Professional Superyacht Deckhand - Package 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.

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The Superyacht Crew Academy’s Professional Superyacht Deckhand package course is a complete training package for starting out in the industry. The package course includes both the STCW95+10 safety course & the Professional Superyacht Deckhand course. This package course places great emphasis on becoming an industry ready and desirable employee. Giving you the theoretical and practical skills necessary to be an active crew member onboard a superyacht. This package is specifically designed to set you on your pathway as a professional Deckhand. If you don’t have a maritime background or experience in the professional industry this is definitely the course for you.

The STCW95+10 is a 6 day basic safety training course 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. You will study safety and sea survival, first aid and CPR, fire fighting including use of breathing apparatus, personal and social responsibilities and vessel security.

The Professional Superyacht Deckhand course will ensure students become job ready, receive resume and career advice, participate in interview roleplays and undertake further crew management 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. Students will receive extensive training in these areas and the course provides the theoretical and practical skills required to be a successful 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 the following certification:

  • IYT - International
    • MCA Recognised IYT STCW95+10
    • 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.
    • Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency ‘Provide First Aid’

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.


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.

Course Description:

Program for the STCW95+10 course

The STCW95+10 Basic Safety Training course includes five modules:

  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques (Table A – VI/1-1)
  • STCW Basic Fire Prevention & Firefighting (Table A – VI/1-2)
  • STCW Elementary First Aid (Table A – VI/1-3)
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (Table A – VI/1-4)
  • STCW Proficiency in Maritime Security Awareness (Reg V1/6 and Part A of Section A – VI/6 Paragraph 4)



  • Nautical Knowledge
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Shipboard Safety
  • Emergency Drills
  • Vessel Manoeuvring
  • 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 course is a very hands on practical course where you will complete 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.


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 Professional Superyacht Interior Crew & Deckhand Package course is the ultimate package and will provide you with all the theoretical and practical skills necessary to excel in a dual role. This combined package course enhances your employment opportunities and gives you the confidence to be employed in any entry level role onboard a Superyacht.

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.

Course Dates

14 Days, 2.5 weeks, Mon-Sat, Mon-Fri & Mon-Wed

Week 1 - STCW95+10: Mon-Sat, 6 days

Week 2 & 3 - Professional Superyacht Deckhand: Mon-Fri & Mon-Wed, 8 Days

  • Oct: 19-24, 26-30 & 02-04
  • Nov: 23-28, 30-04 & 07-09
  • Jan: 11-16, 18-22 & 25-27
  • Feb: 01-06, 08-12 & 15-17
  • Feb: 22-27, 01-05 & 08-10 Mar
  • Mar: 15-20, 22-26 & 29-31
  • Apr: 05-10, 12-16 & 19-21
  • Apr: 26-01, 03-07 & 10-12 May
  • May: 17-22, 24-28 & 31-02 June
  • Jun: 14-19, 21-25 & 28-30

(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 2 Queens Parade, Newport. The facilities are a 45min drive North of Sydney’s CBD. To see a map of how to find us, Superyacht Training Facilities


AUD $5,090

Early-Bird Discount

Book 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.