As the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show swings into action at the end of October, so too does the start of the Caribbean yacht season. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of travelling the globe while working on one of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, or are a seasoned yachtie seeking your next superyacht crew job, then read on for our guide to finding the perfect yacht job for the Caribbean winter season.
A guide to Caribbean superyacht crew jobs
Make sure your yacht qualifications are up to date
You cannot get a superyacht crew job without the necessary certificates. Mandatory are the STCW Basic Safety Training, a course which covers four core modules, and a Seafarers Medical Fitness Certificate, such as the ENG1, which proves that your health meets the minimum standards required to work aboard a yacht. Of course, serious yachties and those who wish to take their pick of the best yacht vacancies will also undertake additional yacht training courses tailored to their specific yacht role.
Join a yacht crew agency
One of the best ways to get a superyacht crew job is to join a yacht crew agency. Recruitment agencies that specialise in the yacht industry will have access to some of the best yacht vacancies and will be able to put your CV in front of key decision-makers responsible for hiring. When you register with a yacht crew agency, they will immediately start helping you find your ideal yacht job and will help offer guidance throughout your yacht career.
Craft the perfect superyacht crew job CV
It goes without saying that a great CV that highlights your skills and experience will help you land a great superyacht crew job. Make sure that your crew CV clearly highlights your skills and experience. You’ll want to put on your CV your yacht training courses, as well as any relevant experience from land or sea. For those seeking to break into the yachting industry and land their first superyacht crew job highlight any land-based experience. Your yacht crew agent will be able to advise on crafting the perfect yachtie CV and get it in front of superyacht captains and hiring managers.
Attend yacht shows
Attending some of the world’s most exclusive yacht shows is just one way to land a superyacht crew job. One such show is The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which kicks-off in Florida at the beginning of the Caribbean yacht season. The show sees hundreds of the world’s superyachts attend, so it is a great place to network and look for a superyacht crew job, as captains will often be looking to recruit at this show for any remaining yacht vacancies for the upcoming season, which typically runs from November through to May. Remember though, that many yachts at the show will be registered in the US, so you will need to be a US passport holder.
Remember though that all the above can only take you so far. One of the best ways to build a successful yacht career and bag a fantastic superyacht crew job is to have a positive can-do attitude, an exceptionally high work ethic, and the ability to work as part of a team. Good luck to all those in search of a Caribbean superyacht crew job!
– J.Lewis –