In order to become a successful yacht steward or stewardess you should be an energetic, enthusiastic and presentable individual who possesses a strong work ethic and a passion for hospitality.
Becoming a stew on board the superyachts is not for the faint hearted; the job requires a lot of hard work. With hard work comes great benefits such as; travelling the world, days off in spectacular destinations, a thriving social life, great holidays and good pay.
Becoming a yacht stewardess:
1.Understand the Role & Duties of a Steward / Stewardess in the Superyacht Interior Department.
The structure of the interior department varies depending on the size of the yacht. The duties of a steward or stewardess change accordingly.
Small yachts require diverse interior staff who can help with service, laundry, food preparations and at times, help on with deck operations. Large yachts have a more segmented approach with job roles focused on specific areas of service or housekeeping.
It is advisable to understand what the position entails so that you have realistic expectations of the job at hand.
2.Complete Steward / Stewardess training courses
All superyacht crew need to hold both mandatory and department specific qualifications. All interior crew need to hold an STCW basic training certification, a Proficiency is Security Awareness or Duties, a food and hygiene certificate as well as other courses depending on your desired role and vessel type.
Although training courses are not cheap, it is important to invest in yourself and your employability. At the end of the day, it comes down to your budget and career goals.
3. Gain experience and build a transferable skills:
In addition to the above mentioned steps, there are many other transferrable skills that will benefit your chances of being employed as a successful stew. These include but are not limited to:
Table Service or Silver Service
Boat Driving Experience.
Childcare & Teaching
4.Complete the steps on how to get a job on a Superyacht
Now that you have a good understanding of what being a stewardess is about and you have complete the necessary training it is time to take action. All crew need to hold an ENG1 medical certificate which will certify you as fit to work at sea. Visas are required in order to travel to super yachting locations to attend interviews. You need to register with crew agents and ensure that you are applying for jobs wherever possible. Building a positive reputation together with a strong network of individuals involved in the industry is key.