Yachting problems- What to avoid? How to solve them!

CrewPass has already touched on the pull toward yachting in the blog post “The desirable life of a yachtie”, but today we look into the push away from yachting. What drives people to leave the industry? Many positives come with working onboard, like great tips, higher salaries, opportunities for travel and more! However, we also believe it is just as crucial for crew to understand the job’s flaws and how to overcome potential issues that may arise. So this week, we will dive into common yachting problems that repeatedly keep popping up and how to avoid or solve them. Don’t let hardships ruin your experience!

Underpaid, Overworked

The most common problem onboard is too many people are being overworked and do not feel like they are being paid enough. Feeling underappreciated is horrible; throw exhaustion on top of that, and you may feel completely deflated. An unnamed crew member online stated that they worked 17 hours on average per day, which worked out to be three euros an hour! Plus, when the workload keeps piling and pilling with more responsibilities being put on your shoulders for the same wage, you start to question, is it really worth it?


  1. Have a professional, open conversation with your Captain and avoid bringing emotion into the talk. Don’t come across as confrontational.
  2. Consider leaving- Work during your notice period and depart on good terms. Sometimes it’s better to leave than stay. Trust your gut.

To avoid this situation, we advise crew to stop taking questionable low-wage jobs out of desperation. Green crew may feel like any job is better than nothing, mainly because they lack experience. However, it’s not worth taking on a job that makes you miserable and taken advantage of!

Preference sheet shenanigans

Unfortunately, in any job, even outside of yachting, you may have to deal with some problematic colleagues; however, how you deal with conflict is what counts! There is always that one guest who demands an item that wasn’t put on the preference sheet and then turns around and blames the crew. Unfortunately, this is more common than one may think, and it has consistently been a struggle getting guests to take the time to correctly complete the sheet before the trip. Guests tend to assume that crew can efficiently “run to the store” when needed or the yacht magically has unlimited storage. Whilst the fault isn’t with the crew member, the anger is taken out on them because the ego of the primary is dented.


  1. If a guest is making a fuss about an item that isn’t on the preference list, you cant seem to get ahold of reaching their charter broker and explain the crisis. The broker will liaise with their client and highlight the reality of the situation.
  2. Reach out to surrounding agents to see if they can aid and assist you.

When sending out the preference sheets, you can ask, “what would you be most disappointed at if we didn’t have them on board?” Add some examples such as espresso, soy milk, gluten-free bread etc.

Add a disclaimer stating that the yacht can’t guarantee the item will be available during the trip if it’s not on the preference sheet.

Dodgy recruiters and job ads

There has been an increase in fake yacht jobs in the industry, taking advantage of green crew who lack the experience and knowledge about the yachting recruitment process. Many scammers post ads claiming to represent leading companies, asking for money or passport details upfront. Some unlucky crew have fallen victim to identity fraud, embezzlement or something more sinister!


  1. Do your research! Go on yachtie Facebook groups and ask around on social media to see what others say about the ad/recruiter.
  2. Ask to see their data protection policies as crew agents use a secure online database, not just an email.
  3. Go for jobs that offer contracts!

We advise crew to avoid poorly written adverts with spelling mistakes, typos and grammar blunders as that is a likely giveaway that the ad is fake.

Avoid ads that do not offer any contact details, including an address, phone number, email etc.

Difficult crew members

Unfortunately, in any job, even outside of yachting, you may have to deal with some problematic colleagues; however, how you deal with conflict is what counts! When you start a new job on board, you will share tight living quarters and spend most of your time with complete strangers. Without knowing a person’s life or history before stepping onboard, potential threats and risks are always feasible. Although there are many like-minded, great people who join yachting, there may be times when you have to work with a few oddballs or not very agreeable people. Verbal and physical fights can occur onboard, as well as bullying, favouritism, and other issues may occur on board. What can you do to avoid these threats?


  1. Be direct and talk to the crew member about the problem. Calmly approach the conversation with respect and make sure you talk in private.
  2. Schedule a time to talk to your captain about the issue and respectfully request them to find a solution.
  3. Remove yourself from the situation- If there is no resolution, sometimes it’s better to cut your losses than to be put in danger or let it affect your mental health. Work during your notice period and part with the vessel on good terms.
  4. Find a vessel that exclusively hires CrewPass Approved crew onboard. Although our checks can’t anticipate character, work ethic or personality, we can minimise serious danger onboard! Our checks allow Captains to place fully vetted and safe crew onboard. Feel safe knowing everyone onboard has passed a full criminal background check and ID verification.

Blaming and labelling may heighten the threats.
It’s easier said than done but don’t take it personally.

“Working in yachting isn’t easy, and crew may work long hours for months during the season. This should be well known, which is usually why yachties get paid well.”

“Unfortunately, yachting may not be for everyone, and it’s much more mentally and physically challenging than you think.”

  • Conrad Empson, Managing Director of CrewPass
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Add your unique ID badge to your CV

The yachting industry is booming, the market is actively growing, and there has been an influx of green crew joining it. Dockwalk (2022) states that “the departments with the highest growth were chef and stew with a 57 per cent increase in job orders.” However, as the yacht recruitment industry expands, so does the competition. Green crew share the same training certificates and lack industry experience. Thus, the primary way to impress potential employers is to make their CV stand out. If you are interested in how to write a yachtie CV, CrewPass has 2 blogs that would benefit you: How can CrewPass elevate your CV?” and “Superyacht CVs: Make sure your CV looks its best!” However, in this blog post, we will discuss why it’s important to add your CrewPass Approved unique ID badge to your CV.

Why should you become CrewPass Approved? (If you are not already)

CrewPass is multifaceted, and promotes many different benefits for a wide range of people. Whether you are a captain looking to take advantage of our superyacht crew management software, an agency that wants to promote fully vetted crew or a crew member wishing to gain an edge in the industry. CrewPass has you covered. For Crew, we offer you a chance to add value to your CV by providing a desired accreditation and a badge to let employers know that you are CrewPass Approved.

To become CrewPass Approved, a crew member must take a few steps. Firstly you must sign up and submit your application. Then CrewPass conducts in-depth, international checks, leading to your final results. You will be awarded the CrewPass Approved accreditation if you have passed your checks. We will send you an email which will have your unique ID attached to it.

Stand out with a unique ID badge on your CV

Your unique ID badge will host your name, unique ID number, Approved status and our tick. This badge is 100% personalised to you, meaning no one can replicate it. Show off your new status by displaying it proudly on your CV and let all employers know that you are safe to place onboard.

When everyone is sitting, stand up! When everyone is standing, stand out! And when everyone is standing out, be the standard...

- Pinkie Seth Hlazo

CrewPass is a five-star, globally recognised and supported company which is why we are trusted by some of the largest businesses in the industry! Crew agencies, training providers, management companies, yacht owners, Captains, job boards and more are on board with our mission to make background checking an industry standard. Companies including Viking Maritime Group, Bespoke Crew, Wilsonhalligan, Quay Crew, Diana Corell, The OM, Superyacht CV’s, The Superyacht Chef, Dockendo, Trilogy Luxury Training, Ya crew, UKSA, YPI Crew and Seven Seas Recruitment, all support and welcome CrewPass Approved crew.

Don’t forget to add our accreditation to your CV under certificates and add your ID badge to the CV. Show off to captains and agencies that you have something other green crew don’t have. Highlight to potential employers that you are a quality candidate that is dedicated to the industry. 

Pay over 2 years for just £9.99 p/m or pay annually and get one step closer to your dream job. 


How to combat seasickness onboard

Motion sickness is a common issue for many people, and nearly 80% of the population will or have already suffered from it at least once in their lives. If you are more prone to motion sickness, it is more than likely that you will suffer from seasickness. Plus, if you are a woman, you are more likely to suffer from seasickness than men! People mostly feel sick because of the yacht’s motion on the water. Therefore, your dream yacht job could become a nightmare if you suffer from it. However, as yacht crew cannot avoid the sea, CrewPass has researched many articles and pharmacy sites to hopefully help you minimise seasickness onboard.

Fun fact:
‘Plague of the sea’ is what the Ancient Greeks used to call seasickness.

What causes seasickness?

Seasickness is a result of a conflict in the inner ear. Our inner ear is where the human balance mechanism is found. Due to the yacht’s disruptive motion on the water, the brain responds with stress-related hormones that can lead to feeling seasick. Some people theorise that the brain believes it’s being poisoned, which is why people end up having similar symptoms, however, this theory is not proven. Yacht stabilises and gyros can help limit the symptoms, but they won’t 100% guarantee that people will not suffer from it at times. Furthermore, people suffering from seasickness may find that their symptoms worsen by smelling intense odours like fish or fumes. On a positive note, some people feel better after a few days of sailing once the body starts to acclimate to the motion of the yacht.

Symptoms of seasickness:

It is very easy to diagnose seasickness as it occurs typically quickly after boarding a vessel. However, we have collated a list of seasickness symptoms (CrewPass are not health professionals; if you think you need medical guidance, please get in touch with your doctor or a healthcare professional). 

Symptoms differ from person to person; some suffer a lot more than others, but they can include:

  • Pale skin
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Increased saliva production
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting

How to minimise seasickness:

Luckily for anyone who suffers from seasickness, plenty of methods reduce these symptoms.

Avoid overheating.
Avoid the heat and exposed sun, heat stroke on top of seasickness is not a good combination!

Drink water but not too much.
Due to the movement on yachts, the water you drink tends to move around in your stomach, making you feel even sicker. Avoid alcohol, coffee and acidic juices like orange juice as this can irritate your stomach.

Avoid reading.
Like in cars, reading on yachts is never a good idea, especially when feeling sick. Whether it’s on your mobile device, a computer or a book, try and stay away from these activities.

Get some sleep.
Of course, sleeping through your sickness is not easy if you are working on a yacht. But where you can get some sleep in, take this opportunity as sleep reduces the mixed signals in your brain by removing vision and hearing.

Take medication.
Many medications ease or prevent seasickness and can be bought over the counter or prescribed by your doctor. Cinnarizine is an antihistamine that stops you from feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting). Cinnarizine is a drowsy (sedating) antihistamine, and it’s more likely to make you feel sleepy than other antihistamines. It’s used for travel sickness (also called motion sickness), dizziness and sickness caused by inner ear problems (such as vertigo, tinnitus and Ménière’s disease). Cinnarizine comes as tablets and is available on prescription or to buy at pharmacies and supermarkets.

Hyoscine is one of the familiar medicines for motion sickness and works by blocking the signals sent to your brain during motion. It can also decrease saliva buildup in the mouth (a symptom of nausea).

Avoid the engine room.
The engine room is a no go zone for seasickness sufferers as the combination of fumes and bad weather can be too much to bear.

Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea and is an effective way to combat dizziness. You can consume it in its raw form, candied, in a tea, in ginger beer, in a pill and more!

Sea sickness bands.
Sea sickness bands are an affordable option for sufferers, the bands are influenced by acupuncture by blocking the signals to the brain that causes sickness.

What should I buy?

To make your lives easier, we have attached links to a range of seasickness cures (UK). If you have any remedies or a different cure for seasickness, make sure you write it in the comment section below! Thank you for reading this week’s blog, we hope you have found it useful.


“Anti Nausea Wristband One Size Fits All Features The Anti-Nausea Wristband Is A Knitted Elasticated Wristband, Which Operates By Applying Pressure On The Nei Kuan Acupressure Point. Assists The Prevention Of Nausea From Air, Sea And Road Travel Suitable For Adults And Children May Be Washed Up To Five Times Instructions Included One Size Fits All”

Price: £2.49


“100% natural FDA cleared prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting. Developed For Use In Hospitals… Our patented technology “Turns Off” feelings of nausea and vomiting, without drugs and without side effects!”

Price: £129.99 – £249.99


“Kwells can be taken up to 20-30 minutes before the start of your journey to prevent travel sickness occurring, or at the onset of nausea.”

“Features of Kwells travel sickness tablets x 12
Hyoscine hydrobromide
Tablets may be sucked, chewed or swallowed
Ideal for travel sickness.”

Price: £3.19


“Effective Against Vomiting. Patches for seasickness relieves the vomiting, nausea, dizziness, anorexia, and other symptoms resulting from sickness of cars, ships, aeroplanes, trains and other means of transport.”

Price: £39 – £64


“Each Sea-Band ginger capsule includes 250mg ginger produced from natural ginger root, which supports digestive health and proper stomach function. It’s gluten free and good for vegetarians and vegans, and it’s ideal for usage before or during lengthy journeys by car, boat, rail, or airline.”

Price: £6.09


Stugeron Tablets can be used to help prevent and relieve the symptoms of travel sickness:

  • nausea  
  • vomiting  
  • anxiety  
  • headaches

Price: £3.75


Is it worth dockwalking in places like Antibes to find a job on a yacht?

Finding a job on a yacht can be challenging for newbies, especially as the yachting industry is highly saturated and crowded with green crew. So what is the best method of getting onboard a yacht? Is travelling to Antibes really the best option? Is dock walking outdated? Is there any other options out there for green crew? CrewPass has asked a handful of yachting professionals and yachties to see what their opinions are!

What is dockwalking?

Dockwalking is the process of walking along a dock, approaching yachts and crew to bag day work, permanent work, or to hand out their CVs. It is undoubtedly the most common route for any crew member looking to get a job on a yacht. The most established location for dockwalking would be in the South of France, Europe. However, dockwalking has become increasingly difficult to access the docks for numerous reasons.

Why do crew dock walk in Antibes?

One of the main reasons crew dockwalk in Antibes is to make themselves accessible and readily available for day work and interviews. If you live further away, it may be helpful to temporarily move to Antibes to remove travel time. Living in Antibes offers a great opportunity to socialise with many other people who are in the same boat as you.

On Instagram, CrewPass asked if it is worth travelling to Antibes to dockwalk and this is one of our responses:

“Definitely! Even if it’s to do some day work, you get a feel for working on a yacht”

If you are planning to go dockwalking in the Med, the best time to head down there is as early as February/March as well as April. You will need to get up pretty early for dockwalking (around 7/8 ish). Please do not approach crew on their lunch breaks or over the weekends as they will not be happy being disturbed. Plus, make sure you dress appropriately, ready for work! Crew are expected to wear white polo shirts, deck shoes, skorts and your hair should also look professional.

“Dockwalking can be vital for putting a face to a cv. Seeing green crew out and about looking for work can only be a positive thing, when their cv does come through for a role, the crew may remember them as a friendly face from the dock previously and it could be the difference of getting an interview or not. Crew should be smart about Dockwalking, don’t break the law and don’t bother crew who clearly aren’t interested in your cv. Read the room. The first job is always the hardest, keep trying and stay positive!”

- Rachel Cunningham, Head Chef, 88m (8 years in yachting)

Why dockwalking may not be worthwhile anymore:

Travelling to Antibes isn’t the cheapest or most convenient option for some green crew looking to find a job on a yacht anymore. Flights from the UK have recently been a nightmare due to strikes, short-staffed airports and constant flight delays. Plus, the rising cost of living has caused people to be a bit more cautious with money. Without the correct European working visas as a British passport holder, you can not work in the South of France and most of Europe. If a person is found looking for work without it, there is a chance they will be deported. If you are not signed onto a vessel, a British passport holder is only entitled to 90 days in any 180 days for travelling. If you are not sure if you need a visa, check with the UK-based embassy of the country you want to work in to see what you need to do.

"Many people are still achieving successful jobs without the need for Dock walking, even with very little or no yachting experience.”

- Jessica Mountford , Wilsonhalligan

We are currently living in the digital age where everything is done online via mobile devices and crew databases are now widely adopted by captains and yacht owners. Finding a job online via crew agencies, job boards and Facebook pages has never been so easy, whilst dockwalking has never been so difficult. Due to Covid, there are new travel restrictions, and on top of that, marinas have added new access restrictions. These restrictions have made finding a job through dockwalking extremely difficult to achieve. Financially, it is not pragmatic for crew to support themselves through the odd day jobs onboard whilst paying to stay in a crew house.

“Dockwalking is dated, just get yourself to a yachting hub and apply for jobs online from there. Sign up to the various crew pages on Facebook and be ready to an interview at any time. Answer your phone. Look professional. Be on time. Don’t come to the boat unannounced and annoy the crew with your cv”

- Nicholas Varley, Chief Engineer 80m+

Is it worth travelling to Antibes to dockwalk? Here are our Instagram responses:

Conrad Empson- The Founder of CrewPass, offers his opinion on this topic:

“Antibes and the surrounding areas used to be the vibrant hub for yachties walking the dock every morning, hoping to find day work or a potential position onboard. However, over the past 2 years, everything has massively changed!

99% of jobs are now posted online through crew agencies or Facebook pages. From my experience, crew spend most of their time sitting in crew houses, applying for jobs online.

If all jobs can be applied online, it begs the question, why do crew need to be in Antibes?

There are two sides to my answer; if you live in the UK, if you got offered a position, you could easily be in the South of France within 6 hours. If you come from a little bit further afield, Antibes may be the place for you but be prepared to spend money sitting around waiting and using up your 90 days. Antibes is an amazing place and can offer unique opportunities for some crew but is often regarded as a holiday for some green crew. Crew that use their time in Antibes as more of a holiday generally go home empty-handed.”

Suppose you are looking to find a job online; CrewPass is partnered with many crew agencies including Wilsonhalligan, Seven Seas Recruitment, YPI Crew and many job boards! Kick start your yachting career today…

Many of our partners have integrated CrewPass into their website, allowing CrewPass Approved crew to validate their status and automatically update their job profile. This is great for green crew trying to stand out from the crowd and gain employers’ trust.

If you are a green yacht chef wanting to find work, our partner, The Superyacht Chef has posted a blog: Dockwalking for yacht chefs [updated 2022]. Make sure you check this site out if you are an aspiring yacht chef!