Recommended Time In Role

Before moving from Second Steward/ess into the role of a Yacht Purser, the Second or Third Steward/ess should have five years of industry experience and at least two years served specifically as a Second or Third Steward/ess.

For more specific information about achieving the position of Second or Third Steward/ess, please check out our “Interior Crew Map.”

Mandatory Qualifications

All candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training (A-VI/I), with the additional PDSD Training.

Recommended Qualifications

Option 1) GUEST Yacht Purser Program and Advanced Leadership ultimately leading to the IAMI GUEST Yacht Purser CoC.

Option 2) Experience in Purser duties on board plus GUEST Advanced Administration & Management, Human Resources (HR), and Foundation Leadership.

Recommended Experience

Experience onboard with crew and guest logistics, crew travel, onboarding, and repatriation. Knowledge of accounting, itinerary planning, and familiarity with maritime legislation/ legalities. Ideally, candidates will have experience with event planning and execution and other concierge services.


Degree or vocational qualifications in relevant sectors such as accounting, event management, business studies, and HR would be valuable. 

Shoreside industry experience and roles can transfer very well into that of the Yacht  Purser- including personal assistants, project managers, and event planners. 

Knowledge and skills, including the use of specialist software programs such as Sage and Voly, are helpful. Additionally, accounting, budgeting, event management, and PR skills are encouraged.

Character Attributes

  • Organised
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proactive
  • Problem solver
  • Strong research capabilities
  • Confident
  • Empathetic
  • Patient
  • Diplomatic
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Good communicator
  • Self motivated
  • Resilient
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good listener
  • Supportive of others
  • Self aware