Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training Course

Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training Course

Course price
£6,800 inc. accommodation and meals
Duration of course
5 weeks

First-class Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training Course

UKSA’s Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Course is a unique programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to work as a steward or stewardess in the fast-growing superyacht sector. You will be trained by our highly experienced, expert team to deliver exceptional levels of service and will leave fully appreciating the attention to detail expected onboard 7-star luxury vessels.

Our new five-week enhanced training programme has been designed by a team of maritime experts who have responded to the industry’s need to recruit entry level interior crew with a much higher level of expertise and qualifications. 

Our yachting career students will tell you that we provide unbeatable  course content, training and facilities.  You will also enjoy modern shorebased accommodation and freshly prepared daily meals while you are training with us.

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Superyacht Stewardess & Steward training course

UKSA’s ALL-INCLUSIVE, Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Course  is a unique programme for those wanting to work in the interior team on a superyacht. The course will equip you with all the expertise required to work onboard these prestigious vessels to deliver the ultimate standard of service. You will be trained in our unique superyacht training centre including  a fully equipped cabin/dining room, alongside the superyacht galley and laundry room, giving you a comprehensive superyacht simulation experience.

Our enhanced five-week course is delivered by UKSA’s experienced superyacht instructor team and the British Butler Institute and has been developed to align with the reputable IAMI GUEST Programme.

Interaction with principals and guests is about exceeding expectations, delighting, and surprising! We train interior students to reach the highest level of service to match and surpass, principals and guests very high expectations.” Gary Williams, Principal of the British Butler Institute

UKSA has been delivering courses for over 35 years and we are proud that our one-to-one sessions, mentoring, careers advice, CV writing and recruitment support will give you the edge and contacts you need to enter the industry with confidence.

Training at UKSA gives you excellent value for money as all food and accommodation (both on board our yachts AND on site), tuition, mentoring and careers guidance are included in ONE PRICE. There are no hidden extra costs at UKSA.

Our aim is for you to leave the course, brimming with confidence and the skills to step aboard your first superyacht with the right attitude and skillset to succeed.

Why train with UKSA?

When you train at UKSA you experience our world-class tuition and over 35 years of maritime industry insight.  Also included in your course fee :

  • Accommodation in our new Sea.Change building for the duration of your course *
  • Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner provided each day
  • Purpose built classrooms and navigational training simulators all on one site
  • One-to-one mentoring throughout the course from your instructors
  • Dedicated careers course manager
  • Career support both during and after your time at UKSA
  • Networking on site throughout your time at UKSA
  • Use of our swimming pool
  • Access to our fully equipped gym

subject to availability, we reserve the right to provide alternative accommodation on site

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Assisted funding available

As a charity, we 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

Funding Options

Training Course overview

  • Introduction to the interior department and the role of an interior crew member
  • 5 Golden Pillars of service excellence
  • Yacht concierge professional excellence including
      • setting a formal and informal table
      • in cabin dining service essentials
      • meet, greet and departures essentials
      • deportment essentials and practical posture detail
      • delivering silver service
  • Personal presentation, professional etiquette and protocol
  • Basic professional housekeeping and attention to detail
  • Table management, placement and settings
  • Styles of service, order and steps of service
  • Introduction to food and beverage service on board a yacht
  • Flower arranging and presentation
  • Service practical including cocktail and canape preparation
  • Basic professional laundry procedures and laundry duties
  • Health and safety onboard
  • Appreciation of crew dynamics and life onboard
  • Understanding of the high standards required
  • UKSA superyacht uniform provided (branded polo shirts)
  • Discounted rate for one  year’s membership of Nautilus International
  • One day Knots and Yachts course
  • Two day deck training
  • Five days Basic Sail training

Meet your instructors

The Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Course is a unique programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to work as a steward or stewardess in the fast-growing superyacht sector with a focus on going above & beyond industry expectations.  As part of the course, you will be trained to deliver exceptional levels of service and will leave fully appreciating the attention to detail expected onboard 7-star luxury vessels, which will set you apart from other international candidates applying for the same roles.

Ben & HollyBen & Holly Cooke

With over thirty-five years combined experience in the hospitality industry, Ben and Holly look forward to sharing their passion for cookery, fine wines and hospitality with you all. As a husband-and-wife team they hope their interactive classes, practical learning and stories will fill you with inspiration to start your own adventure within the superyacht industry.

During your time with Ben and Holly, you will be introduced to the world of high end hospitality including Wine and Cocktail Appreciation (including Practical and Theory based learning), Laundry and Housekeeping Skills, Event Planning, Service Skills (including Silver Service), Floristry and The Little Gloster’s Super Yacht 101 – a super yacht service philosophy developed by The Little Gloster for the course specifically, as well as other practical essentials to succeed with onboard employment.

The British Butler Institute

is recognised as the leader in butler and hospitality training worldwide. Represented in over 14 countries, the Institute is a world leader in luxury front-of-house training with clients that span the globe including royal superyachts and royal palaces. You will be introduced to the VVIP world and receive expert hands-on training in the “5 Golden Pillars of Service Excellence”. This five-day module trains you in concierge excellence and includes setting a formal and informal table, silver service, seating a guest, cabin check lists, in cabin dining service, cabin orientation , meet, greet and departures, deportment and practical posture.

Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training Course requirements

Interior crew 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 and beverages, catering, wine and art appreciation, massage, sports and 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 (Find out more about the ENG1 Medical Certificate). 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.

Qualifications gained

Our Superyacht Interior qualification is in line with the Introductory Level 1 (GUEST) programme.

On successful completion of the Introduction Modules, you will have an eligibility to apply for the GUEST Certificate of Competence.

From our unique waterfront campus in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, we have a wide range of facilities and fleet to ensure that our students have the very best learning experience. This course is all-inclusive, meaning everything is on site and all of your food and accommodation is included, so you can focus on your training.

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training 08/07/2024 10/08/2024 £6,800
Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training 13/10/2024 15/11/2024 £6,800
Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training 17/11/2024 20/12/2024 £6,800
Superyacht Stewardess & Steward Training 06/01/2025 08/02/2025 £6,800
BBC Broadcaster, Ed Sault, joins a UKSA superyacht crew course .  Video courtesy of BBC South.



Don’t just take our word for it

Rachel Mallender – UKSA Superyacht Hospitality Graduate

“Being at UKSA made me realise that you can achieve whatever you want to if you just pursue it. They equip you with everything you need to go into the industry confidently and care about your journey the whole way through. If you’re looking for an alternative to University or haven’t found something you want to do yet, a life on the water is an opportunity to have a unique adventure and make lasting memories.”

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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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