Frequently Asked Questions
CHECK LIST BEFORE BOOKING ANY COURSES:
Check that the courses are internationally recognised in Australia, Europe, England, and the United States so that you are able to work on Australian and Foreign flagged yachts.
Check that the courses are conducted by teachers who have worked in the International Super Yacht Industry.
Check how long the companies have been training and if they have a good reputation in the industry.
Check their statistics on the people they have trained and placed on yachts around the world.
WHAT IS THE STCW95 AND HOW CAN I OBTAIN IT?
"STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCH KEEPING” for Seafarers - This is an International Standard arising from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and has the force of the law in all signatory countries.
The course consists of the following modules:
- Occupational Health and Safety At Sea
- Basic Fire Fighting
- Social Responsibilities
- Senior First Aid
If this course is undertaken in Australia YOU MUST have an endorsement by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) otherwise you will only hold a State ticket, not an International ticket.
When you are researching organisations which conduct the STCW95 courses you need to ensure you are booking into the right courses.
If you complete an MCA (Maritime Coast Guard Agency) STCW95 course in Australia you need to be aware that this course is not recognised by Australian flagged vessels; it is only recognised by foreign flagged vessels which are cruising overseas (America, Europe and England) or cruising around Australian waters.
If you complete an AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) STCW95 course in Australia, this course is recognised by both Australian flagged yachts and foreign flagged yachts cruising overseas or cruising in Australian waters. You will need to hold an STCW95 AMSA ticket on Australian vessels travelling outside Australian waters.
WHAT DOES MCA STAND FOR?
MCA stands for (Maritime and Coastguard Agency)
WHAT DOES AMSA STAND FOR?
AMSA STANDS FOR (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)
Training Organisations you can obtain your AMSA STCW95 from within Australia:
+ 61 (0) 7 4042 2422
SUNSHINE COAST TAFE
+ 61 (0) 7 5459 3000
AUSTRALIAN MARITIME COLLEGE
+61 (0) 3 6335 4709
+61 (0) 2 4923 7438
+61 (0) 8 9239 8049
KAYE WILLIAMS – WHITSUNDAY SAILING CLUB
+ 61 (0) 7 4946 6138
To obtain further information about AMSA courses please contact: http://www.amsa.gov.au
WHAT IS AN ENG1 MCA MEDICAL CERTIFICATE AND HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS?
ENG1 is a Seafarers medical exam. It is becoming mandatory for work on MCA Charter Yachts but is also worth getting for all yachts to enhance your employment opportunities. It is valid for 2 years and cost varies to where it is obtained. You can obtain it at medical centres worldwide. In Australia the following centres are approved:
This MCA medical certificate will only be recognised by foreign flagged vessels not Australian flagged yachts.
BRISBANE: Anzac Square Medical Centre + 61 (0) 7 322 91344
MELBOURNE: Bridge Street Clinic + 61 (0) 3 9646 3551
SYDNEY: Medical and Dental Centre + 61 (0) 2 9261 9200
NOTE: A MCA ENG1 medical is only recognized by overseas yachts not Australian vessels.
To find out more information on where you can obtain your MCA ENG 1 medical around the world go to http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/aboutus/contact07.htm
WHAT IS AN AMSA MEDICAL CERTIFICATE AND HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS?
AMSA Medical is a Seafarers medical exam. This is becoming a mandatory requirement for all crew to hold before obtaining employment aboard Australian and overseas charter yachts. It is worth obtaining as it will increase your employment opportunities. It is valid for 2 years and the cost varies pending on where it is obtained.
To obtain your AMSA medical the nearest locations are provided to you on the AMSA web-site. Go to the following web-site to find the nearest medical centres. or you can call this toll free number 1300 277 904 this is a Central booking line.
WHAT VISA'S DO I NEED TO WORK ON THE SUPER YACHTS?
We advise all crew wanting to work overseas to obtain their B1 / B2 American visa before you leave. It is easier to obtain this in your own country even if your current circumstances do not require this, (e.g. heading to Europe) as you will eventually need this when your vessel heads to the states. You will be required to go to the embassy for an interview to obtain this. Most visas are valid from between 6 months - 10 years pending which country you are in and it is a multi entry visa. If you are in Australia go to or call on 1902 941 641 to down load the form and get the correct information. http://canberra.usembassy.gov/nonimmigrant-visas.html
A B1/B2 Visa is a multi-entry visa which allows you to work on foreign flagged vessels cruising American waters. This type of visa does not allow you to work on land or American Flagged vessels. If you are caught on an American flagged vessel without a Green Card you will be deported from the country.
If you require information on how to obtain your B1/B2 visa Crew Pacific covers this within the two day super yacht induction course, and 5 and 8 day super yacht internationally recognised Steward/ess courses.
HOW TO SET OUT YOUR RESUME FOR THE SUPER YACHT INDUSTRY?
See Crew Pacific's resume format which you can download from our web-site and use as a guideline.
WHAT IF I HAVE NO YACHTING EXPERIENCE?
No previous yachting experience is not a disadvantage as most Yacht Captains, Chief Officers and Chief Stewards/ Stewardesses prefer to employ candidates whom they can train themselves. An advantage is having the basic STCW95, ENG 1 and some formal Steward/Stewardess training. Ensure that the training is Internationally recognized and taught by experienced Super Yacht crew who have actually worked in the Industry. Completing this type of training shows potential employers that you are serious about making a commitment to the Industry.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT?
The yacht seasons and your location as well as your qualifications will all affect your chances. There is no set timeframe in finding a job. Crewing Agencies can only inform you of the jobs which come through their offices and for which you meet the necessary criteria. The more accessible, qualified and experienced you are, the higher your chances are of obtaining employment aboard a Super Yacht.
CREW PACIFIC'S STEWARD/ESS TRAINING COURSES — WHY SELECT US?
Crew Pacific’s training has been established since 2001 and we believe that to become a professional Steward/ Stewardess in the Super Yacht Industry you need to be taught by an experienced and qualified person who has "expertise and hands-on knowledge” from within the Super Yacht industry.
What happens after you complete Crew Pacific’s courses?
You will automatically be included in Crew Pacific’s data base for future employment.
Crew Pacific’s courses are internationally recognised by several international crewing agencies worldwide and who will assist you into future employment.
Crew Pacific provides continuous support, guidance and employment opportunities even after you have completed the courses.
WHAT IS THE CREW PACIFIC TWO-DAY SUPER YACHT INDUCTION COURSE?
The Two-Day Super Yacht Induction Course prepares you for the International Super Yacht Industry and gives you an understanding of the Industry as a whole. This course is beneficial to those who have worked on local or National Super Yachts and are now looking at travelling overseas to obtain work and to “Newbies” interested in a career in the International Super Yacht Industry but are not sure which Courses to complete. It has been especially developed to help you “Save Your Money” and “guide you in the right direction”, providing you with the knowledge and tools of which Courses and procedures you need to know before entering into the International Super yacht industry.
WHAT DOES CREW PACIFIC'S TWO-DAY SUPER YACHT INDUCTION COURSE OFFER AFTER I HAVE COMPLETED IT?
You will automatically become part of Crew Pacific’s database for future employment.
Crew Pacific supplies continuous support, guidance and employment opportunities even after you have completed the Course.
If you complete the Two-Day Super Yacht Induction Course and choose to continue into either the Five-Day or Eight-Day Internationally Recognised Super Yacht Steward/ess Course we will deduct the cost of the Two-Day Super Yacht Induction Course from the cost of your next Crew Pacific Training Course.
View the Two-Day Super Yacht Induction Course modules on our website or request details from us by clicking to email Joy Weston OR Kristy Hennessy
WHAT IS A CREW HOUSE?
It is accommodation for yacht crew who are looking for work, training or taking some down time away from yachts. A Crew House is essential for “Newbies” and “Experienced” crew as it allows them to network, mingle with other crew and learn more about the super yacht industry. Staying in the Crew House gives them the opportunity of picking up “Day Work” as yacht Captains will contact the Crew House looking for temp crew to work on their luxury super yachts. This allows “New Crew” who have been training to get experience and potentially obtain a full-time position aboard an international super yacht.
WHEN ARE THE YACHTING SEASONS?
THE MEDITERREAN SEASON - Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Italy, Turkey, France, Greece
The best months for these countries run from early April to late November. This is the prime time for crew to look for work due to the yachts beginning their season with Owners and Guests, hence needing extra crew to help them out through the busy time and possibly leading to permanent work.
CARRIBBEAN AND BAHAMAS SEASON -Antigua, St Maarten, Bahamas
The busiest time for yachting in the Caribbean is the northern hemisphere winter months, but saying that it is fortunately active all year round just like the Bahamas which is also popular all year long. The majority of crew will be flown out from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (where many crew base themselves). Due to the Bahamas being so close to the United States of America it is uncommon for crew to actually base themselves in the Bahamas.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -Newport, Rhode Island, Ft Lauderdale
In the summer months (May - September) many yachts leave Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean to head to the northeast coast of the United States. Newport, Rhode Island, all the way down to New York and the surrounding Islands is an extremely active spot for yachting, popular with Owners and Charter Guests.