Frequently Asked Questions
How to start your yachting career
If you love the idea of yachting and want to start a career in the industry... Then there are certain steps you must consider in order to successfully get started.
First, you should check out the certificates you need to have to work on board a yacht in a certain position and what the certificates will cost. You should plan in advance. It can take months to pass all the required courses for your certificates.
After successfully passing all courses for the relevant job you can start the application process and be on your way to your first yachting job. For example you can check out our Job Board on our website www.iyc.com/yacht-crew-jobs. Bear in mind the time of year, particularly when the "seasons" are starting (the Mediterranean season starts in April and the Caribbean season starts in November). Make sure you apply early to be sure to find the job you want!
Before you can start your career on board a yacht, it is mandatory for all crew to have two certificates in place:
Valid Medical Certificate (e.g. ENG1):
Your medical certificate verifies that you have are medically fit to work on board a boat. It will include a physical examination, medical history, x-rays and compulsory audio and eye tests.
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping - S.T.C.W 95:
The STCW-95 (basic training) is a short course certificate which covers the following four areas:
- Fire prevention and fire-fighting (basic fire-fighting)
- Personal safety and social responsibilities
- Personal survival techniques
- Elementary first aid
Other appropriate courses:
Depending on the position you are seeking you need to have more than the ENG1 certificate and the S.TC.W 95. The best way to find out which courses you have to complete you should contact a training centre. To find out which courses and certificates you require for a particular position, you should contact your nearest MCA approved training centre. In addition, you will also be required to have an up to date version of your CV, a copy of your valid passport and a copy of any relevant valid travel visas to hand.
YOUR CERTIFICATES MUST BE ISSUED IN ENGLISH, OTHERWISE WE CANNOT ACCEPT THEM.
For the STCW-95 and other certificates you need to contact a training centre. You can find them at every yachting hub and on the internet.
For your medical certificate, you must contact a Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved doctor.
The cost for the Medical Certificate/ENG1 is around 100 Euros.
The cost to obtain your STCW-95 will depend on the country you are in. In France it is around 1200 Euros. In order to get more information, you can contact a training centre directly.
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In general, the prices will vary depending on the country and training centre. You should check and compare the prices on the websites of the various training centres to get an idea of what you will have to invest in order to adequately prepare for your yachting career.
When you arrive for your placement and are given your initial familiarisation tour on board, this is your time to evaluate your living and working conditions for the foreseeable future. It is, therefore, your chance to convey any issues you may have with the position you have accepted. Additionally, this is also a time for you to review your SEA (Seafarers Employment Agreement) and to ask questions and seek advice if you feel it is necessary. You must retain a copy of your signed SEA for your own personal record.
Your rights and duties for your time on board should be clearly defined in your SEA, and should include ALL of the following, as laid out in part 2.1 of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006:
Each member shall adopt laws and regulations specifying the matters that are to be included in all seafarers' employment agreements governed by its national law. Seafarers' employment agreements shall in all cases contain the following particulars:
- The seafarer's full name, date of birth or age, and birthplace;
- The shipowner's name and address;
- The place where and date when the seafarers' employment agreement is entered into;
- The capacity in which the seafarer is to be employed;
- The amount of the seafarer's wages or, where applicable, the formula used for calculating them;
- The amount of paid annual leave or, where applicable, the formula used for calculating it;
- The termination of the agreement and the conditions thereof, including;
- If the agreement has been made for an indefinite period, the conditions entitling either party to terminate it, as well as the required notice period, which shall not be less for the shipowner than for the seafarer;
- If the agreement has been made for a definite period, the date fixed for its expiry; and
- If the agreement has been made for a voyage, the port of destination and the time which has to expire after arrival before the seafarer should be discharged;
- The health and social security protection benefits to be provided to the seafarer by the shipowner;
- The seafarer's entitlement to repatriation
- Reference to the collective bargaining agreement, if applicable; and
- Any other particulars which national law may require
If you require assistance or have any questions regarding your contract, IYC Crew are here to offer support if it is needed.
IYC Crew website
IYC Crew is very proud to announce that we are MLC certified by Lloyds Register Group Limited. If you would like to find out more about what this means and what the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 is, please take time to look at the following links:
Definitely not! You do not have to pay for recruitment and placement services. Check out the MLC, 2006 A1.4.5(b).
MLC, 2006 A1.4
A Member adopting a system referred to in paragraph 2 of this Standard shall, in its laws and regulations or other measures, at a minimum:
(b) require that no fees or other charges for seafarer recruitment or placement or for providing employment to seafarers are borne directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the seafarer, other than the cost of the seafarer obtaining a national statutory medical certificate, the national seafarer's book and a passport or other similar personal travel documents, not including, however, the cost of visas, which shall be borne by the shipowner;
IYC Crew is part of the company International Yacht Collection, a brokerage house offering Sales, Charter, Management and Crew placement. We have offices worldwide, with our three main offices in Fort Lauderdale, St. Martin and Monaco (where the IYC Crew agency headquarters are based).
The Crew department was set up and is successfully run by Jenny Howarth. Jenny worked on Yachts for four years before moving to the shore in her late twenties to start a career as a Charter Manager with a Yacht brokerage house. After five years as a Charter Manager, Jenny established IYC Crew. As a result of her "yachtie" onboard experience and "onshore" Charter Manager experience, Jenny is able to run the Crew Department smoothly and presents crew to yachts like fish to water! Her network is far reaching and she is available to yacht owners, captains and crew 24/7. You will find Jenny in our St. Martin office in the Caribbean months and in the Monaco office during the Med season. You will also catch her at boat shows and she always looks forward to meeting new crew so be sure to say hello! Recently, Jenny has been joined by Samantha, the new crew Coordinator, in order to strengthen the IYC Crew department.
Go to www.iyc.com/crew-placement.cfm and click "Crew login". Then click "Register" and start your registration. It only takes a few minutes to register and is very easy to do!
In order for us at IYC Crew to know that you are actively seeking a position, you must 'check in' every day with your current location. Plus, checking in takes you to the 'top of the available' crew.
If you are worried about the confidentiality of your documents, please read through our
You can check out all the latest jobs updates at http://www.iyc.com/yacht-crew-jobs.
First, it is important that you have your Curriculum Vitae set up. You need to keep it short and concise (max. 3 pages).
Your CV should include the following:
- Photograph: This needs to be a professional, passport style photograph. Please don't use a self made picture (a 'selfie'!) - that doesn't look professional!
- Personal details: Name, Nationality/Citizenship, Date of birth, Relationship status, Visas (i.e. for non American applicants a B1/B2 visa is usually needed), phone number, email address, current location and qualification/s (i.e. STCW-95, required certificates for the position you are applying to), Health (i.e. good health, non smoker).
- Career objective: Outlining what position you are looking for and why (2-3 sentences) and what you hope to achieve.
- Qualifications/Education: Listing any general certifications, specifically those that apply to yachting, engineering or hospitality (depending on position seeking).
- Work History: In chronological order, list your most recent work at the beginning. Please do not have 'gaps' on your CV and state reasons for the end of your employment with each employer.
A complete IYC profile will have the following documents:
- Up-to-date CV
- Valid passport
- Relevant travel visas (e.g. B1/B2, Schengen visa)
- Valid medical certificate in English (e.g. ENG 1)
- Valid training and qualification documents in accordance with STCW regulations and in accordance to your position on board (all licenses and certificates)
- DECK AND ENGINEERING: Copies of all licenses & certificates
We understand that it is often hard to choose what to wear for an interview, so we have come up with some tips. Be a little bit prepared and abide by our dress code and you'll appear golden!
What to wear:
- Dress as if you would be ready to start on board a yacht from the first handshake. This means polo shirts and shorts/skirts/skorts (not too short). Check out a uniform shop if you are not sure what this looks like.
- Closed shoes
- Hair tight back
- Light makeup
What not to wear:
- Flip flops or sandals
- Wrinkled, stained, or damaged clothing
- Sunglasses on your head or around your neckline
- Too much perfume or cologne (if any at all)
- Earrings on men
- Keep jewelry to a minimum (nothing too flashy or bulky)
- Cover tattoos (even though they are artwork to be admired)
- Your cell phone
The average starting salary for a deckhand or stewardess is approximately 2,200 Euros per month. Please consider that the salary is dependent on the individual yacht, its size, the position and your experience.
Just before the season is starting it is better to e situated in the yachting hubs for possible interviews. Instead of living alone you can try to stay in a crew house to make friends and to get in touch with other yachties.
Accommodation in Antibes, France:
- The Crew House
- The Crew Grapevine
- Debbie's Crew House
- The Glamorgan
- Ammas Crew House
Accommodation in Palma, Spain:
- Hostel Brondo
- The Boat House
- Hostal Terminus
- Hostal Ritzi
- Hostal Apuntadores
- The Crew House Palma
- The Town House Palma
- Hostel Terramar
- Hotel Horizonte
- Hostal La Mimosa
- Hostel Corona
- Hostal San Telmo
Accommodation in Fort Lauderdale, USA:
- The Neptune Group
- Mary's Crew House
- Smart Move
- Hands Om Healing House
Depending on the time of year and the type of accommodation, you can expect to pay between 30 and 60 Euros per night. Check out the accommodation websites to get more information.
At IYC Crew we like to encourage "team spirit" onboard yachts - our ethos is centred around placing the right crew on the right yacht and then encouraging the crew to interact with each other. We often host events, such as zip lining, a Summer Treasure Hunt and charity events in order that real crew families can spend quality time together. If you have a charity you are passionate about, we are always interested in hearing from you to help you organize an event and to help raise money. We have your back with this 110%!
For professional team-building and leadership development, with a background in the industry, call Karen at Impact Crew. From programme design to location, they will work flexibly to meet your needs. www.ImpactCrew.com
Well IYC have teamed up with the brightest and most dynamic crew advisory firm, United Advisers Marine (UAM).
UAM provide independent, international and individual financial planning and wealth management to clients all over the world.
All their clients are individual - unique; you will have your own responsibilities, life goals and ambitions. They take a personal interest in their clients' and provide a holistic approach to managing all of your needs, be it personal protection or future financial planning.
Whether you're a captain, an engineer, or crew, UAM make sure your money is well looked after - letting you 'live the dream' without any financial stress or worry.
Visit their website at http://www.unitedadvisersgroup.com/marine/ for greater information!
Please contact the IYC Crew office to arrange a free impartial chat with Oliver Maher, Head of Maritime Planning.
Try contacting Noona Ayres at Revitalize Yoga www.revitalize.fr. She offers onboard classes, as well as studio lessons in the South of France and has an incredible repertoire of recommendations for her pop-up classes as well!
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 provides comprehensive working rights and protection for all seafarers. The Convention aims to achieve decent working standards for seafarers, whilst ensuring that ship owners are fair to all of their employees. If you want to know more about it, check out the following link http://www.ilo.org/global/standards/maritime-labour-convention/lang--en/index.htm.
There are some changes regarding the MLC, 2006. One important change is that every seafarer must have a signed SEA (Seafarer Employment Agreement - Employment Contract). With the SEA, your working conditions are clearly defined and, therefore, protect your seafarer rights should unexpected circumstances occur.
In accordance to the new regulations our application process has slightly changed to ensure that we respect all the requirements of MLC, 2006. But don't worry! You only have to upload the following certificates for you application. Like this IYC Crew can be sure that you fulfill all the requirements to work in a specific position on board a yacht.
- Valid passport and relevant travel visas eg/ B1/B2, Schengen visa
- Valid medical certificate in English - eg/ ENG 1
- Valid training and qualification documents in accordance with STCW regulations and in accordance to your position on board - ie/ all your STCW licenses and certificates DECK AND ENGINEERING: Copies of all licenses & certificates
You have to make sure that you sign a SEA (Seafarer Employment Agreement) before you start to work. Please do not work without a SEA!
If you work on a ship which is registered with a flag State which has not ratified the MLC, you may not enjoy the same level of protection provided for by the MLC. Instead the flag State may only be subject to a selected patchwork of conventions (or none at all) which the MLC replaces and updates and protection for you would not therefore be guaranteed. Some of the protections provided by the MLC may be provided under other international conventions, if the flag state of the vessel is a signatory to those conventions, mainly STCW convention and ISM Code.
When your family cannot reach you in case of emergency through telephone or email on board they can contact IYC Crew. Your family can contact Jennifer Howarth (Director of IYC Crew).
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We will call you; we will contact you by email and also forward possible emails from your family to you by email. If we are not able to reach you this way, we might have to contact the captain of the yacht. Please note that this procedure should only be used in case of emergency.
It is for this reason that it is crucial to make sure your family has your up-to-date contact details to reach you at any time on board. IYC Crew is not responsible in case of failure to reach you. This service is free of charge and is a courtesy to our clients and yacht crew.
When you have a complaint about the service IYC Crew offers please go on our website http://www.iyc.com/crew/crew-complaints.cfm. You have to log in first. You will find an explanation of the procedure, a form where you have to fill in the required data and your complaint. Your complaint will be sent to IYC Crew.