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Certified Superyacht Academy

Most PopularSuperyacht Deckhand instruction provided by professional
ex-Superyacht crew


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This entry-level 3 week course provides you with the minimum requirements & fundamental basics required to find work as a Deckhand in the Superyacht industry.

The following topics are covered extensively in the Superyacht Deckhand course:

Superyacht Deckhand

  • Driving a Superyacht tender (Powerboat)
  • Taking guests out on water toys: Jet-ski etc.
  • Guest etiquette & duties
  • Wash downs
  • Maintenance & repairs
  • Marine applications
  • Teak maintenance
  • Line handling & ropework
  • Anchoring duties
  • Navigational watch
  • Diesel engine maintenance
  • VHF Radio usage
  • Radar usage


By completing your core training courses, you will be able to demonstrate to your Captain, Owner and fellow yacht crew that you have what it takes to work on a modern superyacht. You will understand what is required of you re: every day duties and how to apply this knowledge practically with little or no input from your superiors, thus securing your future as a professional Superyacht Deckhand‏.

The role is demanding, yet very rewarding, allowing you the opportunity to travel extensively and earn Euro’s / Dollars at the same time. 

Typical entry-level salary:
  • Mediterranean: €2500 – €2700pm
  • Caribbean: $2500 – $3200pm

Course Breakdown

3 week entry-level programme
Theory held in Cape Town CBD, Practical held in V & A Waterfront, Table Bay
Accommodation: N/A
RYA Exam fee excluded: VHF Radio (£60) to be paid directly to RYA
STCW, RYA Completion Certificates


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Just like the STCW 95 course, the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) course has become mandatory for all crew whom work onboard Superyachts of 500gt and over AND/OR those which carry 12 fare-paying passengers/guests. Every new Superyacht crew member must complete this course as a formality.