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A career aboard a Superyacht is an opportunity unlike any other. Superyacht Crew get to travel the globe on the world’s most expensive yachts, visit the most exotic locations on the planet and enjoy the benefits of expense free living!


Superyacht Crew Academy has a strong and reputable network with recruiting agents overseas, with Captains looking for deck crew that have confidence, commitment and the ‘edge’. Being multi skilled and qualified is the key as Captains look for skills like trades, recreational boating experience, nursing, personal training, IT, bookkeeping, event management, hospitality, PADI dive certificates, languages, etc. A strong work ethic is always looked upon favourably, so presenting yourself professionally with the best ammunition is a must.

Our courses are extremely well regarded, with many students coming to us from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, and South Africa, as well as having a large domestic student population as well. Our students are prepared in the best possible way to start immediately in the industry upon completion of our courses, with many students securing jobs within a few days of finishing, and a few whilst they are still only half way through our courses. We stay in contact with all our students upon completion of their courses, ensuring continuing support for crew in the industry, and with almost every student gaining employment within a short time of finishing their course, it is not uncommon for students to ensure their friends and family have enrolled with us to join them overseas in the Superyacht industry!

Our courses are taught by our qualified, experienced instructors, giving you a great insight into the superyacht and maritime industries. On top of sound industry insight, they have expert knowledge in their respective roles and high industry standards and expectations of crew. The course is interlaced with lots of ‘hands on’ practical teaching. We take time out of the classroom for practical excursions including boarding a Superyacht in Sydney Harbour where you will receive a wealth of knowledge and advice from the Captain and Crew onboard!

SAILING COURSES WE OFFER

STCW95+10 Basic Safety Training

The IYT STCW95+10 Basic Safety Course is MCA approved and internationally recognised for working on foreign flagged vessels. Crew are skilled with emergency procedures in First Aid, Firefighting, Sea Survival, Personal Safety/Social Responsibilities and Maritime Security Awareness.

It is compulsory for all crew to hold a certificate of basic safety training. This course is 6 days, and also includes a Statement of Attainment for the AMSA Shipboard Safety Skill Set. This skill set meets the basic safety training requirements set by Australian Maritime Safety Authority for near coastal commercial fishing or trading vessels and the units of competency count towards near coastal qualifications.

Beyond the basic STCW95+10 course we always recommend that all crew have as many skills and qualifications as possible. The more qualifications you have, the more versatile you are and you will have greater job satisfaction from a variety of tasks and responsibilities available to you. Getting paid to travel the world to exotic locations and doing a job you love is the ultimate lifestyle choice.

Superyacht Deck Crew

The Superyacht Crew Academy Superyacht Deck Crew Training course is a complete training package for entry level deckhand roles on board a Superyacht, giving you the relevant skills necessary to be an active crew member as a Deckhand onboard a superyacht.

The 7 day Deckhand course covers theory & practical training in relation to seamanship, navigation, collision regulations, VHF radio operation, small powerboat & RIB operations, vessel maintenance, detailing and other tasks in the day to day life of a Deckhand. As you will be working on boats outdoors, we include loads of fun ‘on the water activities’ teaching you about boat handling.

The SPB & RIB component allows you to drive the tender between the Superyacht and beach or port with guests and crew. Captains are requesting crew hold this commercial MCA recognised international certificate, which is also known as Powerboat Level 2.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • STCW95+10
  • Professional Superyacht Deckhand including Small Powerboat & RIB Master
  • VHF Radio Operator

AMSA (NATIONAL)*

  • Certificate I in Maritime Operations to apply for a General Purpose Hand NC

*The AMSA NATIONAL qualification is not recognised for working overseas and is only valid in Australia

STCW95+10 & Deckhand Course Price = AUD$4,695 (13 Days) which includes a $250 discount!


10 Day Advanced Stewardess Training Course

The 10 Day Advanced Stewardess Training Course that incorporates both theory and practical training that places greater emphasis on becoming an industry ready and desirable employee.

The 10 day Advanced Steward/ess and RIB course is taught by our accomplished chief stewardess instructors, giving students insight into a position that requires specialist skills. Practical training is key in this course, including excursions to a Superyacht, flower market, and coffee roasters for professional demonstrations and practical training. Additional practical training on premises will include food and hygiene, wine, cigar, cocktails, silver service, table settings, housekeeping, interior care, cleaning and laundry skills which are all essential responsibilities of a stewardess

First impressions count, and to be ahead of the other candidates applying for crew positions, we will also guide your resume formatting, interviewing techniques and undertake interview roll play ‘one on one’, building your confidence for that essential first impression. We will also cover rosters, checklists, shipyard periods and an introduction to yacht accounts. The SPB & RIB component is also included in this course, that allows you to drive the tender between the superyacht and beach or port with guests and crew. Captains are requesting crew hold this commercial MCA recognised IYT international certificate, which is also known as Powerboat Level 2.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • STCW95+10
  • Professional Superyacht Hospitality
  • Small Powerboat & RIB Master

STCW95+10 & 10 Day Stewardess Course Price = AUD$4,895 which includes a $250 discount!


Combined Advanced Stewardess and Deckhand Training Course

The 12 day Combined Advanced Stewardess & Deckhand Course is designed to launch you onboard into both the Stewardess and Deckhand roles on a superyacht. The combined course is taught by both our head deckhand instructor, and accomplished chief stewardess instructor.

The Stewardess component covers theory & practical in relation to service, in particular silver service, food hygiene, flower arranging, barista skills, wine appreciation, cocktails, cigars, housekeeping, interior care techniques & laundry which are all essential skills and responsibilities of a Stewardess. Furthermore, we cover resume writing, interior management skills and visit a flower market and coffee roasters for professional demonstrations and practical training.

The Deckhand component covers theory & practical in relation to seamanship, navigation, collision regulations, VHF radio operation, small powerboat & rib operations, vessel maintenance, detailing and other tasks in the day to day life of a deckhand.

As you will be working on boats outdoors we include loads of fun ‘on the water activity’ teaching you about boat handling. The SPB & RIB component allows you to drive the tender between the superyacht and beach or port with guests and crew. Captains are requesting crew hold this commercial MCA recognised international certificate, which is also known as Powerboat Level 2.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • STCW95+10
  • Professional Superyacht Deckhand including Small Powerboat & RIB Master
  • VHF Radio Operator
  • Professional Superyacht Hospitality

AMSA (NATIONAL)*

  • Certificate I in Maritime Operations to apply for a General Purpose Hand NC

*The AMSA NATIONAL qualification is not recognised for working overseas and is only valid in Australia

STCW95+10 & Combined Advanced Stewardess & Deckhand Course Price = AUD$5,665 (18 Days) which includes a $1,435 discount!


Master of Yachts 200 ton Limited Training Course

The Master of Yachts 200gt (Limited) Training Course is designed for Deck Crew who have been working in the industry, and have decided to make the move up the ladder, to land that dream job as a Superyacht captain.

The Master of Yachts 200gt (Limited) certification will allow you to work as Master/Captain/Skipper on commercial and private vessels up to 200 ton displacement, up to 150 miles offshore, Chief Mate of 200 ton vessels in all oceans, Chief Mate of 500 ton vessels up to 150 nautical miles offshore, and Officer of the Watch of 500 ton vessels in all oceans.

The 12 day long course consists of two separate weeks of training; week 1 is the Shorebased training course, covering tides and currents, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and general maritime law. Week 2 is the Practical week, where the students live aboard and conduct practical training and assessments, including performing seamanship operations, passage planning, maintaining a navigation watch, performing routine maintenance and acting as a Captain to manage and motivate crew.

Crew can choose which endorsement they wish to specialize in, being Power endorsement, Sail endorsement, or Power & Sail endorsement. The endorsement you choose is reflected in your final certification.

A number of prerequisites are required before this certification, including at least 50 days seatime, 3000 miles logged, 6 rhumb line passages greater than 60 nautical miles acting as Master, and 30 night hours on watch. A VHF Radio certificate, STCW95+10 certification and current medical exam and colour blindness test are also required to gain this certification.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • Master of Yachts 200 ton Limited Theory
  • • Master of Yachts 200 ton Limited Power, Sail, or Power & Sail

Master of Yachts Limited Course Price = AUD$4,850 (Dual endorsement $5,950) (12 Days)


Master of Yachts Unlimited Training Course

The ultimate captain’s ticket. The IYT Master of Yachts 200ton Unlimited Training Course will qualify you for the MCA approved, internationally recognised Master of Yachts 200 gross ton Unlimited Certificate, enabling you to crew to a rank of Captain on super yachts registered in 23 countries around the world no matter where the yacht is located and to captain the vessel on international voyages.

This certification will allow you to work as Master/Captain/Skipper or Chief Mate on commercial and private vessels up to 200 ton displacement, in all oceans, Chief Mate of 500 ton vessels up to 150 nautical miles offshore, and Officer of the Watch of 500 ton vessels in all oceans.

The 6 day course combines both theory & practical training, focusing on celestial sun and star sights training. Unlike other provider’s celestial navigation courses, the Superyacht Crew Academy does not just teach you how to use a pro forma; our expert trainers teach you how to accurately find your position and actually navigate, in the same way you would be required in the field.

A number of prerequisites are required before this certification, including holding a current Master of Yachts 200 ton Limited certification or AMSA Master less than 35 metres near coastal certification, hold a STCW95+10 certification, have a current medical exam and colour blindness test, and proof of an ocean voyage of either 2 trips of 250 miles, or 1 trip of 500 miles 20 miles or more from the coast.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • Master of Yachts 200 ton Unlimited

Master of Yachts Unlimited Course Price = AUD$3,650 (6 Days)


Dive Boat Crew Course

The IYT Dive Boat Crew Training Course is a 6 day course, that will enable you to crew dive boat vessels up to 15m. Holding this certification ensures that you can be confidently employed to work on dive boats, anywhere in the world.

The combines both theory & practical training, covering topics including personal and vessel safety, refueling, vessel stability, rope work, use of compressors and oxygen equipment, diver’s safety and competency, and emergency procedures. A VHF Radio Operators course is also part of the curriculum, ensuring that you will be able to contact other vessels in case of emergency.

The prerequisite for this course is that you are medically fit to undertake duties on a dive boat. This certification is required to undertake the Dive Boat Operator course.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • IYT Dive Boat Crew
  • IYT VHF Radio Operator

Dive Boat Crew Course Price = AUD$ TBC (6 Days)


Dive Boat Operator Course

The IYT Dive Boat Operator Training Course will qualify you for the internationally recognised IYT Dive Boat Operator certification, enabling you to crew to a rank of Master of Dive Boats

The 6 day course combines both theory & practical training, that covers a range of units including power vessel handling, metrology, navigation and chart work, buoyancy and collision regulations, dive crew safety and competency, emergency planning and rescue, and engine trouble shooting and basic maintenance.

All students must be medically fit to undertake the duties of a Dive Boat Operator, and hold the IYT Dive Boat Crew/Mate qualification or equivalent.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • IYT Dive Boat Operator <15m
  • IYT Small Powerboat & RIB
  • IYT VHF Radio Operator

Dive Boat Operator Course Price = AUD$ TBC (6 Days)


Dive Course Package

We will be running a 3 week package course, to include the STCW95+10, Dive Boat Crew and Dive Boat Operator courses. This course will allow a future crew member to receive all the relevant certification to gain employment on Superyachts as a Dive Master <15m, as well as the internationally mandatory STCW95+10 Basic Safety Training. This training course is the complete package for any crew wishing to pursue a career as a Dive manager on board a Superyacht, anywhere in the world.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • STCW95+10 Basic Safety Training
  • IYT Dive Boat Crew
  • IYT VHF Radio Operator
  • IYT Dive Boat Operator <15m
  • IYT Small Powerboat & RIB
  • IYT VHF Radio Operator

Dive Boat Course Package Price = AUD$ TBC (3 Weeks)


Fastrack to Master of Yachts 200 ton

Start with zero experience, and in 11 weeks become qualified to be the Captain on Superyachts up to 200 ton, registered in 23 countries, wherever they are in the world.

The Superyacht Crew Academy welcome each year a select group of yachtsmen and women who are eager to join the Superyacht Industry to our Fastrack to Master of Yachts 200 ton program.

The course runs for 11 weeks, absorbing all aspects of the maritime and more specifically Superyacht industry and many life skills along the way. During your time with us your training encompasses a combination of practical onboard skills and theory, offshore milebuilding, which is a fabulous experience and takes in some spectacular seascape along the east coast of New South Wales, navigation, RIB small power boat training, radio operation, diesel engine maintenance, STCW95 safety emergency procedures, work experience and concluding with the internationally recognised IYT Master of Yachts Mate 200gt qualification taking you to Captain on 200t vessels. There is also the option to add an extra week’s training, at no extra cost, to complete the Superyacht Professional Hospitality course.

There are no prerequisites to enter the Fastrack program. Anyone with a reasonable command of the English language, who is over 18 years old, in good health, and without colour blindness, can sign up for the course. This intensive practical and theory training course, on sail or power vessels, is designed for all kinds of people, from GAP year and University students, young men and woman, and those looking for a career change. It is assumed that, before starting this course, that you have no or little experience in boating or yachting.

During the course, you will live both aboard our training vessels, as well as being provided with on-shore accommodation during your theoretical training weeks. The course starts with practical and theoretical training from the mandatory STCW95+10 Basic Safety Training, right through to MOY 200ton. The training programme includes a mile-building sea trip, to help you gain your seatime hours and miles, so you will be ready to start work upon successfully completing the examination.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

STCW95+10 BASIC SAFETY TRAINING - 6 DAY

Welcome to your first day. This safety course is the mandatory safety requirement to work on maritime vessels anywhere in the world. Learn how to deal with any emergency whilst on board - in the middle of the ocean you are the emergency response team! The STCW95+10 course will cover sea survival, fire fighting, first aid, personal responsibility and security awareness, through theoretical and practical training. On completion of this course, you will receive the international IYT STCW95+10 certificate, as well as the Australian Shipboard Safety Skill Set certification.

SUPERYACHT DECK CREW + SMALL POWER & RIB - 7 DAY

This Superyacht Deck Crew course will cover all the skills and knowledge required to start in the role of junior Deckhand. You will cover seamanship, superyacht maintenance and vessel handling, as well as basic navigation, passage planning, and night watchkeeping. Set yourself up for the industry, by spending time and training on a real Superyacht in Sydney Harbour. This course will qualify you for the MCA accredited certifications of the IYT Superyacht Deck Crew certificate, the IYT Small Powerboat & RIB certificate, and the IYT VHF Radio Operators certification. It also qualifies you for the Australian Certificate 1 in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand) certification, for crew wanting to work in Australia.

COXSWAIN NAVIGATION – 4 DAY

The Coxswain Navigation course is the first of a two part Coxswain course. This course is an extension on the basic navigation learnt during the Superyacht Deck Crew course. During the 4 days, you will be taught intermediate level navigation, passage planning, night pilotage and vessel positionage.

RADIO OPERATOR LROCP WORKSHOP – 1 DAY

Knowing how to use and operate a Long Range radio is a very important skill to have on board a Superyacht, and an internationally recognised LROCP Certification makes you a very desirable employee. This one day workshop will teach you radio operation, types of marine radios, rules and regulations governing the use of radios, and different calls to ships and the shore. This workshop is followed by the LROCP exam in the afternoon.

MASTER OF YACHTS MATE 200TON PRACTICAL – 6 DAY

The Master of Yachts 200 ton Mate course will allows you to crew up to the rank of Captain on vessels up to 200 tons, within a limited range of 60 nautical miles offshore. This 6 day live aboard course with a practical assessment and exam, covering subjects including practical navigation, tides and currents, collision regulations, pilotage, weather and forecasting, anchoring, berthing, buoyage, safety, passage planning and seamanship. After successful completion, you will be awarded with the IYT Master of Yachts 200 ton Mate certificate, an MCA accredited certification.

OFFSHORE MILE BUILDER TRIP + INTERNATIONAL BAREBOAT SKIPPER – 13 DAY

Offshore milebuilders are specific nautical sea mile builders to help you gain further experience and seatime hours for your Master of Yachts certifications. This 13 day passage will explore parts of the magnificent Australian coastline and ocean, under the professional tuition of your Yacht Training instructor, with 24 hour sailing and watch keeping. In addition, you will be completing the International Barebpat Skipper certification.

You will take command as a skipper and accepting responsibilities associated with pre departure checks, victualling, passage planning, vessel handling skills, knots and splicing, machinery and system checks, tides and currents, dealing with adverse weather conditions, picking up moorings, anchoring and coming alongside marinas and jetties. Night sailing & navigation, navigation and pilotage are practiced along with crew management and basic leadership skills.

COXSWAIN ENGINEERING – 5 DAY

The Coxswain Engineering course is the second of the two part Coxswain course. At the successful completion of this course, you will be issued with an Australian Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain). This course covers basic engineering, useful to know on board a Superyacht, as most breakages must be fixed whilst still at sea. This course covers inboard and outboard motors, main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems, and complying with regulations.

MED3 ENGINEERING – 2 DAY

MED3 Engineering is a speciality engineering course, to advance upon the knowledge obtained in the Coxswain engineering course. Ensure that you start your career with a fundamental knowledge of engines, inboard and outboard motors, and maintenance experience, to become a highly desirable employee on board.

FASTRACK WORK EXPERIENCE – 5 DAY

The best thing that you could have on your resume, to put you ahead of all your other competitors when applying for jobs, is work experience inside the industry. Spend a few days working on board Superyachts in Sydney Harbour and put your new skills to use, and get a feel for what is expected when you start in the industry. Plus, the opportunity to make connections with other crew and find potential referees is very valuable; so use your work experience wisely!

MASTER OF YACHTS LIMITED 200TON – 12 DAY

The Master of Yachts Limited 200 ton certification is MCA accredited, and highly sought after within the industry. This certification allows you to Captain a vessel up to 200 tons, up to 150 miles offshore, or act as Chief Mate in all oceans. This ticket is the highlight of the Fastrack program, and brings together all the knowledge you have attained in preceding courses.

The first week comprises of theoretical shore-based learning, covering tides and currents, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and general maritime law. The second week is the practical week, where you live aboard and conduct practical training and assessments, including performing seamanship operations, passage planning, maintaining a navigation watch, performing routine maintenance and acting as a Captain to manage and motivate crew.

In this course, you can choose to endorse your certification as a Power certificate, Sail certificate, or Power and Sail certificate. Successful completion of this course will give you the fully commercially endorsed internationally recognized certificates of the IYT Master of Yachts Limited Theory and IYT Master of Yachts Limited Power, Sail, or Power and Sail.

Important: Completing the course modules does not guarantee passing the final exam. We will teach you everything you need to know to pass, but actually passing the exam depends on you, your performance and the amount of study you are prepared to put in.

OPTIONAL – PROFESSIONAL SUPERYACHT HOSPITALITY – 5 DAY

The Superyacht Crew Academy also offers this additional optional course at the end of the Fastrack program, free of charge, to those Fastrack students wishing to train as a Steward or Stewardess.

This five day course covers the skills required to excel as a member of the interior crew, in units such as interior maintenance and caring for and cleaning surfaces, housekeeping, wardrobe management, vessel detailing, cigar and wine knowledge, and service styles, including preparing for and serving a silver service lunch.

This course is a must for any crew wishing to multiskill themselves, to become a more desirable employee and be able to be called upon by their boat to assist in the interior when required. This course will qualify you to receive the IYT professional Superyacht Hospitality certification.

The 2018 course commences on either January 8 or July 23. Places are limited and fill quickly, join the crew for the adventure of a lifetime.

The qualifications you will receive include:

IYT (INTERNATIONAL)

  • STCW95+10
  • Professional Superyacht Deckhand including Small Powerboat & RIB Master
  • VHF Radio Operator
  • AMC LROCP Radio Operator (internationally recognised)
  • International Bareboat Skipper
  • Master of Yachts 200ton Mate
  • Master of Yachts 200ton Limited Theory
  • Master of yachts 200ton Limited Power, Sail, or Power & Sail
  • Professional Superyacht Hospitality (optional)

AMSA (NATIONAL)*

  • Certificate I in Maritime Operations to apply for a General Purpose Hand NC
  • Certificate II Maritime Operations to apply for a Coxswain Grade 1 NC
  • MED3 Engineering

*The AMSA NATIONAL qualification is not recognised for working overseas and is only valid in Australia

Fastrack to Master of Yachts 200 ton Course Price = AUD$18,495 (11 weeks)


Through the academy you can gain work experience, before heading overseas. We have close relations with Superyachts in Sydney Harbour. Many of our Deckhand and Steward/ess students have the opportunity for local work experience onboard yachts with crew and guests.

This is a fantastic way to put your newfound hospitality skills and seamanship knowledge into play. This is a real bonus for your resume credentials to have your guest service and sea miles officially logged by the Captain for your records.

If you need accommodation, there is a beachside hostel that is reasonably priced, where students have access to a public bus from door to door. Alternatively Airbnb accommodation is available in the local Newport area with studio and private rooms for weekly rent.

Beyond the training course we recommend that you have in place your ENG1 medical examination, see our website for further information on medicals. Also we suggest organising any visa you may need, especially if you want to have multiple entries into places such as the United States, with a US B1/B2 Visa, visit the US embassy website for details. If you do not complete your medical before the course we recommend having an eye sight test done for colour blindness or sight limitations, as it can affect certain career pathways in the marine industry and future employment opportunities.

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