2019 Florida Yacht Crew Networking Events
Must-attend events for October and November 2019.
Networking is and always will be the BEST way to meet new people, gain new contacts and maybe secure a future position on a yacht. There are a few must attend events if you are looking to get started in your yachting career. Here is our round up of the best events for networking in Florida within the next couple of months:
Parking Lot Party - Hosted by Crew4Yachts
October 15, 2019. 17:00 – 21:00.
1635 Miami Rd, Fort Lauderdale
October 16, 2019. 17:00 – 20:00.
North parking lot at GMT – Global Marine Travel. 1800 SE 10th Ave, Fort Lauderdale
The Triton Expo is a powerful semi-annual networking event designed for yacht crew. More than 50 companies showcase their goods and services — things crew need to do their jobs better, take care of guests better, and manage their careers better.
There will be music and lots of food and drinks, surrounded by fun, creative people who want to network. It is free.
Adrift Film Festival
October 23, 2019. 18:30. Entry by donation.
Park & Ocean, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
The ONLY film festival for content creators onboard – A creative outlet for everyone working on yachts. The yachting industry is FULL of incredible talent, and that’s exactly what Shelton Du Preez and Randi Barry, creators of the ‘Adrift Film Festival’ want to showcase. There have been over 130 submissions so far!
Escape the usual yachting events during boat show madness and spend a chilled out, creative evening with these guys (also personal friends of The Yacht Crew Coach)!
Follow them on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/adriftfilmfestival/
Check out the awesome promo vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1PPWTj45Og
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS)
October 30 – November 3, 2019.
What better way to network then at the 60th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? This show will be full of crew and captains from all different boats so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by!
The world’s largest in-water boat show with an audience of 110,000 at seven locations with 3 million square feet of display from mega yachts to accessories. This year includes more than 1,500 boats on display and about 1,200 exhibitors.
Locations are Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Hilton Marina, Pier 66 Marina, Sails Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Shuttles and water transportation connect the sites.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 1 – 17, 2019.
Enjoy something a little different with your crew and visit the International Film Festival, there are bound to be other crew here that you can mix and network with.
This one is the 34th annual edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, two weeks of independent films shown at various theatre’s around South Florida. Many include appearances by the directors, actors or producers.
Triton Networking with Yacht Management
November 6, 2019. 18:00 – 20:00.
Universal Marine Center Shipyard, 2700 SW 25th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale
The first Wednesday of every month for Triton Networking, a casual gathering of yacht captains, crew and industry professionals. It’s a perfect way to build your network of contacts and resources, not to mention friends.
Tips for Networking
Just remember that yachting is a very close-knit community. Your reputation is an invaluable asset; remain professional and courteous at all times. Seasoned crew might be 'getting loose' at these events but as a newbie this is not the time for you to be letting your hair down. Keep alcohol intake to a minimum and if you are a smoker be discrete about it as many yachts frown upon smoking.
Get your business cards ready, make sure you look presentable and clean up your social media. Always have a professional photo on your social media and WhatsApp.
Get out of your comfort zone and set a target of introducing yourself to 5 new people each evening. The goal is not to secure a job but rather start getting to know more crew and understand their lingo. You can start by saying: "Hi I am so-and-so from (insert where you are from). I gave up my day job as a (insert previous career) and am trying to break into the yachting industry."
Try and think of 3 questions you can ask someone about themselves and experience for example:
Where are you from?
What did you do before yachting?
How did you get into yachting?
What are your favourite spots to hang out in Fort Lauderdale?
Best playlist to listen to while cleaning the $h!t out of the boat?
Tips for dealing with crazy owners?
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