It’s almost that time of year again. Yachts from all over the globe will set anchor in our home ports and prepare for the worlds largest boat show: Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). It’s an exciting, yet busy time for this yacht hub city, and while it may all seem like one big party, it can be easily daunting if this is your first time attending the show. So how do your survive your first boat show, well, this is certainly a good place to start.
Lock Down Accommodations For The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
As we mentioned, there are several hundreds of yachts, thousands of yacht crew and yup, you guessed it, limited places to stay. Hotels are one way to go, however if you’re a crew member, or looking to be one, a Crew House is more beneficial to you, as they are geared specifically to the industry. Instead of a nightly hotel rental rates, you can rent a room or a bed in a crew house weekly, somewhat like a glorified hostel. Many are cost efficient and offer a great way to meet like-minded people in the industry. Crew houses are fully kept houses, with full kitchens, cookware, bedding, bathroom, wifi, cable etc. And a big bonus is they are very centrally located to marinas and yacht schools making your life a littler easier for getting around.
Plan and Schedule Yacht Training Courses In Advance
This will be your number one concern (or number two, depending on how easily you locked down a place to stay) when it comes to this time of year. Naturally after a busy summer season, many yacht crewmembers will be interested in updating tickets or obtaining new certificates to help further them in their career. This is also something newbies will have to obtain if they want a chance at working on super yachts. So to avoid disappointment, and to best plan your route of attack for the show, book your courses as soon as possible. Professional Yachtmaster Training offers all your yacht training needs, and even amps up their schedule to meet the high demands during this busy time. Check the schedule and book today – don’t wait, or you could miss out on your chance.
Make Yourself Known
Having connections in the industry is key, and finding them will only be as hard as you make it. It could be as simple as staying in a crew house, as we mentioned above. Typically those who run crew houses also have in’s with a lot of captains and yachts, meaning it could give you a head start on finding a job. Keep an ear out for socializing events, as several go on during FLIBS and be sure to make the most of them once you attend. Make sure to remain easy going and open to new opportunities, many captains/yachts like someone who is flexible and eager to learn while remaining positive and presentable.
Enjoy The Boat Show – Enjoy Fort Lauderdale
It’s easy to get caught up in the liveliness that the boat shows bring, so don’t forget to take a step back and relax. Attend the show, talk to vendors, find out as much information about the industry as you can so you can show initiative and be knowledgeable before finding a job. But be sure to attend events that interest you, and not just because you think it will lead to work. Attend events and meet new friends; you never know who you could meet along the way.