YOA - YOUR OWN AGENCY
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We are yachties like you. Our team has worked all over the world on some of the most prestigious superyachts. We understand your frustrations when it comes to finding crew and jobs.
Benefits for Employers
Hire qualified crew within minutes
All crew documentation is vetted in accordance with MLC2006 guidelines and only those meeting the requirements become YOA Approved. YOA is an MLC accredited platform.
Unique referencing system
See candidates mutual connections and get referrals from people you know and trust.
Streamlined recruitment process
Only receive applications from candidates who meet your strict requirements. Remove, approve and update candidates with automated emails, fast and efficiently (without giving away your personal contact details).
Create interactive job posts or let us do the work for you
Post job vacancies by showcasing your yacht profile to attract the desired candidate or do so anonymously. Headhunt, shortlist and contact candidates with unlimited access to the crew database. We also offer traditional placement services and will head hunt crew for you using our unique techniques.
Benefits for Employees
Apply for positions directly to captains & yacht representatives
YOA is an up-to-date source of reputable yachts that you can contact with direct when they are searching for new crew.
Create an interactive profile in minutes
Your YOA profile is your professional digital CV that grows with you as your career does.
No one is more passionate about you finding work than you are. We allow you to showcase your personality by uploading multiple images and videos to help you stand out from the crowd.
Automatically connect with former crew mates
YOA links you with people you know in the industry creating your own professional network.
Keep your profile as public or private as you like when you job search. Only verified yacht representatives can view your full profiles.
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Very exciting opportunity for an experienced DECKHAND to join this world travelling 50m+ sail yacht.
"Yachties before yachties were a thing..."
Juan Koegelenberg. SuRi
"...employed two crew from YOA. I really liked it and will not use an agent again."
Danny Bos. Lanakai
“I started working with YOA while the vessel was still under construction. I advertised for all our crew on YOA and at the same time I placed adverts with other agents. The quality of candidates received via YOA was consistently higher and they were better suited to our very specific requirements. The whole recruitment process at YOA far exceeded my expectations. In the future I will only be using YOA."
Jono Whitwell. 70m+ Motor Yacht
I found the experience with YOA highly efficient and professional, mostly due to the fact that Don vetted candidates extremely thoroughly to match the preferred variables we gave him. Don was never put off when the master wasn’t particularly interested in candidates and continued on a daily basis to provide strong candidates (the successful search taking ten days..?). The required candidate was filling the last deck position in a team of six so we were really looking for a particular individual whose not only skill set but personality and character were very important. We will definitely be using YOA again when the need arises.
We were very impressed with the fee structure for the one off crew placement – 50% on the candidates job acceptance and then the final 50% on the successful completion of three months work. Whilst most crew agents are keen to take a month’s salary straight away or the second 50% after a month and then pledge to help replace a candidate if they fail to make the three month minimum target, YOA offer a straight up honest and transparent framework.
Joshua Mangakahia. SY Aquijo
"YOA is a breath of fresh air and just what we needed. The yachting industry is saturated with agencies and job/crew search websites, all bearing pros and cons. It’s pretty overwhelming no matter who you are; green crew, seasoned crew or a captain looking for crew. YOA is a beautifully simplified combination of all the good aspects of everything else out there. The site is incredibly user-friendly, it’s obvious that the designers and developers took everyone and everything into consideration. Creating and updating your profile takes only minutes, your network is created for you, the design allows your information to displayed in the smartest and most visually pleasing manner and best of all, there is no middle-man. I have used YOA for both job and crew search and it will definitely be my go-to from now on."
Paul Maguire. MY Hey Jude
“Having used many crew agents for a long time I thought I would join and post a job on YOA in addition to using agents. I had excellent applicants immediately from YOA and employed a crew member from your site for a fraction of crew agents fees. Not only was I impressed with the cost effectiveness of your site, I found the option to filter candidates made the operation more user friendly. I can highly recommend using YOA and I shall be posting jobs online with YOA into the future.”
Kylie Simpkins. Corinthian
"YOA is the easiest and most enjoyable platform I’ve worked with when searching for new crew. Having direct contact with the candidates’ and being able to get all their information instantly saves so much time. I flew my new crew member across the world, and paid for their B1B2 and accommodation, and it still didn’t amount to anything near to just a crew agency fees alone!"
Ashley Taylor. 45m Sail Yacht
Thanks for all your efforts with this, it has taken a lot of the load off knowing you were hunting and vetting candidates for us.
I think you’re doing something unique with YOA and even with the traditional crew placement, the service you give is like no other agency I have dealt with. You will be our first point of call for any future crew requirements!
Melissa Field. 34m Sail Yacht
"Tom and his team provided quality candidates who had all been well vetted for the position. Always quick to respond and on the ball, they provided thorough and honest descriptions of each candidate and saved me a lot of time in the recruitment process, helping me fill the position quickly. I’ve also been using their portal which has been an incredible resource when you have a bit more time to sift through CVs and profiles, or are looking for dayworkers/temp crew. Wish I’d had this resource years ago!"
Matt Holdsworth. MY Secret
"I was recommended by a friend to use YOA. I may have been thinking the same as you are right now. Oh no, here’s another agency to join. This is definitely not the case! YOA has one of the smoothest account creations and has many easy to use and smart functions. This is one site you can not fault. I have found myself using YOA for my personal adventures and even found crew for the vessel I am currently on.Earlier in the year ‘Deniki’ was looking for a replacement deckhand. Within a few days I was spoilt for choice and had an abundance of C.V’s, people just like yourself, to choose from. YOA is a site I plan and will continue to use and I hope you all do too."