The word discrimination is becoming more commonly heard in the yachting industry. We can acknowledge that yachting can be in the best of times, a fickle environment in which to work and live in. As such, we along with fellow industry insiders, feel that it is time for the industry to be reflective of a profession we should be proud to be a part of.
Speaking with Kacee in a recent vlog, we discussed a very contentious topic being discrimination in yachting and how this is putting the industry at a disadvantage…
Kacee reported that she is what you consider your above average weight size for yachting and as such, felt that she was discriminated against based on her size, her bust and hair colour. This discrimination was felt even within the recruitment agencies where she would attend interviews.
Kacee is hard worker, has a can do attitude, a passion for the industry as well as shows loyalty towards her employers across all industries. Why wouldn’t you want to hire her?
I hear more and more captains complain that they cannot find quality crew and I feel this is largely due to the industry’s ignorance towards soft skills when recruiting.
I think it is time for the industry to cast their judgement aside as it isn’t doing them any favours. We need to take a hard look at what makes a successful yacht and it’s certainly not good looks and a tiny waist and nor is it being ripped and looking like the cover model of Men’s Health.
Finding the right crew to fit your boat requires interpersonal skills, good judgement and emotional intelligence.
At The Crew Coach we want to drive this change within the industry, however it first starts with education. We want to see you succeed and be the best leader you can be while supporting a positive culture shift within the industry, however, this takes a willingness to take the first step and that is investing in yourself and your professional development.