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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Exploring Loneliness Among Crew

Posted: 5th May 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

You could say that the world that we live in is more connected than ever. We may be thousands of miles away from our friends and family yet we can communicate with them instantly via social media. Why then is loneliness so prevalent? Read More

ISWAN: A Lifeline for Crew over the Holidays

Posted: 17th Dec 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

Any crew members struggling or feeling lonely this holiday period can access support day or night, from anywhere in the world, through the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network’s (ISWAN) free, confidential helpline service. Read More

Superyacht Sector on Verge of Mental Health Crisis

Posted: 9th Dec 2021

Written by: Charlotte Flake

The superyacht sector is steering towards a mental health crisis with one-in-five crew members suffering from stress, anxiety or loneliness while on board, and one in three having faced similar problems in the past, according to a new report. Read More

Haute Healing on the Côte d’Azur with Azur Wellness

Posted: 26th Nov 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

While it’s fair to say that the Côte d’Azur is not known for its wellness retreats, that is starting to change with the advent of Azur Wellness, which was set up by Toronto-born former superyacht chef Christine Paul at the beginning of 2021. Read More

Battling Mental Health On Board with Seas The Mind

Posted: 4th Oct 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

As a crew member for more than 15 years, Emma Ross has been through her fair share of ups and downs. Long periods of time spent away from family, minimal privacy, breakdowns, drug addiction, deaths and suicide, Emma has seen it all. That’s where Seas the Mind comes in. Read More

New Year, New You - The Power of Sankalpa

Posted: 10th Dec 2020

Written by: Noona Ayres - Revitalize

The new year is the perfect time to take stock of those areas of our lives where we want to achieve greater balance. New Year’s resolutions rarely last, usually because we’ve set unrealistic goals but here's a remedy to strengthen your resolve. Read More

Growing Awareness of Support for Crew Mental Health

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Karen Passman

This year a lot of work has gone into supporting seafarers' mental health, from the agreed standards to certify crew in ‘Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing Training’, to the launch of ISWAN’s 24 hour support line for superyacht crew - YachtCrewHelp.org.

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Serious Allergy On Board - Advice for Crew

Posted: 3rd Nov 2020

Written by: Dr. David Irons

Serious allergies have been shown to be on the increase. When we talk about 'serious', we mean something which may be or is life-threatening, usually rapidly in most cases although there are rarer, different, slow-developing allergies that could happen after exposure. Read More

Lynne Edwards - Reflecting on an Industry State of Mind

Posted: 21st Sep 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

At the height of the pandemic, the world of yachting began discussions behind the scenes about our lives and the future of the planet. Unsurprisingly, mental health also came to the fore and Lynne Edwards of Luxury Hospitality shared her candid view on the industry’s way forward. Read More

Sexual Harassment in the Superyacht Industry 2020

Posted: 1st Jul 2020

Written by: Lynne Edwards

I wrote an article for OnboardOnline back in 2015 discussing the extent of sexual harassment in the superyacht industry, but how has this changed five years on? We can expect to have seen some significant changes in all aspects of the industry. Read More

Yacht Crew Help - ISWAN Achieves Target to Build Crew Mental Health Portal

Posted: 7th May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

This week 'An Hour with Colin Squire' was dedicated to the topic of mental health, helping to raise funds for ISWAN to develop a new portal specifically for superyacht crew. Today Colin is delighted to announce that the target has been reached but donations are still welcome! Read More

How Yoga and Meditation can Help During Lockdown

Posted: 24th Apr 2020

Written by: Reni Horvath

Physical isolation and the fear of an uncertain future can lead to strong emotions and increased anxiety, so in the following article I would like to introduce you to the power of conscious breath, yoga and meditation in managing mental health. Read More

The Crew Coach Discusses Mental Health with Damian Chaparro

Posted: 14th Apr 2020

Written by: Karine Rayson

The Crew Coach, Karine Rayson, discusses everything from alcohol addiction and managing your wellbeing when living in confined spaces to social media addiction in a three-part interview with Damian Chaparro, the co-founder of the Aroha retreat. Read More

Covid-19 Guidance for TYHA & British Marine Members

Posted: 8th Apr 2020

Written by: British Marine

British Marine has released the following guidance for marina operators designed to assist readers in supporting the nation’s focus to fight COVID-19. The most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to save lives. Read More

The Crew Coach Guide on How to Manage in a Crisis

Posted: 24th Mar 2020

Written by: Karine Rayson

To help crew overcome the distress and help manage your reactions in a crisis, The Crew Coach has put together a comprehensive guide on how to manage in a crisis as no one is ever really prepared, and for the most part, it is unexpected. Read More

Choose your Mood- Positive Thinking Versus Negative Spiral

Posted: 17th Dec 2019

Written by: Sara Ballinger

Emotional wellbeing is a hot topic in today’s society, and more and more cases of depression and anxiety are being openly discussed. No longer a taboo, we can now express ourselves more candidly if we choose to. Read More

Managing Your Emotional Responses On Board

Posted: 9th Dec 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

So often we confuse thoughts with feelings, so in this article we discuss a few tips to help you unhook yourself from your distressing emotions so that they don’t negatively affect your time onboard. Read More

Breathing Exercises to Keep you Calm On Board

Posted: 6th Dec 2019

Written by: Reni Horvath

Depression, anxiety and stress are increasing in the life of many crew members, but what if we told you that by changing the way you breathe, you can become more resilient and even change your life? Read More

Crew Tips for Better Rest and Sleep

Posted: 5th Nov 2019

Written by: John Breese

While working onboard a superyacht is an extremely exciting proposition, it also comes with certain challenges – one of the most important being disruptions to your sleep schedule, which is bound to be an irregular one on board. Read More

Crew Tips for Avoiding Injury Onboard

Posted: 30th Oct 2019

Written by: Reni Horvath

While working onboard a superyacht sounds like a fantastic opportunity to travel the seas and explore the world, beyond the surface there’s a lot of hard work. Crew can easily be on their feet for up to 16 hours a day, with owners... Read More

Crew Look After Superyachts, but who Looks After Crew?

Posted: 28th Oct 2019

Written by: Melanie Langley

Superyacht crewing has become one of the go-to careers for young men and women looking to earn great money while sailing to exotic locations aboard multi-million-dollar luxury yachts. It's crucial you protect yourself with an indi... Read More

Let's Talk About Mental Health at Sea

Posted: 10th Oct 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on October 10th to encourage open conversations about mental health conditions which is extremely important because let’s face it, even though working at sea onboard a superyacht mi... Read More

Mindfulness Trends in the Workplace

Posted: 4th Sep 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

In today’s industry, high crew turnover is increasingly becoming a problem. Largely a result of burnout or interpersonal conflict among crew, it’s necessary that heads of departments are better equipped in implementing strategies ... Read More

Managing Your Mental Health Onboard

Posted: 29th Aug 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

The mental health of seafarers is a hot topic and, with greater understanding of its impact in the workplace, the superyacht industry is taking stock. With one in four people struggling with poor mental health at some point in the... Read More

Mental Health Handbook from The Crew Coach

Posted: 23rd Jun 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Recently, the Life is for Living event took place in Palma, an event championed by yacht crew and local business owners to raise awareness of mental health in the yachting industry. To share this information more widely, I've comp... Read More

Calls for Crew Wellbeing to be Enshrined in Law

Posted: 13th Jun 2019

Written by: Helen Kelly - Nautilus Int.

As shocking statistics on seafarer suicides and depression are published, calls are growing for crew wellbeing to be linked with ship safety and included in international regulations. Meanwhile, shipowners are being urged to impro... Read More

Annual Insurance Review: MSCB Has Your Back

Posted: 26th Feb 2019

Written by: Michael Weare

Another year, another insurance review. It doesn’t sound too exciting does it, but there is no doubt, as a busy yacht crew professional it’s vital to get your insurance needs in order before another hectic year of sailing gets und... Read More

7 Reasons for Crew to Have Personal Medical Insurance

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Melanie Langley

While superyacht crew are exceptionally good at giving first class service to their guests, they’re also notoriously bad at looking after themselves when it comes to the vital area of medical insurance. But to ensure a long and he... Read More

ISWAN Delivers Report on The Welfare of Superyacht Crew

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Tom Holmer

The findings of new research into the welfare needs of superyacht crew were presented last week at a seminar held at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London, highlighting key areas for improvement with a number of recommendations. Read More

Maternity Cover for Seafarers

Posted: 23rd Jul 2018

Written by: Melanie Langley

Pregnancy onboard can be a difficult voyage for the unprepared and the uninsured female and your employment rights may not be protected in the same way as they would be on dry land. As a woman you need to equip yourself with the f... Read More

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