International Super Yacht Crew Resources Directory


This is an extensive list of international superyacht crew resources for stewardess and deckhand jobs.  This list of tools, resources, links, and information has been compiled from The Yacht Job Handbook, a step by step guide for new yacht crew who want to fast track their careers and land their first job on a yacht. Below you will find information about:

  • Yacht Crew Training and Eligibility Requirements

  • Yacht Crew Training Facilities

  • STCW-95 and Safety Awareness Certifications

  • Yacht Crew Agencies and Placement

  • Yacht Crew Housing

  • Yacht Crew Networking

  • Yacht Crew Placement

  • Yacht Job Networking


Do you meet the minimum requirements to be able to work on a yacht?

Below we will have a brief overview of the 4 minimum requirements for working on a yacht. We will also go into more detail about proper work eligibility, legal documents, and visas as they apply to various regions of the world.

To be eligible to work on a yacht you must..

  1. Have Proper Legal Documentation
  2. Be Physically Able
  3. Be Mentally Willing
  4. Complete Basic Training  

Before you can even consider pursuing a career in the yachting industry, there are 4 minimum requirements that you have to be able to meet, and if you aren’t willing or able to do so well, don’t quit your day job! I don’t want to sound harsh, but I would hate to waste any more of your valuable time by continuing to read this guide. After reading through this section you will be able to create a checklist of what you will need to obtain before you can begin looking for work.    

  1. Proper legal documentation
    • Passport
    • Legal working documents  relevant to the “flag” of the vessel you wish to work on (there is more information about this below.)
  2. Physical Requirements
    • Minimum age: 18
    • You must pass a seafarers medical exam such as an ENG 1
      • This is basically just a quick doctor checkup/physical.
      • It’s around $100 USD and is also required by most boats.
      • valid for a maximum of 2 years.
    • You must be able to:
      • Live on a boat full time, in tight quarters with other crew members.
      • Work long physically demanding shifts- sometimes 16 hours or more, for weeks on end.
      • Work outside in the elements, or inside in small spaces, if your position requires it.
  3. Mental Commitments
    • You should be willing to commit to working for at least 6 months, but ideally, a year when you are starting out in the industry.
    • In many cases it is unlikely that you will be given permission to go home during the first year or so- this includes holidays, weddings, etc.
    • You will be away from friends and family for long periods of time, this means if you have a pet, significant other, or child, you need to kiss them goodbye because you will not see them for a while!
    • You must mentally prepare yourself for life on a boat – you will give up privacy, space, and freedom… It’s worth the sacrifices because you will gain much more!
  4. Basic Training:
    • STCW-95 which stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping.  
        • It’s a 5-day course (typically) that costs about $1,000.00 USD (give or take)
        • Certificates are valid for 5 years
        • It’s a cool class and very necessary, lots of survival techniques and first aid in case of emergency.
        • Most boats will require that you have completed this course, and it will increase your chances of getting hired.
    • Additional Security Awareness Course (not mandatory but highly recommended) You can choose from either:  
      • Security Awareness – 4 hours $149
      • VPDSD: 8 hours – (stand watch) $299


  • I highly advise you to conduct your own research and make sure that all of this information is accurate and relevant to your situation.  
  • Depending on the season, and which region of the world you are in,  the competition for jobs can be very high. For example, in Europe, the summer season is very short, and the job market is very crowded.  Sometimes it’s necessary to get additional training and certifications if you wish to gain an advantage when it comes to getting an entry-level job.  


Now that you have decided when and where you’re going to relocate to begin looking for work, you probably have all types of new questions arising such as:

  • Where should I get my training?
  • What should I bring?
  • Where should I stay?
  • How do I find work?

Fortunately, in many of the major hubs, there is an entire culture of businesses and individuals that cater to the yachting industry. I’ve created an International Yacht Crew Resources Directory for yacht crew in Part 1 of The Yacht Job Handbook. There you’ll have access to an extensive list of useful industry-related businesses and services for yacht crew that I have found, it includes:

  • Crew training facilities and schools
  • Affordable housing for yacht crew (these are called crew houses)
  • Crew agents and agencies who find yacht jobs for crew members
  • A calendar of yacht industry events
  • A list of yacht-related resources on social media
  • Yacht industry and maritime terminology and lingo

Below I’ve inserted a few screenshots of the International Yacht Crew Resources Directory that’s located in The Yacht Job Handbook Part 1: Get Inspired. Inside this directory, you’ll find links to over 150 tools, resources, agencies, schools, and businesses that cater to yacht crew.

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The following links and resources offer STCW and Security Awareness courses which are a minimum requirement for new yacht crew in the US and many other regions.

While I can personally vouch for some of the businesses and facilities listed below, I highly encourage you to do your own research to make sure that any of these companies and services you decide to use are reputable and accredited before you book or pay for anything!


    • This is an agency with individuals who help place crew looking for work on boats who are looking for crew, and vice versa.
    • There are several in Ft. Lauderdale as well as other major yachting hubs all over the world
    • Ask around to see which ones are the best, and sign up with all of them.
    • It’s entirely free to sign up with these agencies; you should never be charged. If they do end up placing you on a boat, and the job works out, the boat will pay the fee.




        • Read the post 7 Ways To Gain an Edge in The Yacht Industry Job Market to get more info on networking.
        • There are lots of social media groups and forums that are dedicated to helping connect crew with boats.
        • Just go to the Facebook search bar and type in “yacht crew” and join all of the groups that seem relevant to your location.
        • Some groups are geared towards crew looking for work, or boats looking for crew, while others are more geared towards general questions and discussions.



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