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The majority of Captains started their career as a Deckhand. This is the entry level for all exterior positions on board and though it is a very physical job, it often requires a high level of guest interaction. In short, the Deckhand’s responsibility is taking care of the exterior of the yacht. This includes cleanliness, maintenance, mooring, water toys, and tender driving.


Useful skills:

  • Small boat sailing, racing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and any other water sports, leisure boating, diving
  • Carpentry, cabinet making, engineering, handy-man skills, car/motor repair, painting, cleaning
  • Ability to take direction, work in a team, deal with difficult personalities, manage co-workers, multi-task, think on your feet

Main responsibilities:

  • Cleanliness of the exterior of the yacht, including wash downs, polishing, waxing, and many things you never even thought of
  • Assisting the Bosun, Mate, or Engineer in maintenance projects such as sanding and taping up for varnishing or painting, caulking, basic repairs, and anything else they might need
  • Gradual mastery of yacht maintenance, operations, and systems
  • Line handling, tender driving, basic navigation, safety drills, water sports demonstration and maintenance of eaquipment


Tickets required:

  • STCW 95
  • ENG 1

Tickets desired:

  • Yacht Rating Certificate
  • Yachtmaster Offshore / Ocean
  • Powerboat Level II
  • PADI Certification
Other Crew Positions
Perhaps one of the things that is particular about yachting is that nearly everyone must enter the industry at the bottom and work their way up
Interested in a Job as Deckhand?

Get in contact with our Team

Camper & Nicholsons
The Original Yachting Company