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FAQS

Helping you answer all those niggling questions

Welcome to our FAQ page. You’re in the right place if you’re looking for answers to your burning Superyacht training questions. Years of industry experience has allowed us to provide accurate, first-hand information pertaining to each and every role onboard. As Superyacht crew training specialists we understand the needs of the modern Superyacht Captain and the dynamics involved when choosing the correct crew member.

If you don’t find what you looking for here, please don’t hesitate to contact us direct via Tel: +27 (0) 81 502 9791 OR email: courses@certifiedtraining.co.za.

General

How do I book?

You have 3 options: 1) Click on the “BOOK NOW” button at the bottom of each course page. This will re-direct you to the “Contact” page with the contact form. Once here, fill out the enquiry form and press “Send”. 2) Click “Contact”, found on the top right of the web page. This will open up the Contact page with the enquiry form. Once here, fill out the enquiry form and press “Send”. 3) Simply email or call us on courses@certifiedtraining.co.za / +27 (0) 81 502 9791 and enquire as to course dates and availability. Once received on our side, we will promptly send you further course details, info packs, an editable booking form & T&C’s. Once you are happy that this is the course for you, complete the editable booking form, save it, and simply send back to us. DONE!

What about Accommodation?

Centrally located and affordable accommodation is on offer via trusted providers. Take a look at accommodation options via FAQ dropdown and contact them for availability.

Do I need my own transport to the course?

Yes. Even though most of the courses are located within the city centre, some of the courses can be up to 30 min away. If you do not have transport, we can put you in touch with other students on course who have transport or as a last resort we can recommend a reliable driver.

Are all your courses internationally accredited?

All courses, except the 2 day chef course & 1 day laundry course, are internationally recognized and include: RYA/MCA & STCW certifications. You will receive a certificate of competency/attendance for the chef & laundry courses.

How do I know if I am eligible for Superyacht employment?

The Industry is very specific in terms of crew. Similar to the airline industry, there is a “type”. This comprises many factors and so you should contact us for a quick interview/screening before going ahead.

Yachting

Mediterranean Or Caribbean season?

The 2 options for entry-level crew are as follows: Mediterranean Season: April – Mid Oct. Based in South of France / Palma. Due to the number of ports/marina’s, we suggest South of France (Antibes). Here you will earn a Euro salary.

This season is busy and consists of 3 boat shows during the season calender (Antibes Yacht Show, Monaco Yacht Show & Cannes Yachting Festival) .Caribbean Season: Oct – April. Based in Fort Lauderdale, U.S.A. Crew get picked up here first, before boats head off to Caribbean Islands. Here you will earn a US Dollar salary. This season has bounced back extremely well and is busy. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is very large and is not one to miss.

One can work all year round in the states, as boats move up to Newport, Rhode Island and elsewhere during the Mediterranean season. Channels to be used in gaining employment: (Please be sure to have the required visa) Dockwalking Networking Crew Agencies Each has it’s pro’s & con’s and we find that the choice has alot to do with personal preference and timing for each candidate. Conduct some research and find out what suits your interests and passions before making a decision.

What salary can I expect?

Mediterranean Season: €2500 – €2700pm + tips .Caribbean Season: $3000 – $3200 + tips Your salary will grow inline with your experience and certifications. Keep updating your qualifications as often as possible. How much savings should I go over with? The amount of money you should leave the country with is hard to say. You could gain employment in 2 weeks or 3 months, it really depends. A rule of thumb is to take over enough money to sustain yourself for at least 1.5 months should you have no daywork or other revenue whatsoever. This roughly equates to R30 000 in savings (€/$ 60 per day for 1.5 months). Past students have taken over less than the required amount and have seemed to be ok, however, each situation is very different.

Other than STCW 95/2010 what other certifications do I need?

There is a common misconception that all one needs is an STCW 95 to work on Superyachts. Unfortunately, this is not true in today’s modern Superyacht Industry.To begin, it is best to explain what the STCW 95 is required for. This certification is a mandatory safety certification required by all crew working commercially at sea and is now joined by another mandatory safety qualification called Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD).

The industry has grown considerably and has matured into a thriving professional environment worth Billions of Dollars. As is the case with any professional business or industry, candidates are required to be in possession of relevant and specific qualifications to be able to complete their jobs at the highest level possible. If you do not meet the requirements set out by the Owners, Captains & Crew Agents then you will lose out to the next person whom does. Work smart and be sure to tick every box required.

Deckhands: The below covers every aspect of what a Deckhand needs to know – STCW 95/2010 – Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – RYA Powerboat Level 2 – RYA Personal Watercraft Course (PWC) – Jetski – RYA VHF Radio – RYA Radar – Deckhand Course – MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) Stewardess: The below covers every aspect of what a Stewardess needs to know – STCW 95/2010 – Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – Stewardess Course – Food Health & Safety Level 2 – RYA Powerboat Level 2 (Optional extra) Engineer: The below covers every aspect of what an entry-level Engineer needs to know – STCW 95/2010 – Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) – RYA Powerboat Level 2 Chef: The below covers every aspect of what a Chef/Cook needs to know – STCW 95/2010 – Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – RYA Powerboat Level 2 – 2 Day Superyacht Chef Pro

What exactly does a Deckhand or Stewardess do onboard?

Superyacht Deckhand: Is responsible for the exterior – Driving & maintenance of tender (Powerboat) & Jetski’s, Teak maintenance, Polishing, Cleaning of boat, Assisting engineer, Engine room duties, Rope work & line handling, Varnishing, Painting, Repairs, Watersports, Navigational watch etc. – All skills learnt in 3 week Superyacht Deckhand Course Superyacht Stewardess: Is responsible for the interior & assists with exterior when required: Polishing, Cleaning, Beds and Heads, Provisioning, Laundry, Silver Service, Wine & Cocktail & Barista service and General hospitality duties. Exterior additions: Driving tender (Powerboat), Line handling and assisting in general deck operations. – All skills learnt in 3 week Superyacht Stewardess Course

Positives about working in the Superyacht Industry?

You live and work on the world’s most luxurious yachts · You visit the planet’s most exotic locations · You are paid well in Euro’s or US dollars · Possible free medical care after a qualifying period · Free lodging and food whilst on board · Uniforms are provided free · Possible return flight (if on 1 year contract) · Some weeks of annual leave (if on 1 year contract) · You work within a team of young, like – minded people · Excellent opportunities for advancement in the industry

Negatives about working in the Superyacht industry?

This is a job like any other. You are expected to work efficiently and at times for long hours. · Contracts can be for minimum of 1 year · Superyachts are big but crew accommodation is small · You share a small living space with other people · There is no guarantee of a job · You need to have sufficient funds to fly to The Med or Florida and pay for some weeks of accommodation

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