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Certified Superyacht Academy

Most PopularSuperyacht Deckhand instruction provided by professional
ex-Superyacht crew


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This entry-level 3.5 week course provides you with the minimum requirements & fundamental basics required to find work as a Deckhand in the Superyacht industry. Included is the highly regarded MCA Yacht Rating Course. This course ensures our students gain a competitive edge by meeting the safe manning requirements set out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and required by many vessels. In addition, it provides a quicker route to the MCA Yacht Rating Certificate by reducing the 6 months sea service to just 2 months. 

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
  • Yacht Rating course
  • VHF Radio 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

3.5 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, MCA Completion Certificates

R 27 969.00 

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Inline with the STCW 2010 manila amendments, 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.