Every single superyacht crew member ever has been asked this question 1.000.000 times since he/she set foot on a boat.
I get asked this several times on a daily basis, and have been since June 2010.
To be completely honest with you, the majority of the times I do not answer, or do not know what to answer.
These are the two main reasons why:
- I do not have the time
- I really can not answer to such a broad question in one simple message (or 10)
I understand that you do not know much about this industry, therefore, that question might seem really easy to reply to in your head.
I am sure I would think exactly the same hadn’t I landed on my first yacht before I even realised where I was getting into…
Sure, I could give you a “general answer”, such us:
- Get your STCW and medical certificate
- Sign up in yacht crew agencies
And so on…
Do you even know the modules of the STCW that are necessary to work on a yacht?
As many of you know, I own an online consultancy business for people wanting to get into the yachting industry.
80% of my clients hire my services AFTER doing their STCW.
70% of them have wasted a lot of money:
- They have been sold modules that are absolutely useless to work on yachts
- They have done it in schools that are not internationally recognised, therefore their certificate is worthless
- They have been charged an extortionate amount for the four basic training modules, and have not even been offered the PSA
And so on…
SO, telling you that you need to do your STCW is great.
But you need to know lots of things before you invest your money in a school that may not be the best option for you…
- CREW AGENCIES:
Yeah sure, there are AMAZING crew agents out there, but, let me tell you something:
A crew agency is not going to find you a job.
Simple as that.
They might help you (a lot) IF you:
- Your profile is exactly what any recruiter wants on a yacht
- Have an amazing CV (DONE FOR THE YACHTING INDUSTRY)
- Have second skills such as: carpentry, beauty therapist, diver, professional trainer…
So, sign up in all of the crew agencies in the whole entire world, you never know, BUT, the one that needs to get out there and pursue your dream is YOU.
What do I need to say?
Do I just ring the passarelle bell?
How do I dress?
Who do I speak to?
What do I need to have with me?
Do you understand that explaining the dockwalking subject alone would take me like 50 messages?
I guess what I am trying to say is that it is absolutely impossible for someone to tell you (properly) all the info you need to know about how to get a job on a yacht in a simple message, or email.
Of course, like in any other industry, but especially on this one, if you do have someone “on the inside”, it’ll be much easier for you.
Any yacht crew member will tell you that, in this industry, having contacts is your best lifering.
But, what can you do if you do not have anyone “on the inside”?
Do all the research you can, and always make sure the information your are trusting comes from recognised industry professionals.
I understand it may seem a bit overwhelming, and you might not know what information to trust.
This is the exact reason why, after years of sending people in the direction of lots of different websites and blogs, some industry professionals have come together and built THE ONE AND ONLY platform where you will find ALL OF THE ANSWERS you need about how to get your first job on a yacht: The Crew Libary.
It has taken us months to put all of this info together.
You will also find the most helpfull informations, tools and resources from:
And, of course, myself 🙂
The Crew Library is an online learning platform for crew in any department. We provide the ability to connect with existing yacht crew through Whatsapp groups and offer training discounts worldwide to existing members.
This is what you will find:
- Dockwalking routines
- Q&A from Captains
- Chief Stewardesses interview tips
- Engineering qualifications questions
And much more.
Oh! You will also have access to a whatsapp group where you will be able to communicate directly with all of us.
Depending on your needs, you will get the answer from a Captain, Chief Stew, Chef, or someone from the Deck and Engineering department.
Crew Library is the only platform you need to go when looking for information about the industry.
You have absolutely nothing to lose joining, and SO MUCH to gain!
See you on the Crew Library!
PS: Please do let me know if the seventeen (yes, seventeen!) videos I recorded for the Crew Library are too boring, I did my best! haha