Study maritime superyacht crewing and become a deckhand

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 3) with a strand in Superyacht Crewing

Programme highlights

Have you ever dreamed of working on a superyacht?

Study this course and you will open the door to an exciting career working on board luxury boats. You could find yourself sailing the Pacific one season, and the Bahamas the next. Crew members are currently in demand in this industry.

In just 12 weeks, you will get the practical experience and the skills and knowledge required to work under supervision as crew on vessels operating in unlimited waters.

This programme will cover:

  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) basic safety certificate to be crew onboard superyachts both in New Zealand waters and internationally. This includes basic sea survival, fire fighting, first aid, personal safety and social responsibilities, crowd management and security awareness training.
  • RYA (Royal Yachting Association) certificates: Powerboat Level 2 and Personal Watercraft Certificate (Jet Ski).
  • IAMI (International Asssociation of Maritime Institutions) GUEST certificates in yacht interior, basic food service and introduction to wine, bartending and mixology.

You will also learn basic skills in food safety and barista, floristry, yacht deck maintenance, watchkeeping, diesel and outboard maintenance, and CV writing.

Students have to pass a medical fitness assessment for the lifesaving and firefighting components. If you would like to use this qualification internationally you will need to complete a Maritime Rules Part 34, Medical Fitness certificate.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, May, September

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School
MIT Mahurangi

Level 3
Domestic fees

$4,500 (approx.)

Click here to see individual course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

Click here to find out more

Programme code NZ2506

Full-time for 12 teaching weeks, in-class.

Includes 1 week experience at sea, plus field trips.

Study method


Credits 75
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

Click here to find out more

Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime (Crewing) (Level3)

with strands in Deck Crewing, Engineering, Passenger Services, and Superyacht Crewing

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

Important information

Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand licence.

All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer licence must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that licence. Also: Seafarers Framework which outlines medical fitness requirements and Maritime New Zealand Part 34:Medical Standards

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below six courses (75 credits):

942.344 Core safety training (20 credits)

Provide an introduction to the Certificate in Superyacht Crewing Programme with an overview of the Superyacht industry Safety requirements.

943.348 Yacht watchkeeping (10 credits)

By the end of this course, students will be able to assist the operation of the vessel by developing navigational skills to support bridge Watchkeeping.

943.349 Yacht seamanship (15 credits)

By the end of this course, students will be able to sail as a competent crew member on a yacht and act as tender crew to support the operation of the vessel and its equipment.

943.350 Yacht engine operation and maintenance (10 credits)

To develop a basic understanding of inboard (diesel) and outboard engine operation, with emphasis on safety, routine servicing and simple troubleshooting to support the operation of the vessel.

943.351 Yacht deck maintenance (10 credits)

Assist with maintenance and operation of a range of deck equipment specific to the requirements of the vessel.

943.352 Yacht interior skills (10 credits)

By the end of this course, the students will be able to provide high standards of on-board passenger services and ensure passenger service, care and support.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the maritime calendar.

Career opportunities

Crew on a superyacht (deckhand).

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

Information is correct as at 21 April 2022. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2022 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2022 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2022 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2022 are based on the 2021 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2022. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.