A snapshot of maritime opportunities after graduation

So you know you want to work in or on the water but you’re not sure of the types of jobs that exist in the superyachting, yachting, watersports and hospitality industries. We are here to help you understand what opportunities there are out there and which role suits you best.

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Superyacht Captain – commanding vessels up to 3000gt or more

A superyacht captain is a highly qualified and professional skipper who specialises in commanding and managing luxury yachts over 24 metres in length. All crew onboard will answer to either him or her. This the highest rank onboard and requires years of experience and training.

Salary expectations: A junior captain on a small superyacht (<30 meters) €4,500-€6,500 per month.  More experienced captains on medium superyachts (30-50 meters) €6,000-€12,000 per month. The larger the vessel the greater the salary.

Superyacht Deckhand – entry level position for large yachts

Superyacht Deckhand entry level position for large yachts

A Deckhand is the typical entry level for work on large yachts. The superyacht industry relies on skilled deckhands to keep the world’s most luxurious yachts looking stunning.  This is a great starting point if you are considering a career within the superyacht industry.

Salary expectations: At entry-level a deckhand could expect to earn between €2,200-€2,500 per month (<30 meters). More experienced deckhands could expect up to around €2,500 – €3,500 per month (30-50 meters).

Superyacht Stewardess or Steward – working in high-end hospitality

Superyacht Stewardess or Steward working in high-end hospitality

The stewardess or steward works in the interior of the yacht. Her or his role is similar to working in a private household, with a wide range of duties covering housekeeping and service to the highest standards. Duties will include everything from provisioning food and drinks to silver service, ironing and flower arranging to taking care of guests.

Salary expectations: At entry level on smaller superyachts €2,200 – €2,500 per month (<35 meters) with Chief stews earning €2,800 – €5,500 per month (30-50 meters).

Yachting Instructor – teaching on boats of up to 24 meters

A yachting instructor uses their skills and experience to teach students how to competently navigate and sail a yacht and how to safely command its crew.

Yacht Skipper – careers on smaller yachts up to 24 meters

Many yachting graduates choose to start their careers on smaller yachts where they have the opportunity to refine their sailing skills and develop a great reputation. There are several options available to you such as a Flotilla Skipper and Charter Skipper which are great ways to start working afloat in an industry you love. Later on with a bit of experience you can progress to a Delivery Skipper.

Watersports Instructor – travelling the world doing what you love

Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Surfing, Kitesurfing and more recently, Paddle Boarding (to name a few) are hugely popular hobbies worldwide. With this has come a huge demand for watersports instructors to teach beginners, train future instructors and generally share their passion for the water. A watersports instructor will teach the theory and practical elements of their specialist discipline to a varied audience in locations all over the world.

If you are interested in any of the courses above please register your interest or call one of our sales advisors on 01983 203038 or email [email protected]

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