Essential courses for superyacht crew preparing for the 2024 Mediterranean season

As the 2024 Mediterranean superyacht season approaches, aspiring and seasoned crew members alike are gearing up for a busy and exciting time. The season typically runs from May to September, with peak season being from July to August when the weather is warm and sunny, and many people are on vacation. During this time, popular destinations such as the French Riviera, the Italian coast, and Greek islands are bustling with activity as tourists and superyachts alike flock to the region.

Whether you’re an experienced deckhand or a newbie in the industry, one thing is clear: preparation is key. Completing essential courses and certifications now, before the season kicks into high gear, can make all the difference in securing a successful and rewarding journey on the azure waters of the Mediterranean. When it comes to completing these courses, it’s recommended to do so as close to the time of departure as possible. This is because many of the courses are practical-based, and having the information fresh in your mind can be helpful. You also need to do courses with the students going to the same place, at the same time, looking for the same work as you. Networking is how you find work in the yachting industry, and it’s vitally important to make sure you start networking with the other students, as this is essentially where the interviewing process starts.

Essential Courses

  • RYA PB2 – R5000
  • RYA PWC/Jet Ski – R3500
  • RYA Tender Operators – R6000
  • Deckhand Course – R5750
  • STCW 2010 – R8750 (A compulsory course that is outsourced. This course will be R9500 for 2024 dates).
  • RYA Radar – R2100
  • RYA VHF – R2000 (There is an extra £70 payable to RYA to write the exam).

STCW Basic Safety Training
The STCW Basic Safety Training is the cornerstone of any career in the superyacht industry. It’s a five-module course that covers Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Firefighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, and Proficiency in Security Awareness. These modules are essential for onboard safety, compliance, and overall preparedness.

Deckhand Course
For those aspiring to work on deck, the Deckhand Course is a must. This comprehensive course equips you with the foundational knowledge and skills required for deck operations. You’ll learn essential skills such as line handling, navigation, and safety procedures, making you a valuable asset to any superyacht crew.

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (PB2) Course
The RYA PB2 Course is a vital course for superyacht crew, especially those who will be operating tender boats. This course covers boat handling, navigation, safety, and practical skills for driving small powerboats and RIBs, which are frequently used in superyacht operations.

RYA PWC/Jet Ski
This exhilarating program is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and hands-on experience needed to safely operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) or Jet Ski. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of PWC operation, including handling, navigation, safety protocols, and more. Whether you’re a beginner looking to master the basics or an experienced rider seeking to enhance your abilities, this course will equip you with the expertise to enjoy your time on the water responsibly and securely.

RYA Tender Operators 
Tenders play a vital role in maritime operations, serving as transportation between vessels and shore, and this comprehensive program ensures you are well-prepared for the task. Our expert instructors will teach you the art of tender handling, navigation, safety procedures, and essential communication skills. This course is ideal for crew members, yacht enthusiasts, or anyone seeking to master the operation of small watercraft, equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to handle tenders effectively.

RYA Radar
Radar systems are indispensable tools for navigation, collision avoidance, and situational awareness at sea. In this course, you’ll delve into the principles of radar operation, interpretation of radar displays, target tracking, and collision avoidance strategies. 

RYA VHF
Stay connected and informed on the water with our RYA VHF course. Communication is crucial for safe and efficient boating, and the Very High-Frequency (VHF) radio is a vital tool for marine communication. In this course, you’ll learn how to operate VHF radios effectively, understand radio protocols, and gain the skills to handle emergency situations.

If you need assistance with determining the courses you should complete, please contact our team for guidance – georgina@sysa.info.

Finding a job in the Mediterranean

The super yachting industry can be highly competitive when it comes to finding a job on board a yacht. Those looking to work on a superyacht should plan to arrive at the country of the yacht’s base at least two months before the season begins, complete necessary courses as close to the time of departure as possible, and network with other students in their courses. By doing so, they can increase their chances of finding work and enjoy a successful career in the super yachting industry.

If you are struggling to find a job, we recommend reading our Step-by-step process of finding a job as a yachtie. This article contains all the information you need to from completing courses to visas and more.

Early preparation for a successful season

The 2024 Mediterranean superyacht season promises adventure, excitement, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on guests and employers. By completing these essential courses now, you not only ensure that you’re ready for the season but you also position yourself as a standout candidate in a competitive job market. Don’t wait until the last minute. Invest in your career and secure your success in the superyacht industry by completing these crucial courses.

When the season arrives, you’ll be confident, competent, and ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Set sail with preparation, and let 2024 be your most remarkable Mediterranean season yet.

Ready to start your super yachting journey? Email georgina@sysa.info for more information.

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