Sello grew up in Johannesburg, where he worked as a hairdresser. But after a few too many times meeting great people with exciting stories to tell, whether of travel for business or pleasure, Sello realized he wanted to be the one telling the story.
Here’s his take on breaking into the business, the need to take the risk, and how he’s seen the yachting community evolve.
Sello, you’ve got a great story of making a big life change. How did you make the leap from cutting hair to working on a yacht?
Once I decided that I needed a change from doing hair, I started researching for work abroad. I came across a few options -- working as a flight attendant, or teaching in Asia, or the Middle East - and then I saw yachting.
It’s easy to get excited about a new career path, especially when it’s one that will take you to exotic destinations and pay you well.
But just like any career, it’s important to be personally READY for what’s ahead of you.
If you can give each of these a hearty “yes” -- or even an “I think so!” - then yachting is a great match for you, and Superyacht Jobs will set you up for success.
Training for a superyacht job is much less expensive, complex, and time-demanding than the preparation for many careers. The minimum training you'll need to get your first job on a yacht, is just a one-week safety course.
People expect to invest in time and money when they study at university or prepare for a technical trade. You should have the same expectation for a yacht job, so if...
With an increasingly complex range of ships systems, electronics, A/V equipment, and guest expectations of the absolute best in service, an engineer’s job can be challenging and the duties varied.
An engineer may be expected to work on anything from a critical ship's system, to helping a guest with their TV. On larger superyachts, Engineering is an entire department, with multiple crew members representing different skills and specialties.
On smaller yachts, there may be only one Engineer, and shore-based services are brought on when needed for larger repair projects.
Working as an engineer can be difficult, but some great rewards come with the work.
Read on for our picks for the Best Things about Being A Superyacht Engineer.
The Engineer is a critical part of the...
Well, many people just like you have made the switch. Even if your background has nothing to do with travel or yachting, you can still apply your knowledge to launching your new career.
Today, we’re excited to share an interview with Wade Bordian.
He went to business school and worked in sales and marketing for several years before he decided to make the jump to working on a superyacht, and he’s not looked back.
Here’s Wade’s story:
Hi Wade - thanks for chatting. Can you tell us how you found your way onboard a yacht?
Wade: I grew up in Halifax, Canada a port city, and saw yachts coming through in the summer, so the seed was planted early - I was always intrigued by the people who lived this lifestyle.
I went to university and got my business degree, but I wasn’t sure it was a good fit for me. Initially, I actually looked at cruise ships, but most...
If you're deciding which path to take, here are a few examples of what a day in the life might look with guests onboard, for your average deckhand and stewardess!
The busy season for yacht crew will fall at different times of the year depending on whether you’re in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or another location.
However, the main factor for a high season job is the expectation of round-the-clock service for the guests onboard.
This is the time of year when yacht crew work hardest, with long shifts and variable work to make sure everything is perfect for the guests.
When guests are onboard, a deckhand will have regular maintenance duties but will also help the guests with water...
We were thrilled to sit down with Dani and Anthony, who share the best and worst parts of working together on a yacht and their advice for partners looking to make this their career.
Dani and Anthony, how did you each get started working in the industry, and how did you meet?
Dani: I was working at a restaurant in Palma de Mallorca, which is a popular destination for yachts, so there were a lot of boats around. I’d always wanted to give it a try, and with my hospitality background, I was confident about working in the field.
I met my first Captain while I was working in the restaurant, and she ended up taking me with her to work onboard. Now I work as a second stewardess. I like the work and the constant rotation through different tasks and positions. It’s a great position if you like the challenge of organization and efficiency, and...
Well, you can rest easy -- in today’s edition of the FreshYacht interview series, experienced Captain Vareek Breaden, reassures us about the high safety standards demanded in the superyacht industry.
A veteran of over 20 years on yachts, Captain Breaden shares his perspective on why superyachts are one of the safest places to work, the importance of trust and reliance within a crew, and how he once offended a famous supermodel.
If you take a close look yachting, the reality is we’re working for the wealthiest and most successful people in the world. Safety is an absolute necessity for...
When you’re drawn to a career at sea, there are a few options available to you. And if you’ve written off joining the Navy, working on a cargo ship, or fishing the deep waters, perhaps you’re torn between the lifestyle on a cruise ship and that of a superyacht.
Or maybe you’ve already decided to pursue a superyacht career, but you’re sick and tired of your friends asking when they can book their discounted stay on your cruise line. Well, here’s a quick reference guide for yourself and for your community, a breakdown of the key differences between working on a superyacht and working on a cruise ship.
Cruise ships are typically owned and operated by large corporations and filled with thousands of guests. This means that the ship is run according to strict business practices and expectations, and the guests represent an entire range of ages, backgrounds, demographics, and interests. Just think of the college spring break...
So whether your goal is to get hired on a yacht this year, or you still need to finish school or finalize other commitments before launching your new career, here are a few things to consider as you’re creating your 2018 vision!
Before you set concrete goals, think about the overall experience you’re trying to have, what’s already serving you in your life, and how you might be able make changes in the areas that matter.
Do some brainstorming about what’s working and what’s not, writing down habits, desires, dislikes, relationships, anything that crosses your mind. Just get them on paper for now!
This could be financial, educational, community -- but the truth is, we’re...
Greetings, FreshYacht Insiders! Today, we’re back with some advice from superyacht Captain Dave Zimath.
Just like many of you, Dave started off as a young twentysomething working as a deckhand. Today, he’s a captain and has been working in the superyacht industry for more than 25 years.
We talked to Dave today to learn what he looks for in a young crewmember, what surprised him about becoming Captain, and his favorite part of being in charge.
Dave, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with our FreshYacht Insiders today. We know many of them are just starting out, but might have their eye on being a Captain one day.
Tell us a bit about yourself - How did you get your start in the industry? How do you feel after working on yachts for so many years?
I’ve been in yachting since I was 23, when I started as a deckhand.
I got my start, like most people do, on a bigger boat. My first yacht was 172 footer, and these bigger yachts can afford to take on people...