Frequently Ask Questions

1. What training do I need to get a job?

In the first instance, the STCW95 Basic Training course is a great start; in fact it will be difficult to get work without this crucial training. By enrolling to this course you have shown potential employers that you are serious enough about the industry to put yourself through some initial training. Additional courses for entry level candidates include the Small Powerboat & RIB Master (MCA Approved) (for tender driving). For more information, please contact our training department on [email protected].

2. Are your courses international?

Yes in many ways. The actual certifications that we issue (or that are issued by administrations that we represent) are accepted by many maritime countries worldwide. All our course’s syllabuses are of international content. We are use to working with multi-language students, where English is not their mother language.

3. Is MOY Limited the same course as the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore?

No not at all. Firstly, the course syllabus of the RYA Yachtmaster is from the recreational yachting side; and follows the ideas & practices of the RYA. The HMA/IYT course syllabus is international and follows the professional working practices & legal requirements for professional crew.

4. Is it commercially endorsed?

IYT MOY Limited is a professional course & certification. The RYA Yachtmaster has a commercial endorsement to it because it is a recreational qualification that can be used commercially on smaller yachts under 24 meters.

5. Is it recognized by the MCA?

Yes it is, fully recognized by the MCA, and ,many other flag as well such as AMSA, USCG, Marshalls etc..
The RYA Yachtmaster is only recognized by the MCA.

6. What about the examinations?

There are 5 theory exams; the exams do not have to be done during the course: After finishing each course module, you can choose when you wish to do the exams. This is a great way of doing it. You do the exam when you feel confident in the subject; what’s more we would prefer you to learn the subject for your work than learn just to pass an exam.The examination processes are strictly controlled through IYT/MCA and our own quality management system.

7. What happens if I have problems with the theory exams?

There is no problem as far as we are concerned, we don’t care if it takes us 20 days or 6 months to get you through the course/exams.
The most important thing is that you understand what you are doing and you have the confidence on the boat to do the job that you have been employed to do. You can do the exams up to 3 times before having to re-sit the particular course module once again. Wherever possible, we try to give personal tuition when time permits. All this is free of charge (except for any extra exam fees).

8. Who is an IYT approved doctor?

Mr. Cemil Basagan is an approved doctor at Gocek Health Care Cente.

9. What is a superyacht?

The term luxury yacht refers to a very expensive privately owned yacht which is professionally crewed. Also known as a superyacht, a luxury yacht may be either a sailing or motor yacht. (Wikipedia, 2008) In actual fact, any yacht over 24m is termed a super yacht. Any yacht over 100m is called a mega yacht.

10. What is the yachting industry?

There are currently over 30,000 yachts in the world ranging from 24 metres to over 100 metres that require professional and qualified crew. In the last few years the yachting industry has captured the attention of the media therefore creating an unprecedented amount of interest from potential crew world wide.

11. Where will I go?

Wherever there is water, you have the potential to go! Traditionally the yachting industry has been made up of a “summer season” in the Mediterranean (May to October), and a “Caribbean season” (November to April) although more recently the possibilities are endless with many yachts circumnavigating the world.

12. What salary can I expect?

This is dependant on the yacht. For entry level positions a salary of 2000 euros per month upwards would be the norm, but salaries can vary so much.
13. Will it be easy to find work?
That completely depends on what sort of person you are and how proactive you are in your search for work.

14. How can I get started?

Now that you’ve investigated the industry and decided that you would like to give it a go, you will need to prepare a great CV in order to secure yourself the best possible job. One of our crew agents will always be happy to advise on the best way to write a CV, however for new comers to the industry, it is essential that you sell yourself on your skills that can be transferred to yachting

15. I’m confused – some say there is a crew shortage whilst others say the opposite!

“Crew Crisis as superyacht industry grows” This is a typical message portrayed in the media at the moment. The answer is that both statements are true. There is no shortage of unqualified and inexperienced people trying to get into the industry, which is why it’s essential that you make the effort to stand out from the crowd. There is a chronic shortage of qualified and experienced crew because of the explosive growth that the superyacht industry has experienced over the last ten year’s.

16. Who can learn to sail?

Almost anyone can take a sailing school course in a typical commercial school format, the only requirement is that you are over 18 and have a passion for sailing.

17. Is it possible to sign up alone for sailing course or only as a group?

Yes of course you can join alone or as group of friends or family. Most of the participants are individuals signing up for the course. Sailing will be in groups of max 4-5 participants.

18. How long will it take to learn how to sail?

It depends on your individual skill and effort. We always recommend taking our listed courses we will do the outmost to teach you the knowledge of sailing, technical equipment, weather forecast and good nautical behaviour you would need for later sailing on your own. Well, the more you sail the more experience you will have which of course builds your self-confidence. So we encourage that you keep sailing after you have finished one of our courses. You can charter a bareboat boat from us. If you don’t feel 100% confident after the courses, one of our instructors can assist you as long as you need.

19. What to wear in sailing school?

Depends on the part of the season but we always recommend to take sports jump suits, white T-shirts, hat, sunglasses, non-slip soled sport shoe. We provide sailing gloves so you do not need to worry about that. If you are attending during winter or spring time it is good to have spare warm clothes to wear under sailing suits.