About me
I am Brazilian, piscean and traveller. Working as a yacht stewardess gives me the oportunitty to be close to the ocean, which is where I always wanted to be. This blog is the result of a desire to share my life with people who are seeking for a new adventure and also to help those who cross my path. Welcome to my world!
My first experience as a Stewardess
It all started with a call from the capitain
15/03/2017 - Updated on 30/03/2017 08h40
 
 
You know when people say “Opportunity seldom knocks twice”? Well, it did in mine! I will give you a quick background about the story so you can support me on my decision of having denied my dream job one day.
 
I arrived in Australia in 2009. After working as a cleanner, waitress and glasser, I had finally found something that made me feel, how can I say ... "I'm working on a real job outside my country". That’s how I felt in that occasion.  If you, just like me, left your country looking for a new adventure, you will understand what I am talking about.
 
At that time, I worked as a carer in an aged care facility. Aged Care facilities in Australia, if you compare to Brazil, are like hotels with people trained to take good care of every resident. Below the function of a nurse are the carers, who have a responsibility to care for the residents' well being with bathing, feeding, entertainment and even changing diapers if necessary.  For those who have frowning faces for the description of the activity, let me tell you that this was one of the most rewarding professions I've ever had.
 
To summarize, I was finally feeling I could restart my life in Australia.  It was a country where I always wanted to live, and because of the career I was building, I would be able to try for a residence visa in the future.
 
Everything was going very well, until I got a call from the captain, with whom I had already worked before, offering a full time job on a yacht that would travel the South Pacific. The guests would always be the same Australian family. Too good to be true, right? And I denied! I said no! because all I wanted was to continue my work as a carer, from Monday to Friday, living the life I always dreamed of in Australia.
 
After three months, he called me again. This time, he went further with the proposal. He wanted me to travel from Gold Coast to Whitsundays on a five days trial.  If I didn’t like the job, he wouldn’t insist anymore.
 
I accepted the challenge I packed my bag and two weeks later I was starting a job  that would completely change my life.
 

 
The boat was beautiful, the family was amazing, the kids were adorably cute and the itinerary was a dream coming true! And when I thought everything was perfect, I was welcomed by a little family of dolphins on my first night aboard - it was my first dolphin encounter!
 
After such an amazing experience, I said yes! I accepted, I jumped into the life on the high seas, faced the challenges of becaming a Stewardess and I did not regret it.  Of course, not everything is perfect.  I’ve been through some unusual situations until I was approved in the industry. But this is the subject for another post. 

What about you? Are you trying to get into the industry? What challenges are you facing? 
 




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André Menezesem 22/03/2017, às 05h30
Oi Sabrina, muito bacana sua história de vida e profissão. Sou velejador e velejei pelo Caribe 3 vzs. Hoje moro em Melbourne na Australia mas nunca saiu de minha cabeça a vida no mar, porém não tenho fluência no inglês e estou estudando. Trabalho aqui e velejo em regatas qdo o tempo me permite. Vc viaja em veleiros de qtos pés? Vc faz o q sempre pensei em fazer mas não sabia bem como. Adorei seu site e passarei p uma amiga q quer desbravar o mundo c vc. Td de bom p vc, bons ventos e até a próxima. Abço!
The Yacht Stewardessem 23/03/2017, às 10h59
Oi Andre, que historia legal a sua. Me identifiquei muito com o fato da vida em alto mar estar sempre presente na sua vida, e claro, com o fato de morar na Australia, esse pais e' demais! Eu trabalhei em um barco a motor de 100 pes por 3 anos. No momento, estou entre um barco e outro, mas acredito que voltarei para um com no maximo 120 pes, eu gosto de barcos pequenos. Poxa Andre, ainda da tempo de voce fazer. Vamos conversar mais sobre o assunto, quem sabe eu nao possa te ajudar de alguma forma? E sim, quanto mais pessoas a  gente influenciar para sair e ver o mundo, melhor! Se a sua amiga tiver alguma duvida, peca para ela entrar em contato comigo. Abraco e boa sorte com tudo, inclusive com o mar ;)
André Menezesem 23/03/2017, às 22h23
Oi Sabrina, q bom receber sua tão atenciosa e motivadora resposta. Sempre velejei em barcos de no máximo 50 pés, e por 2 vzs os trouxe do Caribe, St Maaten e Curaçao como contratado pelo delivery . Sei q tem uma demanda pra essa área na Europa etc, mas a sua área é mais estável e penso ser um pouco menos trabalhosa pois os veleiros nem sempre são bem cuidados e dão muito serviço. Sem falar nas previsões de tempo q sempre nos deixam de cara c os desafios do mar e ventos  bravos. Mas aprendi muito e tenho saudades das travessias. Os barcos q vc navega devem ser lindos e muito confortáveis. Teria como vc por fotos aqui no site?? Fiquei curioso, pois vi inúmeros barcos gigantes em St Maarten, mas nunca os visitei.

Aqui na Australia trabalho numa fábrica e renovei essa semana meu visto. Vou pesquisar sobre cursos em Melbourne nessa área. 

Bom, quero finalizar dizendo q vc é uma guerreira do mar e muito simpática. Desejo um mar de almirante p vc e adoraria sempre manter contato.
Abraço e obg!
Joyceem 10/09/2017, às 05h37
Hi Sabrina! I am trying to get into the yacht industry as well. I used to work in the cruise ships but find it a little too mechanical already, after about 6 years. I tried to send my application a couple of years back but I was denied. This time around I wanted to try again. Your site is very interesting, I was able to peek into the life of a yacht crew, not only with how things work perhaps but also the joys and trials that come your way. I hope that I will find my luck also and be able to finally work in a yacht.Thank you. Take care always!
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