This job is a one-off. To be eligible, it is a requisite that you know how to sail across the oceans with the use modern naval apparatus, keep away from pirate attacks, know floral arrangement, offer an excellent service, meet the topnotch standards in cleaning rooms, organize events, and have a grasp of exceptional wine. Being a multilingual is a plus.
It surely looks demanding, this is due to the employers are accustomed to having the very best. Owning a yacht is an understatement for these employers, they own an extravagant superyachts that is valued up to £400 million – this is why they are demanding the staff to complement it, and expects a first-class handling of their ship.
Finding such people is very challenging. The method of finding a crew is grueling enough even for a smaller boat, given that most of the members are being endorsed from docks all over the world. This is where yacht crew agencies such as Silver Swann Yacht Crew come in.
The increasing industry of super-yacht requires a smoother process of getting a crew, this is why UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) was established. UKSA is a charity that can be found in the Isle of Wight at Cowes. UKSA is offering courses that will develop young adults into super-yacht deck hands with becoming a captain of one of these boats as their ultimate goal. It has been the sole place that offers this kind of courses for the past seven years. The programme for cadetship will usually accept applicants mid-year and starts in October. The whole cadetship lasts for four years with almost half the time spent learning the job in the ocean.
Last 2014, there were 12 endowments to cover a portion of the course costs, offered to chosen applicants aged 18 to 25. A shorter course is available that teaches student all the things they are expected to work below the deck and concentrates more on hospitality. Competition is up rising as the opportunity to travel around the world with very good pay is waiting for these cadets. The cadets in the programme can already earn £1,600 every month even though they are still on training, while captains can earn up to £250,000 anually.
Based on the 2012 record, 4,549 superyachts are in use, and by 2031, the industry will likely grow to about 7,500.
It is hard to withstand the charm of the superyacht way of life. Some of the graduates of the programme have been employed on Motor Yacht A, a £174 million boat built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko created by Philippe Starck, a French designer. The boat has a helipad, a room to accommodate 37 crew, two pools, and six magnificent guest suites with each having its own Jacuzzi.
Eclipse, a German-built superyacht owned by Roman Abramovich is 162.3 metres long, has 2 helipads, 24 guest cabins, and has a 16 metre pool that can be converted as a dance floor. This was the largest superyacht in the whole world until Azzam was built in 2013. Azzam costed £390 million and said to be the most intricate and difficult yacht ever built.