Recommended Time In Role

Ideally, a Galleyhand should stay in their role for one to two seasons before considering advancing their career. This is the length of time needed to perfect the skills to be a strong Galleyhand and the minimum amount of experience needed for more senior roles.

Mandatory Qualifications

To be eligible to be a Galleyhand, all candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training A-VI/I and Food Safety (Catering) Level 2.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Trained Chef (Culinary Certificate, Apprenticeship, Cookery School) or Qualified Chef (formal Quals/apprenticeship)
  • GUEST Introduction to Yacht Galley Operations for Chefs
  • Full driver’s license is expected

Recommended Experience

Galleyhands should have previous Cook or Chef experience of at least one to two years, either shoreside or onboard.


Vocational Chefs may take this route into the industry to gain yacht galley experience before progressing their careers onboard.

Character Attributes

  • Self-motivated
  • Confident
  • Self Aware
  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Flexible
  • Can take direction
  • Organised
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Good communicator
  • Discreet
  • Resilient
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good listener
  • Well presented
  • Personable
  • Collaborative