1 before they attend training.

Our Students

Maria Barratt, smiling after completing UKSA Superyacht Hospitality Training course

Maria Barratt

Meet Maria Barratt, who completed our Superyacht Hospitality Training course in February 2018. In March she flew to Antibes with five of the students on her course, where they met with crew agents and began networking.

  • Before the course: PR for the fashion industry
  • After the course: Day stewardess on board a superyacht
My advice

“If I was to advise someone how to get the best from this course I would say go to the bar in the evenings, speak to people and take any advice that is offered. In this way, you will be prepared for your future in the superyacht industry.”

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Isobelle Oram wearing a pink UKSA polo shirt whilst training

Isobelle Oram

Before coming to UKSA, Isobelle Oram had studied finance at college and qualified as an accountant. After three years spent working in accountancy, she decided that she needed an adventure and a job that gave her kudos.

  • Before the course: Accountant
  • After the course: Stewardess onboard a 75m superyacht
My advice

“Despite hesitating about doing this course I went for it and haven’t looked back and I would say to others, get experience in things you’ve always wanted to do, even if they’re beyond your comfort zone.”

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Victoria Evans training at UKSA in the Hospitality Training Course

Victoria Evans

Victoria trained as a massage/beauty therapist and worked in spa resorts before equipping her own beauty room and working from home. Now after graduating from the Superyacht Hospitality course, she has secured a new role onboard a 75m motoryacht!

  • Before the course: Small business owner
  • After the course: Stewardess onboard a 75m superyacht
My advice

“I would advise people thinking about this course to just do it – it is the best thing you could ever do for your future.”

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As a charity, we do have funding opportunities available for many of our students. UKSA is committed to make training and qualifications accessible to those who have the desire to succeed in a yachting or watersports career. Your course advisor will be able to provide you with the details, assess your eligibility and put you forward if you are a suitable candidate.

To see a full list of all of our funding options visit our funding opportunities page or call us to talk about your options on +44 (0)1983 203038

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
Superyacht Hospitality Training 26/11/2020 16/12/2020 Full

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I have honestly had one of the best times of my life. I have made friends that I’ll have forever and the experience as a whole has had a huge impact on me. If I was to advise someone how to get the best from this course I would say go to the bar in the evenings, speak to people and take any advice that is offered. In this way you will be prepared for your future in the superyacht industry.

Maria Barratt – Networking/SY Hospitality/Maria Barratt

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