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Recommended Time In Role

Ideally, a Lead Deckhand should stay in their role for over a year before considering advancing their career. This is the time needed to perfect the skills needed to be a strong Lead Deckhand and the minimum amount of experience needed for more senior roles.

Please note that this position is available dependent on yacht size. If a vessel does not have a Lead Deckhand, a Deckhand with greater experience may progress to Bosun.

Mandatory Qualifications

To be eligible to be an Lead Deckhand, all candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training A-VI/I.

Recommended Qualifications

The strongest candidates will also be working toward RYA Tender Operator as well as having completed their MCA Efficient Deckhand (EDH), which requires a minimum of six months of sea time.

Recommended Experience

A Lead Deckhand should be proficient in all deck duties, tender driving, and water sports. They should be able to lead, train, and motivate the deck crew. Experience in working effectively with Bosun & Bridge Team.

Character Attributes

  • Self-motivated
  • Confident
  • Flexible
  • Positive
  • Can-do attitude
  • Self-aware
  • Strong work ethic
  • Honest¬†
  • Trustworthy
  • Personable¬†
  • Self-regulated – including personal and social media presence
  • Good communicator
  • Good listener
  • Takes direction
  • Ability to delegate,
    mentor, support, train &

    develop others
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Collaborative
  • Good time keeping
  • Discreet
  • Well presented
  • Takes initiative
  • Organised