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Internationally Recognised Training for Stewardesses, Stewards and Deckhands

The Superyacht Crew Academy 12 day Stewardess and Deckhand course is a complete training package for all entry level roles on board a Superyacht. This course encompasses the 5 day Basic Stewardess course , as well as providing extra practical and theory training in the role of deckhand, that allows you to gain the IYT Superyacht Deck Crew certification. Giving you the theoretical and practical skills necessary to be an active crew member as both a Steward/ess and Deckhand onboard a superyacht, the 12 day Stewardess and Deckhand course will ensure students become job ready, as they receive a range of Stewardessing skills and techniques, and receive a full introduction to the industry, as well as participate in a variety of practical Deckhand skills such as Superyacht maintenance, watchkeeping and navigational support and docking procedures. Students will also receive further training in both power and sail Superyacht skills, which will increase their opportunities for placement once they graduate.

The 12 day Stewardess and Deckhand course is specifically designed to set you on your pathway across all Superyachts around this world. This course allows you the freedom to work as a Stewardess or Steward, Deckhand, or both in a combined role on board a Superyacht. This also opens up more employment opportunities, as many of the smaller yachts prefer fewer employees that can work in a number of roles on board. If you haven't worked in a professional hospitality setting before, or wish to have the freedom of a diverse number of employment opportunities, this is definitely the course for you.

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The Superyacht Crew Academy 12 day Stewardess and Deckhand course will provide you with multiple skills and a professional knowledge of your role onboard as a Superyacht Stewardess, Steward or Deckhand. Successful graduates can confidently accept any Steward or Stewardess, Deckhand or combined assignment on superyachts anywhere in the world.

This 12 day course places great emphasis on the essentials of good management as well as giving you the theoretical and practical skills necessary to be an active crew member onboard a superyacht.


All successful graduates receive two international certifications 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+10 course.

  • IYT - International
    • MCA approved IYT Superyacht Deck Crew including Small Powerboat/RIB Master & introduction to VHF radio operations.
    • IYT Professional Superyacht Hospitality
  • 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.

PLUS a certificate of completion from Superyacht Crew Academy for the stewardess course listing all of the training modules covered. 

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

The IYT Professional Superyacht Hospitality certification and MCA Approved IYT Superyacht Deck Crew certification are the only internationally recognised qualification for superyacht interior crews. Your graduation certificates 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 steward/ess will have the opportunity to gain work experience face to face with guests. This is a great way to put your newfound 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.

Either before or after you start your Steward or Stewardess and 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 Steward or Stewardess course or you can do the two separately. Click here to view our STCW95+10 course


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An excellent Steward or Stewardess is polite, well groomed and lively. The skills needed to perform a stewardess job are not difficult to learn but the attitude and art of good service is something that takes training and practice. A stewardess requires a blend of responsibility, maturity and self-discipline along with a great sense of humour and pride of exceptional performance with meticulous attention to detail both in assigned duties and in personal presentation.

Some of the skills and knowledge necessary to be a Steward or Stewardess are

  • Security, confidentiality and privacy issues
  • Professional etiquette in communication, personal hygiene, appearance and attitude
  • International protocol and correct forms of address
  • All styles of food service and entertainment planning
  • Provisioning and product inventories
  • Decanting, purchasing, service and storage of fine wines
  • Impeccable care of exotic furnishings, finishes and fabrics
  • Total laundry procedures
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Guest care and valet services

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.

Course Description:

Steward/Stewardess Superyacht Interior Crew Training Course Options

Stewardess and Deckhand

12 day Stewardess and Deckhand Training Course:Most captains require all members of their crew to be able to operate the superyacht tender, to use a VHF radio and to know the basic rules that govern life aboard a ship. The complete training course makes certain you will stand out from other new comers to the industry when you start hunting for a position on a Superyacht, by giving you the skills to work on both the exterior and the interior of the Superyacht. The IYT Professional Superyacht Hospitality certification is the only internationally recognised qualification for Stewards or Stewardesses worldwide, and the IYT Superyacht Deck Crew certification is the only internationally recognised qualification for Deckhands worldwide. Study a number of required skills required to excel in both the Steward or Stewardess and Deckhand role. In addition to learning essential skills for achieving excellence as an interior and exterior crew member, you will learn the basic rules for working aboard a superyacht plus obtain an internationally recognised RIB small power boat certificate and instruction on operating VHF radios, as well as the General Purpose Hand certification to allow you to work on Australian flagged vessels.

Steward eor Stewardess and Deckhand crew spend time on board a Superyacht in Sydney Harbour, and train in their roles in a 'simulated superyacht environment' interacting with each other onboard during the seamanship and RIB small power boat practical.

Program for the superyacht stewardess/steward and Deckhand Training Course

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  • Introduction to Superyacht Industry
  • Exclusive tour of a Superyacht
  • Meet and greet the Captain & crew
  • Learn about the industry and life onboard
  • What they look for when employing crew
  • Captains expectations
  • Professional decorum and social skills
  • Resumes/interviewing
  • Crew agreements & agencies
  • Personal appearance
  • Advanced Interviewing Techniques & Listening Skills
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  • Become familiar with cleaning standards & supplies and the use of products
  • Learn how to use whitegoods, irons, presses and other laundry equipment found on Superyachts
  • Interior and exterior detailing
  • Cabin cleaning and preparation, bed making, & turn-down service
  • General housekeeping
  • Cleaning with guests onboard and in non-guest periods
  • Laundry products and stain removal advice and hints for success
  • Valet Services
  • Impeccable care of exotic furnishings, finishes and fabrics
  • Provisioning and product inventories
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  • Silver Service: French, Russian, British, American & Chinese
  • Table settings
  • Napkin folding
  • Identification glassware, cutlery & service utensils
  • Care and storage of fine china, silverware, stemware
  • Serving order, meal sequence and clearing order
  • Plated & other types of Service
  • Buffet setups, Parties, Picnics, Afternoon tea service
  • Caviar Service: Russian/French
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  • Dietary requirements: vegetarian, Kosher, Muslim & others
  • Alcohol serving
    • Advanced spirit & beer education
    • Advanced bartending techniques
    • Provide advice on Australian & Imported wines
    • Decanting, purchasing, service and storage of fine wines
    • Food & beverage matching
    • Cheese tasting
  • Barista Training
    • Use & maintenance of machine
    • Roasting & origin
    • Extraction of coffee
    • Milk texturising
    • Pouring techniques
    • Coffee art
    • Cleaning & maintenance of machine
  • Fruit basket presentation
  • Food safety and hygiene
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  • Flower appreciation & caring for flowers
  • Hints on floral arrangements & vases
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Emergency Scenarios
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  • 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


Chief Stewardess Course

Do you already have a year of experience as a stewardess and are ready to take the next step? Yacht Chief Stewardess.

What other qualifications will I need?

Stewardesses and Stewards also require STCW 95+10 certification. Superyacht Crew Academy can assist with this requirement if you are not already qualified.

When do the courses run?

12 Days, Monday - Friday & Sunday - Saturday. The STCW95+10 course is run in-between these two weeks.

  • June: 09-15 & 17-21
  • July: 14-20 & 22-26 (Sunday - Saturday & Monday - Friday)
  • Aug: 05-09 & 18-24
  • Sept: 09-13 & 22-28
  • Oct: 14-18 & 27-02 Nov
  • Nov: 18-22 & 01-07 Dec

Where do the courses take place?

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, Superyacht Training Facilities

How much do the courses cost?

12 day Steward/ess and Deckhand training package - The complete training package including RIB certification, VHF Radio Operator certification and General Purpose Hand certification, which is most likely to put you at the head of the list for any crew positions on board a Superyacht. Package includes all training materials for practicals & theory.

Price AUD $3,795

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SPECIAL Stewardess/Deckhand Training Course & STCW 95+10 PACKAGE OFFER!!

Save $280 by booking the STCW 95+10 course at the same time you book the Superyacht 12 day Stewardess and Deckhand Training Course. Package price $5,665 - STCW 95+10 is compulsory for all crew on superyachts.