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Welcome to Lighthouse careers yacht recruitment

We provide bespoke yacht crew recruitment and private household staff placement services worldwide. We strive to be the first choice recruitment service provider for both clients and candidates alike. Our goal is to make the recruitment process as smooth and seamless as possible for luxury yachts and private households.

With more than 15 years of experience in recruitment for Luxury Yachts and HNWI, we pride ourselves on our vast industry knowledge and wealth of contacts. We strive to help candidates find their dream job and help clients find the top talents for long and durable relationships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006). A Maritime Labour Certificate (MLC) and a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) will be required to ensure compliance with the Convention for all ships above 500 tons in international trade, unless otherwise instructed by the Flagged State.

The MCA is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. They are responsible for implementing the government’s maritime safety policy and also the training and certification of UK seafarers. They are a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and they follow the criteria laid down by them.

The yachting industry is very rewarding, but it is not for everyone, because once you start working onboard, you sign up not just for the job, but also for the unique lifestyle which comes with it. As an entry-level crew member you will be expected to work very hard, be a dedicated team player, the common goal being to ensure the guests have the best holidayYou must be able to live in tight spaces with other crew members and have little privacy and time on your own. Plus, you must be totally service-oriented to ensure that each guest is happy. If you have what it takes to lead such a lifestyle 24-7 and perform well at a yachting job, then the sky is the limit and you will be able to have a long and successful career afloat in a field of your choice

Most crew will stay in crew houses. In Antibes the following crew houses are available :

The standard A1.4 Recruitment and Placement, paragraph 5 of the MLC 2006 states that (b) no fees or other charges are to be borne directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the seafarer other than the cost of the seafarer obtaining a national statutory medical certificate such as an ENG1, the national seafarer’s book and a passport, not including the cost of visas, which shall be borne with the ship owner.

Crew cabins are small and you will be sharing with another person. Space limited so best to travel light. You will be provided with crew uniform, shoes and all toiletries so all you will need are a few civilian clothes for your off time.

Wherever there is water, you have the potential to go! Traditionally the yachting industry has been made up of a "summer season" in the Mediterranean (May to October), and a "Caribbean season" (November to April) although more recently the possibilities are endless with many yachts circumnavigating the world.

This is dependant on the yacht, position, experience and qualifications but for entry level positions a salary of 2000 euros per month upwards would be the standard.

You will need to prepare a great CV in order to secure yourself the best possible job and to hold a valid passport. You will also need your STCW Basic certificate (a 5 day safety course) and your ENG 1 which is a medical certificate obtained from an MCA approved doctor, confirming you are fit to work on yachts.

Things move quickly in the yachting industry. Many times, when a Captain is looking for crew, it is for an immediate start. That might mean tomorrow or even this afternoon. If a Captain calls you for an interview, be prepared that you might be asked to start right away. If you take too much time to think, you might miss the boat.

As in any interview, first impressions are extremely important. A neat appearance, professional manner, and positive attitude are key elements to securing a position aboard a yacht. Don’t wear flip flops or sunglasses for the interview.  Make sure you are punctual and have turned your phone off. Listen to the Captain, and show that you are interested in the position by asking questions about the yacht, your duties, the crew, the itinerary, etc. Be honest about your skills and positive about the experience you have gained.

Good luck!