Today, we’re featuring the world of a yacht chef. While this job requires creativity and flexibility in an ever-changing environment, it’s also a great opportunity if you're a chef looking for a new exciting career direction.
If you love food and cooking but don't have any formal experience, you could also consider pursuing a culinary education with a yacht chef career in mind.
Chefs are in high demand on yachts! Finding a qualified chef who can also work on yachts, is harder than it sounds.
So if you have strong culinary skills and you're willing to pack up and go traveling for a while -- you can take your pick of yacht jobs.
In addition to finding work easily, you'll be well compensated for your experience and...
I grew up in South Africa, but am originally from Zimbabwe, and still have a lot of friends and family there.
I was working in Cape Town as a bartender and a waitress, but was ready for a shift. When I heard about yachting from a friend who was a stewardess, I decided to go for it. I’m really happy that I’d talked to my friend first, who inspired me to go into the interior. I don’t think a deck job would have been a good fit for me.
Welcome back to our Best Things About series, where we dive in and share a little more information about what it’s like to work different positions on a yacht.
Last time, we featured some of the best parts of working as interior superyacht crew. Today, we’re back to highlight some of the things crew love about working on deck!
Living and working on a superyacht means that you’ll go to some incredibly beautiful places and see some amazing sights.
But working as deck crew ALSO means that you’re outside to experience these views firsthand. Whether it’s being the first to spot the shore after an extended crossing, or having extra opportunities to watch wildlife in action, you’ll be right there in the midst of it.
While interior crew and guests also have amazing views, it’s harder to be connected to the landscape when you’re shuttling laundry, working in engineering, or preparing a meal.
Working as a deckhand,...
You’ve decided to launch your superyacht career, but you’re not sure where to focus your training. Do you have a background in engineering and want a technical job?
Should you opt for a deck job, where you’ll get to spend time outside and do some watersports?
Or do the interior positions draw your attention?
We’ll spend some time over the next few weeks talking about each type of job and its best features.
Up first -- interior positions!
Whether you’re a beginning stewardess or you’ve worked your way up to purser or chief stew, you’re bound to have some unique experiences as an interior crew member. You’ll still benefit from the amazing destinations, great food, and travel and earning opportunities that all of the yacht crew enjoy.
But working interior has some special perks. Here are a few of our favorites:
Do you love a neat room or a perfectly executed event? Everything in its perfect...
Perhaps you’ve come to FreshYacht because you’re looking for a life of adventure. Maybe you know you have a certain skill, and you think it will help you find work on a yacht. Or you’re in love with the world’s lands and peoples and want to spend your days visiting different cities and experiencing different cultures.
Whatever your reason, you’re here because you have a dream.
Let’s be honest, sometimes dreams can be scary. Big goals can be intimidating, and it can be difficult to see the finish line when you’re just warming up for the start.
That’s why it’s so important to have a plan and a community to support you along the way.
Big dreams rarely come true overnight. In fact, most successful people will likely admit that they took months or even years to achieve their vision.
So FreshYacht is here to encourage you, and simply to remind you...
But the reality of the job can be intimidating. You’re far from home, traveling to distant destinations, and may be afraid of feeling disconnected from your friends, family, and community.
The good news is that the superyacht community offers two great methods of countering any sense of loneliness or isolation, and staying connected -- literally, and figuratively -- while you’re at sea.
The most important thing to remember is that you’ll be building new friendships in your new career.
Yacht crew relationships tend to become incredibly close, with friendships and partnerships that extend for years.
Here are a few good reasons why you should feel encouraged you that you’ll be in good company on your new yacht home.
First of all, superyacht crew are generally motivated by the same things. Sure, some people are...
Kitesurfing is a type of Kiteboarding that has gained popularity in recent years, and appeals to active people of all sorts. Many people come to Kitesurfing with experience with water or snow sports, but even if you have no background, with some practice you too can be coasting across the waves, the breeze in your face, in no time!
Kiteboarding has many styles, from freestyle to speed to jumping, so you’re certain to find the right match for your particular skills and interests, and have opportunities to learn and add new tricks as you become more comfortable in the sport.
And if you’re working on a yacht, or an aspiring yacht-crew member, kitesurfing is an ideal sport. Not only will you be able to take part at many of the beautiful yacht destinations...
FreshYacht gives you ideas from beaches to bars, diving to windsurfing. There are plenty of activities to make you fall in love with Antigua.
Antigua is a Caribbean hub for yachting. From superyachts that stop here to re-provision and let their guests explore, to the many sailboats that descend each year for Antigua Sailing Week, if you’ve got your eyes set on a yachting job, you’re likely to spend some time in Antigua.
Whether you travel to the island in search of a job, or stop over while your yacht is traveling the Caribbean, here are a few tips to make your time in Antigua something to remember!
Most travellers to Antigua will spend their days relaxing on the beach and playing in the water. From lounging at beautiful Half Moon Bay to surfing at Gallery Bay Beach to the highly accessible...
Working on a superyacht can be a dream career, but it also requires a wide range of diverse skills! Whether you want to work in engineering or as a deckhand, you’ll likely be asked to chip in on an assortment of tasks and projects. Building a wide-ranging skill set will set you apart and help prepare you to succeed.
As we explained previously, you’ll be required to take a number of courses in seamanship and safety to be a competitive candidate for an on-board job. But in the meantime, you can also mix business and pleasure by training in specialty skills -- many of which are also exciting and enjoyable on their own!
Building capacity and confidence with water sports, interior specialties, and health & safety skills are elements that will make your CV strong, help you network and meet prospective colleagues and captains, and prepare you to become an invaluable part of your crew.
Here are 4 recommended training programs you can do now, whether you’re ready...
So you’ve pulled into port in Antibes, France, and you’ve got a whole day to yourself, away from the yacht. What’s a yacht crew member to do?
Antibes, a resort town on the Mediterranean coast of France, is well regarded as one of the best destinations for some rest and relaxation, while rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Antibes features more than 20km of coastline, an old town full of markets and charm, a stone castle now home to the Picasso museum, and beautiful cathedrals, villas, parks, and gardens.
Here are a few things not to miss while you’re in Antibes!
Antibes is well known for its beautiful beaches. Unlike many other beaches along the south of France, many of the beaches in Antibes are sandy, not rocky. While you’ll find it hard to find any solitude here, especially in the peak summer season, it’s worth it to carve out your piece of sand and relax while you soak in the Mediterranean sun. Another...