First Mate / Officer
Second in command
The first mate is the captain's second-in-command and assists with navigation and safety, as well as supervising the deck crew.
How to become a first officer or first mate
The first mate (also known as the chief officer or first officer) is a crucial member of the crew on a superyacht, responsible for overseeing the deck crew and managing the day-to-day operations of the yacht. This includes tasks such as navigation, maintenance of deck equipment, and safety procedures. They also assist the captain in the overall management of the yacht and its crew.
To become certified as a first mate on a superyacht, you will typically need to have a background in maritime operations and hold a valid STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) certificate, which is a set of international standards for seafarers. Additionally, you will need to have completed relevant training and have a certain amount of sea-going experience, including experience working on large vessels, such as superyachts. Some specific certifications for superyacht crew include:
- Chief Mate 3000
- The Chief Mate (Yachts <3000gt) Certificate of Competency (CoC)
- MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) Officer of the Watch (Unlimited)
- Master (code vessels 200gt) OOW (Yachts <500gt)
- Yacht Master Ocean
- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
- PYA (Professional Yachting Association) Deck Officer
You can obtain these certifications by taking courses and passing examinations which are organized by authorized training centres.
First Officer / Mate FAQs
What are the qualifications and experience required to be a first mate/first officer on a superyacht?
Qualifications and experience required to be a first mate/first officer on a superyacht: To become a first mate/first officer on a superyacht, you will typically need to have a valid Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) or equivalent from the country of the yacht’s registration. You will also need to have a minimum of a Chief Mate 500gt /USCG 500-ton license or equivalent, as well as a minimum of several years of experience working on yachts. Some yachts may also require additional certifications or licenses, such as a medical certificate or a radar observer certificate.
What are the main responsibilities of a first mate/first officer on a superyacht?
Primary responsibilities of a first mate/first officer on a superyacht: The main responsibilities of a first mate/first officer on a superyacht include:
- Assisting the captain in operation and maintenance of the yacht
- Overseeing the deck crew and their duties
- Participating in navigation and watchkeeping
- Maintaining and updating charts, navigation equipment, and safety equipment
- Handling guest requests and complaints
- Standing in for the captain in their absence
How does the first mate/first officer interact with the rest of the crew?
How does the first mate/first officer interact with the rest of the crew: A first mate/first officer will interact with the rest of the crew on a daily basis, giving orders and instructions as needed and overseeing the deck crew and their duties. He will also hold regular meetings with the crew to discuss safety, maintenance, and other matters related to the yacht’s operation.
How does the first mate/first officer assist the captain?
How does the first mate/first officer assist the captain: A first mate/first officer will assist the captain by helping to plan and execute the yacht’s itinerary, maintaining and updating charts, navigation equipment, and safety equipment, and handling guest requests and complaints. The first mate/first officer will also stand in for the captain when the captain is absent.
What is the typical schedule of a first mate/first officer on a superyacht?
A typical schedule of a first mate/first officer on a superyacht: A first mate/first officer’s schedule will depend on the yacht’s itinerary and the needs of the guests. While at sea, the first mate/first officer may be on duty for long hours, and during port visits, the first mate/first officer may have more time off.
How does the first mate/first officer handle emergency situations?
How does the first mate/first officer handle emergency situations: A first mate/first officer is responsible for handling emergency situations on board the yacht when the captain is not present. This may involve activating the yacht’s emergency plan, coordinating with other members of the crew, and communicating with outside entities such as the coast guard. The first mate/first officer will also make all final decisions related to the yacht’s operation during an emergency under the guidance of the captain.
First Mate / Officer Jobs Available
**POSITION NOW CLOSED**
We are seeking a Deckhand for a recently launched 33m private yacht. Based out of Barcelona and cruising Western Mediterranean for the summer and tbc thereafter.
This is a full time position and offers a full SEA contract, Medical, annual flight allowance, 38 days leave per year with option to take further unpaid leave subject to the yacht’s itinerary. Salary DOE
To be considered for this position, applicants must have a
Yacht master Offshore license. THIS IS ESSENTIAL (without it, you will not be considered as the successful candidate will be required to stand watches whilst underway/on passage)
All STCW certificates in date
Valid ENG 1
A PDSD certificate will be required.
Ideally applicants have some previous yacht experience and must be able to join the yacht in Palma on Sunday 30th April.
Tender driving skills would be very beneficial and also willing to help out in other areas as and when may be required.
**Please note: Male applicants only please due to the cabin arrangement onboard.
Experienced Deckhand required for 38m private motor yacht.
We are presently seeking an experienced Deckhand for a 38m private motor yacht to start as soon as possible.
This is essential a seasonal position but has the potential to become permanent.
To be considered for the position you will have;
Yacht Master Offshore license
ENG1 (or equivalent)
Good maintenance skills, jet tender driving and Italian speaking a bonus.
The yacht will be based in Mallorca and cruising programme yet to be confirmed for summer 2023.
The vessel is for sale and will be attending various boat and brokerage shows, April-June.
If the yacht sells during time of employment, a fair severance package will be given which will be outlined in the contract.
Salary DOE and qualifications but in the region of €2,500+
Full MLC contract offered with 3.7 days leave per month.