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.

NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDING maybe available for NSW residents please see further eligibility criteria here.

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 7 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.


All successful graduates receive three international certificates 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 approved IYT Superyacht Deck Crew including Small Powerboat & RIB Master
    • IYT VHF Radio Operator
  • AMSA – National
    • Certificate I in Maritime Operations to apply for a General Purpose Hand NC. This AMSA qualification 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 Approved 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 approved 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 ‘Statement of Attainment’ known as the Shipboard Safety Skill Set. 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.


Deckhand is the entry level course for superyacht crew. You can sign on for the course if you have a reasonable command of the English language, are over 18 years old, in good health, and without colour blindness.

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 STCW95+10 course.

Superyacht Deckhand Crew Program


  • Nautical Knowledge
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Shipboard Safety
  • Emergency Drills
  • Vessel Manoeuvring
  • Learn to Sail
  • Collision regulations
  • Watchkeeping
  • Introduction to weather
  • Code of Safe Working Practices
  • 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


  • 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


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



Course Content: The IYT Superyacht Crew Course is a very hands on practical course, you will spend seven 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 with us about 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.

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.


Deckhands also require STCW95+10 certification. Superyacht Crew Academy can assist with this requirement if you are not already qualified.

The Superyacht Crew Academy also hold a 12 Day Advanced Stewardess and Deckhand training course. This course covers the entire 5 Day Basic Stewardess course, as well as giving crew the added benefit of Deckhand training, allowing you to be employed in all entry level roles on board a superyacht. As well as the certifications that are able to be gained for the Superyacht Deckhand training, students will also receive the IYT Superyacht Professional Hospitality, as well as theoretical and practical skills necessary to excel as a Stewardess onboard a Superyacht.

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.

When do the courses run?

  • November 19-24 2018
  • December 10-15 2018
  • January 14-19 2019
  • February 04-10 2019
  • February 25-03 March 2019
  • March 18-24 2019
  • April 15-21 2019
  • May 13-19 2019
  • June 10-16 2019


The 7 day IYT Superyacht Crew Deckhand training package is by far the most professional Deckhand Course delivered in Australia. In addition to receiving the Professional IYT and MCA Accreditation, you will gain the skills, knowledge and experience to ensure you are confident and competent at performing deckhand tasks onboard a Superyacht. This course will definitely ensure you stand out from the crowd when applying for a job.

The course includes: 3 Deckhand Certifications which are recognized by the MCA, US Coast Guard, 25 governments, and all major crew placement agencies, as well as the Australian General Purpose Hand certification to work on Australian flagged vessels.

Price AUD $2695

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Save $250 by booking the STCW95+10 course at the same time you book the 7 day Deckhand course.

Package price $4,695 - STCW95+10 is compulsory for all crew on superyachts.

Includes all training materials for practicals & theory; IYT Boating Passport; Yacht Rating Book; Exam and Certification fees.