Our guide on transitioning from Sea to Shore

There are many opportunities ashore for experienced crew looking to continue their career on land, but a successful move needs to be planned. 

Much like joining your first yacht, getting your first role ashore is the hardest one to secure. Generally, there are two reasons for this; shore-based employers will want to be satisfied that a candidate will be able to adjust to a completely different working environment from that experienced at sea. And secondly, they will want to be convinced that the move ashore is planned for and that the risk of the candidate going back to sea in six months is properly mitigated. 

Planning for the move is therefore crucial. Once you have established your reasons to come ashore, I would highly recommend talking to an experienced recruitment consultant who can manoeuvre you through the dense landscape of land-based employers. This should form part of your research, and I recommend that you also consider the financial picture.  

As a rule, shore based renumeration is going to be different from earnings at sea. Factor in taxes and other debits (mandatory pensions, national insurance etc) and the final numbers are going to look quite different. Therefore its vital that you begin to understand your own numbers, and what you can afford to make annually to ensure you can sustain your new life ashore. I’ve worked with many candidates who haven’t been able to answer these fundamental questions, and this is a risk to everyone involved in a job search. This scenario is often the cause of a candidate returning to sea – a lack of final preparation means the numbers don’t work in the new shore side role, and subsequently the candidate returns to working on board. As a candidate you really want to avoid this situation – the industry is small, and your reputation is everything. Ending up with a six-month period at a management company on your cv, sandwiched between numerous roles on board will always lead to some uncomfortable questions from future employers at interview stage and put your candidacy on the back foot. 

So put some time into the finances, and talk to a trusted consultant who can advise you on industry salary brackets and help you plan. 

Naturally your CV is your calling card, but this will need to be revised to suit land-based applications. If you’ve had some shore-based experience in other industries prior to joining yachting, then this will need to be highlighted whereas you may have removed it from your CV whilst applying for previous crew roles. Including it demonstrates that you have had experience of working (metaphorical) ‘office hours’ and can be used to pacify employer concerns about how you will adjust ashore after a career spent at sea.  

These are just a couple of standout points and are suggested as a starting point for an crew considering coming ashore. As always, the best advice is to talk to a specialist recruitment consultant who can work with you to ensure you have the best opportunity to secure a fantastic role ashore and really move your yachting career forwards. 


If you’d like to know more about moving ashore, please reach out to Simon Foulkes – simon@superyachtrecruiter.com

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