Impress Your Bosun From Day One!


Set sail with the skills you'll need, ready to go!

From Beginner to Deckhand Royalty

Whether you’ve spent years enjoying the ocean breeze or are stepping foot in the water for the first time, our comprehensive training program will teach you the foundations of being successful as a deckhand. You can take advantage of:

  • Exclusive access to our O.I.T.A Bronze Training portal featuring 9 learning modules that will walk you through all the essential steps to joining the yachting industry

  • Access to 5 new deckhand specific modules to teach you the foundations you will need to know to impress your bosun

  • Comprehensive Q & A’s with industry experts through our Facebook portal 

  • Learn from industry experts with over 23 years experience and Below Deck reality star, Hannah Ferrier


You are only one step away from mastering the skills you’ll need to make a powerful first impression! 






 Immerse yourself in new cultures 


Have a lifestyle that everyone desires


Visit beautiful postcard destinations


FROM 9 TO 5 B-O-R-I-N-G,

  • Exclusive Access

    Access to our exclusive O.I.T.A Method.This is Hannah’s proven method to having a successful yachting career. (value $99)

  • Industry Connections

    Unlock hundreds of industry connections with your 12 month access to an exclusive, private Facebook group. (value of $99)

  • Industry Certificate

    Take your resume out of the stack by showing you already have extensive training under your belt. You will receive a certificate signed by Hannah Ferrier herself. (value of $49)

  • Deckhand Training Portal

    12 month access to our Deckhand Training portal with 14 learning modules that will walk you through all steps to join the yachting industry. (value of $499)

  • Personalized Assistance

    Access to experts through live group training calls for six months with Hannah or her team as well as through Facebook for any Q&A. Answers within 72 hours to your question. (value of $249)

  • Friends Around the Globe

    Meet hundreds of other new yachties who are also entering into the incredible and thrilling superyacht world. Make friends, get advice, or meet people. Maybe you will end up on the same boat! Who knows! (free!)


 FOR JUST $519
Or 4 small payments of $144.17


Below are the nine modules from the Bronze Course that are included with the Deckhand package, along with the five additional courses specific to deckhand training. You can also download the full course outline with the button above.


  • Module A - Types of Yachts

    Learn the difference between a boat, a yacht, and a superyacht. We will explore the differences between sailing yachts and motor yachts and the difference between private and charter.

  • Module B - Positions on Board a Superyacht

    In this module, we cover what it means to be a yachtie, the different positions on board, their responsibilities, and the required certifications.

  • Module C - Certifications Required for Yachting

    We will show you what basic requirements and certifications are needed to begin your career in yachting. We will cover the STCW-10, ENG-1, and how to create the perfect yachting CV.

  • Module D - Home Preparation For Yachting

    We will discuss the types of jobs that can help build up your skillset to prepare you for life as interior or exterior crew. 

  • Module E - How To Find A Job on a Superyacht

    Although this can seem like an overwhelming task, we will guide you through finding work. We will also cover typical salaries for positions held onboard and what determines your starting wage.

  • Module F -  How to Nail Your First Crew Interview

    We will equip you with advice on how to nail your interview and make you stand out from the crowd! We will provide you with tips ranging from the type of clothes you should wear to the questions you should ask your interviewer.

  • Module G - A Look Into The Mediterranean and Caribbean Season

    Get insight into the yachting seasons and the yachting hubs. We will explore the best times to look for work in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

  • Module H - Tips and Tricks For Keeping Your Boss & Crew Happy

    We will also take you through an average workday on a yacht so you can get an idea of what to expect when you get on board.

  • Module I - How To Prepare For A Life At Sea

    We discuss how to pack your bags for a life at sea. You will get our packing list and tips on how to live out of a suitcase. Say goodbye to walk-in closets and hello to cramped living quarters!


  • Module 1 - Introduction and Definitions

    Learn the basics and the foundations of being a great deckhand and all requirements.

  • Module 2 - Basic Navigation Principles

    This module will cover the foundation points of navigation. This will include everything from buoyage, collision regulations and chart work.

  • Module 3 - Seamanship & Meteorology

    The first part of this module covers seamanship which encompasses line work, mooring, splicing and anchoring. These skills are a craft and you will use throughout your career.

  • Module 4 - Safety & Security

    Safety is the most important aspect of being a deckhand. Learn everything you need to know from boat safety to pyrotechnics and VHF radio distress calls.

  • Module 5 - Deck Maintenance & Operations

    Learn how to properly maintain the deck and to run operations on a boat from keeping the boat clean to how to communicate on the radios.


    Never forget the tips you learn. Each module has downloadable resources for you to take on the boat with you! 

The O.I.T.A  has helped me learn so much about how to get into the yachting industry and the requirements to work on a yacht. The Silver Course helped me learn key yachting terms, how to craft a resume, different types of service, and much more. Hannah and Anastasia are so excited to help and are willing to answer any question you may have. The Facebook group is a great place to meet people and the zoom call answered so many of my questions. I cannot wait to learn more from them and break into the yachting industry.

Elizabeth Downer

So far O.I.T.A has been a great experience, I have learnt so much about the industry already! Before joining I had no idea where to start, and having almost zero hospitality experience made it very daunting. I was pleasantly surprised once joining the course; Hannah and Anastasia have been so helpful and informative. I would recommend O.I.T.A in a heartbeat to anyone interested, it has motivated me to get started on my yachting career and made me so excited for the future!

Lauren Taylor


Hannah Ferrier

CEO & Founder

Hannah Ferrier is a Chief Stewardess on Superyachts, known for her role on Bravo's hit reality TV show

Below Deck Mediterranean. 

Having developed a thick skin throughout her career, Hannah can handle the most demanding guests on board. Her quick wit and Australian humor have kept American viewers enthralled year after year. After leaving school at 14, Hannah learned that hard work and determination are key to success in life. She is now ready to share what she has learned by launching Ocean International Training Academy to help aspiring yachties navigate the yachting industry. 

Anastasia Surmava

Chief Operations Officer

Anastasia left her career in medicine to sail the sapphire blue water of the Mediterranean  when she was 22 years old, and it was the best decision she ever made. She has worked in the industry as a first mate, deckhand, stewardess, and chef. With a love for the ocean, a hard work ethic, and open mindset she has been able to travel the world, meet incredible people, all while getting paid.  She is ready to help you gain the confidence you need to ditch your life on land and join the adventurous world of yachting! 

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