Professional Yachtmaster Training

Have You Found Your Path – Working on a Yacht?

A yacht crew refers to the team of individuals who work together to operate and maintain a yacht, which is a luxurious and often privately-owned vessel used for leisure and recreational purposes. Yacht crews are responsible for ensuring the safety, comfort, and overall experience of the yacht’s passengers, which may include the yacht’s owner, their guests, and sometimes charter clients.

Yacht crews are organized into various positions, each with specific duties and responsibilities. The size and type of yacht will influence the number of crew, the and roles of the crew members.

Here are Some Common Positions You Might Find Within a Yacht Crew:

Captain: The captain is responsible for the overall operation and navigation of the yacht. They have a deep understanding of maritime laws, safety protocols, and navigation procedures. The captain makes crucial decisions related to the yacht’s route, safety, and crew management.

First Mate/Chief Officer: The first mate, often referred to as the chief officer, assists the captain in various operational aspects of the yacht. They might oversee crew activities, manage maintenance and repairs, and handle administrative tasks.

Chief Engineer: Responsible for maintaining and overseeing the yacht’s mechanical systems, engines, generators, and other technical equipment. They ensure that the yacht’s machinery functions smoothly and safely.

Deck Crew: This includes positions such as Bosun (lead deckhand) and Deckhands. They are responsible for maintaining the exterior of the yacht, handling mooring and anchoring, and assisting with water sports activities.

Steward/Stewardess: Also known as the Chief Steward/Stewardess, they manage the interior of the yacht. Their responsibilities include guest service, housekeeping, and ensuring that the interior areas are clean and well-maintained.

Chef: The yacht’s chef is responsible for planning and preparing meals for the passengers and crew. They often have to cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions.

Interior Crew: These crew members, often referred to as Stewardesses or Pursers, assist the chef in the galley and take care of guest needs, including housekeeping, serving meals, and ensuring guest comfort.

Engineer’s Assistant: Assists the chief engineer with maintenance tasks, technical operations, and repairs.

Security Officer: Ensures the safety and security of the yacht and its occupants. They might have experience in maritime security and crisis management.

Medical Officer: On larger yachts, there might be a dedicated crew member with medical training to provide basic medical assistance if needed.

Nanny or Childminder: On yachts where families with children are aboard, there might be a crew member responsible for supervising and entertaining the children.

Massage Therapist/Fitness Instructor: Some luxury yachts offer spa and fitness services, so crew members with specialized skills in these areas might be employed.

Position titles (naming conventions) may also vary between nationalities. Second and third positions (etc.) become more common as the yacht size increases, as does the degree of specialty or the rotation-frequency of a position.

Responsibilities within the yacht crew can vary depending on the yacht’s size, purpose, and the preferences of the owner or charter clients. However, all crew members are united in their goal to provide exceptional service, maintain the yacht’s operations, and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on board.

The Professional Yacht Training centre in Fort Lauderdale is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We strongly recommend booking courses well in advance to insure a seat in the class. All courses are subject to availability and price changes without notice – until such time as a confirmed reservation has been made. Call us at +1 954-296-3830 or email us on-line. We look forward to seeing you.

Professional Yacht Training Offers Experienced & Knowledgeable Yacht Training Certification with Small-Class and Personal Hands-On Schooling

Fort Lauderdale Yacht Crew School


Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday: Closed