SUPERYACHT DECK CREW OVERVIEW:
The Superyacht Industry is a very competitive game to get into. Thousands of “wannabe” crew are attracted by the sunshine, high salaries and global travel of this glamorous industry. If a career in the superyacht industry appeals to you, there is no question that you need to have the basic training in safety, seamanship and boat handling on your CV before anyone will even consider you. Some of this training is legally required to work at sea; some is expected by the industry. Following three weeks of training with us you will be far more employable than the majority of others new to the industry and competing for the best super-yacht crew positions.
SUPERYACHT DECK CREW AIMS:
This program requires your attendance for 3 weeks during which we will prepare you to enter the super-yacht industry and accept your first position on board a yacht.
SUPERYACHT DECK CREW COURSE DURATION:
Our Super-yacht deck crew programme is based in Southampton and takes three weeks to complete. The training consists of 5 days afloat, 6 days safety training (survival, fire fighting etc.) and a further 6 days in the classroom (navigation and marine radio).
SUPERYACHT DECK CREW PRE REQUISITES:
- Minimum age 17 (however you will need to be 18+ to be able to apply for jobs)
- ENG1 Medical (from an MCA Doctor)
SUPERYACHT DECK CREW COURSE CONTENT:
The Fast-Track Superyacht deck crew programme is a comprehensive package which focuses on four separate areas. These include:
Powerboating & PWC (Personal Water Craft)
All superyachts carry one or more tenders on board. These are generally small powerboats ranging from 4-12m. Crew are expected to drive guests, make shore runs, provide safety cover and tow water-skiers and inflatables with these craft. The two day RYA Powerboat Level Two Course is taught within this programme and both trains and licences you as a driver. It is then followed up with the RYA Powerboat Tender Operator Course, specifically aimed at superyacht crew to enable them to carry out passenger transfers. Many superyachts carry a small flotilla of jet skis on board. More and more countries now expect drivers to be certified to drive these craft. Included in your programme is a day of Jet Ski (PWC) training and the RYA licence.
Seamanship & Navigation
Training both ashore and afloat will introduce you to many of the skills required by efficient deckhands, including rope work, sail handling, assisting a navigational watch, basic maintenance, assisting with mooring and anchoring. The training we provide is generic so will allow you step into many a role on board a motor or sailing yacht. The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased certificate will evidence your new knowledge.
Marine Safety Training
The basic STCW Courses are mandatory qualifications to hold when working onboard all super yachts. These five courses are sometimes known as STCW Basic Safety Week. They cover Fire Fighting, Health and Safety at Sea, Personal Survival Techniques, Proficiency in Security Awareness and First Aid. We also provide your VHF radio licence so you can communicate between the tenders and mother ship and the CIEH Level 2 Food Safety at Sea certificate in case you are ever involved with the preparation or serving of food.
SUPERYACHT DECK CREW QUALIFICATIONS
Successful candidates will emerge with a wide range of qualifications, including the following:
- STCW Personal Survival Techniques
- STCW Elementary First Aid
- STCW PSSR
- STCW Fire Fighting & Fire Prevention
- STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness
- RYA Powerboat Level 2
- RYA Powerboat Tender Operator
- RYA PWC Proficiency*
- RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
- RYA Short Range Certificate
- CIEH Level 2 Food Safety at Sea
* This PWC (jetski) day is run and certified by our partner Poseidon Marine, who is an RYA PWC Training Centre.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE SUPERYACHT DECK CREW PROGRAMME
The Chieftain Training Fast-Track Superyacht Deck Crew Training Programme is a comprehensive package. In order to make life as straightforward as possible for our students, we include within the package:
- Everything that is normally included in the above 11 courses
- Loan of wet weather gear for the powerboat and survival courses
- Superyacht industry, CV writing and recruitment advice
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE SUPERYACHT DECK CREW PROGRAMME:
- RYA SRC Licence fee
- Meals and accommodation
Depending on your career intentions, following the Superyacht Deckcrew course, you may wish to add some extra qualifications onto your package. You will find the following training useful:
IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?
There is only one reason for enrolling on the Fast Track Super Yacht Deck Crew programme. If you want a head start in the worldwide super yacht industry, this is the programme for you. Regardless of what job you intend to apply for within the industry, this programme will equip you with a good grounding in all the essential training required and more!
WHY CHOOSE CHIEFTAIN TRAINING FOR THIS COURSE?:
Chieftain Training is a “Not For Profit” Marine Training Centre with a strong ethos, committed to delivering the best quality training courses. We want you to learn and get the skills you sign up for, but we also want you to have fun.
Our management team have been in this business for over three decades and know what works best. We have a team of highly qualified, specialist Instructors meaning we can offer our students a consistently high quality course. It doesn’t matter which course you book onto or on which date: you will be guaranteed to receive the best level of training possible. Our Fast-Track Superyacht Deck Crew Foundation Training is a unique programme offering the opportunity to qualify for some of the most sought after jobs in the industry in a very short period of time.