Originally Posted by SPARK
Do your day skipper
course. Then do a delivery. Then you will have the miles and time to do your yacht masters exam. Study on your delivery. You will generally have a very experienced captain
on the delivery. You do not have to do the theory written exams. This is not compulsory. If you qualify in miles and time, you can just do the practical exam. They will test your theory on the practicle exam.
Tyrone i d have to say ignore a lot of the advice here. ( YM exams contain quite a bit different theory then the theory completion cert ) as part of your fasttrack there is usually a week YM exam prep on the water
teaching you the things you'll get asked ( blind nav, mob
under sail, docking
If you want to get into professional yachting. Then the best best is to do exactly as you are proposing. Ie the zero to hero YM, it has it's critics, but it was designed to get you on the professional ladder. Also you will do the STCW95 stuff as part of this as you simply will not get any position on commercially run leisure yachts over 24 m without it. Also usually you do the requisite radio
course as well. I would suggest looking to do the full GOC radio
Furthermore also consider doing some diving
courses preferably upto instructor level but at least get a open water
cert. Other useful Certs are RYA powerboat instructor or dinghy
sailing instructor tickets.
When you get your YM have it commercially endorsed.
You will not get a near a charter fleet these days without a commercial
YM. ( there is little money
in it too unfortunately )
Of course with just these basic tickets you will need to add more sea miles . Deliveries are a way to do this but it will cost you until you get a job as skipper. Seek out as much command experience as you can find. This is the key.
Ps I would fully reccomend you do all the Certs and exams that you fasttrack YM sets out its good practice. Most fasttrack YM courses take about 18 weeks full on 7 day sailing
and courses work etc. they are quite expensive 18-20k certainly in the UK, hopefully cheaper in SA.
As I said you need to aim at a sector of the industry. If its super yachts. Then follow that path, of it's small boat stuff then seek that out , but you'll need to decide. A chat with a reputable super yacht crew agency will put you right in regards that industry.
Of your partner wishes to seek steward work or chef
work , then she will need to look at hospitality industry courses. Hotel
experience is also valuable. ( at junior management level)
Can I ask why SA. You can do a fasttrack YM in Florida