Yacht Stewardess

Yacht Stewardess Job Role

Role Responsibilities, Information & Qualifications

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Thinking of becoming a Yacht Stewardess?

At wilsonhalligan, we’re not only interested in placing candidates into their perfect Yacht Stewardess job role, but also actively encourage new crew into the yachting industry, for their own benefit and for the continued progression of the yachting world in general.

Find out below about the role, what to expect, what qualifications you may need and how to get started in a professional Yacht Stewardess job role!

What are the responsibilities of a Yacht Stewardess?

Being a Yacht Stewardess is a wonderful, multifaceted role that challenges you in different ways, enabling you to learn many skills and develop a fulfilling and diverse career. The responsibilities of a Yacht Stewardess vary depending on your level and the yacht size.

Responsibilities include:
  • Service skills: Anything from basic breakfast buffet style to fine dining standard, cocktail making, wine pairing and of course how to set beautiful, creative tables for each meal. You will learn about the best crockery and cutlery to use at different times and how to present a menu to the guests after collaborating with the Head Chef. Each meal is a chance to make the guests feel special and welcome in their floating home.
  • Housekeeping:  Stewardess’s must possess an excellent eye for detail, effective organisational skills and the ability to work quickly yet accurately under pressure. Everything will be cleaned daily, usually more than once. You will learn the best cleaning products to use for which surface, how to create beautiful beds in no time at all and maintain the standard of cleanliness that Yacht Owners expect.
  • Laundry: Duties include washing and drying both the guest and crew clothing, steaming, pressing or ironing any clothes that need it and ensure they are returned to the correct place. You will become a master at stain removal. Those with seamstress skills will also more than likely use these on board too.

As you progress within your career and become a senior member additional responsibilities can include but are not limited to:

  • Team Management: Maintaining a harmonious, positive environment for your team and training them in areas that need practice.
  • Guest Management: Communicating effectively with the Owners and guests, almost with PA like duties.
  • Accounting and basic Budgeting: Each Head of Department will be responsible for their teams’ accounts and report these to the Purser or Captain on board.
  • Provisioning and Stock Take: Maintaining all interior stock from crew uniform to guest toiletries is a large task that requires excellent organisational skills.
  • Overall Interior Maintenance: Generally ensuring the interior is kept in excellent condition, operational procedures will be kept up to date and repair lists are maintained.

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What qualifications do you need to become a Yacht Stewardess?

Qualifications Needed:

  • STCW95: Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. This is a minimum standard needed by all seafarers to work at sea, which is Maritime Law.
  • Eng 1 Medical Certificate: Obtained via an MLC approved Doctor. There is a list of relevant doctors on the gov website
  • Food & Hygiene Level 2: This certification is mandatory and will ensure you handle any food on board in the correct manner

Optional Qualifications:

  • GUEST programme PYA accredited interior stewardess courses
  • Barista, Cocktail or Bar Tender qualifications
  • Generally, hospitality experience is favoured so getting work experience as a housekeeper in a hotel or waitress in a high-end setting will give you a good base to get started on a yacht

What if I have Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy skills?:

  • Any additional skills are hugely appreciated on board and can help with finding your first yacht job. The predominant responsibility you will have on board is to be a stewardess, however, some vessels like to ask for those with Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy qualifications, Nursing degrees and experience or even Childcare qualifications and seamstress abilities. Most larger yachts now have Spa’s on board too, take a look at our blogs for more information on this.

Next steps to becoming a Yacht Stewardess

Speak to our experienced Yacht Stewardess consultant, India!

India has a wealth of seagoing experience and is available to help guide you through the role, show you available opportunities and help to develop your application to ensure you have the best chance possible of landing your dream yacht job role.

Each one of our consultants currently has a wealth of seagoing experience in their own area of responsibility.  We, therefore, understand the roles, conditions and unique lifestyles of those who serve onboard large yachts.

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