Professional Superyacht Deckhand Training 8 day course

SUPERYACHT CREW ACADEMY MCA RECOGNISED IYT DECKHAND TRAINING COURSE

This IYT Deckhand Training Course is a professional qualification unlike the recreational sailing “Competent Crew” course which is being offered through other superyacht training providers.

The IYT Deckhand Training Course certification is the only internationally recognised qualification for deckhands. Your graduation certificate will be accredited by International Yacht Training (IYT) Worldwide, who has recognition with 25 governments across the globe.

superyacht deck crew training

A deckhand carries out his or her duties under the direction and authority of the captain via the first officer and/or bosun. A deckhand's duties include keeping the yacht’s exterior and deck equipment clean and exquisitely maintained, assisting in watch keeping and navigational support, guest services and docking procedures.

Other useful qualifications, like SCUBA diving, IT skills, photography, welding, carpentry, metal working, will improve your Superyacht Crew Job prospects and make you a more valuable crew member. Outstanding physical endurance, athletic skills, and a pleasant disposition are important for a career aboard Superyachts.

The 8 day International Yacht Training (IYT) course provides the theoretical and practical skills required to be an active crew member onboard a superyacht. Both power and sail superyacht skills are covered in the course, which will increase your opportunities for placement once you graduate.

CERTIFICATION YOU WILL ACHIEVE

All successful graduates receive an international certification recognized by the MCA, US Coast Guard, 25 governments, and all major crew placement agencies. PLUS, as a bonus, you will receive an Australian General Purpose Hand NC Qualification ‘Certificate I in Maritime Operations’ to work in Australia if you have also completed the STCW95 course.

  • IYT - International
    • MCA recognised IYT Superyacht Deck Crew including Small Powerboat/RIB Master & introduction to VHF radio operations.
  • AMSA – National
    • Certificate I in Maritime Operations to apply for a General Purpose Hand NC Certificate of Competency(COC). This AMSA (COC) is not recognised for working overseas and is only valid in Australia.

Our Internationally Recognised Certifications are your entry to getting a job aboard a Superyacht

The MCA recognised IYT Deckhand Training Course is the only internationally recognised qualification for superyacht deckhand crews. Your graduation certificate will be accredited by International Yacht Training (IYT) Worldwide, who has recognition with 25 governments across the globe. The RIB tender certificate is recognised by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

In addition, Superyacht Crew Academy is an Australian Nationally Recognised Registered Training Organisation and if you complete the STCW95+10 training with us you will also qualify for a Certificate I in Maritime Operations to apply for a General Purpose Hand NC Certificate of Competency (COC) with AMSA. This certificate will allow you to work on Australian commercial vessels.

The Superyacht Crew Academy has established over the years a global network with leading recruitment agencies overseas and within Australia. All of these Superyacht Crew recruitment agencies ‘acknowledge’ and welcome the IYT Professional Superyacht Interior Crew certification.

Work Experience before heading overseas

Immediately after the training course, deckhands and Stewards or Stewardesses will have the opportunity to gain work experience face to face with guests. This is a great way to put your new found skills into play cruising Sydney Harbour and it will be a real bonus for your resume to have your guest service with sea miles logged off by the Captain.

Prerequisites

This is the entry level course for superyacht crew and 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.

Either before or after you start your Deckhand training you will need to have completed a six day STCW95+10 Basic Safety Course (Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers), that is compulsory for all crew on superyachts.

The STCW95+10 gives you the minimum standard of qualification required to work on vessels of any size and equips you with a detailed understanding of what to do in the event of marine emergencies.

Superyacht Crew Academy conducts regular STCW95+10 courses in Sydney during which you will study safety and sea survival, first aid and CPR, fire fighting including use of breathing apparatus and personal and social responsibilities and vessel security. The STCW95+10 can be packaged with the Deckhand course or you can do the two separately. Click here to view our Professional Superyacht Deckhand Package course.


Superyacht Deckhand Crew Program

 

  • Nautical Knowledge
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Shipboard Safety
  • Emergency Drills
  • Vessel Manoeuvring
  • Collision regulations
  • Watchkeeping
  • Introduction to weather
  • Code of Safe Working Practices
navigation
  • Compasses and chartwork
  • Taking Bearings
  • Fix vessels position
  • Navigation Passage planning
  • Night Watchkeeping
  • Passage from fixed point back to Pittwater
  • Night pilotage using IALA and blind navigation techniques
superyacht maintenance
  • Brightwork/ Varnishing
  • Preparation of Surfaces
  • Application Techniques
  • Product Knowledge
  • Teak Maintenance
  • Exterior Wash Down
  • Techniques
  • Servicing Deck Gear
  • Maintenance Schedule
  • Stainless Polishing
  • Cleaning Windows
  • Engine checks and maintenance
vessel handling
  • Coming alongside wharves
  • Mooring techniques
  • Anchoring procedures
  • Line handling and line throwing techniques
  • Sails and sail handling
  • Emergency Scenarios
superyacht tender

Practical

  • General seamanship
  • Line throwing techniques
  • Ropes, knots and splicing
  • Fendering and tying up correctly
  • Pre-launch/pre-departure checks
  • Refuelling procedures
  • RIB handling techniques under power
  • Coming Alongside vessels and wharves
  • MOB procedures
  • Engine checks
  • VHF radio practical
  • Dinghy launching & recovery
  • Bridge equipment
  • Conducting safety briefing

Theory

  • RIB Safety
  • Lights/sound signals
  • Vessel handling theory
  • Anchors & anchoring
  • Weather
  • Nautical terminology
  • Emergency procedures
  • Bridge equipment
  • VHF/HF radio operation
  • Phonetic alphabet

 

Logistics

Course Content: The course is a very hands on practical course, you will spend certain days completing different tasks and experience Superyacht life onboard a vessel in the magical waters of Sydney Harbour or Pittwater and Cowan Creek regions. Students are required to participate in all practical tasks including taking command of the vessel.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be required to be arranged by the student. Check out our Student Accommodation page with recommended listings of local Airbnb or youth hostel accommodation during your course.

Sun Sense & Equipment: Please bring a hat, sunglasses, sun cream (also available onboard), change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), wet weather jacket, any special medicine you may need to take (we have a first aid kit aboard). Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag as there is no room aboard for hard luggage.

WHAT OTHER QUALIFICATIONS WILL I NEED?

Deckhands also require the mandatory STCW 95+10 certification. Visit our Professional Superyacht Deckhand Package page which includes the STCW95+10 course.

NSW General Powerboat licence and NSW Personal Watercraft licence examinations can be organised to run as part of your Deckhand training. Please contact us to organise these certifications.

Our combined Professional Superyacht Interior Crew & Deckhand Package course will also provide you with all the theoretical and practical skills necessary to excel as both a Deckhand & Steward/ess, allowing you to be employed in all entry level roles onboard a Superyacht.

Course Dates

8 Days, Mon-Fri & Mon-Wed (2020)

  • July: 13-17 & 20-22
  • Aug: 17-21 & 24-26
  • Sept: 21-25 & 28-30
  • Oct: 26-30 & 02-04
  • Nov: 30-04 & 07-09

(These dates are tentative and subject to change due to COVID-19, please book & we will contact you)

Training Location

The course is run from our Marina Office in Newport NSW Australia and the Superyacht Crew Academy Training Facility at 8 Kalinya Street, Newport. The facilities are a 45min drive North of Sydney’s CBD. To see a map of how to find us, click here.

Cost

Price AUD $2,795

EARLY-BIRD PACKAGE DISCOUNT

Book the Professional Superyacht Deckhand Package and pay in full 4 weeks in advance and you will receive a $250 discount!!! This discount will be applied to your final payment – NB: Contact us before making the final payment to receive the unique promo code necessary to apply the $250 discount.