Yacht Stewardess Training: How To Become A Yacht Steward Or Stewardess

A yacht steward or stewardess keeps the interior of a yacht sparkling clean and hosts guests with a five-star service. This entry level role is a great way for anyone interested in a yachting career to start their journey, offering plenty of progression opportunities.

While you don’t need to have worked on a yacht before to secure a yacht stewardess job, you do need certain qualifications and personal attributes. Below we’ll run through a range of yacht stewardess training certifications, including must-haves and nice-to-haves.

What Qualifications Do You Need to be a Yacht Stewardess or Steward?

A yacht stewardess or steward needs to complete the STCW Basic Safety Training and have a relevant Seafarers Medical Certificate, such as the ENG1.

If you are employed on a ship, and it’s your normal place of work, then regulations require you to have a medical examination. This is to prove that you are in good enough health and fitness to carry out your duties.

In terms of personal qualities, you will need to be full of energy, dedicated to providing the highest standard of service and attention to detail. You need to be able to think on your feet and anticipate guests’ demands, working well in a team and remaining calm under pressure. Hospitality experience and formal training will be an advantage here, as will any customer-facing roles.


Where Can You Get Yacht Stewardess Training?

STCW Basic Training can be obtained from a number of certified schools around the world, some of which will allow you to spread out your modules to work around other commitments.

You can get your Seafarers Medical Certificate from a doctor approved by the appropriate board – the most popular of these accreditations is the ENG 1 certificate, which is the British Seafarers Medical Certificate, and it must be obtained from a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved medical professional. You can find a list of approved doctors here:

If you are a non-British crew you can contact the relevant maritime authority of your country to establish how to obtain a seafaring medical certificate. As much of the yachting industry revolves around the MCA we recommend that you check that your national Seafaring Medical Certificate is recognised by the MCA (all EU Medical are) and if not, we advise you obtain an ENG1.


Yacht Steward or Stewardess Courses To Boost Your CV

We have already covered what qualifications you need to be a yacht stewardess, but there is always more you can do to secure that dream job.

  • For excellent all-round hospitality training, check out the GUEST Program, approved by the International Association of Maritime Institutions, or the UKSA’s Superyacht Stewardess and Steward Training.
  • For wine and cocktail making expertise, try the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) yacht stewardess training We particularly recommend the three-day Level 2 course for interior crew members, which will show you how to serve guests with confidence.
  • To become a trained diving instructor, the PADI Divemaster course is essential.
  • To be able to train guests in different watersports, the two-week UKSA Kickstart course is a good place to start.
  • To offer beauty therapist services onboard a yacht with a spa, try a masseuse course – there will be plenty local to you.


Meet Sophie the Stewardess

Wondering what kind of tasks you’ll be faced with as a yacht stewardess, or looking for pointers to help you in your current yacht role? YPI CREW is excited to present new videos from Sophie the Stewardess, just one of our happy crew placements, who has taken to YouTube to share her best tips for keeping a superyacht shipshape. Sophie covers orchid care, laundry advice, the secret to folding a fitted sheet, and more. Watch her brilliant yacht stewardess training videos below.

How to pop open a bottle of champagne

How to pour a glass of champagne

Laundry tips

How to fold a fitted sheet

How to clean your appliances


What to keep in your cleaning basket

Vacuum cleaner care

Orchid care