Crew Positions and Qualifications

CREW POSITIONS & QUALIFICATIONS

The jobs available on a yacht usually depend on the size of the yacht. Larger yachts tend to work with a larger variety of specialised crew positions, including pursers, ETOs, crew chefs, bosuns etc. Generally speaking you will find the following positions available;

  • Captain
  • Chief Officer / First Mate
  • 2nd Officer / 3rd Officer
  • Bosun
  • Deckhand
  • Chief Engineer
  • 2nd Engineer / EEOW
  • ETO / IT-AV Officer
  • Purser
  • Chief Stewardess
  • 2nd Stewardess
  • Junior Stewardess
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef / Crew Chef

Below, you will find a description of each position along with the required certification;

 

  • Captain

The captain is the person who is in command of the vessel. He/she is expected to have an extensive amount of seafaring experience either from the yachting or merchant marine sectors, preferably also with a thorough knowledge of the primary cruising destinations. The responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • navigating safe passages across all oceans
  • safe manning
  • flag compliance
  • safety of crew and passengers
  • daily administration and budget control
  • crew management
  • refits and maintenance
  • liaising with owners or management company

Great people and communication skills are an added bonus, as he/she will be dealing with people from all levels of society and cultural backgrounds in ports worldwide. Just think of the likes of Bill Gates chartering the yacht, organizing maintenance on board with a local contractor in a small Italian port or having hired a Rastafarian dayworker somewhere in the Caribbean to help you varnishing and washing down the yacht J

To become a yacht captain you will need experience, good boat handling skills, sufficient sea time and certification for the size of vessel you command.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • ENG/1 Medical

Vessels less than 200GT:

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore*
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean*
  • IYT Master of Yachts <200GT
  • MCA STCW Master (Yachts)<200GT

 

Vessels less than 500GT:

  • MCA STCW Master (Yachts)<500GT Certificate of Competence

 

Vessels less than 3000GT:

  • MCA STCW Master (Yachts)<3000GT Certificate of Competence
  • or MCA Merchant Navy STCW Master <3000GT
  • or MCA STCW Master (Unlimited)

 

Vessels more than 3000GT:

 

  • MCA STCW Master (Unlimited)

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Other qualifications:

  • Good management skills
  • Additional languages

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

 

Among others, training modules for licenses >

200GT are available from

ORAL PREP is available from

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79 feet:       4-6,500 Euros / 5-8,000 USD

30-39m / 80-99 feet:       5-10,500 Euros / 6-10,000 USD

40-44m / 100-119 feet:  7-12,000 Euros / 7,5-12,000 USD

45-49m / 120-139 feet:  7-15,000 Euros / 8-14,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159 feet:  7-15,000 Euros / 10-16,000 USD

55-59m / 160-179 feet:  7-16,500 Euros / 12-18,000 USD

60-69m / 180-199 feet:  7-19,000 Euros / 12,5-20,000 USD

70-79m / 200-239 feet:  8-20,000 Euros / 13-25,000 USD

80-89m / 240-259 feet: 12-20,000 Euros / 13-28,000 USD

90-99m / 260-279 feet: 12-20,000 Euros / 15-28,000 USD

100m+ / 280 feet+:         15-30,000 Euros / 23-28,000 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

  • Chief Officer / First Mate

OOW during passage

Photo Credit:  Captain Mark O’Connell – check out Mark’s amazing yachting photo portfolio at www.markoconnell.photodeck.com

 

The Chief Officer is second in command on board. On some yachts he is also known as the First Officer, Chief Mate or First Mate This mostly depends on the size of the vessel. The Chief Officer is responsible for

  • deck maintenance and deck supplies
  • safety equipment is in good working order
  • implementation of safety drills and procedures
  • safety management (ISM)
  • crew training
  • keeping charts and software up to date
  • supervising docking and anchoring operations
  • competent navigation and use of communications systems

Similar to the captain to become a Chief Mate you need sea time and sufficient certification for the size of vessel you work on.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore / Yachtmaster Ocean

IYT MoY Limited/ IYT MoY Unlimited

  • MCA STCW OOW (Y) <3000gt
  • Chief Mate (Y) <3000gt
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • AEC 1
  • PWC Proficiency / Instructor

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

For further information, please see Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1802 (M) – Certificates of Competency: Yacht Deck Officers Training and Certification Guidance

Other qualifications:

  • Good management skills
  • Additional languages
  • Carpentry / Paint skills
  • Divemaster / Instructor
  • PWC Instructor
  • Watersports Instructor

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 2,5-3,500 Euros

30-39m / 80-99’: 3,2-5,000 Euros  / 3,8-4,500 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 4,5-6,000 Euros / 4,750-5,800 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 4-6,500 Euros / 5,5-8,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 5-7,500 Euros / 5-9,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 5,5-8,000 Euros / 6-9,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 6-8,500 Euros / 6,5-10,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 6,5-9,500 Euros / 7-11,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 7-10,000 Euros / 7-11,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 6,5-12,000 Euros / 7,5-12,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 6,5-12,000 Euros / 8,5-10,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

Yachtmaster and/or OOW training is available from;

ORAL PREP is available from

 

  • 2nd Officer

The second officer refers to the Chief Mate.

Responsibilities can vary but will often include

navigation, charts- and software updates as well as

time on deck doing general maintenance and tender

runs. A 2nd Officer may also be the designated

security-, safety and/or medical officer on board.

Not all yachts operate with a 2nd Officer. In some cases his position may be replaced with a bosun.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore / Yachtmaster Ocean or

IYT MoY Limited/ IYT MoY Unlimited

  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • MCA STCW OOW (Y) <3000gt
  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • AEC 1
  • PWC Proficiency / Instructor
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Other qualifications:

  • Additional languages
  • Carpentry / Paint skills
  • Divemaster / Instructor
  • PWC Instructor
  • Watersports Instructor
  • Military-/Close protection background

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

 

Yachtmaster and/or OOW training is available from;

ORAL PREP is available from

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: N/A

30-39m / 80-99’: N/A

40-44m  /100-119’: N/A

45-49m  /120-139’: 4-4,500 Euros /

50-54m / 140-159’: 3,8-5,500 Euros / 4-6,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 4-5,500 Euros / 4,5-7,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 4-6,500 Euros / 4,5-7,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 5-6,000 Euros / 5-8,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 5-7,000 Euros / 5-9,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 4,750-10,000 Euros / 6,5-9,000 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 4,750 – 10,000 Euros / 6,5-9,000 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

  • Bosun

The bosun’s job consists of looking after the deck team, maintenance and assisting with docking and anchoring procedures. He/she has gained experience on deck over a number of years and will usually be leading the deck team both as regards daily maintenance to the highest standards as well operating tenders and deck equipment. The bosun will have proficient painting and varnishing skills to perform these to the expected superyacht standards. Where certification allows, assisting with navigation watches will also be included in the job description.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore / Yachtmaster Ocean or IYT MoY Limited/ IYT MoY Unlimited
  • AEC 1
  • PWC Proficiency / Instructor
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Other qualifications:

  • Additional languages
  • Carpentry / Paint skills
  • Divemaster / Instructor
  • Watersports Instructor
  • Military/Close protection background

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

 

*Deck Officer progression chart by courtesy of Solent University

Yachtmaster and/or OOW training is available from;

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’

30-39m / 80-99’: 3-3,500 Euros /

40-44m  /100-119’: 3-5,000 Euros / 4,000 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 3-5,000 Euros / 3,2-4,800 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 3,2-5,000 Euros / 3,5-5,500 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 3,5-5,000 Euros / 4-6,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 3,5-6,000 Euros / 4-6,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 4-6,000 Euros / 4-6,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 4-8,000 Euros / 4,5-6,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 4-8,000 Euros / 5-12,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 3,5-8,000 Euros / 5,5-12,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the  Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

  • Deckhand

Deck team on M/Y Anastasia getting ready to lift the tender back in the garage.

Photo Courtesy: Captain Mark O’Connell – check out Mark’s amazing yachting photo portfolio at www.markoconnell.photodeck.com

The deckhand’s duties usually consist of general

maintenance such as polishing stainless, wash downs,

scrubbing decks and assisting with paint and varnish projects. They may also be assisting with hands-on jobs in other departments when required. The deckhand will also assist with anchoring and mooring procedures such as line handling and running fenders. During owner’s trips and charters, deckies help set up the deck in the mornings and clear it by the end of a long day. Deckhands will also launch and retrieve water toys as well doing tender runs ashore. During passages the deckhand will often assist with navigation watches. It is essential that deck crew is very meticulous and careful in anything they do on deck. Attention to detail and an ability to work hard and long hours are required. The same goes for good work ethics, a positive attitude, being a team player and a willingness to take direction and orders from

superiors. Last but not least a good hygiene and a

professional appearance is expected at all times.

While it is beneficial to have some prior experience it is not essential on most yachts. You will learn as you go along. Yet, some certification is still needed.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • MCA Yacht Rating
  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore / Yachtmaster Ocean or IYT MoY Limited/ IYT MoY Unlimited
  • AEC 1
  • RYA PWC Proficiency / Instructor
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Other qualifications:

  • Additional languages
  • Carpentry / Paint skills
  • Divemaster / Instructor
  • Watersports Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Military-/Close protection background

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

Among others Yachtmaster and/or OOW training is available from;

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 2-3,500 Euros / 2,250-3,000 USD

30-39m / 80-99’: 2,2-3,500 Euros / 2,5-3,500 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 2,2-3,500 Euros / 2,5-3,500 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 2,2-4,500 Euros / 2,5-3,500 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 2,2-4,000 Euros / 2,5-4,500 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 2-4,500 Euros / 2,8-5,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 2-5,000 Euros / 2,8-5,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 2-5,000 Euros / 3-5,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 2-5,000 Euros / 3-5,500 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 2-5,000 Euros / 3-5,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 2-5,000 Euros / 3-5,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the  Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

  • Chief Engineer / Sole Engineer 

Engineers on deck – Photo Credit: Captain Mark O’Connell – check out Mark’s amazing yachting photo portfolio at www.markoconnell.photodeck.com

The Jack-of-All-Trades, the Chief Engineer needs to have a very broad knowledge way beyond diesel engines and general mechanics. He must ensure the engineering department is efficiently and safely operated at all times. This includes all technical equipment on board such as main engines, generators, shore power, hydraulics, air-conditioning, refrigeration, stabilizers, propulsion, sewage and davit systems. He will also be expected to fix tender outboards, jet skis, wave runners, washing machines, dryers and hairdryers for that sake… As if that is not enough, where there is no ETO / AV IT Officer on board, the engineer should also have a good knowledge of electronics and navigational equipment and be able to administrate the yacht’s internet. He is also responsible for the majority of service and repair work, liaising with subcontractors and shore based Engineers ensuring all relevant operations are up and running, and up to standard.

Licensed Chief Engineers are high in demand and are often offered attractive employment packages including private cabin, rotations and a salary that sometimes rivals that of the captain. Engineers are usually employed on yachts in the 30m / 100’ range and up.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent
  • Chief Engineer (SV) – less than 500GT and 3,000kW
  • Chief Engineer (SV) – less than 3,000GT and 9,000kW

Please see progression chart below.

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

 

For further information, please see Marine Information Notice MIN 524 M+Fand Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1859 M+F

Other qualifications:

Experience with

  • Welding
  • Electronics
  • AV/IT
  • Electricity
  • Pipe Works / Plumbing
  • A/C
  • Watermakers
  • Hydraulics

Engineer training modules other than AEC 1+2 available from;

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 4-5,000 Euros /

30-39m / 80-99’: 4-7,500 Euros / 5-7,500 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 5-10,000 Euros / 6-8,000 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 5-10,000 Euros / 6-8,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 5-12,000 Euros / 6-10,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 6-12,000 Euros / 6-12,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 7-15,000 Euros / 7.5-13,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 7,5-13,000 Euros / 8-15,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 8-14,000 Euros / 8-15,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 8-15,000 Euros / 8-15,000 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 8,5-15,000 Euros / 8-15,000 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

 

2nd Engineer / EOOW

On yachts starting from around 45m / 140’ and up, you will usually find assistant engineers with ranks as 2nd and 3rd Engineer. Their duties include assisting the Chief Engineer reliably in a variety of routine engine related jobs. These include changing filters, small maintenance jobs, engine room cleaning and engineering watches during ocean passages etc. The 2ndEngineer must have sufficient skills to bring the boat safely to port if the Chief Engineer is unable to do so for whatever reason may be.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • AEC 1+2
  • Second Engineer (SV) – <3,000GT and 9,000kW
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Please see progression chart below.

To progress with your Engineering career you will need the required seatime as well as completion of your training record book.

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

 

For further information, please see Marine Information Notice MIN 524 M+Fand Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1859 M+F

Other qualifications:

Experience with

  • Welding
  • Electronics
  • AV/IT
  • Electricity
  • Pipe Works / Plumbing
  • A/C
  • Watermakers
  • Hydraulics

Engineer training modules including AEC 1+2 available from;

For AEC 1+2 only you can also study at the following schools:

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’

30-39m / 80-99’

40-44m  /100-119’: 4,000 Euros /

45-49m  /120-139’: 3,5-6,000 Euros / 4,5-6,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 4-6,500 Euros / 4-6,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 4,5-7,000 Euros / 4,5-7,500 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 5-8000 Euros / 5-8,250 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 5,5-8,000 Euros / 5-9,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 5-8,500 Euros / 5-9,500 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 5-9,500 Euros / 6-9,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 5-10,000 Euros / 8-10,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the  Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

*Engineer Officer progression chart by courtesy of Solent University

  • ETO / AV-IT Officer

On yachts from somewhere around 60m / 180’ it is common to employ an Electro Technical Officer aka. ETO / AV-IT Officer. The primary function is to oversee, maintain and ensure the efficient operation of electronics and audio-visual systems on board, including the communications equipment, computer network / email servers, bridge electronics, TV’s, movie projectors, sound systems and even iPads. STRONG computer and networking skills are required. Preferably, the ETO will come from an electronics background and be a skilled trouble-shooter, yet also have sufficient social skills to interact and work with guests directly when required. The Officer may also be asked to help out with other engineering and deck duties from time to time.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Prior experience working with IT/AV equipment
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge
  • AEC 1+2
  • AV@SEA – Yacht AV Systems
  • SATCOM@SEA – Marine Satellite Communications / TVRO
  • IP@SEA – Marine IP Networks and CISCO systems
  • Marine Electro-Technical Officer (METO) Cadet
  • Engineering or electronics degree
  • Brand/type specific certification (i.e. Creston, Cisco, Apple, networking)

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

If you are considering a seagoing career it is strongly advised that you have a medical and sight test, which includes testing of colour and visual acuity, before starting training.

ETO / AV/IT officer training available at:

Among others AEC 1+2 training is available from the following training schools;

For further information about training and certification guidance issued by the MCA please see Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1860 (M)

Monthly salary range*:

45-49m  /120-139’: 4,000 Euros / 5-6,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 4,000 Euros / 5-6,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 4,500 Euros / 6-6,500 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 4,5-7,000 Euros / 5-7,500 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 5-8,000 Euros / 5-8,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 5,5-10,000 Euros / 5-8,500 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 5,5-8,000 Euros / 5-8,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 5,5-10,000 Euros / 8-8,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

Further info:  In the Facebook group Yacht ETO you may have any further questions answered by experienced yacht ETOs.

  • Chief Steward(ess) / Solo Stew

The Chief Steward(ess) is the head of the interior department. He/she will normally have a minimum of three years experience as a yacht stewardess and is highly skilled in five-star hospitality with an excellent knowledge of housekeeping and service skills including silver service. This is a highly administrative position, which requires a strong background in all areas from service to administration, accounting and crew management.

The Chief Steward(ess) is responsible for guest satisfaction and must posses the ability to anticipate owner/guest needs and even exceed their expectations.

Among others the responsibilities include

  • food, drink, and bar service
  • silver service
  • overseeing the cleaning of guest accommodation
  • cabin preparation
  • flower arranging
  • uniform management
  • interior inventory
  • interior accounting
  • guest logistics

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Food & Hygiene, Level 2
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • Personal Designated Security Duties*
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge
  • GUEST II Advanced Level
  • Interior Administrations & HR
  • Advance Food & Beverage Services
  • Cigar Services
  • Advanced Laundry Services
  • Advanced Housekeeping Services
  • Advanced Valet Services
  • Floristry & Plant Maintenance
  • Barista & Hot Beverages
  • Advanced Wine Appreciation, Module 1+2
  • Advanced Bartending & Mixology, Module 1+2
  • GUEST III Management Level
  • Interior Management & Destination Management
  • IAMI Guest Foundation Leadership

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Other qualifications:

  • Nursing
  • First Aid
  • Cleaning
  • Massage
  • Hair Dressing
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Silver Service
  • Sommelier
  • Bartending
  • Catering/Hotel Management
  • Additional languages

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 2,5-3,600 Euros / 2,8-4,000 USD

30-39m / 80-99’: 2,8-5,500 Euros / 4-6,000 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 4-5,500 Euros / 4,8-6,500 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 4-6,000 Euros / 4,8-6,500 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 5-6,500 Euros / 5-8,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 5-7,000 Euros / 5-9,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 5,5-7,500 Euros / 6-10,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 6,5-8,000 Euros / 6,5-12,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 6,5-8,350 Euros / 7-12,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 7-9,000 Euros / 7-12,000 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 6,5-10,000 Euros / 7-12,000 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the  Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

Further info:  In the Facebook group Yacht Stewardess and Steward Tips you may have any further questions answered by experienced interior crew. It is an excellent group, which will help increase your knowledge about everything ‘’interior’’ on yachts!

  • Purser

Pursers are mostly found on yachts larger than 60m / 180’. This is a highly administrative position, which requires a solid background in all areas from service, finance, administration and crew management in order to secure a smooth operation of the vessel.

Previous experience as a Chief Stewardess is essential. The purser refers directly to the Captain and is responsible for vessel logistics such as

  • interior inventory
  • interior purchasing and provisioning
  • budgeting and accounting
  • crew management
  • guest activities
  • liaising with guests and crew
  • port clearance
  • destination management

There is never a dull moment!

To become a yacht purser you must have strong capabilities in

  • finance and computer skills
  • communication
  • organization and delegation
  • service and housekeeping skills
  • recruitment of interior crew
  • ISM and ISPS
  • local knowledge and network in yachting destinations worldwide

Additional qualifications:

  • Previous Chief Stewardess experience
  • Powerboat, Level 1 + 2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

Monthly salary range*:

55-59m  / 160-179’: 5,500 Euros / 3.5-7,500 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 5-7,000 Euros / 6-9,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 6-8,000 Euros / 6.5-10,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 6-9,000/ 7-10,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 7-9,000 Euros / 8-10,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 6-10,000 Euros / 12,000 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of the yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

Yacht Purser training is available from

Steward(ess)

M/Y Maridome Crew

Photo Credit: Captain Mark O’Connell – www.markoconnell.photodeck.com

Depending on the size of the yacht, interior crew positions may be divided into specialized functions such as

  • service steward/ess,
  • housekeeping steward/ess
  • laundry steward/ess.

On the majority of yachts, however, the interior team shares the daily tasks under the supervision of the Chief Steward/ess (or Purser) and may be referred to as hostess, 2nd Steward/ess, 3rd Steward/ess or simply Junior Steward/ess.

The yacht steward/ess’ function on board is to make the guests feel pampered and cared for at all times and to provide a superior level of service (think of the standards the Queen of England requires). You will be serving VIPs and some of the wealthiest people in the world in a setting where a 7-star service is always expected. Obviously, working 14-hour days (or more) this is not for everyone, but a with smile on your lips, a can-do attitude and a friendly accommodating personality, you will find that most guests will be a lot easier to please. A good knowledgeable Chief Steward/ess will help ease your entry into the industry by providing you with heaps of directions and advice, so it is just up to you pursue this unique opportunity and learn as much as possible!

Typical stewardess duties include (but are not limited to);

  • housekeeping
  • laundry / ironing
  • setting tables
  • serving drinks and meals
  • Assisting with inventories, provisioning, updating of checklists etc.

Note: job duties can vary from yacht to yacht

Surely, the job can be demanding, but you do earn good money, get to see the world and meet some really cool people on your way, so it is not all that bad, after all J

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Food & Hygiene, Level 2
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)*
  • Powerboat, Level 1 + 2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge
  • GUEST Introduction:
  • GUEST Yacht Interior Introduction
  • GUEST Basic Food Services
  • GUEST Introduction Wine, Bartending & Mixology
  • GUEST II Advanced Level
  • Interior Administrations & HR
  • Advance Food & Beverage Services
  • Cigar Services
  • Advanced Laundry Services
  • Advanced Housekeeping Services
  • Advanced Valet Services
  • Floristry & Plant Maintenance
  • Barista & Hot Beverages
  • Advanced Wine Appreciation, Module 1+2
  • Advanced Bartending & Mixology, Module 1+2

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt. The course only takes one day and is highly recommended. Your chances of employment will increase a lot having this certificate!

*Interior and Hospitality progression chart by courtesy of GUEST-Program

Other qualifications:

  • Nursing
  • First Aid
  • Cleaning
  • Massage
  • Hair Dressing
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Silver Service
  • Sommelier
  • Bartending
  • Catering/Hotel Management
  • Additional languages

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 2,2-3,200 Euros / 2,250-4,000 USD

30-39m / 80-99’: 2-3,500 Euros / 2,5-5,000 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 2,5-3,500 Euros / 2,5-5,000 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 2,5-3,500 Euros / 2,5-4,500 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 2,5-4,000 Euros / 2,8-6,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 2,5-3,500 Euros / 2,8-6,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 2,5-3,500 Euros / 2,8-6,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 2,5-3,500 Euros / 2,8-7,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 2,5-4,000 Euros / 2,8-7,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 2,5-3,500 Euros / 2,8-7,000 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 2,5-5,000 Euros / 2,8-7.000 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of the yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

Stewardess training is available from (among others);

Chef

 Chocolate Rasperry Mouse and Oreo dirt prepared by Yacht Chef Caroline Morgan Jørgensen. You can follow Caroline’s creations and adventures cooking on yachts all over the world on IG @chefcmorgan

The Chef position is regarded by many as being the most demanding job on a yacht. On some yachts you will be running the galley having to cook for millionaires and billionaires, who with very few exceptions expect Michelin standards both in terms of taste and creative presentation. During a typical day on charter, guests will require breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d’ouevres, canapés, dinner, snacks – and then there is the crew, which will need at least lunch and dinner. As if that is not enough, some might be vegan, be allergic or simply just picky about what they eat. By the end of a long day, you will need to clean your galley to superyacht standards after having prepared for the following day, when the show starts over once again. Add to all that, King Neptune is not always in a favourable mood, why you must be able to cook in all sea conditions.

For this reason, it is a must to be exceptionally organized, creative, hardworking and a good team player with a positive attitude. You must be able to remain cool under pressure – there is no room for drama queens… Remember you live, work and play together with the rest of the crew! Solid restaurant or hotel experience will definitely be helpful but not always required. Where crew agencies try to help experienced chefs find work, less experienced chefs are more likely to find jobs through dockwalking, networking or applying directly to captains’ job posts on Facebook etc.

On a yacht, you find various chef roles. These will depend on the size of the vessel and the owner’s requirements. You will need to decide if you want to run your own galley and cook for crew and guests by yourself or if you want to work as a chef being part of a bigger team. Typical chef positions are

  • Head Chef:

The Head Chef manages at least one other chef (sous chef and/or crew chef). You are required to have an extensive cooking knowledge with previous restaurant experience, preferably to Michelin star standards. You will have an extensive knowledge of produce, nutrition, diets, allergies, food safety and storage. The head chef manages menu planning, provisioning, accounting, inventory, cooking as well as he/she is responsible for keeping the galley in a pristine condition.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Food & Hygiene, Level 2
  • Ship’s Cook Certificate*
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

*Ship’s Cook Certificate (SCC) is a mandatory requirement for all chefs working on UK-registered commercial (charter) vessels with more than 10 crew operating 60 miles+ offshore OR if the vessel is under a different flag state which chooses to follow the same requirement.

In order to apply for it, you need to

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have 1 year of sea service as a chef/cook

OR

  • have 1 year of experience as a chef/cook on land AND have completed minimum 1 month of sea going service
  • have completed the Assessment in Marine Cookery
  • have completed the STCW basic safety course
  • hold a current Seafarer Medical Fitness Certificate (ENG/1) or equivalent

You can learn more about the SCC here;

  • Ship’s Cook and catering staff training requirements in the Merchant Marine Notice MSN 1846(M)
  • how to apply for a Ship’s Cook Certificate in the (MSF 4395)
  • Up-to-date info and advice on the SCC can be found on shipscookcertificate.com

MCA approved training providers;

Other training providers:

* Assessment approved by

  • Cayman Islands
  • Bahamas
  • Marshal Islands
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • Finland
  • Liberia

** Assessment approved by

  • Cayman Islands

*  Currently, none of these flag states’ Ship’s Cook Assessment can be converted to a UK SCC without sitting an assessment with one of the MCA approved training provider listed above.

Additional qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)*
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge
  • Speciality cuisine experience

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 3-4,000 Euros / 3-4,000 USD

30-39m / 80-99’: 3,5-6,150 Euros / 4-7,000 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 4-6,500 Euros / 4-7,500 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 5-7,000 Euros / 5-9,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 5-8,000 Euros / 5,5-10,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 6-9,000 Euros / 6,5-11,000 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 6,5-9,000 Euros / 7-11,000 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 7,5-10,000 Euros / 7.5-12,000 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 7-12,000 Euros / 7,5-12,000 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 7.5-12,000 Euros / 8-12,500 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 7,5-16,000 Euros / 8.5-12,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

  • Sole Chef:

The sole chef may have restaurant experience or even come from a yachting background from where he/she moves onto the chef position. You will be managing menu planning, provisioning, shopping, galley cleaning, accounting and inventory as well as cooking for both crew and guests. On some smaller yachts  (<30 meters / 90’) this position may be combined with an interior role, e.g. cook/stew

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Food & Hygiene, Level 2
  • Ship’s Cook Certificate*
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

*Ship’s Cook Certificate is a mandatory requirement for all chefs working on UK-registered commercial (charter) vessels with more than 10 crew operating 60 miles+ offshore OR if the vessel is under a different flag state which follows the same regulations.

Additional qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)*
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge

*Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’: 3-4,000 Euros / 3-4,000 USD

30-39m / 80-99’: 3,5-6,150 Euros / 4-7,000 USD

40-44m  /100-119’: 4-6,500 Euros / 4-7,500 USD

45-49m  /120-139’: 5-7,000 Euros / 5-9,000 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 5-8,000 Euros / 5,5-10,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: **

60-69m  / 180-199’: **

70-79m  / 200-239’: **

80-89m  / 240-259’:**

90-99m  / 260-279’: **

100m+    / 280’+: **

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

** Sole chefs are usually not found on yachts above 55-60m / 160-180 feet

  • Sous Chef / Crew Chef

The sous chef / crew chef position is a great way to get started with a career cooking on yachts. Whereas it will be expected from the sous chef, no formal education is required for the crew chef. With that said, you must have a passion for cooking and being willing to add to that with further education. A sous chef/crew chef plans crew menus, prepares crew meals, assists the head chef with provisioning and guest meals as well as with galley cleaning. On some yachts the position may be combined with assisting the interior or the exterior department when needed.

Minimum qualifications:

  • STCW Basic Safety Training including security awareness
  • Food & Hygiene, Level 2
  • ENG/1 Medical or equivalent

Additional qualifications:

  • Ship’s Cook Certificate*
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)**
  • Powerboat, Level 1+2
  • MPIC, Medical Person In Charge
  • Specialty cuisine experience
  • Introduction to yachting course

*Ship’s Cook Certificate is a mandatory requirement for all chefs working on UK-registered commercial (charter) vessels with more than 10 crew operating 60 miles+ offshore OR if the vessel is under a different flag state which follows similar regulations. It is not required, however, if one or more chefs on board already has the certificate. You will then be able to work as an “Assistant Cook”, as defined by the MCA.

**Mandatory for crew with designated security duties (nearly all crew) working on commercial yachts above 500gt

Monthly salary range*:

20-29m / 60-79’:

30-39m / 80-99’

40-44m  /100-119’

45-49m  /120-139’: 3,5-5,000 Euros / 4,5-5,500 USD

50-54m / 140-159’: 3-5,000 Euros / 4,5-6,000 USD

55-59m  / 160-179’: 3-7,000 Euros / 4,5-6,200 USD

60-69m  / 180-199’: 3-8,000 Euros / 4.5-7,500 USD

70-79m  / 200-239’: 4-8,000 Euros / 5-6,500 USD

80-89m  / 240-259’: 4.5-8,500 Euros / 5-6,500 USD

90-99m  / 260-279’: 4,5-8,500 Euros / 5-7,000 USD

100m+    / 280’+: 4-8,500 Euros / 5-7,500 USD

Above salaries are based on the agency ranges listed in the  Dockwalk magazine salary survey of 2020.

*Salary depends on your experience, longevity, qualifications, size of yacht, crew benefit packages and tips/no tips.

Helpful Advice by Justine Murphy,  muymuybueno chefs;

1. What’s the first move a chef should make when they’re considering yachting?
Ideally talking to someone in the industry first. There are so many great yacht chef Facebook groups, posting there for insight and advice or searching on previous discussions is beneficial, in real-time from chefs who are working on yachts. They can offer really helpful and supportive advice. It is a very special community, and everyone wants to help.
Getting everything together is the first point of call, booking in for your STCW2010 – accounting for the cost of the course and accommodation is something to consider and save for, taking your ENG1 medical just before you wish to start looking for work as this has an expiry of 2 years and the clock starts from when you have it done.
Once you start to register with agencies, you should have everything else ready to hand and can work through seamlessly filling out and uploading all to your profile. This includes your best plated food photos to showcase your work, menu plans, documents and references. Taking the time to fill out all areas correctly and doing so carefully and well. A good headshot of you in a chef jacket on your CV, and ensure it is spellchecked too.
2. What do chefs need to understand about yachting?
It’s hard work. Long hours and you need to prepare for the unexpected at every turn. Massively good organisation skills, time management, and communication is key. Coming from a restaurant where you have been part of a large brigade to ultimately doing everything yourself, is a big jump for some to transition with.
Especially as a sole chef, many coming from restaurants often find it easier to join as crew or sous on a larger vessel if they have always been in that dynamic and thrive from it, plus the head chefs on these sizes are more likely to give a chef from restaurants their first yacht role, as they will reap from having their recent experience on board, any new techniques and more.
Others relish the challenge as a sole chef and the chance to deliver with their own guest food, so will take it on and have to learn and adapt along the way. Either path will take you to head chef, if you are in it for a career move and willing to invest into the next few years ahead.
3. What kind of prior experience is best?
There are two types of yacht chefs.
Those with culinary training such as attending catering college accreditation and these chefs have then gone on to work in good restaurants, some Rosette or Michelin Star establishments, and enhanced their repertoire and really honed their craft and developed their own style.
The other, are cooks who get into the industry from a sheer love of cooking, and are really good cooks, who then develop further over the years ahead through short or longer term courses to continue learning, developing their skills and become incredible chefs. Some may then work to gain culinary qualifications further down the line too. Much like the route I took myself. Being self-taught is nothing to be frowned upon, plenty of amazing chefs in the world are and the same can be said within the superyacht industry too. For some vessels, especially much larger ones, it is essential to hold an NVQ or the equivalent, an important part of the required paperwork to be able to sign onto the vessel with. What matters more than anything is a good attitude, passion and love for what you do, and the rest will all come and is part of your journey ahead.
4. What yacht training should they take, chef specific or not? Do you usually recommend the Ship’s Cook Certificate?
For anyone brand new into yachting, they require sea time in order to have their Ships’ Cook Certificate, once they have this then it is very useful to acquire to ensure they are not missing out on good roles which may require it, especially if wishing to work on larger yachts, and also if you are not a culinary trained chef, having this in hand is the next best thing to validate that you can deliver just as well as a culinary trained chef.
5. What qualities do hiring managers look for in superyacht chefs?
Coming to the table with the right attitude to start with. Being humble is also a redeeming quality. Just because you may have been a head chef on land, doesn’t translate the same way on yachts, you still need to get your foot in the door and then commit to that first role. Longevity in previous roles. If you have proven loyalty with previous employers on land and excellent references, this will strengthen your profile and reflect well for any vessel providing that first all-important first yacht role.
6. Best tips to find that first job?
Registering with good reputable agencies for certain, mymuybueno Private Chefs of course would be a great place to start, as we specialise in chef placement and we are MCA accredited, MLC certified. That provides a good starting block and then the rest is down to you. Networking, being proactive, staying positive are all the attributes that will help. Regularly checking in with the agencies you register with, and building a relationship with them, individually, so they can each get to know you, and help find the right first role.
7. The importance of your food photos and menus?
Really putting the time, thought and love into your menu plans for both guests and crew, as well as your best plated food photos, matters. It is what makes you and your skills, background and techniques stand out, and will set you apart from other chefs. Think about the Med and Caribbean seasons, the temperature, the produce, and allow your menus to reflect those ingredients, seasonality, and more. No one wants to eat a lamb shank for dinner on anchor, in the middle of 35 degree heat in the midst of summer, in the Mediterranean. That thinking ahead, and those thoughts and details make all the difference, as well as the care and love that will go into your crew menu too. Remember it’s the Captain reading what he will be eating, so make sure you make sure it’s well balanced with plenty of variation. Good clear photos that best present you, I always ask for a starter, mains and dessert, as this can show your skill across them all. If you excel in pastry, pick a dish that really displays that. Dishes that best represent you, your skill set and what you are good at.”