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The Captain's Classroom

A series of educational videos focused on the yachting industry. As a former college professor, Captain Kelly brings that teaching experience to all levels of yacht crew. With more 'basic' videos like Using Dock Lines to a Part 1 & Part 2 series for Coming On & Off Tow when using a Tender, these educational videos are here to give you the yacht crew more information and knowledge for your day to day job. 

If YOU have a question or topic that you want to see us create Captain's Classroom videos for then please fill out our form at the bottom of this page! We look forward to hearing from you!

The Captain's Classroom: How do I get Started in the Yachting Industry?
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
The Captain’s Classroom: How do I get Started in the Yachting Industry ⁉️ This is a little bit of a long one… But, it’s packed with great info for someone looking to get started in this industry 🫣 So, make sure you grab your pen or pencil and take some notes 🗒️ One of the first things you must do is get your Basic Safety Training out of the way - most if not all boats are going to want you to have this completed 👷‍♀️ Check out @mpt1915 here in Fort Lauderdale or if you’re in Europe check out BluewaterCrew for your in person training needs Next is your related skills or experiences that you can apply to the yachting industry! For example, were you ever a bartender or house keeper? 🧹 🍸 For those in the commercial boating space, you already have a great amount of experience… What can you do to make yourself stand out 💯 One of the ways to stand out is your CV 📝 Put some time and effort into your CV! Make it colorful, fix your grammar errors, and for the love of God put a picture of yourself on there ⏱️ 💪 So, now you have done all of that. . . What’s next you may ask 🤷‍♀️ Reach out to the Crew Agencies blow ⬇️⬇️ @meridian.yachtcrew @jmsyachtingandcareers @yotspot_crew @ypicrew If you live near a yachting hub then perfect! Get your butt to the docks and ask for work, visit the crew agencies in person, and network with other people you may know that are already in the industry 🛥️ If you DO NOT live near a yachting hub then please do not fret 😱 If you can, RELOCATE!!! Get a temporary job at Target or Walmart, and during your time off you must day work, day work, day work ‼️‼️‼️ The yachting industry is UNIQUE 💫 Once you break into it, you’ll never look back 👩‍✈️ #yachtjobs #yachtingindustry #yachting #yacht #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtdeckhand #yachtstewardess #yachtchef #yachtengineer #yachtgreenie #greenies #crewtraining #crewagency #yachtcrewjobs #yachtcrewagency #superyachts #superyachting #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #belowdeck #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain’s Classroom: Is Yachting like Below Deck? 🛥️
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
The Captain’s Classroom: Is Yachting like Below Deck? 🛥️ Trust me! I used to be one of those people who said yachting is NOTHING like what you see on a reality television show 🙈 But, the truth of the matter is, it is like Below Deck 🤷‍♀️ Now, like I have a few CRUCIAL points to make here 🤓 1️⃣ It is a reality TV show! What you see is dramatized a bit. Don’t forget, TV has to have wow big bang like moments! 2️⃣ Do drugs and alcohol exist in yachting like on Below Deck? You bet ya! But, that gets me to my next and most important point! 3️⃣ Ask yourself, what are you willing to tolerate? I DO NOT put up with drug and alcohol abuse in my program, if you can’t go out for a drink or two and control yourself, then you’re gone. If you do drugs, you’re gone. It’s pretty simple. I have a standard for myself and the people I let around me! 😎 Bullying and Harassment is another example of what I will NOT tolerate. If I sniff it out on my program, that person is GONE! 👊 The drama!? Guess what, we are working and living in close quarters while pretty much spending 24/7 with our crew mates… there’s bound to be some drama! 🤪 Like any industry or career, yachting is what you make out of it and what you’re willing to put into it 😚 💪 #yacht #yachting #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachts #superyachtlife #superyachtlifestyle #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #captainkellyjgordon #captainkellygordon #captainkelly #belowdeck #belowdeckcrew #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain’s Classroom: Size Does NOT Matter ‼️
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
The Captain’s Classroom: Size Does NOT Matter ‼️ I shit you not, I had this brought up to me last week at the Monaco Yacht Show 🛥️ A Captain had reached back out to me about someone I recommended they interview for an open position - what I heard from this Captain was troubling and just flat out sad 😔 They said, “Cap, this Chief Stew you recommended me is great, she has a great work ethic it seems! 🤩 I reply, “Wonderful! I am so glad it’s going to work out. I wouldn’t of recommended her is she wasn't great!” ☺️ They go, “There’s just one problem…” In the back of my mind, I had a small idea of what this Captain was going to say the problem was, but truly, I was thinking no way they go ‘there’ . . . 😒 They say, “She is a size XL Skort!” I stopped them right in their tracks! Do you think I am a size zero, two, or four ⁉️ Give. Me. A. Break. 🙄 I am going to take this a step further! It doesn’t matter if your male or female or interior team or exterior team! If you can perform the duties then you deserve your shot at the job! 👌 I wanted to go off on this Captain, but I didn’t. I stayed calm 🙃 I just said imagine if your son, daughter, brother or sister were met with the same attitude and resistance, what would you do or say then? 🧐 #yacht #yachting #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachts #superyachtlife #superyachtlifestyle #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #captainkellyjgordon #captainkellygordon #captainkelly #belowdeck #belowdeckcrew #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain's Classroom: Yard Period sponsored by Engineered Yacht Solutions
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
Let’s talk about the Yard Period for the Yachting industry We are at @LauderdaleMarineCenterFL for a brief yard period with M/Y Freddy 🛥️ Whenever I go to the yard I call up @steeltowing to help us up the tricky and busy New River in Fort Lauderdale 🌊 Once we get to the yard, I position M/Y Freddy in-between Brutus Safe Harbor LMC Brutus and Crew always amaze me when this work is done 🙌 They put the slings underneath, divers go down to check positioning and so much more 🤿 That gets me to my next point: Why do we haul out every year ⁉️ 1️⃣ To do regular maintenance and any other maintenance we may need to do 2️⃣ Fresh Coat of Bottom Paint 3️⃣ Changing our Zincs 4️⃣ Props scanned 5️⃣ Mic our shafts 6️⃣ This time period is used to address issues that you can’t while the boat is in the water It is crucial, let me say again, crucial to use your Yard Period time to fix issues while the boat is out of the water 🙌 Let me also say, this is a PERFECT time for EYS Welding and Crew to evaluate projects or install projects we have discussed in the past! This team understands scheduling and the urgency to get things done when they need to be done 💪 @Engineered Yacht Solutions Sponsored Video 💫 #yacht #yachting #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachts #superyachtlife #superyachtlifestyle #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #captainkellyjgordon #captainkellygordon #captainkelly #belowdeck #belowdeckcrew #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain’s Classroom: Crappy Crew Members 😤
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
The Captain’s Classroom: Crappy Crew Members 😤 This one is for the Captain’s out there! 👩‍✈️ We all hear the stories. . . “My Captain did this to me!” OR “My Captain yelled at me!” And even “My Captain is always in a bad mood!” 😒 Well, I have a few pieces of advice here for ya! Some of it is blunt, but it needs to be said 🤷‍♀️ 1️⃣ Check in with your Captain. Ask them what is making them feel or act so out of character. We are all humans and sometimes we just need a good check-in or little conversation to get stuff off our chest. 2️⃣ Check in with YOURSELF! Ask yourself, “have I done something to piss of my Captain?” “Am I performing my duties to the best of my ability?” Us Yacht Captain’s have A LOT on our plates. From running the boat and crew, to communicating with the owner / manager(s), to planning out maintenance and vendors, accounting, I mean the list goes on and on and on really 😅 So, when you’re giving your Captain unnecessary drama… or when you don’t complete a project correctly just because you were in a rush to go party… there’s going to be consequences 🫢 Are there Captain’s out there that are way out of line on a daily basis? FOR SURE! There are! 😳 But, there’s also a lot of unnecessary bullshit from crew! 🫣 Do me a favor! Look in the mirror! Ask yourself, how can I improve? How can I make my Crew Members lives better? 👍 We are all a team here. So, it’s time ya better start acting like it ☺️ #yacht #yachting #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachts #superyachtlife #superyachtlifestyle #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #captainkellyjgordon #captainkellygordon #captainkelly #belowdeck #belowdeckcrew #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain's Classroom: CV's and Interviews
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
I will NEVER stop talking about this topic - it’s just way too important‼️ And the amount of crummy CV’s and Interview Outfits I’ve seen over the years proves this needs talked about 👊 First and foremost, clean up your dang CV 📝 What do I mean by this⁉️ 1️⃣ Check for Grammatical and Spelling Errors 2️⃣ Align your Formatting and Spacing 3️⃣ Add a Professional Headshot These three simple things can be the difference in me keeping your CV in the maybe pile compared to me just tossing your CV off to the side 🤓 OKAY 👌 You fixed your CV and you landed THE Interview 🥳 What’s next? 🤷‍♀️ YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION 🫣 Please, please, please! Realize that you’re showing up to an INTERVIEW! You’re not going out to the beach with your friends 🏝️ Your appearance matters so much in this industry - these are just the facts 💯 Three simple tips I have for your Interview 🔽🔽🔽 1️⃣ Put on a polo, wear khaki shorts or pants, always don some boat shoes, and please clean up your hair! 2️⃣ If you’re a male, shave your freakin’ face!!! 3️⃣ Act like you actually want to be there! If you can’t show up to an interview looking well kept and professional then that makes me wonder how much you will care about the vessel 🛥️ Look! I want to see as many people break into this amazing industry that can! But, it’s ultimately up to YOU to put your best face forward - literally 😊 #interview #interviewtips #cvwriting #resume #resumetips #yacht #yachtlife #yachting #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachtlife #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #belowdeck #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain’s Classroom: Let’s Build an Itinerary with Charter Itinerary
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
I won’t lie, I sometimes miss jamming out back to back to back charters as a charter captain, but it’s nice I work with a private owner who uses his fleet of boats frequently! When we have so many trips coming up it can be overwhelming to plan for all of them while also you know driving the ship! Incomes a software so brilliantly designed and thoughtfully developed! Yup, I am talking about @charteritinerary1635 There’s a lot of features within this software that I just love, and frankly, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite! The countless charter itinerary templates with beautiful images of destinations to pre-planning routes and excursions this software can quite literally plan the whole trip for you! Now, my crew knows, I don’t like picking favorites… But, the preferences feature within this software is a game changer! You can enter in guest information like what type of food they like to eat, what times they want snacks, what kind of snacks they want, what activities are they interested in, I mean it seems like the list almost never ends! Oh and did I mention how beautiful these itineraries look! I used to make my own in a little word document, but these are so engaging and fun to use! If you have a trip coming up! Make sure you check out Charter Itinerary’s software to help make your life easier while up your high level of service! #yacht #yachting #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachts #superyachtlife #superyachtlifestyle #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #captainkellyjgordon #captainkellygordon #captainkelly #belowdeck #belowdeckcrew #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain’s Classroom: Charter vs. Private 🛥️
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
So, what are some of the differences between a private yacht and a charter yacht? 🧐 Well, first off, the term ‘charter yacht’ means that the boat is rented out to high end clients and corporations for part time trips💰 A private yacht is used solely by its owners 😎 Here are 4 things to consider between Charter & Private: 1️⃣ Salary & Tips: Typically, charter crew are paid less than private crew - but normally you make this up in tips! 2️⃣ Travel Opportunities: Charter yachts are always on the move in places like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean while a private yacht may sit at a dock waiting for an owner to arrive 3️⃣ Stability: Working on a private yacht offers a lot of stability – crew are more likely to stay on the same boat for a while, and there are often benefits such as longer vacations and health insurance 4️⃣ Busyness: The time with guests onboard is also likely to be more intense on a charter vessel, with each charterer wanting to make the absolute most of the yacht during a week’s trip. In contrast, a private yacht Owner has as much time as they want with their boat, so may take a more relaxed approach to their time on the water The best advice I would give you is to try BOTH! You never know what program you might like better. Also, there’s a lot of things you can learn in charter vs private and private vs charter that can help you grow in this industry🧑‍✈️ #yacht #yachting #yachtlife #yachtlifestyle #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #superyacht #superyachts #superyachtlife #superyachtlifestyle #superyachtcrew #superyachtcaptain #captainkellyjgordon #captainkellygordon #captainkelly #belowdeck #belowdeckcrew #belowdeckmed #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #4marichou🌊
The Captain's Classroom: Gadgets & Gizmos from the Engineering Department
Captain Kelly J. Gordon
The Captain’s Classroom: Gadgets & Gizmos - Engineering Department 🛠 [Full Video Release🔴] In this video, we go over some of the everyday tools that our engineer commonly uses! Todays Tools 🧰 : - Tone Generator and Probe - Test light - Voltage Meter (the sniffer) - Clamp Meter - Digital Multimeter One of the best pieces of advice I ever received from my mentor was to make sure you know a little about every department, and ENGINEERING was definitely at the top of the list. Knowing how your vessel operates goes far beyond navigation and maneuvering skills… I am NOT saying you need to be an engineer yourself, but your better understanding of the vessel can help you better communicate with your engineer or an outside vendor. You don’t need to be an engineering expert, but it is necessary to understand the fundamental components of what keeps your vessel going. I ask my engineer questions ALL of the time, and I encourage you to do the same :) Knowledge of each department allows me to support my crew and vice versa better! We are all a team. Knowing about all positions onboard can help you in a pinch! If you have any engineering questions, please let us know in the comments, and our engineer Alex will “will probably answer in some long-winded engineer lingo for you to decipher what to do with 😂 😂 really, he’s great at explaining things! And then he may even tell you about the stars ✨ and satellites 🛰 #yacht #yachtlife #yachting #yachtcharter #yachtcrew #yachtcrewlife #yachtcaptain #yachtengineer #engineer #tools #toolsofthetrade #superyacht #superyachtcrew #superyachtlife #yachtlifestyle #captainsclassroom #thecaptainsclassroom #yachtieworld #4marichou🌊
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