What is a Superyacht?


Azzam – The Worlds Largest Superyacht

A superyacht is a luxury yacht (sometimes called mega-yachts or giga-yachts) that ranges in size from 24m in length to 180m (Azzam is currently theworlds largest superyacht measuring 180m). Think of these privately owned yachts as a 7* floating hotel which will either be used exclusively by their owners or run as a charter business and will be seen in the best destinations around the world. Superyachts will typically spend the Summer months cruising the Mediterranean visiting destinations in Spain, Mallorca, the South of France, Monaco and Italy, taking in Grand Prixs and film festivals. At the end of the summer season they will cross the Atlantic to spend the winter months in the Caribbean. However there are now many yachts breaking this mould and cruising around the likes of the UAE, Maldives, Bali and Thailand. There are even explorer yachts that are purpose built for long distance cruising to remote parts of the world.

This year alone 127 new superyachts have been delivered to their owners, with the largest measuring 143m. There are currently 455 new yachts on order at various stages of design and build. A new yacht can take 4 – 5 years to build from contract to launch.

Who works onboard Superyachts?

This industry has a real focus on luxury, a prestigious sector where standards and expectations are high. With this in mind there is a demand for professionally trained crew to uphold these expectations. The number of crew these boats need can range from 8 – 80 and will be responsible for looking after every element of the superyacht. A typical working week will depend greatly on how whether the owners are on board or the boat is chartered and on what hours the Captain sets when there are no guests on board. Job roles in the Deck , Engineering, Interior and Galley departments as well as shoreside support employ approximately 163,000 people worldwide for 4,950 superyachts.

How much could I earn?

Crew members live on board and are paid a generous MONTHLY salary in return for your hard work and high levels of service. Most of your living expenses are also covered by the owner, you would  not expect to have to pay rent, food, electricity or water bills for example. Your earnings, which are typically paid in Euros, are also tax free! The below is a good example of wages by position onboard which was compiled following a 2016 salary survey conducted by Yachting Pages.


What training do I need to work on a superyacht?

The legal minimum qualification required for crew onboard boats of 24m+ is STCW Basic Safety Training. With this qualification you could realistically seek employment as an entry-level Deckhand or Steward/ess, however with the exacting levels of service required more and more boats and recruitment agents are looking for candidates with a higher level of qualification (Yachtmaster) or particular skill sets (carpentry, child care, masseuse, beauty therapist etc). You will also need the right attitude and a good work ethic.

Professional Training courses with UKSA

At UKSA we have 30 years of training excellence under our belts and we can boast courses that have been developed in response to what the industry needs.

Approximately 50% of our graduates each year go on to work in the superyacht industry, our instructors have a wealth of personal experience from this industry and we have a large network of contacts within this industry (many of whom were UKSA graduates and now come to us to fulfil positions onboard their boats). All of which make us the best place to train for a career in superyachting.

Have a look at the following courses or contact our Course Advisors on +44(0)1983 203038 or [email protected].

Superyacht Crew Training

Professional Yachtmaster (offshore)

Professional Yacht Cadetship

Superyacht Hospitality Training

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