Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you’ll find all of the most common questions that are raised to our admin staff by people who are planning on attanding training at our campus, or a simply wanting more information on how to start working in the maritime industry.
Where Is Maritime Education Services?

We are located on Phuket Island in the southern part of Thailand. Our campus is on the same grounds as Yacht Haven Marina which is approximately 15 minutes away from the airport and half an hour by car from Phuket town.

Why Choose Us

We are the first school in Asia with MCA accreditation from the UK government and also a registered school with the Ministry of Education in Thailand to deliver marine training courses than any other campus.

We make sure all our students feel comfortable and we provide accommodation, meals, transportation, training materials, and introduce you to the lifestyle on board. Our instructors, facilities and training standards are quite outstanding.

What Is The STCW 2010 Course?

STCW stands for: “Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers”, which was ratified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1995. It is the basic entry level certification is abbreviated within the industry to STCW 2010 and comprises five modules:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST).
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF).
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA).
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR).
  • Ship Security and Awareness (SCA).

The course will take 5.5-days to complete. All modules must be completed to obtain the license. Any previous certificates you have, e.g. First Aid, will not be credited towards STCW 2010.  Once you are certified not only will you be a more qualified candidate, you will also confirm to employers that you are serious about this industry.

How Long WIll I Be At Sea?

It depends on which training you are completing. Our entry level course for steward/stewardess and deckhands is a 15 days long for example and includes STCW certification. Three days of this course are spent in practical learning on board skills.

You’ll spend 1 full day on a superyacht at the marina learning all about interior and exterior components, and 1 full day on the same craft out at sea to learn basic navigation and seamanship skills. The remaining day is also at sea with our speedboat to enable you to learn how to handle fast moving rescue craft.

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Career Related Questions

The next section of Frequently Asked questions are specificaly related to employment and where to begin when it comes to knowing the best way to hunt for your first job on a superyacht, merchant ship or oil rig.

Do You Guaranteed A Job After Graduation?
No, we cannot guarantee employment as this is made by the Owner, HR and / or Captain of the vessel, however, it is likely we can assist you to secure a position quite quickly.
How Does Your Crew Recruitment Service Work?

Our Recruitment team is the sister division of Maritime Education Services, which:

  1. Refers and recommends new graduates to recruitment specialists who want to recruit enthusiastic Maritime Education Services certified crew members.
  2. Assists the maritime industry to recruit crew members with the requisite experience, enthusiasm, commitment and personality to harmoniously work on their vessels.

Whilst our Recruitment division cannot guarantee finding a position for applicants, our track record is very good, due to our reputation and network in the maritime industry.

How Long Will It Take Me To Find A Job?

This is not an easy question to answer. The industry is always looking for crew and in many instances it is about being in the right place at the right time. There are many factors that contribute to your “place-ability” and consequently the time it will take to find a position.

The best thing to do is to be well presented on paper and in person and stay in touch with our staff on +66 0936 591 623.

Can You Help WIth Interviews?

Yes, our crew trainers will give you pointers on how to perform well in interviews after your training is completed. As with most industries, first impressions are paramount, it is important to make a very positive and lasting impression from the start along with the below points: 

  • Make sure to arrive on time, dress in professional superyacht attire and be immaculately presented.
  • Bring copies of your resume, licenses and references.
  • Please don’t chew gum, smell of cigarettes or wear excessive jewelry.
  • Turn off your cell phone and try to keep your tattoos hidden.
  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and make eye contact.
  • Speak with confidence and be honest about your experience and ability.
  • Be clear about your career objectives and how they apply to your career path.
  • Stress your positives and avoid talking about negatives or bad experiences.
  • Keep your questions focused on the job and its requirements – not the benefits.
What Information Do You Need To Help Me Find A Job?

Once your certified and ready to work at sea, speak with our trainers or admin staff and be ready to give them the following personal information that will be needed to help find the position your looking for

  1. Objectives – what you wish to achieve.
  2. Certificates – your qualifications.
  3. Experience – your past education and employment.
  4. References – contact information for previous employers.
  5. Resume – in MS Word format.
  6. Digital Photograph – passport style in professional attire.

What Medical Certificates Are Needed?

If you are a ship captain, serving on a merchant ship or a seafarer you will need to aquire a seafarer medical certificate (ENG1)

What Is A Seafarer?

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) states: A seafarer is any person, including a master, who is employed or engaged or works in any capacity on board a ship and whose normal place of work is on a ship.Any seafarer on board a ship must have an ENG1 (or equivalent) to work on a merchant vessel, or for any UK Certificate of Competency (CoC).

What Doctors Provide An ENG1 Certificate?

Depending on your location there could be many in your area. The best place to look is on the your government websites. For example, the UK has a list of all approved doctors on the who can issue ENG1 medical certificate in the country

What If I Have A Fear Of Fire?

Maritime Education Services Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF) training is carried out to the highest international standard of realism and safety. We have our own specially designed Model Fire Ship, built to MCA/MNTB and IMO specification, that truly replicates real fire at sea and rescue situations.

Only small teams enter the Model Fire Ship under close monitoring by our instructors and health and safety officers. The protective clothing and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), which you will wear, are top quality UK/USA made fire-fighting outfits and all live fire experiences are closely controlled under strict expert supervision.

What Salery Can I Expect Working At Sea?

Salary guidelines are based on industry experience, licensing and longevity. Entry level candidates can expect to be at the lower end of the salary scale. If your salary expectations are unreasonable most employers will disregard you. It is in your best interest to request a competitive, realistic salary and be placed.

The good news is that your salary will undoubtedly improve as you gain experience in the industry. Generally, salaries in this industry are much higher than in other hospitality jobs, such as in hotels and airlines.

Can I Swap From Cruise Ships To Superyachts?

Cruise ship personnel have many skills that transfer to the superyacht industry, though it is important to remember that it is not the same industry.

Superyacht crew tend to work longer hours and have more extensive job descriptions with less time off. Housekeeping and Chef skills are easily transferable and such candidates are regularly placed in the superyacht industry. However, the move to the superyacht industry may require even experienced cruise ship personnel to compromise their hierarchal status and prove they are an integral crew member before moving up the ranks.

The standards of excellence required in all aspects of skills and work in the superyacht industry is higher than in the cruise ship industry. Multi-tasking is always a feature of work on a superyacht, unlike work on cruise ships which is usually divided into quite specific job functions.

When moving from cruise ship to superyacht work, after graduating from a Maritime Education Services course with a sought after certification, you will have the passport to a successful entry into the superyacht industry.

What Does MCA Stand For?

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, a unit of United Kingdom government, works to ensure safety and security for all seafarers and to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea. The MCA produces legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provides certification to seafarers.

Do I Need A Visa To Work On A Superyacht In The US?

In order for you to travel to or work in a foreign country, you may require a visa, depending on which country you’re from, and to which country you wish to travel.

Many yachts will ask for a B1/B2 visa with your application, for example, which is a Business/Visitors visa to enter the United States, not a working visa. If your yacht plans on traveling to the US, you may wish to read through the online application process.

If you have further questions, please talk to your Embassy or for less formal information, forward your questions to forums such as that on Dockwalk for clarification.

Please note: Canadians do not need a B1 or B2 visa in order to visit the US (only a valid passport that is not within 6 months of expiring) and you may remain in the US for up to 6 months. You should be stamped B1 or B2 upon entering the US without having to first apply for any visa.

Make sure your captain knows this upon entering the US!Another popular visa to consider is the Schengen Visa. In order to travel in 26 European countries (the Schengen Area can be found here), you may require this visa.

Is Dock Walking Important For Getting A Job?

Dock walking, going to a marina or dockyard and presenting yourself to yachts as available to work as crew, is a great way to make contacts and to find a job on board. You may need to be patient until you find yourself in the right place at the right time! Leave your resume if possible and/ or contact details.