Careers afloat – opportunities once you graduate

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 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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 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.  Click here for more information

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.  Click here for more information.

Superyacht Deckhand – working on some of the largest yachts in the world

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. Click here for more information.

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. Click here for more information. Most people start out on this career pathway as a superyacht deckhand.

Superyacht Stewardess or Steward – working in high-end hospitality on vessels of any size

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. Basically your job is to make sure that the interior of the yacht is kept pristine and the yachts guests are happy. Click here for more information.

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. Click here for more information