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The Proficient Superyacht Deckhand‏ Course

Book NowThe Proficient Superyacht Deckhand course covers the all-important duties of a professional superyacht deckhand. Without the necessary core training you will just be another yachtie looking for a job with no motor yacht experience nor relevant training. In addition to relevant on the job simulated training, you will gain your first Day work entry and experience which can be included on your CV.


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

Superyacht Deckhand Training

  • Watersports
  • Guest etiquette & duties
  • Wash downs
  • Maintenance & repairs
  • Marine applications
  • Teak maintenance
  • Woodwork & varnishing
  • Line handling & ropework
  • Anchoring duties
  • Navigational watch
  • Basics of engine maintenance


Learning your job role is the most important aspect of any Superyacht training. Captains and your superiors expect you to know how to use yacht equipment & products and understand Superyacht protocol.

The Superyacht Deckhand Training course is held on the 35 meter Superyacht Kiara and various Princess Yachts in the V & A Waterfront. Crew receive their first induction on board a Motor Yacht, as well as their first reference for Day work into the industry. The course covers every aspect of a deckhand’s job on board, as well as topics such as day work, dock walking, visas, crew agents, placement, career development, guest interaction, etc.

The focus of the course is to give entry level deck crew the practical experience needed to step on board their new vessel as professional, informed crew right from the start.

Course Breakdown

3 Day Superyacht Deckhand course
Theory held in Cape Town CBD, Practical held in V & A Waterfront, Table Bay
Accommodation: N/A

Price: R 5 175.00 (Incl. VAT)

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*Additional add-on: Just like the STCW 95 course, the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) 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 should complete this course as a formality.