DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A SUPERYACHT STEWARD/ESS? HERE IS HOW:
WHAT IS A SUPERYACHT STEWARD/ESS?
A Superyacht Steward/ess are responsible for the maintenance of the interior of the vessel whilst providing the highest level of quality service that falls in line with the owners or guest’s expectations on board. An entry level steward/ess carries out his/her duties and responsibilities under the direction and authority of the chief stew and the captain.
WHAT ARE THE SUPERYACHT STEWARD/ESS RESPONSIBILITIES?
- Laundry, ironing, and other wardrobe maintenance for guests and sometimes crew whilst the guests are on board.
- Maintaining the interior of the vessel/housekeeping during a trip with detailed cleaning whilst also being held responsible for the care of the guests cabins.
- Applying excellent guest service (including silver service) and expert bartending skills when needed.
- Ensuring excellent guest service and care at all times
- Decorations and floral arrangements for themed dinners as well as providing quality service for the evening.
- Assisting with product inventories, provisioning, writing and updating of checklists.
- Displaying knowledge and maintenance of international etiquette and protocol.
- Watchkeeping according to the responsibilities in the crew mess.
- Support to the exterior crew when needed.
- Maintaining and taking full responsibility for certain safety tasks on board for crew and guests assigned to them.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
There are many different options to take when wanting to pursue this career but we are able to narrow it down for you to the key qualifications as well as the minimum requirement needed. Having background training/experience in the hospitality industry is extremely beneficial but not essential.
- STCW SAFETY TRAINING
- ENG1 SEAFARER MEDICAL CERTIFICATE (This is done at the ENG1 Medical Doctor’s Office and we are able to make this appointment for you)
However, other courses help you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs – having other key qualifications can provide you with the opportunity of having more responsibility on board and therefore raising your status as you climb the ranks.
We provide the courses to help you understand the high levels of service, professionalism and dedicated duty required for interior yacht crew.
We have looked at the market and come up with a range of courses that cover the needs of the newbie on a gap year or two, to the career-minded individual looking for a long-term future in the Superyacht Industry.
– STCW (2010 compliant) includes PDSD (Proficiency in Designated Security Duties)
– SRC VHF Radio Course (Internationally recognized)
– Stewardess Course
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE STCW SAFETY TRAINING COURSE?
- Proficiency in Designated Security Duties STCW code A-VI/6—2
- Elementary First Aid STCW Code A-VI/1-3
- Marine Firefighting and Fire Prevention STCW Code A-VI/1-2
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibility STCW Code A-VI/1-4
- Personal Survival Techniques STCW Code A-VI/1-1
Even though we provide advice on where to start and which courses to do, we do not guarantee job placements after the training is completed – we suggest signing up with a yacht crew placement agency to help kick start your career. For newbies – among doing their own networking such as contacting crew houses looking for positions, talking to friends and family members that have worked or are currently working in the industry or searching online, joining up with an agency is extremely common and a great option, doing all of the above is even better as it increases your chances within every avenue!
There are also many groups for Yacht Crew on Social Media that often post job vacancies as well interesting information – it helps with networking, perhaps finding daywork and keeping yourself in the loop in the yachting world!