Combined Deck and Stew Course

£4,390 GBP

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Superyacht packages
Training School:
Flying Fish UK
Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
22 days

Not all Superyachts have specific Deck or Steward(ess) roles; many Superyachts require crew that can work in both departments. Our Deck/Stew course provides the training, skills, and experience to apply for a Deck/Steward(ess) role.

If you would like to work on a Superyacht but are unsure what route to take, our Deck/Stew Course provides the skills and qualifications to work in both departments.

Why choose the Deck/Stew course?

  • Getting qualified as a Stew/Deck is popular with customers looking for a dual role on smaller yachts.
  • At the start of your career, you may have hospitality or similar experience suited to the Stewardess position but would like to work outside and become a Deckhand.
  • More and more customers choose to invest in additional qualifications to apply for specific Deck/Steward(ess) roles.

What does a Deck/Steward(ess) do onboard?

Every Superyacht will operate differently however, during guest trips or while on charter, a Steward(ess) will clean the yacht’s interior, from the guest cabins to the bridge. During meal times, you will be part of the service team and help with the laundry when required. When the yacht enters port, you will switch to Deckhand mode, help with mooring duties and fenders, washdowns, tender runs, and help with any water sports activities.

Soft and hard skills

Whether you work in the Interior or on Deck, working on a Superyacht requires more than just qualifications. You will interact with the owners and guests and spend a lot of time with your crew mates. Work ethic, timekeeping, communication, and having a positive attitude are as important as your STCW or ENG1 medical. At Flying Fish, we spend time working on these vitally important soft skills as well as the practical training described below.

Course programme
Week 1 – STCW Basic Safety Training

Delivered by highly experienced, dedicated professionals. Topics include:

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.
  • Security and Safety Awareness and Understanding.
  • Sea Survival Techniques.
  • Elementary First Aid.

Week 2 -Superyacht Deck Training

We will teach you all the skills you need to work competently in deck-based roles onboard; topics include:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Ropework, splicing, and the essential knots you should know as a Deckhand.
  • Two days on our motorboat, where you will learn how to drive and maintain a mini Superyacht!

Week 3 – Superyacht Interior Training.

We will teach you all the skills you need to perform a range of Interior roles onboard; topics include:

  • Silver Service training
  • Flower arranging and table setup.
  • Barista and cocktail training, as well as wine appreciation!

Want to know what else you will cover? See our website for the full Itinerary:

Our Career Support Service

As well as practical skills, customers benefit from our bespoke Careers Support Service, which provides mentoring and support to ensure you are ready to start your new career. Our Career Support Service has everything you need from CV guidance to prepare you for life in the Superyacht industry, including:

  • A dedicated, personal mentor and coach will be on hand to support and guide you throughout your course.
  • One-to-one CV writing sessions; we guide you through writing a yachting CV, provide CV templates, and help you complete your Yachting CV, Seafarers tax advice.
  • Industry presentation on ‘how to find work’ to prepare you for life onboard, registering with recruitment agents, visas, bank accounts, and more.
  • Access our exclusive Flying Fish WhatsApp group, where we and other course graduates share job opportunities.

Plus lots more!


Almost all customers choose our accommodation option. Flying Fish crew houses in Cowes are comfortable and centrally located—just a 5-minute walk to the town and our training centre. You can mix and socialise with other people on the course who, like you, will start a career in the Superyacht industry.

Why train with Flying Fish

  • Flying Fish limits student numbers to small groups. This means you have the opportunity for one-on-one time with our expert Instructors.
  • Hands-on experience.
  • We provide shared self-catering accommodation in crew houses 5 minutes from our training centre in Cowes.

Exclusive Career support service.

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This course is available on the following days:
(please check the availability with the training school)

  • 03 June 2024
  • 17 June 2024
  • 01 July 2024
  • 15 July 2024
  • 29 July 2024
  • 12 August 2024
  • 26 August 2024
  • 09 September 2024
  • 23 September 2024
  • 14 October 2024
  • 28 October 2024
  • 11 November 2024

Flying Fish UK

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124 High Street
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AY
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 01983280641
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