Yacht Deckhand

5 Days Yacht Deckhand Training Course Introduction to Super Yachts

This five-days intensive course is guaranteed to teach you all you need to know to get you started in the yachting industry.

deckhand is an entry level position aboard a yacht with primary duties including cleaning and maintenance of the exterior of luxury yacht.

A deckhand is the lowest ranked crew member in the deck department. 

The deckhand position will have many duty but most importantly, he/she will maintain the exterior of the yacht and keep it in good condition at all times. You could be the only deckhand on board, but on larger superyachts there may be more deckhands working.

What You Will Learn in 5 Days Intensive Training Course as a Yacht Deckhand

Day 1

Introduction to yachting Industry, how is the life onboard, job duties, types of yachts, safety & security, fisrt aid, crew life onboard, hierarhy onboard, salary, types of contracts, yachts cruising, posibilities to work on diferent types of vessels.

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Day 2

Weather, knots, spaleces & ropework

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Day 3

Personal watercraft & water toys, painting, varinishing, waxing, carpentery

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Day 4

Navigation

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Day 5

Power boat driving, doking, man over board, boat engine

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Participants must have reached the minimum age of 18 years to attend the course. Participants must speak english at conversational level.
You Will Be Involved in a Number of Tasks, Including:

Cleaning

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Painting

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Sanding

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Fibreglass restoration

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Varnishing

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Polishing

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Finishing

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Carpentry

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Line handling - Anchoring & mooring procedures

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General exterior maintenance

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Driving tenders and/or water toys

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Escorting guests when they use the toys

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Diving (if qualified)

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Helping interior staff serve meals or clean cabins (as Deck/Stew double position on board)

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Occasional assistance with the Chef in the galley (as Deck/Cook double position on board)

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The deckhand’s role is incredibly varied and gives an excellent opportunity to learn about the general operations on board a superyacht.

Career Progression

Superyacht Crew

A Deckhand is an excellent place to start your career on board a superyacht as it gives you a good grounding in day-to-day operations.

If you’ve never worked on a yacht before, it doesn’t mean that you are unsuitable for consideration.  Captains have, in the past, hired crew with a variety of backgrounds such as hospitality and hotels, cruise lines, recent graduates, mechanics, engineers, tour leaders, divers and anyone who can prove they have the willingness to learn and the right work ethic.

His or her responsibilities are carried out under the leadership of the yachts Lead Deckhand, the Bosun, Chief Officer and/or the Captain.

Being a deckhand is also considered a “front of house” position when assisting guests with water sport and yacht toys such as jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks and more.

Deckhand Jobs on a Yacht

Living and working on a superyacht means that you’ll get to travel the world and see some incredible sights.

During off-season, most deckhands work Monday to Friday with weekends off, if the schedule allows. Your leave accrued will usually be granted during this period of off time whether it be alongside the dock or in a shipyard. During the off-season, you get time to perform general maintenance and repairs to keep the yacht in great condition. Should it be a dual season, a yacht may have a very quick turnaround into a crossing or delivery, therefore, you will have to be prepared. Some yachties enjoy dual seasons as it keeps them busy

What Do Superyacht Captains Look For in a Yacht Deckhand?

Positive attitude

Professional appearance

Hard working

Good work ethic

Willingness to learn

Team player

Good communication skills

Energetic and Enthusiastic

Physically fit

Ability to learn on the job

Salary Range – 2500 – 3000Euro/monthly for a junior position.

How do you get a deckhand position?

After graduated your exam Capsea Yachting will provide every day jobs offer for you.

How old do you have to be to work as a deckhand?

The minimum age to work aboard a yacht or superyacht is 18 years.

Minimum condition to apply: minimum 18 years old and English language at conversational level, fit and sporty person would be an advantage, know how to swim ( if you don’t know or you wish to improve we provide swimming lessons )

Are you ready for the challenge?

Why Choose Our Training Course?

Our trainers have extensive yachting and high end hospitality backgrounds and fully understand the pressures of working in a multifaceted environment and the quantity and quality of the skills required to perform your role on-board & land jobs.

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The five-days intensive course is guaranteed to teach you all you need to know to get you started in the yachting industry.

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100% legal contracts

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Zero recruitment fees

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No commission on employment

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Over 80% of the students are already on their second or third contract

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Full support throughout

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Benefits

Online recruitment service, exclusively for our career-training students.

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Access to our large network of employers that we’ve spent over 10 years building.

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The ability to apply for any of the hundreds of jobs that we deal with every year.

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We also run a programme of talks by industry professionals and crew agents, so you’ll get the chance to meet potential employers face-to-face.

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Industry guidance - consultancy before the course, during the course, after the course as well as throughout the period of employment in what you have to do later depending on the branch where you want to work.

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0% commission from the students for the job offers we offer every day to all the students who complete the course.

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In addition to the free consultancy offered by our company, you will also be offered a CV of both written and video format. These are free compared to other agencies that charge a high of 4-500 € for these services.

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The interview can take place with Owner or Manager of Company

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Free round trip flight tickets

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Free meals, accommodation and uniform

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Free health insurance

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Travel for free worldwide

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Work for rich people and celebrities

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Tips depends of owner decision

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Starting salary around 3000 - 3500 € monthly

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Promotion opportunities after each contract

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Crew recruitment and placement services

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Possibility of hiring on yachts, cruise ships, luxury/private villa, palace

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We do not charge a fee for hiring from the trainees

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Yacht Deckhand - Training Course


After training in the Yacht Deckhand profession and taking the exams with this internationally recognized diploma, you can also take a double position if you have other professional qualifications such as:

Deckhand/Steward/ess

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Deckhand / Dive Instructor

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Deckhand / Cook

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Deckhand / Personal Trainer

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About

2009, Carmen Preda

Carmen Preda started her career in the yachting industry in 2009 and she can teach you how to do it too. Along the way, she picked up all the “secrets of success” for an enjoyable life as a Super Yacht Chief Stewardess, and put all of her wisdom together into this training course.

She started working on a 69m super mega yacht in Bora Bora, sailing in French Polynesia, moved to other boats and shipyards and took care about the interior of the yachts in construction, became a Butler/PA for a Royal Arab family, worked for top 10 richest people in the world who are also yachts owners and served many celebrities on board.

She is now providing affordable information for Capsea Yachting Interior Yacht Crew Academy.

Therefore, this training course gives anyone with a taste for wanderlust what it is really like to live and work in one of the most exclusive, industries on earth.

What Clients Say

I’ve sent my CV to Capsea Yachting and after 2 days they already employed me. I can say that i made the right choice, as i am very happy with the job and life onboard. I recommend them for a professional and honest collaboration. I am always in touch with them and they are interested in my well being by checking up on me regularly and making sure everything is ok. I would say it is the most fulfilling collaboration so far in my seaman career.

Iulian L.(client)

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