CRC Crew

How do I become part of the CRC Team?

Commercial Rib Charter are Europe’s largest commercial Rib operator and are continuously striving to achieve and deliver the highest standards. We are very proud of our experienced and highly qualified team.

Although we are based in the UK, we are able to deploy our fleet worldwide which means we are able to offer employees an exciting opportunity to work as part of our freelance team across UK and Europe.

We are frequently asked, do you have any job opportunities at Commercial Rib Charter and if so what qualifications do I need to hold?

So with that in mind here are the answers:

 Freelance Skippers

We always require experienced and qualified skippers to join our trusted freelance team. Please see below the minimum qualifications requirements for skippers.

  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore – Must be Commercially Endorsed
  • STCW95 Basic Training – Firefighting, First Aid, PSSR and Sea Survival. Please note with the exception of PSSR each of these elements must be renewed every 5 years.
  • VHF Short Range Radio
  • ENG1 Medical

Freelance Crew

We always require experienced and qualified crew members to join our trusted freelance team. Please see below the minimum qualifications requirements for all of our freelance crew to hold.

  • STCW95 Basic Training – Firefighting, First Aid, PSSR and Sea Survival. Please note with the exception of PSSR each of these elements must be renewed every 5 years.
  • ENG1 Medical


Unfortunately CRC cannot offer work to anyone without the above qualifications.

If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications then we do not run or pay for training courses but we do have strong links with the recommended companies listed below to help you obtain these at a discounted price when quoting our reference. CRC will have notified these suppliers that you will be making contact.

Powerboat Training UK

For all RYA Powerboat, VHF, Radar course we highly recommend Powerboat Training UK.

PBTUK have been training CRC skippers and crew for over 10 years and deliver excellent courses. They can even tailor courses on our own vessels if required. Viv at PTUK is always happy to chat through your experience and existing qualifications to navigate a path towards the right qualifications if needed with RYA Advanced Powerboat, CoC and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power CoC being the two main options. Contact Viv on 01202 686666 or via office@powerboattraininguk.co.uk to take things forward.

For those not qualified yet Viv offers these comments:

“Most of the Skippers that we train for CRC have started out in RIBs progressing to being a Commercial Skipper helming the RIBs operated by CRC’s sister company Solent RIB Charter. The requirement to helm these RIBs is RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence. To achieve RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence (‘CoC’) (the CoC element meaning that the person was examined by a RYA Examiner rather than just completed a course) does take time and requires you to invest in qualifications and time helming craft to be a really effective and safe Skipper. In terms of theory courses you will need to achieve to the standard of the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course. Whilst you don’t technically actually need the qualification (you just need to be at that level) we find that potential Skippers who think they are at that level are kidding themselves and they are rarely anywhere near the level they need to be at. If you are serious about what can be a really rewarding career then  you should do the course.  You can’t just go in at the Yachtmaster Theory level though as you will almost certainly need to look at RYA Dayskipper Theory first. The STCW package through Fire aid is key too and there are a couple of other days of short courses you will need too. For those looking to Helm the larger CRC boats you will need RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Power) CoC. This is a step up from Advanced and qualifies you on craft up to 24m/200 tonnes. For Yachtmaster you will need to have undertaken 5 passages over 60 miles – 2 as Skipper and 2 at Night – you will need to show a total of over 2500 miles. Doing these in an open RIB doesn’t count so you will need to look at how you achieve these. The other route is straight to Yachtmaster by being crew on a larger boat building up skills, experience and then responsibility. You will need all the same qualifications but will work up alongside an experienced Skipper. There’s no best route and its really down to what opportunities you have. I’m always happy to chat these routes through with those planning a path to work for CRC and SRC longer term”

Fireaid

For SWTC Basic Safety Training, Fireaid are able to offer a full 5 day course. They are also able to offer accommodation.

If you do already hold the valid qualifications then please visit our Commercial Rib Charter Carers Page for more information on what to do next.