Your First Season in Yachting
Are you a newbie to the yachting industry, about to move on board a yacht for the first time? Make sure you do your research before you depart.
Crewing on board a yacht or superyacht is not like any other job, and it is certainly not your classic 9-5! Starting out in any new job comes with a learning curve, but in yachting the job is your lifestyle: you’re sleeping next to your colleagues, not going home to loved ones at the end of each day and dealing with some very wealthy individuals. It is a unique career and can certainly offer a great lifestyle and many benefits. But the more prepared you are before embarking on your first yacht, the better.
Here are some top tips for your first yacht crew job:
- Sort out your banking and financials before you depart - superyachts allow you to live and work with virtually zero living costs so take this opportunity to save or pay off any debt you may have.
- Be minimal when it comes to packing – remember a lot of necessities will be provided for you and you don’t want to clog up a cabin that you will be sharing with another colleague. Do pack some seasickness medication or acupressure wristbands (just in case!).
- Observe, work hard and learn fast. Learn the yachting lingo – there is a particular language for the boating world that you will quickly pick up.
- Be honest, hardworking, proactive and professional.
- Be positive as positive energy is required at all times, even when you have a busy schedule with varied working hours.
- Don’t gossip (about guests, captains or crew) and don’t complain.
- Communicate with colleagues – you are working and living together in a relatively small space so try to keep all your relationships positive and keep communication open; if there are any clashes try to nip them in the bud quickly
- Communicate with home - make sure you have a decent laptop, tablet or phone to stay in contact with family and friends back home (most yachts and marinas have decent internet access these days).
- Always be prepared! Be aware and alert of your surroundings on board and on neighbouring yachts. Anticipate weather, guests’ needs, potential hazards, etc.
- Look after your health and weight (it would be easy to get carried away with all the lovely food and drinks!). Wear sun cream and drink lots of water.
- Network relentlessly - introduce yourself and meet fellow yachties, socialise and grow your network in the industry. It really is about who you know in the yachting world.
- Enjoy the experience! Try to relish all the magical moments that you would never have if you were in a ‘normal’ 9-5 job!
At the end of the day there is only so much prep work you can do before your first on-board experience, but going in with your eyes open and with a little bit of knowledge should help you to have the best experience possible for your first ever season.