I am part of a team/couple – can we apply together?
No. You will each need to apply individually. Our application form does ask if you are part of a team, and who your partner is.
While we are not opposed to considering couples for employment, we do want to be honest about some realities we must deal with. First, we must have two positions open on a particular yacht, and both parties of the couple must qualify individually for an available crew position. The other issue we must deal with is the vacation rotation. We cannot guarantee both individuals will have the same vacation schedule. If management positions are involved, this is even more difficult as our operation standards do not permit a Captain and Cruise Director or Captain and Engineer to be off at the same time. Finally, we must consider the inevitable departure. When a couple leaves their position, we then have two vacancies to fill instead of one. Communications, trust, and integrity become extremely important when the end of an employment relationship approaches where a couple is involved because the transition poses many challenges. Again, we are not saying “no”, just being honest.
I am a new Instructor, will you consider me?
Congratulations on recently completing your OWSI certification. It is a major accomplishment and a huge step toward beginning a professional career in the recreational scuba diving industry. Not only does this certification allow you to begin teaching, it is also the minimum requirement needed to obtain a work permit in many of the foreign destinations that are home to world class diving.
Our LiveAboard yachts can cater towards the experienced diver. As such, we look for instructors with at least a year’s experience, and give preference in hiring to instructors who have 25+ certifications under their belt. It is important for us to know that you have found “your voice” when teaching a class. That “voice” can only come from experience and having certified a number of students. It is also important for us that you be able to teach specialty courses. At the top of the list are Enriched Air/Nitrox, Deep Diver and Night Diver. U/W Naturalist and Fish Identification are also popular courses on our yachts. A Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) certification is a rating that we find highly desirable in candidates for instructor positions.
What documents will you need that I can prepare in advance?
Once an offer of employment is made by the yacht owner, it is conditional upon being able to obtain a work permit in that country (if required). To facilitate this process you will need to provide the following documents:
How much do the positions pay?
The yacht owners believe that compensation is a private discussion and will vary according to the environment and regulations of the country you are working in. All crewmembers receive a weekly salary + tips + commission + room and board for weeks (or trips) they are on board and working. Additional benefits (varies by yacht) may include professional liability insurance, dive accident insurance, and government provided health care in the country you are employed.
Crewmembers are typically able to save quite a bit of money, simply because you have little to no expenses. Room and board is provided when you are at work. Since you are at sea there is very little to spend your hard earned money on during the week.
When do we get time off?
A LiveAboard operates 24 hours a day/7 days a week. While on charter our crew members are on call 24 hours a day. The work is not easy and most yachts run back-to-back charters where guests disembark in the morning and new guests come on board late in the afternoon. A typical work rotation is 8 weeks on, followed by 2 weeks off.
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