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Superyacht Crew Training

Get a headstart in the superyacht industry.

The superyacht industry has grown substantially over the last ten years and there is significant demand for well-trained crew.

Working on a superyacht is often described as a dream job. You get to travel the world on a stunning yacht equipped with fabulous toys, meet amazing people, and get paid a generous tax free salary too!

Flying Fish Superyacht Deck Crew and Steward / Stewardess courses provide the essential qualifications you need to get your first job on a superyacht and offer a springboard to an exciting new career. 

Superyacht crew courses

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STCW Superyacht Deck Crew - Cowes, UK

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.

2 Weeks

$4,190.00

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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.

12 days

$4,190.00

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STCW Superyacht Steward or Stewardess

Our Superyacht Steward/ess course provides all the essential skills and qualifications you need to start work as a Superyacht Steward or Stewardess. It's the perfect springboard you need to enter the industry with confidence.

15 days

$4,890.00

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STCW Basic Safety Training

STCW Basic Safety Training is required by anyone wishing to work on a commercial vessel greater than 24 m in length. If your aim is to work on superyachts this course is an essential part of your training.

6 days

$1,495.00

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ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

This one-day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety, and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC

1 day

$385.00

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RYA Powerboat Level 2

This course provides intensive training in the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed by the small boat driver. You will learn to drive our rigid inflatable rescue craft.

2 days

$695.00

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Basic Yacht Maintenance

This course provides a grounding in the essential maintenance tasks required to keep a modern cruising yacht on the water.

3 days

$1,295.00

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Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

This self paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.

self paced

$350.00

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Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track

The Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track in Sydney first trains you for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. Then you go on to learn celestial navigation and complete an ocean qualifying passage, in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.

16 weeks

$22,990.00

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Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory week teaches you celestial navigation, including the use of a sextant. You will leave the course confident that you have the knowledge and skills required to navigate an ocean passage using traditional methods.

5 days

$1,995.00

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Yachtmaster Ocean Theory & Qualifying Passage

This course prepares experienced skippers for the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence. The programme combines the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course with an exhilarating Pacific ocean qualifying passage.

4 weeks

$6,990.00

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Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track

The Flying Fish Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track in Sydney takes you from novice sailor to the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.

12 weeks

$16,990.00

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Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory

On completing this course you will have a thorough knowledge of all the theory required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

6 days

$1,495.00

Which course?

Essential training for superyacht crew

Our Superyacht Deck Crew and Steward/Stewardess courses include the essential skills and qualifications you need to start your first job on a superyacht in a convenient package.

If you just want the bare essentials all crew require STCW Basic Safety Training to work on board.  Deck crew also need RYA Powerboat Level 2 and a Marine Radio Operators certificate.  

For anyone, without a yachting background we also strongly recommend an RYA Competent Crew course to put some salt in your veins and make sure you know your port from your starboard.

If you have career aspirations and want to, one day take a command position on a superyacht then RYA Yachtmaster Offshore is your essential first professional qualification.

Newly qualified Yachtmasters can find work as yacht instructors, charter skippers, or delivery crew. Once you have logged some command time you can move on to larger vessels and undertake training for MCA Officer of the Watch, Master 500gt, and eventually Master 3000gt.

With MCA Master of Yachts 3000gt, you can apply for the best command jobs in the superyacht industry.

  • Try Yachting

    3 hours
    Experience the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of our comfortable yachts. This short lesson introduces you to the exciting sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way.
    $199.00
  • Discover Yachting

    1 day
    Spend a fabulous day sailing on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our comfortable sailing yachts. This is a great way to meet new friends and have fun in the great outdoors.
    $395.00

Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.

Confucius.

An ocean of opportunities

Jobs for couples

Charter skipper and mate/hostess is perfect for couples. You will be expected to work together as a team, providing a high standard of service.
There are plenty of jobs at the right time of the year in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Yacht delivery jobs

Yacht delivery skippers and crew may be hired to return a race yacht to its home port or to move a private yacht to the Caribbean from Europe for the winter.
The skipper earns good money! The crew can expect onboard expenses and travel costs to be covered.

Work as a yachting instructor

Yacht instructors are in demand at RYA sailing schools around the world.
If you enjoy teaching, working as an RYA Cruising Instructor is a great way of improving your own skills and confidence.

  • Try Yachting

    3 hours
    Experience the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of our comfortable yachts. This short lesson introduces you to the exciting sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way.
    $199.00
  • Discover Yachting

    1 day
    Spend a fabulous day sailing on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our comfortable sailing yachts. This is a great way to meet new friends and have fun in the great outdoors.
    $395.00

How much will you earn on a Superyacht?

There are worldwide job opportunities on yachts and superyachts: captains, deck crew, stewards, hostesses and engineers, as well as a range of support jobs in management, sales, administration and on the technical side.

Superyacht crew positions are well paid with virtually no living expenses to worry about. And the bigger the boat the better the starting salary.

Salaries are usually tax free. If your boat is doing charter work the crew can make large tips on top.

The Captain | €60,000 to 150,000 p/a

The Captain takes responsibility for navigation and passage-planning, leads the crew, manages the boat’s finances and looks after the owner’s family and guests.

First Mate | €48,000 to 80,000 p/a

First Mate assists the Captain as second-in-command.

Chief Engineer | €40,000 to 70,000 p/a

The Chief Engineer ensures that every piece of equipment on board is maintained in an operational state.

Security Officer | €40,000 to 60,000 p/a

The Security Officer designs the yacht’s safety and security plan, defends against threats to life and property.

Chef | €36,000 to 70,000 p/a

The Chef manages and runs the galley, prepares meals for guests and crew.

Cheif Stew | €40,000 to 60,000 p/a

The Chief Stew takes responsibility for housekeeping and guest entertainment, manages the steward/ess team.

Interior Crew | €30,000 to €45,000 p/a

Interior Crew ensure that guests have an enjoyable time on board, serve meals, look after guest accommodation and keep the interior spotlessly clean.

Deck Crew | €30,000 to 45,000 p/a

Deck Crew assist with all tasks on deck, maintain the gym and swimming pool, drive the yacht’s tenders.

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Other opportunities for qualified sailors.

Flotilla Skipper | €180 to €300 p/w

Mediterranean flotilla work is less well paid but the lifestyle is great.

Couples | $55,000 to $95,000 p/a + Tips

A couple working together on a busy charter boat in the Caribbean can benefit from joint earnings. You can expect to add to this with tips, especially from American guests.

Delivery Skipper | $6,000 to $10,000 p/m

Delivery skippers earnings vary but they usually benefit from travel costs to and from the delivery on top of their earnings.

Instructors | Up to $350 a day & $70,000 p/a

Qualified skipper/instructors can work for charter companies or RYA sailing schools, earning £90 to £150 a day in the UK or $250 to $350 in Australia.

A full time RYA yachting instructor can expect £18,000 to 25,000 a year in the UK or $50,000 to 70,000 in Australia.