Thinking of Joining Yachting then read this….
The yachting industry is unique and requires a certain personality to thrive in it. As someone new to the industry there are certain personality traits which are essential. You must be positive, enthusiastic, flexible, laid back, patient, have high working standards, be service orientated and get on well with others whilst living in confined quarters. This industry isn’t for everyone as it does involve working very long hours, sometimes with little time off for what can be months on end. Having the right attitude towards this is just as important as your skills and experience when you are joining the industry as crew.
You need as a minimum your STCW 95/10 and your ENG 1. If you are looking for a deckhand position it is strongly advisable to have your Powerboat Level 2 as well.
That depends very much on your current financial situation. If you can afford to take your Yachtmaster for example, then do, as it does make you more appealing to a yacht, but please be aware taking these extra courses will not guarantee work unfortunately.
That varies hugely. Some people find employment on their first day of dock walking and for some it can take several months, a positive attitude, dealing with rejection on a daily basis and a lot of hard work. So be careful with your money!
No, lots of people don’t get a job. This is an incredibly popular industry to get into so the competition is fierce. There will be a lot of great candidates out there trying to get the same jobs as you so make sure you do everything in your power to make yourself as desirable an employee as possible.
Absolutely. Registering with agencies will help you find a job. A good agency can give you advice on your CV, interview techniques and anything else you can do to maximise your chances of getting a job. They will also have a number of jobs, some of which are hopefully suitable for you.
We would recommend that you base yourself in the south of France or Palma, Mallorca as you have easy access to scores of yachts on your doorstep.
The busiest time for yachts recruiting is generally March and April so aim to be here towards the end of March / early April and budget to be out here for at least a month