UKSA Superyacht Crew Training

About the course

If you are interested in beginning a career in the superyacht industry, this course is great starting point. Our Superyacht Crew Training course has been designed to meet the growing demand for well-trained professional crew and will provide you with the essential training you need to complete prior to starting work as a deckhand or crew member.

A springboard into the superyacht industry?

Working in the superyacht industry can offer travel to locations including the Mediterranean, Europe, the Caribbean, America, Asia, Canada, New Zealand. You can typically earn around €2,400 a month tax free, plus more in tips. Food and accommodation costs are usually included once you are employed. This course can act as a springboard into a long-term career and many of our graduates return to UKSA to continue their training.

A student from the Superyacht Crew Training on board a superyacht

Crew Training at UKSA

Our all-inclusive course gives you all the practical knowledge you need, plus guidance from instructors who have worked in the industry themselves. We will prepare you for the unique ethos of the work-hard-play-hard superyacht industry, ensuring you understand the demands that will be placed on you when you begin work.

Price from £2,700* (inclusive of all food and accommodation)


Deckhands 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. If you wish to benefit from advise on developing your CV, please prepare a draft CV for review. You must have an ENG1 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea (click here for more details).

Superyacht Crew Training Course in detail

Course overview

  • 19-day course
  • Expert tuition
  • Crew training including deck work, look-out and watch duties, tender duties and safety procedures
  • Vessel care including maintenance, basic repairs and day-to-day cleaning
  • World-class facilities at our Cowes base, the home of yachting
  • All food and accommodation included

Course qualifications upon completion

  • UKSA Superyacht Crew Training Certificate
  • STCW Basic Safety Training
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Tender Operator
  • RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency
  • RYA Marine Short Range Radio


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 adviser 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: (01983) 203038.

Superyacht Crew Training bolt-on options:

If you have little or no sailing experience, we advise that you do the following course

This can be completed over 5 days and can be scheduled alongside your Superyacht Crew Training course, subject to demand.

Alternative pathways into the superyacht industry

If you are consider a long term career on-board a superyacht and are aged between 18-25 you may want to consider our Superyacht Cadetship.