7 Ways To Nail Your First 7 Days As A Yacht Stew.
Hear about the real yacht life, info on how to kickstart your superyacht career and tips on becoming a super stew.
A Chief Stew with 6+ years experience in the superyacht industry. I help aspiring crew confidently land their first job and teach the skills needed to be a stand out YACHT STEW.
Thinking about starting a career in yachting and wondering if you’re too old to work on a yacht? This blog post is for you. Wanting step by step guide to getting started in the superyacht industry check out The Yachting Kickstarter Guide.
To give you an overview the industry is made up of people from all different walks of life, and age groups. And there are over 10,000 superyachts floating around in the world. Each boat is different, each program is different. This “Mold” you may have in your head of the perfect superyacht crew is NOT subject to every single boat out there.
Due to the nature of the industry, you may feel discriminated against due to your age, however, it doesn’t mean you won’t find a position you are looking for. Typically speaking yes yacht crew are younger as they have a desire for travel, earning money, no commitments at home, and an eagerness to learn the ropes. They are usually energetic and can be trained from the beginning of their yachting journey the way boats like to run things which vary in terms of the systems they have in Place. I have been on boats where the youngest crew member has been 18 and then other boats when the youngest has been 24. However this doesn’t mean you have to be under 30 to start in yachting.
My 4 tips to share are:
Some boats want crew who are older …with more life experience! To give you insight I started when I had just turned 26. I found I was able to progress faster and the relationships with my chief stews were always great as you are a little older and dare i say it ‘wiser’ you don’t get caught up in the drama of the boat and you know how to communicate well and just get the job done with less hand-holding.
The reality, unfortunately, is that this is largely an image focused and ageist industry and you will likely be looked over for a younger crew member. So if you’re going to go for it, you need to accept this and maintain a positive attitude!
If you are debating wether you are too old to start yachting let me run you through some points to consider:
So In short, you’re not too old for yachting, but you should still prepare yourself for a potentially more challenging job hunt. Networking is even more important for you as people will need to meet you and know you in order to know you are up for the job.
I’m a chief stewardess with over 6 years experience working in the superyacht industry on boats up to 88m. I help aspiring yacht crew by propelling them with the know-how and tools to confidently break into the superyacht industry.