Essential Superyacht Stewardess Qualifications:
Below is a list of courses you should complete as an aspiring stewardess with little or no experience:
STCW 2010 Basic training
In order for you to legally obtain a job on a superyacht, ALL crew members have to be STCW certified, no matter their role.
STCW is the abbreviation for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The STCW needs to be refreshed every five years and is offered in most countries worldwide.
The STCW ensures that all crew are competent and willing to engage in safety and survival operations that one may encounter while working at sea.
Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate:
Although this course is not a minimum qualification, it might as well be. You will need to hold this certificate to work on any MLC compliant vessel and it is therefore highly recommended.
Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) is a course that must be undertaken by all seafarers and security personnel who have been assigned designated duties under the Ship's Security Plan. Although it is the Proficiency in security awareness that is the mandatory course, we strongly advise new crew members to complete the PDSD course instead. An increasing number of superyachts are seeing it as a requirement for all of their crew.
There are additional qualifications and courses that you can do as an aspiring stew in order to better prepare you for the industry and improve your chances of finding that crucial first job.
Introductory Superyacht Stewardess Course:
This yacht stewardess crash course will better prepare you for the industry and teach you some basic skills and principals. It can be grouped with the essential courses and offered as a combined training package. Stewardess courses are useful for people with no transferable skills that are unfamiliar with the industry. Although these courses are helpful and should improve your chances of gaining employment, they are not internationally recognised.
The G.U.E.S.T (Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training) Steward / Stewardess Training program:
***AIMI (International Association of Maritime Institutions) Recognised***
The G.U.E.S.T program is accredited by the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI). It is the only Internationally Accredited Maritime Hospitality & Service Training & Certification Program available to Crew working in the luxury Superyacht sector.
This program provides the interior crew with a clearly defined training route. It comprises three levels of assessment of practical and relevant modules to be completed at each level.
Experienced stewardesses looking to progress their careers to more senior roles are able to continue training with the G.U.E.S.T Program Level 2 and G.U.E.S.T Program Level 3 training courses. More information about the program can be read on the G.U.E.S.T Program overview page.
Power Boat Level II:
Many yachts, especially those less than 50m, may require a stew to drive a tender from time to time, it can, therefore, increase your employability on smaller vessels.
WSET Wine Training
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust provides globally recognised education and qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for yacht crew who have service-related roles.
Transferable Skills and Training:
Previous jobs or training that you have experienced may be positive to your yachting skill set. Have you worked or training as a waitress/waiter, beautician, hairstylist, makeup artist or masseuse/masseur? Training and skills such as these will compliment your yacht stewardess training and boost your chances of finding a job on a yacht.
Yacht Stewardess Training in The United States:
Find training courses in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Cape Canaveral & Orlando Florida on the links below or view all stewardess training providers in the United States.
Yacht Stewardess Training in the United Kingdom
Find superyacht stewardess courses in Antibes and Cannes or view all stewardess training providers in The United Kingdom