How to Write a Memorable Yachting CV

Yachting CV, yacht CV, or yacht resume. However you refer to it, captains receive many yacht crew CVs a year. So, how do you make yours stand out from the crowd and get invited for an interview?

Writing a winning yachting CV is key to securing a job on a yacht or superyacht, so it is important to write one that impresses. Remember, you only have a few minutes – or more likely seconds – to capture the attention of a captain, so it is paramount that it includes all the relevant information a captain needs in a clear and professional manner. 

Tips for Writing an Effective Yachting CV

1. Keep Your Yacht CV Short and to the Point

Captains are exceptionally busy people, so they don’t have time to read an essay-length resume. In fact, we would say that you have ten seconds or likely less to really capture his or her attention. You will therefore need to keep your yacht CV concise and to the point. 

Use your yachting CV as an opportunity to build a quick picture of yourself. Its purpose is to secure an interview, while the interview itself is there to expand on your skills and experience. Include 3 key attributes that really qualify you for the role you are for which you are applying.

 2. Keep Your Yacht Resume to Two Pages

Even for the most experienced yachties, a yacht CV should never run to more than two pages. Include only relevant experience, starting with your most recent job first and work backwards.

A captain considering your crew CV will quickly want to see that you have the necessary work experience to consider you for the role. Highlight this on your resume, including your job title, duties, the dates you were employed in the post, and for those that have previous yacht experience, the name of the yacht you worked on. 

For those looking to break into the industry use your yachting CV as an opportunity to highlight land-based experience. For example, stews/stewardesses should include experience working in high-end restaurants or hotels where they have had to provide flawless service. For deckhands, if you are an experienced scuba diver, can drive tenders or Jet Skis, or have a love of water sports – all of this is valuable experience.

Be sure to include mention of your qualifications that make you a great candidate for the role, whether they are yacht-based or otherwise to allow the captain to build a more complete picture of you. Include information about your crew medical certificate and STCW Basic Safety Training. Remember, no captain will even consider your yacht resume unless you have these two essential certificates, so make sure you list them front and centre.

3. Make it Easy to Read (And Avoid Block Colour)

As you are applying for a professional role in a professional setting, your yachting CV should be clear and easy to read. This means using no more than two professional fonts in an appropriate size and colour. Some colour is ok on a yacht CV, but we would advise that you avoid the latest trend of using block colour to attract attention. Instead use different font sizes and weights to differentiate between the different sections of your CV. 

You want a captain to get an immediate feel for what skills and experience you can bring to the yacht at a glance. List relevant work experience and use bullet points to highlight your key duties. Keep sentences short and to the point. Avoid long, hard-to-read paragraphs.

4. Include a Recent and Professional Photograph

For many people, adding a photograph may seem like an odd thing to add to their CV, especially as in many countries, hiring based on image is considered discriminatory. However, a yachting CV doesn’t follow the same conventions as land-based resumes. 

Yachties should make sure to include a recent and professional photograph on their crew CV. We too often find that crew have not used an up-to-date photo for fear of being considered too old for a role. Remember that with age often comes valuable experience! 

The photo you include should not be a selfie that has been taken in a social setting. It should be head and shoulders only and show you smartly presented yet friendly – hair tidy, minimal jewellery, and for men clean-shaven. It should be in focus, and ideally against a plain background. Don’t wear a shirt and tie – this doesn’t match the image of yacht crew. A smart polo or even a plain T-shirt will work. Remember, yacht crew must be smart and presentable at all times. Make sure this image is reflected on your yacht crew resume

5. Include your Contact Details and Key Attributes

It sounds so simple, but you would be surprised how many people forget to include this vital information on their yacht crew CV! Yachting is an international industry and your captain may be based anywhere in the world. Include the international dialling code with your telephone number. Make sure you include an email address and Whatsapp contact details, too. You want to make it as easy as possible for the captain to be able to contact you.

You should also include which country you are currently based in, your mailing address, along with your citizenship and age. And, if you speak multiple languages, this is a great thing to highlight on your yacht resume, especially for those applying to work on charter yachts where you will be dealing with guests from around the world. 

6. Remember to Sell Yourself

While your yachting CV needs to be short and to the point, you must also be sure to sell yourself. At the top of your resume add a couple of short sentences that tell the captain about yourself and the skills that you bring.

Your crew CV is an excellent opportunity to highlight some of your relevant personal hobbies and interests. Remember, when you work on a yacht you will be living and working closely with your crew colleagues for months at a time, so the captain will be looking for someone who will fit in with the team. Most yacht crew are outgoing people with a love for adventure, travel, yachting and water sports. If you are passionate about these (and hopefully you are if you are considering a career as yacht crew) then make sure you highlight this on your yacht crew CV

7. Add Contact Details for References

Any captain worth their salt will follow up your yacht job application with reference checks. Make sure you add two references, along with their contact details and job title, on your yacht resume. This should be a previous employer. If you are registering with a yacht crew agency, such as YPI CREW, you will be requested to provide this information before agents can start trying to place you.

8. Update Your Yachting CV Regularly

While you may not feel as though a lot has changed since you last looked for work, you are likely to have gained a lot of new skills and experience in a short space of time. Make sure to update your yacht CV every time you look for a new yacht job.


If you are looking for work on a yacht and are seeking more yacht crew advice for writing a crew CV then browse our informative articles or contact one of our agents today. Once your CV is ready, ensure to register with YPI CREW and check-in regularly keeping your crew profile up to date. Only then can our agents start to find you work.

Good luck!