Yacht Crew Training



These group of courses are aimed to equip an individual with the right knowledge and licenses to enter the Super Yacht Industry.

We will cover everything from how to enter the industry right through to getting the licenses that you would require to secure your first position.

The Deckhand courses are a great introduction into the industry and provides a well-balanced introduction. The industry requires many qualifications and experience which are gained over time. These courses will give you the edge when looking for employment.

Deckhand / Interior / Engine

There is a demand for crew to have a wide range of skills, this can be useful on smaller vessels where everyone helps out from time to time. So consider gaining experience / courses / qualifications in other departments. We can supply many related courses from Kite and dive instructors to food hygiene certificates

Deckhand – Minimum

This really is the minimum required and you need to have prior experience in the marine world such as Dive Instructor, Charter boat operator to succeed with this course.

Deckhand – Pro

This course can work for people looking to work in the industry for a short period of time or if they are not quite sure where they would like their carrier path to go.

Deckhand – Advanced

We provide these key courses to really give you the edge. Without doubt the market is busy with lots of new yachts and lots of staff leaving and joining the Super Yacht market. Our Advance deckhand course will provide the knowledge, qualifications and experience to enter the market with confidence. Starting salaries can be R40,000 a month with accommodation and food included.

Deckhand – Advanced


Superyacht Stewardess Course (5 days)
For Superyacht Stewardess and Stewards.

We provide the courses to help you understand the high levels of service, professionalism and dedicated duty required for interior yacht crew.

The following topics are covered extensively in the Superyacht Stewardess course:

Interior introduction –
The Interior Introduction module is a 3-day basic course. This training is an introduction to job roles of interior crew members.  It outlines all the important responsibilities of a Steward/ess as well as yacht etiquette and safety.


  • Demographics of the industry, different types of yachting, life at sea being on a professional yacht.
  • Guidelines on how to enter the industry (CV, visas, where to go, when to go, looking for a job, interviewing, crew contracts, salary expectations and crew agents)
  • The departments onboard a yacht as well as the role of the interior department and your role as a Steward/ess.
  • Personal presentation, correct dress and punctuality, communication and behaviour, verbal and written communication and body language
  • How to interact with guests and awareness of cultural differences, such as guests from USA, Britain, Russia, Asia, etc.
  • Yacht Interior Housekeeping, Pre-guest checklists, Steward/ess Scheduling and Rotations
  • Garbage/Rubbish disposal, Cabin cleaning and detailing, Cleaning caddy. Yacht interior surfaces – do’s and don’ts, Yacht interior fabrics – care and handling, Laundry labels, Crew and guest laundry. Washing machine, tumble drying and ironing, the correct way to treat various linens, ironing, folding and presenting laundered garments.
  • Yacht safety, Hazards in the interior, the correct use of cleaning chemicals as well as MSDS and Hazard Symbols.

Basic Food Service & Wine & Mixology Introduction –

  • Service Definitions and Different Styles of Service such as American, English, Russian, Butler Style, etc.
  • Caviar Service, Hors d’oeuvres, Canapés, Appetizers, etc.
  • Breakfast service, Mise en place for service.
  • Beverage Service – Tea, Coffee, Cocktails, Wine, Water
  • Working with menus, preference sheets and cheat sheets.
  • Introduction to the world of wine – Wine tasting principles as well as a practical wine session, tasting various SA and International wines.
  • Food, wine and cheese matching, Faulty wines and Grapes of the world.
  • Wine regions of the world and New world and old world wine making.
  • Service of wine
  • Spirits and cocktails
  • Cocktail service
  • Main spirit styles
  • Practical cocktail blending session

Superyacht Steward/ess Career Course package breakdown –

  • STCW (2010 compliant) includes PDSD (Proficiency in Designated Security Duties) 11 days
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course 2 days
  • SRC VHF Radio Course (Internationally recognized) 1 day
  • Stewardess Course 5 days
  •  Level 2 Food Hygiene Course is offered online or in person in Cape Town (offering you a choice between the two options, both courses are at the same price).





Our courses include STCW, Powerboating Level 2 to Advanced, plus the PWC (Jet Ski) Proficiency and instructor course. Add to this our VHF/SRC Radio and other shore based courses and you will be well on your way. Then the Day Skipper and Yachtmaster courses will get you into top gear for an exciting future in this ever expanding industry. Anyone joining the Superyacht industry will be pleased to hear that the new RYA Tender Operators course is now available with us.

We are pleased to offer the courses needed to take you from novice to experienced crew in a timeline that suits your needs and budget. Having impeccable manners, being hard working, professional, clean, smart and have a full understanding of the industry will help you achieve your goals.

Peter Daly is the Principle of Sail and Power SA. He has been boating for over 30 years, the last 10 in South Africa. As well as being a Yachtmaster Instructor he is also the only Powerboat and PWC Trainer in Africa. This means most of the instructors working in South Africa has been trained or Moderated by Pete.

It is vital to understand the role and responsibilities of a super yacht entry level crew member when investing in training qualifications.

The responsibilities of newbie Deckhands are limited, due to the lack of yachting experience, they will have when starting out in the industry. These vessels are worth millions of Dollars and as a result, the new Deckhand’s role on board is limited to cleaning, polishing, maintenance and duties such as tender driving, anchoring, line handling – until he has proven himself as trustworthy, responsible and showing initiative.

The same can be said for the Stewardess joining a vessel for the first time. Having silver service employment in 4 or 5-star hotels will help a lot.

Diversity in qualification not only opens additional avenues for employment but will set you apart from the other crew and get your CV noticed above the others

We have looked at the market and come up with a range of courses that cover the needs of the newbie on a gap year or two, to the career-minded individual looking, for a long-term future in the Superyacht Industry.

Our courses are not set in stone you can pick and choose your elements, take a few weeks to complete them or a year or two it up to you. We want you to succeed and enjoy your training.