The role and opportunities of a superyacht stewardess

If you are after a job that is always varied, is hands on and people oriented and that allows you to travel to some incredible places then the role of Superyacht Steward or Superyacht Stewardess may be your perfect opportunity.

Be prepared for a role that expects the very highest of standards and the most flexible of approaches; there is lots of fun and some great experiences to be had in return for your hard work, focus and commitment.

These roles vary dependant on the yacht and the owner or operator, and though many require experience there are also opportunities for the entry-level yachtie too.

So, what might you need to get started?

  1. You will need your STCW Basic Safety Training before applying for any Superyacht Steward or Stewardess role. This is a comprehensive set of training courses, run over 5 days and covering both theory and practical elements, that will ensure you are equipped to handle yourself safely and sensibly at sea, whatever the experience may throw at you.
  2. An ENG1 Medical is essential too – it confirms and affirms your fitness to work on a vessel.
  3. Additional certificates. If you have little experience for any role, it’s always handy to have a little extra to bring to the opportunity, to help push you above the competition. We often recommend a Powerboat Level 2 course so you can help handle the yacht’s tender boats, Crowd Management to show you can handle larger parties, or Proficiency in Designated Security Duties so you can help ensure everything runs safely and securely when engaged in daily yacht management tasks.
  4. Other skills? Our sister school in the Balearics, Palma Sea School runs a range of courses that could benefit your career be it as a new starter or someone looking to progress. Competent Crew, PWC, Powerboat courses and more…
  5. Have a passion for or a skill in something else? It could be applicable! If you are sporty, a personal trainer, a caterer, beautician, masseuse, yoga practitioner it’s worth mentioning, it may just give you a boost in your start to your new career.
  6. Recruitment. A knowledgeable recruitment link can rally help, as they will know what opportunities are available, understand what specific yacht owners or operators want in a candidate and can help ensure your CV (including all those hard earned new skills and certifications!) is honed to perfection. SWMA have partnered with some incredible industry specific recruitment agencies to help you secure your perfect opportunity, get in touch and get the ball rolling today!

You could try:


Wilson Halligan

Crew & Concierge


You can take a look at our Superyacht Training page for extra details, course booking options and our fantastic Superyachts Career video.