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How do I become a deckhand?

Discussion in 'Yacht Crews' started by Jcogovan, Feb 12, 2017.

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  1. Jcogovan

    Jcogovan New Member

    Feb 12, 2017
    I am a 21 year old man who is currently in the US Navy. I have over 250 days of sea time on 2 deployments so being out to sea will not bother me. I will be separating near the middle of the year and I am strongly considering becoming a deckhand for a yacht. But I have absolutely no idea what qualifications I might need or how to even pursue for a job. In all honesty I learned about the Yachting industry through the Bravo TV show "Below Deck" (I understand that yachting is nothing like the show) and it peaked my interest. So I have been doing a lot of research but have not found a core set of qualifications or avenues to start a career. I also have many basic questions like "How is the pay?" and "What does the job entail?". I am completely green but also entirely serious about making it a career and one day being a captain. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
  2. olderboater

    olderboater Senior Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    Fort Lauderdale
  3. CaptPKilbride

    CaptPKilbride Senior Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Live in Maine, work in the Gulf of Mexico
    Your seatime in the Navy can be very valuable, but as I have been told by several veterans, you will have an easier time of it by making sure you get the right documentation before you are separated.

    250 days is a nice chunk of seatime, at 21 years old it helps jumpstart what you may need to obtain licenses and qualifications that will help you with your professional development.

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