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A super yacht is a very expensive professional crewed vessel (either powered or sail) over 24 meters in length.
The super yacht industry generates in the vicinity of 40 Billion Aud per year in a wide range of professions including construction, support, berthing, supply and most importantly crewing, just to name a few.
There are 150,000 + people currently employed on Super yachts worldwide.
There are more than 4500 Super yachts currently operating, with this number rapidly increasing each year.
The opportunities within the industry are limited only by your perceptions.
Predominantly in Europe, (roughly 50%). However, if there is ocean then there is a good chance that a super yacht has been there.
Typical roles for people working directly on Super yachts include Stewardess, Deckhand, Engineer, Officer, Captain, and Chefs and on larger Super yachts, known as Mega Yachts there are fulltime roles for security, Helicopter Pilots even Doctors and Nurses.
This is largely dependent on what role you wish to fill. The more senior roles require relevant experience and qualifications. The junior roles require a great attitude, a willingness to get the job done and to learn.
The minimum requirements for all seafarers include the STCW95 certificate and ENG1 medical.
There are a vast number of other qualifications that can be attained and are required depending on the position you are seeking.
Please ask our friendly Infinity staff should you require some assistance finding a training facility near you.
Learn more about the STCW95 certificate
What is it?
An STCW is an acronym for “Standards of Training & Certification for Watchkeepers”
167 Member Nations of the International Maritime Organizations (IMO) are signatories to this international agreement.
Each nation has its own regulator, who enforces the laws of that nation, which are designed to meet the STCW and other conventions under the IMO
This course is often referred to STCW95 or STCW10 because of the major changes to it in the year 1995 and 2010
You will need the MCA Approved STCW 10
Do I need it?
If you intend on working on Superyachts overseas, then yes you do. It is a mandatory entry level requirement for anyone who wishes to work as a seafarer internationally.
How much is it?
Here in Australia it is approximately 2000 AUD
In Antibes it is approx. 1199 EUR
In Fort Lauderdale approx. $895 USD
How long is it?
It is usually a 5-day course
Day 1 & 2 will cover Personal Survival Techniques
Day 3 Marine First Aid
Day 4 Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
Day 4 Fire Training
Where can I do it?
There are many places you can do it here in Australia and overseas.
In Australia, the majority of establishments are in NSW and QLD, but please let us know where you are based and we can help you find the one closest to you!
Learn more about the ENG1 medical.
What is it?
An ENG 1 is a medical certificate you require if you are a seafarer, in charge of a ship or serving on a merchant ship or yacht. It is to prove that you are in a fit condition to work on board.
This ENG 1 Certificate must be issued by an approved doctor for the MCA and will be valid for 2 years
Where can I do it?
You can do your ENG 1 in three places here in Australia or various places worldwide.
Please contact us on [email protected] for more information on doctors in Australia and elsewhere.
How much does it cost?
Costs can vary between places, but generally between $100-$200 AUD
What should I bring?
-You should bring your photo ID, i.e. passport, Drivers License etc
-Previous medical certificate if you have one.
-Your local doctors name & contact details.
-Any medication you’re currently taking.
-Any glasses or contact lenses
An ENG 1 will usually include:
Measuring your height and weight
A hearing test
A test for seeing colour
Questions on your medical condition & drinking habits
Testing your reflexes
Listening to you heart & lungs
This can take approximately 30 min and if you pass, your certificate will be issued immediately.
This will depend on the position you are employed to fill.
Entry-level wages can start from 2000 Euro per month, which increase dramatically as you become more qualified.
Salaries can also vary significantly from boat to boat depending on the size, cruising itinerary, private v Charter, to name a few variables
Working on a Super yacht is not for the faint hearted. When the boat is in “guest on” mode then the hours can be very long and very arduous.
The hours required are generally decided by the Captain and is dependent on what the movements of the boat owner are.
During off season periods or down time the crew can expect to have a relatively normal working week which allows for a lot of time to explore the beautiful areas that the Super yachts industry operates within.
The med season is typically from May through to September, however job seekers should be prepped and ready to start seeking work from March / April.
The Caribbean season can start as early as Nov / December and stretches through to March / April
The infinity yachting team can secure your employment from wherever you are in the world.
Simply follow our CREW Register tabs
By completing our Registration completely, we can identify that you are ready to go, so when our vast network of employers contact us, we can put you forward with confidence.
We will use our vast knowledge and network of contacts within the industry to help match the right person with the right Super yacht.
Taking a leap of faith and leaving your comfortable life to join the exotic world of Super yachting can be extremely daunting. Our staff have been there and done it for many years and are here to guide you through the turbulent times.
We have the contacts to find you work. If you have the right attitude and are ready to go, then we will go the length to find you employment.
Most Captains or Chief Stewardess’s will enlighten you as to what Visa’s are required for their vessel. Most of which are easily obtainable once you have secured your position.
The Super yacht industry is not for everyone.
You must make a lot of sacrifices to join this crazy industry and be willing to put in some tough hours / days / months
If you are willing to maintain the right attitude and work hard when required then you can expect to be working with Amazing people for Amazing people, travelling on amazing vessels to amazing places. Not to mention the capability to earn amazing salaries.