So you are thinking about working in the superyacht industry?  Great decision, you are going to have a blast!

Before reading any further about the 3-week entry-level courses we offer at UKSA there are a few things you should know if you are considering a superyacht career.

What to expect if you are wanting to become superyacht crew:

  • Hard work
  • Long hours
  • Irregular working schedule
  • Tight living spaces
Former Superyacht Cadet Joe Burnip Cleaning a Superyacht

In return for your hard work, you will get:

  • Learn a new trade
  • Meet new people from all walks of life
  • Have adventures and visit the most exotic places
  • Get to use the latest gadgets and toys
  • Transform your life
  • Earn a great salary and be looked after
Superyacht Hospitality Student Cleaning the Interior of a Superyacht

So what are the different roles interior and exterior crew undertake? 

You are part of a team so the work you do will vary and cover many facets.  In it’s most basic form a deckhand is responsible for the exterior of the boat and stew/stewardess the interior.  To help you get a feel for the tasks at hand for both roles we have created this comparative table:

Deckhand (Exterior)
Steward / Stewardess (Interior)
The day to day work
Cleaning all elements of the exterior of the yacht Cleaning all elements of the interior of the yacht
Polishing Stainless steel Polishing, glass, metal, surfaces
Carpentry, treating & varnishing Sewing, stitching, mending
Sanding, filling & Painting Ironing, laundry, folding
Cleaning Bilges Cleaning the heads
Cleaning and tendering toys Tidying up after guests and children
Crane operations Washing dishes
Maintaining clean and stocked working spaces & tools Restocking all cleaning products/toiletries
Assisting other departments Assisting other departments
Helping interior  clean cabins Assisting deck crew in wash downs of exterior
Helping interior  tidy up after events/meals (Galley) Helping the chef prepare the meals (Galley)
Help the engineers with mechanical or cleaning issues Account keeping – Pursers
Sea-Going Sea-Going
Preparation for sea – stowing Ensure everything onboard is stowed away
Rigging tows for tenders n/a
Maintaining a navigational watch Assisting in watchkeeping duties
Anchorage duties Help with anchorage if needed (mainly smaller vessels)
Docking duties Help with docking if needed (mainly smaller vessels)
Assisting in any issues that arise (mainly engine room) Assisting with any issues that arise (covering sickness)
Guests / Charter Guests / Charter
Tender driving Tender driving
Watersports preparations and activities Getting towels ready, suncream, drinks & lunch
Transfer of guests from vessels/Locations Ensuring all needs are met
Chaperoning guests Chaperoning guests
Beach and land excursions preparation/activities Beach and land excursions preparation/activities
Guest service – exterior Looking after guests – interior
Regular/On-going Regular/On-going
Watch duties Watch duties
Safety drills Safety drills

Be aware of the hours

If it’s quiet then you can expect regular hours. When guests are onboard then it can be intermittently manic for 24 hours!  For a day at the dock – with no guests onboard, routine work is the norm and should produce a seven to ten hour day.

Superyacht Cadet Navigating a Superyacht into the Harbour

Like any job, morning and afternoon work is common with a lunch break. In the middle of a busy charter or owner trip, regimented days are thrown out of the window and breaks can be non-existent. It’s all hands on deck.

Embrace the living spaces

They are small! The newest crewmember onboard in an entry-level position is likely to get the worst bunk in the smallest cabin. You will be sharing with at least one other maybe more. Room is tight and your bunks will take up most of the cabin, which is more than likely to be situated in the bow.  An advantage in living in such tight quarters is that you quickly learn to become tidy!

Tight Spaces onboard a Superyacht

Learn a new trade 

You’ll learn really fast in this environment and hard work equates to extensive knowledge in all things nautical.  You will learn to paint, varnish, wash and clean like a pro.  You will find out about the ocean, seas, tides, and swells.  By spending time with superiors you will understand charts, read the weather and be able to use radio, radar, and navigational equipment.

Superyacht Hospitality Student in the Galley preparing meals for the Crew

By working and living with people 24/7 you get to read people and exist in small quarters. You’ll know how to correctly handle and serve the rich and famous, a skill that you will carry you through life.

New people and adventures 

You will meet so many new people from all walks of life and form amazing relationships.  You get to visit exotic places, see incredible wildlife and mingle with the locals. If you work hard and maintain good relationships with your whole crew, you will form lasting friendships and these connections are great for future roles.

Superyacht Cadet Students Making New Friends and New Adventures

Transform your life

This industry will change your life plus teach you so many valuable lessons. The skills you learn are transferable and will give you a work ethic that sets you up for life.

Be inspired by our Hospitality and Crew Training graduates stories.

Interested and want to find out more? 

We offer the following 3-week entry level courses:

Talk to one of experience sales advisors on 01983 203038 who will be able to answer any questions