4 things you didn’t know about working on a superyacht

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Working on a super yacht with the ultra rich is not as tough as it may seem. Photo: iStock
Working on a super yacht with the ultra rich is not as tough as it may seem. Photo: iStock


Waking up in places like the Bahamas, Greece, France or Italy can sound like a dream. However, for many people who work on billionaire superyachts, it is a reality. These hard-working crew members travel the world while working on luxury yachts.

Some previous yacht crew members from Nomad Yachting have shared some things you probably didn’t know about working on the yachts. We spoke to John and Kerry from Nomad Yachting, a company that helps South Africans get work on Superyachts, about their experiences on Superyachts.

John and Kerry shared how hard one has to work on a yacht to please its millionaire guests, including few hours of sleep and long hours of cleaning the yacht. They did share something that most people don’t know about life working on the yachts:

  • All Expenses are Covered! While you are working aboard the yacht, all expenses paid including food, toiletries, snacks (anything you can think of), drinks, medicine, free tickets to boat shows, VIP access into boat shows, crew events, even be taken on a ski holiday with the owners of the yacht and fly in a private helicopter. While this does vary with each yacht, it allows you to experience a life of luxury.
  • You Eat Like a King! Unlike many of us who have to cook for ourselves, when you are on a superyacht the food is prepared by a professional chef. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. This allows the hard-working crew to stay well-fed and to experience different cuisines.
  • You Get to Test Out the Toys! The Crew get to try and test out all the water toys on board including driving the tender, jet ski, seabobs, snorkel gear, hydrofoil, slides, floating climbing wall, stand up paddleboards, kayaks and more! This is to ensure the crew know how everything works for the guests.
  • You Get Free Training! Many yachts offer to pay for the crew to do courses in order to improve their knowledge and skillset if they see potential in them. For stews, this could be an advanced service course, wine training, cigar and caviar, and flower arranging courses. For the deck crew, this could include our OOW modules and yacht master courses. This allows the crew to better themselves while gaining valuable work experience.

How to Apply?

The application process for getting hired on a yacht is a little more complex than a regular job. You need to get certifications in boat and yacht safety to ensure you are prepared as well as specific training depending on the job you want to apply for. This could include food service, yacht maintenance and more. This is where previous experience and skills in hospitality, tourism, engineering or similar could come in handy.

After you have your certifications, you will need to draw up a CV and get a visa to allow you to work on the yachts. Following this, you will travel to the location and begin what is known as a dock walk. This involves walking the docks and meeting with crews to get hired.

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This can all seem a little overwhelming at first and this is why new crew can use a service like Nomad Yachting who assist them through the entire process.

While the crew on a superyacht working long hours when the guests are on board, they get time to relax and study when there are no guests on board. It makes for a great way to travel the world and see some of the best beaches and islands.


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