Landing a job to become part of a yacht crew is no easy feat and the process can be daunting. You will compete with other candidates, some of whom may be more experienced than you, potentially more able or more at ease than you.
The Yacht Rating or Deck Rating Certificate, as it is sometimes called, is a newer qualification gained through experience and sea time.
The candidate must have completed the Yacht Rating Training Record Book (Annex B) in at least 6 months seagoing service on vessels of at least 15m in load line length. This seagoing service can be reduced to 2 months when undertaking 'special training', i.e. when following an MNTB course or MCA approved course.
The deckhand will carry out his/her duties and responsibilities under the direction and authority of the Captain and the Deck officers.
He/She will also be required to carry out other duties relating to the safe running of the yacht from an Engineering Officer, and the Helicopter Pilot.
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