Dock Walking can be a daunting factor for those new to the industry, but it's a rite of passage for most. It can also seem quite tedious but it's important to remain motivated, optimistic and keep going.
Some tips to help you succeed:
- Dress for the job you want. Smart appearance, clean and tidy and don't forget appropriate yet comfortable shoes.
- Be polite and courteous, remember those you're approaching have a job to do so may not always have the time to chat.
- Be observant – if a crew is in their formal whites, the owner is likely to be onboard so don't approach the vessel.
- Have your CV or a business card available, leave it with a crew member or in an appropriate place.
- Be up and out bright and early or around lunch times, this is when crew may be on the dock.
- Check online, there are sites available to show you boats on their way into the marina who may need a hand onboard.
Hopefully you'll be able to find day work which could lead into a full-time position. If it doesn't, remember to ask politely for a reference and leave on good terms as they may ask you back or recommend you in the future.