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Below Deck with Emily Warburton-Adams

Nov 11th 16
By Steve Davis


Dockwalk had the pleasure of chatting with Second Stewardess Emily Warburton-Adams, crewmember on Bravo TV’s reality show Below Deck.  


“I didn’t go into Below Deck to be famous,” she says. “It was a fun experience. I went on and was myself and did my job.” As an experienced stew, the transition wasn’t too difficult having just come off a boat. “The guests still have to be served the same way, and you still have to do all the crew laundry, and everything still has to be cleaned, and there are still turnover days, and it’s harder because you’re being filmed doing it.…It’s the fun of it, and [people] should look at it more lightly; it’s a reality TV show.” She added that some of the yachts she previously worked on had characters similar to those on the show. “It’s drama, but there’s always drama when you work on a yacht.”

After she finished her schooling in the UK, Warburton-Adams decided to get some real life experience, training as a masseuse, working as an event planner, and living paycheck to paycheck. It was at the suggestion of a friend that she looked into yachting, and within two months, she completed the required courses and headed to Antibes to find a job.

She registered with the agencies and was offered a couple of positions, but felt it was important to know more about the boat on which she would find her first job. Enlisting her fun and creative side, she baked ginger cookies, attached a mini CV to each package, and hit the docks. In four days, she landed her first job.

“I interviewed with the captain and the chief stew, learned about my role, learned about the itinerary, and [felt confident that I’d be safe and comfortable with the crew],” she says. The six-month seasonal position on a 45-meter charter yacht began the learning process. “I learned very quickly that no matter how much experience you do have on land — whether events, hospitality, or service — yachting is so individual. You have to have that first season — you make mistakes, you learn, and you get better, and you need that foundation.” Working with a fleet management company, “I was on four boats for two and a half years as a stew/masseuse and second stew,” she says. After an Atlantic crossing and a season in the Caribbean on her last boat, Below Deck came along and her life now provides a variety of opportunities.

She recently introduced a website to share the information she’s learned working in yachting and to promote health and wellness. The website is a “platform for people to get an insider’s guide to yachting, whether they are in the industry [or] want to know how to get into it [as well as] an insight into what to expect when on the boat,” she says. From a blog about Below Deck (as episodes air this season) and maintaining health, fitness, and wellness, the site includes a travel section that highlights “what to do and where to go,” such as salons, excursions, and night clubs around the Med. Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, and Miami are upcoming. She also is studying to be a health coach and represents the vitamin company Vital.

Through thick and thin, good and bad, yachting teaches everyone something they might not have known about themselves. “I learned I can handle high-pressure, demanding situations a lot better than I thought I could,” she says, and when asked about yachting as a career, she adds, “It’s a great industry to be involved in….I think it’s a great career move to make in that you’re learning a lot of practical skills, and, speaking from the interior, the skills that I’ve learned in management, accounting, service, hospitality, and serving very high-caliber guests as well as working and living amongst a very tight-knit community, I could leave and get a job in high-end restaurants, hotels, and you’re [also] very valuable to agencies, brokers, and [others] because you know the industry and how it runs. You’re open to a world of [possibilities].”

When Below Deck finished filming, she was asked back to her previous boat, showing that her actions on the show had no adverse effects and didn’t affect her career. “It’s how you’ve worked in the past and how previous boats know you as a worker,” she says. She considers going back on board, but for now, she is currently working on new projects and applying the benefits of Below Deck, her time on yachts, and what she’s learned. “You learn a lot about looking after yourself and for others,” she says. “You’re traveling and saving money, and that’s so hard to do nowadays. You could potentially save money for a house….This is a job that could make you very happy.” 

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