Super yachts are like small floating hotels, so there are a broad range of job options that may suit you and build on your previous work experience.
Responsible for working as part of a team in the maintenance and management of the exterior of the yacht, including all the exterior decks, the hull, tender garages, masts and basically everything outside. It also includes cupboards and storage spaces used by the deck department. The deck crew are responsible for all the handling of lines when entering and leaving the port and all anchoring procedures. It could also include helping to sail the yacht. They are responsible for safe tender driving, undertaking and teaching water sports. The vast majority of their time spent outdoors. Career progression and development opportunities are for those with a hard working attitude and completing appropriate courses. General career progression is as follows:
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Deck Hand > Lead Deck Hand > Second Officer > First Officer > Captain
Working as part of a team in the management of all interior accomodation areas in the yacht, to include communal crew areas as well as guest areas. The interior crew may assist the chef in the provision of food. They are responsible for excellent hospitality skills to guests on-board in the serving of drinks and food. They must also present the interior of the yacht to a very high standard, to include table decorations and suitable colour schemes with dinner themes. Cleaning to a very high standard is essential in this role. Their work is mainly based inside, which can be a bonus in hot climates with the air conditioning. The interior crew may also assist in laundry duties for crew and guests. However some yachts, especially the larger ones, have laudry crew, responsible solely for all laundry. Again for commitiment and hard working crew the opportunities for career progression are good with the ultimate position being Lead Stew/Stewardess or Purser. W
For more technically minded individuals this can be interesting career to follow. This involves maintaining the the smooth and efficient running of the mechanical elements on-board. These include the engines, generators, sewage systems, water filtration systems, holding tanks and all the electrical elements (from the entertainment system to changing a light bulb). Generally a considerable amount of time is spent in the engine which may be a confined space and hot, and involves oily and dirty work.
On the larger yachts it is common to see Electronic Technical Officers (ETO's). They are responsible, as the name suggests, for the electrical more technical side of engineering which could include the yachts on-board entertainment system, navigational equipment and communication equipment.
CHEF and Sous chef
The chef is responsible for creating a broad and divrese range of meals for guests and crew. They are responsible for composing menus and ordering provisions of food for guests and crew. Culinary experience is essential for the larger yachts, though smaller one are often less strict on the level of skills rquired. This varies from yacht to yacht and is often decided by the captain and sometimes the owner. The number of chefs will cary depending on the yacht size.
OTHER CAREER OPTIONS
Masseuse, Nurse, Beauty Therapist, Sports Therapist, Personal Trainer and Chiropodist. These more specific roles tend to be on the larger yachts and job opportunities more limited. It is likely that these roles maybe secondary to your main role as deckhand or steward/ess.
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