Recommended Time In Role
Ideally, a Second Steward/ess should stay in their role for a minimum of four seasons (yacht size dependent) before considering advancing their career. A season includes time spent preparing for and with guests onboard. This is the length of time needed to perfect the skills to be a strong Second Steward/ess and the minimum amount of experience needed for more senior roles.
To be eligible to be a Second Steward/ess, all candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training A-VI/I. Food Safety in Catering Level 2 is also needed if serving or handling food.
The strongest candidates will also have completed the GUEST Advanced Hospitality Program (leading to the Yacht Senior Stew. CoC). The GUEST Foundation Leadership course may also prove beneficial.
Successful candidates will have a minimum of four seasons in a steward/ess role on yachts of similar or larger size. Alternately, candidates coming from smaller yachts may need additional management experience to be ready to step up.
- Positive / can-do attitude
- Strong work ethic / hard-working
- Honest & trustworthy
- Ability to delegate
- Personable – service with smile
- Self-regulated – including personal and social media presence
- Good communication skills
- Good listener
- Takes direction
- Ability to mentor, support, train, and develop others
- Resilient / ability to work well under pressure
- Collaborative & loyal
- Good time keeping
- Well presented
- Takes initiative