Twenty five luxury yachts participated in the 2017 Newport Charter Yacht Show owned and organized by Newport Shipyard. (photo © Billy Black)

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) will host a three-day training program in June to give participants the skills and industry knowledge needed to start a career as crew on a luxury yacht.

RIMTA has partnered with Ship to Shore Crew Placement Agency to run the program. Three full days of instruction will be offered in Newport, in both classroom and onboard settings. The dates of the program are Tuesday, June 5 to Thursday, June 7.

This new program is free to Rhode Islanders over 18. The program is an excellent fit for unemployed or underemployed candidates looking for a new career direction this summer. No boating experience is required.

Crews working on a luxury superyacht typically live onboard and travel with the yachts as they follow the sun—from New England to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and even the Pacific. A career as a yacht crew is an excellent fit for someone who wants to work on the water and travel, for individuals with strong mechanical skills, and for those who have experience in hospitality.

During the program, participants will get an opportunity to meet captains and crews who will be looking for help in preparing their boats for the upcoming charter season in New England.

The deadline to submit an application to this free program is May 31.

For more information and to access an application, visit the RIMTA website (www.rimta.org) to find a link to the Yacht-Crew Training Program.

Interested candidates can also contact Brian Dursi at RIMTA (brian@rimta.org / 401-396-9619).

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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