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Yacht Deckhands (Maritime)

Descriptions & Duties

  • Yacht Deckhands (Maritime) carry out berthing and unberthing duties under the supervision of Yacht Captains. They also undertake general cleaning and maintenance work. Subject to the size of the yachts, they may need to support water sports activities of the yachts and assist in serving food and beverage to guests.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Basic knowledge and skills in navigation

Yacht Deckhands (Maritime) should have basic navigation knowledge to perform berthing and unberthing duties.

Basic knowledge and skills in machinery maintenance

Yacht Deckhands (Maritime) should be able to assist the Captains in repairing and maintaining the machinery of the yachts.

General Requirements

Professional qualification

  • Pleasure Vessel Operator Grade 2 Certificate preferred but not a must


  • 1 to 3 years of yachting experience

Other specific requirements

  • first-aid and fire-fighting certificates preferred

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $12,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $25,000 and above

Work Environment

  • Yacht Deckhands (Maritime) work on yachts most of the time. They are exposed to all kinds of weather and required to work on irregular hours subject to the needs of their employers.


  • Mooring ropes/chains/hooks/buoy

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