Thinking about becoming a Second Stew on a yacht? It’s a fantastic job, but it’s not always what people expect.

At The Crew Hunter, we often chat with aspiring yachties who think that this is an entry-level role. While we love your enthusiasm, this role isn’t for newbies. 

Here, we give you the real scoop on what it takes to be a successful Second Stew.

What is the role of a Second Stew?

Think of the Second Stew as the Chief Stew’s trusty side-kick. They’re they’re essential to keeping the yacht’s interior running like a well-oiled machine. It’s a busy and varied job that requires a varied experience, skills and know-how.

All yachts have a totally different way of structuring their interior, so the role of a Second Stew can vary from boat to boat. On larger boats, they might not even have a ‘Second Stew’ as such, with the equivalent being a Head of House or Lead Service. 

The exact responsibilities of a Second Stew will be different on each boat, but they will normally be expected to have good knowledge and experience in every area of interior operations including food and beverage service, housekeeping and maintenance, and guest interaction.

 

What do I need to succeed as a Second Stew?

Because the job is pretty demanding, most yachts look for Second Stews with at least 2-3 years experience working in the interior department on yachts. But, again, this completely depends on the size of the yacht. For larger boats, Second Stews could require more experience.

In terms of skills, you should be a pro at cleaning, laundry, service etiquette and styles, and keeping things organised. You’ll also have great communication skills, a positive attitude, problem solving skills, and be able to work well in a team, as well as practical knowledge of the different products and materials on board and how to care for or maintain them. Finally, a strong work ethic, a keen eye for detail, proactive attitude, and a passion for providing amazing service are all crucial for Second Stews.

The Second Stew often helps to manage the more junior crew members, with instruction from the Chief Stew. They often also take charge of specific tasks that the Chief Stew doesn’t have the capacity to handle, for example, crew uniforms. 

There’s also paperwork and planning involved, like helping with schedules and ordering provisions. And of course, you’ll be supporting the Chief Stew, ready to jump in and help wherever needed. Being flexible and taking initiative is key.

Starting out on yachts

New to yachting? Don’t worry! There are plenty of entry-level jobs in the interior to help you get a feel for life onboard. You could start as a Junior Stew, which is great for learning the basics.

If you’re coming into yachting with an additional skill, this can greatly increase your chances of landing your first position. For example, if you’re a yoga or pilates instructor, or if you have skills in beauty, hair, massage or spa therapies, make sure to include this on your application. 

Additionally, make sure to include any relevant work experience with transferable skills to your role in the interior. For example, if you’ve ever done housekeeping in a hotel, or if you’ve worked in a restaurant as a waiter or bartender, you will have gained valuable skills, so definitely shout about it.

 

Boost Your Skills

Want to become a top-notch Stew? The Crew Academy has fantastic training programs for interior crew at every level.

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re running the department, the courses cover everything you need to know, from service to housekeeping, laundry to admin, even floristry and barista, and plenty more.

For more information about the Interior Programs on offer, click here.

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