P.S I am currently on maternity leave and will be checking my emails periodically.
You can, HOWEVER I would highly recommend
being in one of the yachting hubs such as Antibes
or Palma in Europe or Fort Lauderdale or West
Palm Beach in Florida USA. Most yachts will not fly
out 'green crew' (New to the industry crew) to do trial work on board, they will more than likely
choose the closest candidate to them as it will
cost less to get them to where the yacht is located. Being in the yachting
hubs also allows you to dock walk, meet Crew
Agencies face to face and network within the yachting community.
Chances of getting your first job on a yacht in the
winter is slim, most yachts during the winter are
not operating with guest trips. The yachts will often go into a shipyard for a refit or scheduled boat work which often results in crew
being sent on extended leave resorting to a ‘skeleton’ crew (minimal crew) onboard. There is the possibility
though to get a job on a yacht before it crosses over
from Europe to the Caribbean, some
will be hiring to ensure the yacht is fully crewed for
the crossing and in preparation for the next season.
This is great as you already have experience working on ships, and depending on your role most of your skills could
be transferred to yachts. Such as housekeeping or
service add this to your yachting CV. The route to
getting a job will be the same for entry level
candidates, download my free 'First Steps to Yachting' eBook for a guide to find out more.
If you intend to work as crew in the yachting industry, you’ll first need to complete your STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) Basic Safety training. You will also need to complete a ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate, a medical examination done by a MCA-approved doctor to prove you are fit to work at sea.. Check out my free ebook for more info on this here
Plan and research as much as possible, book your STCW
Safety Training and your ENG1 Medical, I have a free eBook download which is a great reference point to guide you on the first steps you should take to getting a job on a Superyacht. Check it out here