Well if your asking this question, dont feel embarrassed that you don't know. Most of the experienced yacht crew members asked themselves this same question when they first arrived with the idea of pursuing this dream career.
The good news is you have much more resources to answer these kind of questions through the use of the internet and sources like yachtycrew.com and other books and references.
Emil Jansen, Founder of yachtycrew.com says that he designed the website for the purpose to really teach aspiring yacht crew the fundamentals of the industry. Solidifying what the job entails, and if it is a job you would really want to do.
Most people envision the yacht crew job as a very fun, free spirited and overall glamours job. Don't get it confused, all those things are true. But it also is ALOT of hard and intense work, and sometimes the distance from friends and family for months on end can be enough to scare people away.
The hardest task with becoming a yacht crew member is getting your foot in the door. You can take all the courses from the maritime institutes, and you can learn all the basic safety training; for instance, RIB operation, Wine Tasking, Efficient Deckhand, Jet Ski instructor and more. Its great to have a repertoire of certificates under your belt, but the real task of becoming a part of this industry is building a network of established yacht crew, agents and industry people. The key we teach is understanding where to find these. Once you have built up a network and eventually a reputation, you will always have work through word of mouth.
The problem we find with todays industry, and the influx of new "Green" crew is they take these courses from these training institutes, but these institutes are only tailored to specific tasks (safety, tender driving, silver service) they do not describe in full detail to what you will be doing on a day to day basis on board one of these yachts. For instance, how to perform the jobs you will be doing, and where to apply for jobs. We also teach you how to prepare your "yachting" resume / cv, that the captains will expect you have.
We at yachtycrew.com have toiled with hiring yacht crew for years in the past, and the one thing that really got irritating is having to explain the pure basics to green crew. It always seemed like there should be a course that teaches you the foundation skills one needs in order to get hired and or stay employed on board one of these luxury yachts.
At yachtycrew.com we are 100% dedicated to eliminating the unfamiliarity in new yacht crew. Before a crew member joins a boat, for the safety and satisfaction of the owners who own these boats and the crew they work with, the crew member should be well versed in what exactly her or she will be doing before they just "jump in". It always helps to begin a new job with a strong understanding of the task at hand. We feel it is dually effective that we teach crew the basics to not only expedite their dreams and career options, but to also allow the aspiring crew to decided if it is for them or if it isn't. Potentially saving the person 1000$ of dollars worth of courses, only to find out that this job really was a lot of work, and not how they expected it would be.
The industry is getting flooded every year with newbies who want to join this different lifestyle. Some are just in for a joy ride and some are in it for the scenic cruise. Regardless we want people to understand what they will need to do to succeed and that it if isn't the job for them, to move a side and let the people who really want to work get the jobs.
We hope that this article has inspired you to make the next step in your career today. Our 5 day course will get you start learning all the in depth trade secrets of the industry and how it all works.