Being a yacht stewardess can be a fun and rewarding job. However, it takes an intense amount of preparation, focus, and attention to detail. Does this sound like you? We consulted with our friends at Beluga Training on how to get your first yacht stewardess job:
To start, all crew including stewardesses need to acquire the basic STCW certificate. STCW is mandatory on most yachts, and you can opt to take other specialty interior courses to help you stand out as a stewardess candidate. Many martitime schools and training facilities around the world offer stewardess training courses which give you an overview of yacht service, housekeeping, wines and cocktails, floral, and more. Beluga Training’s online course includes everything you need to know to be a yacht stewardess. Because it’s online, it could be an inexpensive option to the traditional yachting schools.
Write a Great CV
Yachting CVs are quite different than a land résumé. Take a look at Crew Compass’ A Guide to the Yacht CV for a how-to. You can even download our template for a step by step outline.
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Location, Location, Location
Getting a job on a yacht is all about being in the right place. However, before you book that flight to start looking for a job, make sure you are up to date on any visas you may need for work. If you’re going to the Mediterranean, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa and if you plan on heading to the Caribbean, you will need a B1/B2 visa. Here’s what Beluga Training has to say:
“In order for you to have the best chance of landing a job, you need to be where the boats are. Your best bet is to get accommodation close to the ports, which will allow you to get to interviews and to meet with captains and crews while looking for a job.
If you’re looking to work on the Mediterranean, you should head to Palma de Mallorca in Spain, or Antibes in France.
Alternatively, for work on the Caribbean, the major hub would be Ft. Lauderdale in Florida.
Once you have completed the Beluga Online Training Course, we will assist you to determine which port would be best for you.”
These three things will help you land your first job and become the stewardess you want to be.