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Transferring skills for superyachts

Alpha-nero-superyacht250x152The superyacht sector is driven by exemplary customer service and superyacht owners and their guests expect a first-rate experience. Delivering on this expectation requires elite professional crews and shore based staff who are trained to the highest possible standards

Many military skills, such as such as discipline, commitment, integrity, punctuality, presentation, ability to work under pressure, long hours, security awareness, and ability to take orders are often sought after by employers and are quite easily transferable to the superyacht industry. 

For RN personnel wishing to pursue a career as a deck officer or chief engineer on a yacht, the best advice is to write to the MCA first to obtain a Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA). This sets out the exemptions given to the candidate based on his/her prior experience in the RN (or other part of the Forces).

Warsash Superyacht Academy, part of Warsash Maritime Academy, are the world’s leading superyacht training providers and have helped hundreds of ex forces personnel to move into the superyacht industry and other maritime sectors. They can advise on how to obtain the LIA as well as assist with the 'interpretation' of it. The latter sounds simple but can be occasionally a daunting task. 

The next steps to working on a superyacht:

  • Update your CV to include all seafaring experience
  • Check your military qualifications are transferable to commercial yachts - most yacht courses are one week duration and many of these courses are ELC funded (ELCAS No. 1876).