The Deckhand position is perfect for sporty, sea-loving individuals that enjoy physical work outdoors. A typical Deckhand is responsible for a clean, orderly yacht exterior and reports to the Bosun or First Mate depending on yacht size and crew complement.
The Deckhand carries out lots of maintenance duties such as cleaning, paintwork and polishing. You will take care of setting up deck areas and ensuring the storage of all equipment after use. Other duties include helping with mooring and being involved with operating tenders, setting up of water sports equipment and checking their safety.
As yachts become ever larger, more specialised Deckhand job descriptions are becoming widespread. These include job titles such as Deckhand-Carpenter, Deckhand-Nurse/Paramedic, Deckhand-Security Guard or Deckhand-Watersports Instructor. This phenomenon is opening doors to professionals with trade certificates, enriching the yachting industry and allowing an increasing number of seafarers to transfer across from other sectors, particularly from cruise lines.
You require at least basic STCW10 certificates and a Medical Fitness exam to carry out this role. However, many vessels ask for additional certificates such as EDH, Navigational Watch Rating, PBL2, PWC, PWCI and PADI open water diver; along with proof of previous sea-going experience and practical skills.