Updated: Sep 26
A little birdie told me you are eager to break into the world of Yachting.
Well, before we dive into it I want to pose some questions for you to ponder.
Why do you feel a pull to yachting?
Are you passionate about boats, the ocean, traveling, or service?
Are you looking to make a quick dime?
Are you prone to sea/motion sickness?
What do you know about this industry?
Are you willing to learn and work alongside a team?
What skills do you have that make you unique for this industry? Are you confident in them?
Do you already have answers to these questions? Or maybe you have some research and contemplation to do?
Wherever you're at is perfectly perfect. Each person has a different drive and experience.
Let's get into the basics of the course you need to take in order to become certified to work on Yachts.
- Must be 18 years or older
- SWTC Basic Safety Training Week
(basic safety training you need to get on a boat)
SWTC Course Locations:
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States of America**the yachting capital of the world
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America
Jacksonville, United States of America
Dania Beach, United States of America
Charleston, United States of America
Applying for the Jobs
Crew Placing Agencies and Facebook Groups are the main way that jobs are posted for the Yachting industry.
Yacht Crew Placing Agencies
Crew and Captain (exchange)
Freelance Yacht Crew
Fort Lauderdale and Miami yacht Crew
The Rybo Clan
Fort Lauderdale Yacht Crew
Nassau Bahamas Yacht Crew
Miami Yacht Crew
World Yacht Charter Group
Yacht Chef Freelance & Temp Jobs
The Mega Yacht Industry
Just 4 Crew
IGY Marina in the Caribbean
Yacht Stew Jobs
Fort Lauderdale Yachties
World Wide Yacht Crew Jobs
Caribbean Sailing Crew
Sailing Crew Finders Whole World Long Sailing Regatta
The Yacht Club US East Coast
Sailboat Crew Finder World Wide
Yacht Crew Wanted
The Crew Circle
So there you have it! The first step to get into yachting is to get certified and begin the placement process. I know you may have more questions, so don't you worry, I will have more resources for you that will cover:
- how to build a proper CV
- Is ENG1 necessary?
- I got certified, now what? Preparing for your first job.
If you have any other questions about yachting make sure you leave me a comment. I want to help you along your journey into this aquatic life.
And remember there is something that makes you different from anyone else in the yachting industry. It is up to you to believe in yourself, to put in the work and to bring your unique skillset to this maritime world. Don't ever doubt yourself, there isn't time for that, we have work to do.