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February 26, 2013 10:04 pm  

Is there much of a turnaround for deck hand jobs on fishing vessels and or snorkeling tours, yacht's ect..? What are the qualification's?

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February 27, 2013 11:13 am  

I think the biggest qualification is that you work CHEAP.:-o

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February 27, 2013 12:47 pm  

You would have to know boat engines, how to care for tackle, bait hooks, run lines, etc. for charter fishing and many snorkel tours require CPR/First aid certification, swimming/snorkeling ability, some boating knowledge and experience. Ditto for daysails/term charters, depending on size of yacht and type of charter, some sailing experience is obviously preferred.

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February 27, 2013 2:10 pm  

Enthusiasm and willingness to work hard for cheap plus tips goes pretty far, too. All that Alana mentioned is bonus. I know several folks who work on sailing/fishing/snorkeling excursions part-time and in a restaurant part-time. One thing they love to do, the other one makes them money.

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February 27, 2013 2:21 pm  

You must be able to pass a drug test to be crew on any vessel operated by a USCG licensed Captain taking paying passengers - and be a member of a drug Consortium for random testing -- if you are working on a boat that does International routes [BVI] you must possess an STCW 95 certification - there is some turnover, it is long days and very dependent on tips, seasonal and the entry level jobs are hard work.
If you persist as a dedicated crew and improve your skills and follow a path towards professional yachting it is a rewarding industry.

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