HOW DOES DECA WORK?
DECA introduces employers to crew through a balance of technology and personal contact. Our website is database driven, so it is in your best interest to keep your online registration updated. In addition, our crew coordinators have the capacity to introduce you to many employers so approach all interaction with a high level of decorum.
WHAT IS THE YACHTING INDUSTRY?
Yachts range in size from 50–450 ft. For the most part they are owned by individuals who vacation onboard. Yachts that are used uniquely by the owner, his family and friends are referred to as private. If an owner leases his yacht to a third party the yacht is considered a charter yacht. Both private and charter yachts in all size ranges require crew to maintain and run the vessel.
HOW DO I GET STARTED IN THE YACHTING INDUSTRY?
Deca is regarded for the proper placement of crew and we receive job orders from employers on a daily basis. Research and understand the industry by reading the following frequently asked questions and familiarizing yourself with the rest of our website. Complete your online DECA registration. We encourage all crew to obtain their Basic STCW 95.
DO YACHTS HIRE PEOPLE WITH NO EXPERIENCE IN YACHTING?
The most common entry-level positions which offer new crew the ability to learn the “ropes” of yachting are:
WHAT SKILLS DO I HAVE THAT WOULD BE USEFUL ON A YACHT?
For new to industry crew, there are many ways to make yourself more appealing to yacht owners and Captains.
Emphasize your present skills and experience and focus on what characteristics you have may be applicable to the job
you desire. There are a variety of skills that can help give you an edge, such as:
DO I NEED A VISA TO WORK ON A BOAT THAT CRUISES US WATERS?
Many foreign flagged yachts will only hire non-American crew if they hold a B1/B2 visa for the United States. A C1-D visa is not appropriate for private yacht crew. If you do not have a B1/B2 visa a Captain may be willing to hire you on the condition that you are prepared to obtain the visa, then you can apply for the visa using boat documents.
WHAT IS STCW 95?
STCW stands for: Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, it was ratified by the IMO in 1995. The basic entry level certification is abbreviated within the industry to Basic STCW 95 and comprises four modules:
Depending on the size of the yacht, you will find a variety of positions. See our job descriptions page for more details.
HOW DO I FIND MY DREAM JOB?
You can complete the application process online from anywhere in the world. We require from you:
WHAT CAN I DO TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD?
Make sure your DECA resume is properly completed and always current. Your photo must be a professional reflection of you. Your statement of career objectives should be professional, concise and honest. Also, make sure to upload a simple, professional resume (two pages maximum) that shows all yachting related employment and skills.
WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME ONCE I AM ON BOARD?
Crewing on a yacht is not glamorous. It is not a vacation and it is certainly not for the faint hearted. At an entry level, you can expect your living quarters to be tight and your tasks to be menial. You will often have to work extremely long hours without a break or a day off.
WHAT ARE THE GENERAL TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT ON A YACHT?
Again, working on a yacht is not comparable to any land based industry. Many (but not all) yachts may ask you to sign crew agreements, non-disclosure agreements, or comprehensive job descriptions. Crew are normally paid on a monthly basis and are rarely compensated for overtime.
I WORK ON A CRUISE SHIP - CAN I WORK ON A PRIVATE YACHT?
Cruise ship personnel have many skills that transfer to the private yachting industry, though it is important to remember that it is not the same industry. Crew on private yachts tend to work longer hours and have more extensive job descriptions with less time off. We suggest that anyone with cruise ship experience research our job description pages to get an idea of how employment on yachts differs to cruise ships.
WHAT ABOUT ACCOMODATION?
In each of the industry hubs there are Crew Houses that cater specifically to crew looking for employment. Accommodation is reasonably priced and rooms are often shared.