STCW Superyacht Deck Crew

Join our Superyacht Deck Crew course and get the essential qualifications needed to enter the superyacht industry as a member of crew, including STCW Basic Safety Training.


STCW Superyacht Deck Crew Training

Working on a superyacht is an exciting career option, leading to travel and adventure opportunities worldwide.

As a deckhand your responsibility is to maintain the exterior of the yacht, its tenders, jet skis and any other toys the yacht may have on-board. You will be interacting with guests and owners to make sure their time onboard is beyond expectations. 

Course programme

The Flying Fish Superyacht Deck Crew programme comprises three modules run continuously over two weeks  

1.   STCW10 Basic Safety Training (5 days)

STCW Basic Safety training is an IMO compulsory qualification for ALL crew working on superyachts and all vessels over 24 metres.

The course includes the following elements. 

  • STCW Elementary First Aid 
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness

2.   RYA Powerboat Level 2 (2 days)

The Powerboat Level 2 course provides intensive training in the practical skills and theory knowledge needed by the small boat driver.

This certificate is required to drive the yacht's tender which is a primary function of deck crew, so captains expect to see this qualification on your CV (resume). 

3.   RYA Competent Crew (5 days)

Competent Crew is a live-aboard week where you learn the basics of sailing and seamanship in order to carry out your daily tasks on deck.

Yachtmaster for quick promotion

As a superyacht deckhand you will be in competition with others who hold a Yachtmaster qualification.

If you are serious about a career on superyachts see our Yachtmaster Fast Track courses. 


What's included

Safety equipment, publications, exam fees.


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • STCW10 Basic Safety Training
  • RYA Competent Crew 

Before you start

The course is suitable for complete beginners who want to achieve commercial qualifications for deckhand work.

All crew members working on board need to have full colour vision. If you are colour blind, affecting your ability to distinguish lights, you should consider having an eye test before booking your course.

What next?

If you are looking for work as deck crew you now have all the required qualifications. You will also need to get an ENG1 medical to meet employer insurance requirements. 

If you're heading to the South of France for the Med season (or for a crossing to the Caribbean) you can book a place on our recruitment day in Antibes and register with some of the top superyacht crew agencies.