Crew agencies

CREW AGENCIES (for listings see below)

Crew agencies conduct business by providing yachts with qualified crew in line with the yacht’s specifications.

They are usually operated by ex-yacht crew, some of which can be very helpful (all depending on their current work load, of course).

Most yachts will be looking for experienced crew, why you as a newcomer to the industry may not benefit much from being signed up with the agencies before you have been in the industry for a season or two. Still, a great personality and good looks will open doors in the yachting industry (sorry, but that is just the reality of the industry…), so it never hurts introducing yourself.

Crew with special qualifications such as (but not limited to)

  • Chefs
  • Engineers
  • Merchant mariners
  • Medical professionals
  • Fitness coaches
  • Yoga teachers
  • Dive instructors
  • Watersport instructors
  • Sport fishing guides
  • Close protection personnel and military background
  • Michelin star level restaurant service experience
  • High end resorts experience
  • Luxury spa experience
  • Beauty- and hairdresser qualifications

will always be in relatively high demand, however. If you have any of these qualifications, even with no yachting experience, crew agents will still be interested in speaking to you and possibly place you on board a yacht.

For those without the above qualifications, fortunately there will always be yachts that don’t mind molding and shaping newbies into a professional yachtsman and a sailor of The Seven Seas. Most of these will prefer to hire crew straight off the dock or perhaps via Facebook partially to keep their expenses down and partially because they can meet you in person right there and then on the dock.

Signing up online

Signing up with crew agencies online can be very time consuming to say the least, so you are advised to do this prior to arriving in Antibes, Palma, Fort Lauderdale etc.

It can take anywhere between 1-2 hours per agency depending on how comprehensive their database is. They will need all the information off your CV, photos, electronic copies of your certificates and licenses and often also a bunch of other stuff.

Whenever you get a new certificate, daywork, temp-job or a permanent position remember to update your profile with the various agencies, so everything is up to date. You also need to keep your phone number/email address and location updated in the various crew agency data bases, as some clients specifically require crew to be located in the same location as the yacht. While you are looking for work, check-in on their website once or twice per week. It will usually be those candidates who checked in most recently that will be shortlisted for the open job positions. Once you land a job, change your status from “available” to “not available” to keep the agents in the loop of things. If you fail to do this, the crew agency will think you are still available and continue to contact you – in other words you waste their time.

Meeting the Crew Agent

 If you are a “greenie” looking for your first job, you will need to spend as much time dockwalking and networking as possible. This also includes introducing yourself to the various crew agents in person, even though (as mentioned above) crew agencies tend to place yacht crew with experience.

When you start arranging meetings with the agencies, it is important that you have signed up online prior to booking a meeting;  “have you signed up with us on our website?” will be the first thing they ask you, when you call to book your appointment.

A crew agent will easily receive anywhere between 25-100 CVs per day, while at the same time also receiving calls from all over the world, having emails to reply to etc. Still some agencies manage to take an extra minute or two to help you with CV pointers and advice, but if they don’t, now you know why.

So, where a good but not-so-busy crew agent will allocate  anywhere between 15-30 minutes for an interview, don’t be surprised if you are “out the door” after just 5-10 minutes. During the interview, the agent will ask you a bit about

  • your background
  • how you learned about working on yachts
  • which position you are looking for
  • your training related to the above position
  • any special skills that you may possess

If time allows, you can also ask a bit about their own yachting career and general advice about how to succeed landing your first job on a yacht. The agents are mostly very friendly and used to meeting newbies, but as mentioned above they do have a busy schedule.

It should be mentioned that there are stories about crew meeting up drunk, high, unshaven, filthy, smelly and late for their interview. Don’t be one of these. Not only will you waste the agent’s time, you will also screw it up for yourself. To the contrary, be there 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time, dress like a yachtsman and be clean cut – it will be noticed! If you happen to run late or can’t make it for your interview, call ahead and let them know. Any agent will appreciate that – and they will remember you for it.

Be Honest

IMPORTANT; Don’t spin up stories but be honest about your intentions and your background. Avoid providing incorrect information on your CV as well. Crew agents have heard all the stories over and over again and again. They can spot dishonest crew and will only deal with those, they can trust.

YOU Represent the Crew Agency Onboard

So, you got the job – absolutely brilliant!! Something many tend to forget is that the crew agent is also a human with emotions and feelings like everyone else. Show your gratitude and say thank you. Perhaps bring/send flowers or a bottle of wine / champagne. Although not strictly necessary, you will stand out from the crowds and definitely be remembered next time you need help to find a new gig.

Once you are on board your new vessel, something many crew tend to forget is that

Crew agencies are not just a “service” for crew to find work. They are in business to provide yachts with the best crew members currently available on the market. If you get hired, keep in mind that YOU are the product AND the representative of that agency during your entire tenure onboard!

As with most other businesses, crew agencies rely on repeat business from their clients. If you perform well, show some longevity (preferably one year or more) then it is very likely they will place you on an even better program next time. Building a strong professional working relationship with just a handful of agencies can really pay off to your own future benefit!

MLC Compliant Crew Agencies

Some agencies are listed as “MLC Compliant”. This indicates that they adhere to regular audits and certain standards aimed at protecting seafarers and making the maritime industry safer. In theory you should be in “safer hands” with an MLC compliant crew agency, although some non-MLC compliant agencies (but not all) are well-established with a very good reputation in the industry. To learn what you should expect from a MLC compliant crew agency, you can (and should) read more about this in regulation 1.4 of the Maritime Labour Convention,  2006.

Last but not least, according to the MLC 2006 no crew agency is allowed to charge you for finding work. The only costs that can be charged to you are those for obtaining your national statutory medical certificate (such as the ENG/1), your national seafarers’ book, your passport or similar travel documents. The costs of visas must be paid for by the ship’s owner. For more info on “The Seafarers’ Bill of Rights” (MLC 2006) go to

http://www.itfseafarers.org/files/publications/23556/SBoR_English_inside_small.pdf

If you experience any of this, ditch the agency/web service and move on to a reputable agency. A list of those, you will find on this site in the crew agency listings.

CREW AGENCIES LISTINGS

With the abundance of crew agencies, job sites and recently also apps – and Facebook, where do you go to find the latest and the best crew positions on yachts, if not through your own personal network? Palma Yacht Crew has compiled a list of the majority of such sites and agencies for you to use. Some will have more jobs than others. Those marked with a * are MLC compliant crew agencies. You can learn more about what that entails below in the “About Crew Agencies” section above.

EUROPE

 

Croatia

Magnus Yachting                                    Zadar                 www.magnus-yachting.com/crew/

Cyprus

Maritime Moments                               Larnaca              www.maritime-moments.com

France / Monaco

Abacus March*                                       Antibes                 www.abacus-march.com

AYC Superyacht Rec.                           Monaco                 www.ayc.com.au

Bluewater Yachting*                            Antibes                 www.bluewateryachting.com

Camper & Nicholsons*                       Antibes                 www.camperandnicholsons.com

Cosmo-Crew*                                         Antibes                 www.cosmo-crew.com

Crew Network*                                      Antibes                 www.crewnetwork.com

D & B Services                                        Antibes                 www.dandbservices.

Diana Corell                                            Antibes                 www.dianacorell.com

French Riviera Yacht & Crew*          Nice                       www.fryc.fr

Hemisphere Crew Solutions*         Monaco                www.hemispheremonaco.com

Hill Robinson Crew*                            Antibes                www.hrcrew.com

Infinite Yachts                                        Golfe Juan          www.infiniteyachts.com

IYC Crew*                                                 Monaco               www.iyc.com/crew/

JMS Crew*                                               Monaco              www.jms-crew.com

Luxury Yacht Group*                          Antibes               www.luxyachts.com

Main Raise                                              Antibes               www.embark-on.net

Marine Scence                                      Vallauris             www.marinescence.com

Monaco Equipage                               Monaco              www.monacoequipage.com

MS Yachts                                               Cannes               www.ms-yachts.com/en/crew.cfm

Pemberton Browne*                         Nice                     www.pemberton-browne.com

Recrewt*                                                Antibes               www.recrewt.com

Riviera Crew                                         Antibes               www.rivieracrew.com

Searchlight Crew*                             Antibes                www.searchlightcrew.com

7 East Yachts                                        Antibes                www.7eastyachts.com

SYM Crew                                              Golfe Juan          www.symcrew.eu

The Crew Hunter*                             Golfe Juan          www.thecrewhunter.com

Titan Fleet                                            Golfe Juan           www.titanfleet.com

TMC Yachting                                      Monaco                 www.tmcyachting.com

Vibrant Yachting                                Antibes                  www.vibrantyachting.com

YPI Crew*                                              Antibes                  www.ypicrew.com

West Nautical                                      Antibes                  www.westnautical.com/crew-recruitment/

Germany

Yachtarbeit                                                                             www.yachtarbeit.de

Greece

MedCrew                                              Athens                     www.medcrew.gr

Holland

My Yacht Crew                                   Aalsmeer                www.myyachtcrew.com

Italy

Crew Network*                                 Viareggio                www.crewnetwork.com

Marineria                                             Roma                       www.marineria.it

SCS Yachting                                     Genoa                      www.scsyachting.com

Malta

SCS Yachting                                    Valletta                   www.scsyachting.com

Montenegro

IYC Crew *                                         Tivat                         www.iyc.com/crew/

Stellamar Employment

Solutions                                           Tivat                         www.stellamar.co.uk

Spain

A-Z Yachting*                                  Palma                        www.a-zyachting.com

Alba Crew                                         Palma                        www.albacrewpl.com

Barcelona Crew                             Barcelona                www.barcelonacrew.com

Bluewater Yachting*                    Palma                        www.bluewateryachting.com

Crew & Concierge*                        Palma                       www.crewandconcierge.com

Crew Network*                               Palma                       www.crewnetwork.com

Earth & Sea Elite

Lifestyle Management*              Palma                        www.earthandsearecruitment.com

El Crew Co                                        Palma                        www.elcrewco.com

Elite Chefs                                        Palma                        www.elite-chefs.com

Elite Crew Intl.*                              Barcelona                www.elitecrewintl.com

Flow Yacht Crew                            Palma                        www.flowyachtcrew.com

Global Crew Services*                Palma                         www.globalcrewservices.com

Hill Robinson Crew*                    Palma                         www.hrcrew.com

Invisible Crew                                Palma                         www.invisiblecrew.com

IYC Crew*                                         Barcelona                 www.iyc.com/crew/

Luxury Yacht Group*                  Palma                          www.luxyachts.com

Mymuybueno*                              Palma                          www.mymuybuenointerior.com

 www.mymuybuenoprivatechefs.com

www.mymuybuenocaptains.com

Rooster Recruitment                  Palma                           www.roosterrecruitment.com

Sovren Crew*                                 Palma                           www.sovrencrew.com

Van Allen Crew                               Palma                          www.leticiayachtcrew.com

Sweden

Yachting Sweden                         Stockholm         www.yachtingsweden.se

Switzerland

YMG Crew                                Wollerau            www.ymg.ch/en

Turkey

Yacht Crew Turkey                      Bodrum             www.yachtcrewturkey.net

Yacht Crew 4 You                                               www.yc4you.com

United Kingdom

19 London                                 London              www.19london.com

Aviso Agency                             Reading             www.avisoagency.com

Bachmann Yachts                        Lee on Solent     www.bachmannyachts.com

Bespoke Crew*                           New Milton        www.bespokecrew.com

Blackspot Crew*                         Edinburgh          www.blackspotcrew.com

Clyde Marine Recruit.*                Glasgow                        www.clyderrecruit.com

Crew Seekers                              Eastleigh            www.crewseekers.net

Crewteria*                                  London              www.crewteria.com

DMB Yachting Group*                Cotswold           www.dmbyachting.com

Dohle Yacht Crew*                      Douglas             www.dohle-yachtcrew.com

Fast Stream*                              Southampton.   www.faststreamyachtcrew.com

Fiducs Crewing*                         Isle of Man         www.fiducscrewing.com

Grey Coat Lumleys                      London              www.greycoatlumleys.co.uk

Insignia Crew     *                      Bristol               www.insigniacrew.com

J4 Crew*                                   Manchester         www.j4crew.com

Kilo Recruitment*                       Leeds                www.kilorecruitment.com

Knot Spirit*                               London              www.knotspirit.com

Luxury Yacht Group*                   Southampton      www.luxyachts.com

Morello Yachting*                       Dorset               www.morelloyachting.com

Navis-Consulting                                    Hampshire          www.navis-consulting.co.uk

One Ocean*                                London              www.oneocean.com

Oyster Crew*                              Southampton      www.oysteryachts.com/services/oyster-crew

Quay Crew*                               Poole                www.quaycrew.com

Robson Crew*                            Bournemouth      www.robsoncrew.com

Saltwater Recruitment*                 Norwich             www.saltwaterrecruitment.com

Sea Daine Recruitment*                Douglas             www.seadainerecruitment.com

Sea Gem International*                 Bournemouth      www.seageminternational.com

Seaward Crew                             Surrey               www.seawardcrew.co.uk

Silverswan Recruitm.                   London              www.silverswanrecruitment.com

Sphere Yachting                          Worchester         www.sphereyachting.com

Super Yacht Crew*                      Ringwood          www.super-yachtcrew.com

Superyacht Crewagency*               London              www.superyachtcrewagency.com

Vanessa Hodgson                                    Lymington         www.vanessahodgson.co.uk

Vantage Yacht Recruitment*          Cheltenham        www.vantageyachtrecruitment.com

Viking Recruitment*                    Dover

Portsmouth

Guernsey            www.vikingrecruitment.com

West Nautical*                           Newcastle           www.westnautical.com

Wilson Halligan*                                    Southampton      www.wilsonhalligan.com

Yacht Crew Consultants*              London              www.yachtcrewconsultants.com

NORTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

Canada

Yacht Crew Register*                   Vancouver                                  www.yachtcrew.ca

United States

Bluewater Yachting*                    Fort Lauderdale                           www.bluewateryachting.com

British American                         Fort Lauderdale                           www.bahs.com/yachts

Cotton Crews                             West Palm Beach                        www.cottoncrews.com

Crew Finders Intl                                    Fort Lauderdale                           www.crewfinders.com

Crew Network*                           Fort Lauderdale                           www.crewnetwork.com

Crew Solutions                           Fort Lauderdale                           www.bgrantcrewsolutions.com

Denison Yacht Crew                    Fort Lauderdale                           www.denisoncrew.com

Elite Crew Intl.*                         Fort Lauderdale                           www.elitecrewintl.com

Fox Crew Placement                    Fort Lauderdale                           www.kirstyfox.com

Hill Robinson Crew*                   Fort Lauderdale                           www.hrcrew.com

IYC Crew*                                 Fort Lauderdale                           www.iyc.com/crew/

Great Lakes

Newport

Nantucket

Lacasse Maritime                         Seattle                                       www.lacassemaritime.com

Luxury Yacht Group*                   Annapolis                                  www.luxyachts.com

Fort Lauderdale

San Diego

Moran Yachts                             Fort Lauderdale                           www.moranyachts.com

Newport

Neptune Crew                             Fort Lauderdale                           www.neptunecrew.com

Northrup & Johnson                    Fort Lauderdale                           www.northropandjohnson.com

Palm Beach Yachts                      West Palm Beach                                    www.yachtcrew.com

Preferred Crew                             Fort Lauderdale                           www.preferredcrew.com

Salt Placement                            Palm Beach / The Hamptons         www.saltplacement.com

Sea Dog Maritime Recruitment      Fort Lauderdale                           www.seadogrecruiters.com

Ship to Shore                             Newport                                     www.shiptoshoreglobal.com

Sportable Crew                           Fort Lauderdale                           www.ablecrew.com

Superyacht Crew Placement           Fort Lauderdale                           www.superyachtcrewplacement.com

Yacht Crew International               Fort Lauderdale                           www.yachtcrewinternational.com

Yachties International*                 Fort Lauderdale                           www.yachtiesinternational.com

Wilson Crew Management                        Fort Lauderdale                           www.wilsoncrewmanagement.com

Antigua

Anchor Concierge & Superyacht Services     Falmouth Harbour           www.anchorcsys.com

Yacht Search Recruitment             Falmouth Harbour                       www.yachtsearchrecruitment.com

Bahamas

IYC Crew*                                 Nassau                                       www.icy.com/crew/

St Maarten

IYC Crew*                                 Isle de Sol Marina                       www.iyc.com/crew/

Oceans & Rivers                         St Maarten                                 N/A (oryachtcrew@gmail.com)

Palapa Marina                             Palapa Marina                             www.palapamarina.com

AUSTRALIA & NZ

Australia

AYC Superyacht Recruit.              Claremont                      www.ayc.com.au

Captain’s Crew Agency                                                    www.captainscrewagency.com

Capel Crew Recruitment               Pottsville, NSW             www.capelcrewrecruitment.com.au

Champion Crewing                      Whitsundays, QL            www.championcrewing.com

Chapman Yacht Management         Whitsundays                  www.chapmanyachtmanagement.com.au

Coastal Yachting Recruitment        Gold Coast                     www.coastalyachtingrecruitment.com

Crew Pacific                               Cairns                           www.crewpacific.com.au

Hill Robinson Crew*                   Gold Coast                     www.hrcrew.com

Infinity Yachting                         Brisbane                        www.infinityyachting.com.au

Luxury Yacht Group*                   Sydney                          www.luxyachts.com

MYS Superyacht Crew                 Sydney                          www.myssuperyachtcrew.com

Superyacht Crew International*      Sydney                          www.superyachtcrewinternational.com

Yacht Support Australia                Brisbane                                    www.yachtsupportaustralia.com

New Zealand

37 South                                                Auckland                       www.37south.com.nz

Integrated Marine                         Auckland                       www.integratedmarinegroup.com/crew

Luxury Yacht Group*                   Auckland                       www.luxyachts.com

Our Marine                                 Auckland                       www.ourmarine.co.nz

Tidal Yachting*                          Auckland                       www.tidalyachting.com

Viking Recruitment*                    Auckland                       www.vikingrecruitment.com/locations-pacific-office/

ASIA & Middle East 

Dubai

Crew Placement Middle                East Dubai                     www.crewplacement.com

Silver Swan Recruitment              Dubai                            www.silverswanrecruitment.com

Philippines

Crew Asia                                  Cebu, Manila                  www.crewasia.ph

Viking Recruitment                     Manila                           www.vikingrecruitment.com/locations-asia-office/

Thailand

Asia Yacht Crew                         Phuket                           www.asiayachtcrew.com

AYC Crew                                 Phuket                           www.ayc.com.au

SPECIALITY AGENCIES

Yacht Chefs

Amandine Chefs*                        Antibes/London/Fort Lauderdale/New York  www.amandinechefs.com

Elite Chefs                                 Palma                                                    www.elite-chefs.com

Mymuybueno Chefs*                   Palma                                             www.mymuybuenoprivatechefs.com

Sea Chef Services*                       Antibes                                                  www.seachefservices.com

Yacht Chef Agency                      Antibes/London/Fort Lauderdale                www.yachtchefagency.com

Yacht Chefs*                              Antibes                                                  www.yachtchefs.com

Interior Crew

Flow Yacht Crew                                    Palma                                                    www.flowyachtcrew

My Muy Bueno Interior*              Palma                                           www.mymuybuenoprivatechefs.com

Engineers & ETOS

J4Crew*                                                Manchester                     www.j4crew.com

Robertson ETOs*                                    Web                              www.robertsonetos.com

Technical Yacht Solutions            Malta                            www.tys.com.mt

Yacht Engineering                       Varna, Bulgaria               www.yacht-engineering.com

Fitness-, Massage- and Yoga Instructors

Angels On Board                         Palma                www.angels-on-board.com

Medical Crew

Medaire                                     Web

https://www.medaire.com/products-services/yacht-pages/Yacht-Medical-and-Travel-Safety Membership/medical-personnel-placement/

ONLINE AGENCIES and JOB PLATFORMS

Crewfiles                                                                        www.crewfiles.com

Crew HQ                                                                       www.crewhq.me

International–Crew Solutions*                            www.international-crewsolutions.com

JF Recruiting                                                                  www.jf-recruiting.com

Meridian                                                                        www.meridiango.com

Port Profile                                                                     www.portprofile.com

Rooster Recruitment                                                        www.roosterrecruitment.com

Salty Jobs                                                                      www.saltyjobs.co

SeaZone                                                                         www.seazone.app/crewzone/

YACrew                                                                        www.yacrew.com

Yacht Crew Support                                             www.yachtsupportgroup.com/crew-recruitment

Yachtiee                                                                         www.yachtiee.com

Yachtify                                                                         www.yachtify.com

Yachtloop                                                                      www.yachtloop.com

YachtNeeds                                                                    www.yachtneeds.net

YOA Your Own Agency*                                                 www.yoaagency.com

YotHop                                                                         www.yothop.com

Yotly Crew                                                                  www.yotlycrew.com

YotSpot*                                                                       www.yotspot.com

APPS

CrewLocate                                                                    www.crewlocate.com

Dayworker                                                                      www.dayworkerapp.com

On-Board                                                                       www.on-board.app

Season-Life                                                                     www.season-life.co.uk

Sovren Crew                                                                   www.sovrencrew.com

YachtMe                                                                        www.yachtme.io

YachtNeeds                                                                    www.yachtneeds.net

PLEASE HELP us keep this list of crew agencies up to date. It is no secret agencies come and go, so if you know of a new one or spot a link that is not working, please contact Palma Yacht Crew at Molin@palmayachtcrew.com .