Below Deck Producers Open Up About What It's Really Like Filming the Show

Below Deck's executive producers "couldn't be more proud" of the female leaders in front of and behind the camera.

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With drama among the crew, demanding charter guests, and unexpected emergencies always popping up, Below Deck definitely looks like a challenge to film — and you don't even know the half of it.

The people behind Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht are revealing exactly what it's like to film each of these franchises in a video celebrating the female leaders in front of and behind the camera shared on Bravo's Instagram in honor of Women's History Month in March.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht executive producer Jill Goslicky shared that working on the show "requires you to put together a puzzle every day." Lauren Simms, who is the executive producer of Below Deck, also underscored the challenges of filming on a yacht. "Everything on the water is harder," she said. "Everything about working on a boat is harder."

Filming can sometimes be a little chaotic, according to Goslicky. "We are just chasing the cast and their jobs and their antics and the trouble that they get into," she said.

Below Deck Med executive producer Nadine Rajabi revealed that there are "GoPros everywhere" so they don't miss a thing that's happening on the yacht. "We get to shoot them through everything," she said.

Rajabi also shared her favorite part of working on Below Deck Med. "But what I love most truly is the camaraderie," she said. "When they say it takes a village, that's truly what this show is."

Of course, these executive producers are proud of the fact that women are leading the way on Below Deck, including behind the scenes. "I feel like the Below Deck franchise as a whole is a little bit an anomaly in the industry," Goslicky explained. "There are a lot of women in leadership roles. There are a lot of women that put this show together."

Citing Below Deck Med Season 5's all-female department heads, Rajabi said, "Our job is, no matter what the yachting industry actually thinks, is to keep pushing the envelope."

"I love shattering stereotypes," Simms added. "I love breaking the glass ceiling." 

Rajabi said that she "couldn't be more proud" to be "part of that change."

Want more Below Deck Sailing Yacht? New episodes air every Monday at 9/8c or catch up on the Bravo app.

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