The Superyacht Industry has grown in leaps & bounds over the past 6 years, internationally.
What was once an “underground movement”, exclusive to those in the “know”, has blossomed into a fully-fledged Billion Dollar Industry with the main hotspots of the Mediterranean and Caribbean being used as playgrounds for the rich and famous.
With a couple positions on offer, namely: Deckhand, Steward/ess, Chef & Engineer, an entry level crew member can earn between €2000 – €2500 per month in the Mediterranean & $2500 – $3000 per month in the Caribbean whilst enjoying free accommodation (onboard), free food and generally toiletries & medical insurance as well.
With each Superyacht season lasting between 5 – 6 months, there is no need to get bored of one area. When the Mediterranean season ends, the Caribbean season starts, and vice versa.
Now you probably asking yourself, what does beautiful Cape Town have to do with this?
Besides having welcomed a host of famous Superyachts at the V&A Waterfront, including: M/Y Octopus (Paul Allen, Co-founder of Microsoft) & M/Y Rising Sun (Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation), Cape Town has established itself as the Superyacht Crew Training hub of South Africa, where the challenging waters produce some of the best sailors & crew out there. In addition, South Africa, and in essence Cape Town, has become known as one of, if not the most affordable places in the World to complete your internationally accredited Superyacht Crew Training!
And the best thing about it: The cost of flying into Cape Town, completing the necessary training & having a holiday at the same time, is roughly equivalent to staying at home & completing courses in your home country.
This accolade is somewhat underrated, and has only now begun to grip the attention of international agencies/companies and crew alike. In addition to quality, affordable training, international students can expect to enjoy the thrills, sights & sounds of this amazing city & country by participating in tours and adventures including: Safari’s, Table Mountain Hikes, Skydiving, Surfing, Great White Shark Cage Diving, Wine Tours, Sandboarding, Cape Point, River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Garden Route Tours etc .
So far we’ve spoken purely of working on Superyachts commercially as a job, however, internationals are welcome to learn to sail recreationally, for fun that is. Recreational qualifications are also internationally recognised and can be used in most foreign countries around the world.
If the world of fast paced Superyachts OR relaxed recreational Sailing interests you, we suggest getting in contact with these leading professionals: