Crew Life

Raise the Bar: Beverage Speciality Course

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Nienke Oort

Absorbing the lingo and comfortably telling the difference between sweet and dry wines is a good place to start, but to really feel confident in making a recommendation and selecting food and wine pairings only professional traini... Read More

Captain Cameron Lee on Developing EfficientSea

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Sam Watson

Cameron Lee's game-changing EfficientSea App embodies the dictum that necessity is the mother of all invention. An experienced superyacht captain with over 85,000 sea miles under his belt, Lee was fed up with juggling paperwork an... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 2

Posted: 16th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

In part 2 of our overview of ecological cleaning techniques, Isobel Odendaal sings the praises of vinegar and has tips for cutting chemicals and waste in the laundry. In addition to reducing harm to marine life and decreasing wate... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 1

Posted: 10th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Eco-friendly products are improving all the time, along with a growing readiness to consider alternatives to the plastics that pollute our oceans. Ex-Stewardess and interior trainer, Isobel Odendaal, shares her tips on using natur... Read More

Crew Survey Results: Hiring Youth Over Experience

Posted: 3rd Jan 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

The publication of an article by Alison Rentoul last November, 'Hiring Captains: Youth Over Experience', caught the crest of a wave and sparked widespread debate on social media. It's an emotive subject that continues to rage, so ... Read More

What Interior Crew Want: The Crew Academy Survey

Posted: 21st Dec 2017

Written by: Elizabeth Dann

Building on the success of the GUEST Program, interior crew are increasingly seeking out more specialist courses to upskill and develop their careers. To get a better understanding
of the courses Steward/esses want, TCA recently ...
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Polish up Your Marble and Stone Care Skills!

Posted: 14th Dec 2017

Written by: Isobel Odendaal & Dawn Riordan

Marble and stone care experts Isobel Odendaal and Dawn Riordan leave no stone unturned in this comprehensive guide to looking after the expensive and beautiful materials in your yacht's interior, from bar tops and shower floors to... Read More

Hiring Captains - Youth over Experience?

Posted: 5th Nov 2017

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The debate around the relative merits of hiring young captains over more experienced captains continues to rage, and for many it really is a case of rage. It's a fact that many older captains are being passed over and, while pay i... Read More

Create Wow Moments as a Beverage Specialist

Posted: 30th Oct 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort

When can you call yourself a beverage specialist? When you have special knowledge about cocktails, wines, whiskeys, lager and teas? But in an environment where service of the highest level is expected, like on board a yacht, would... Read More

Captains & Senior Crew Ready to Develop Themselves

Posted: 15th Oct 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort

The yacht industry is growing. Not only are more ships being built, they are also growing in size. A 140-meter yacht is no longer an exception. However, the larger the ship, the more crew are needed onboard. Captains and senior cr... Read More

Luxury Hospitality & Asaro: Teaching crew to think outside the box

Posted: 3rd Oct 2017

Written by: Peter Vogel

Luxury Hospitality and Asaro are teaching yacht crew how to think outside the box in order to create bespoke events for owners and guests at the very highest level. It's a unique collaboration and at the start of the course it's i... Read More

Yachting Industry Raises the Bar Yet Again

Posted: 2nd Oct 2017

Written by: Diana van Kamp

The yachting industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. As we speak there are around 5,800 private yachts and this number is expected to grow to 6,100 by the year 2020. This means the demand for qualified crew... Read More

Work with a Leader Instead of a Boss

Posted: 7th Sep 2017

Written by: Peter Vogel

Many industries have started working with a method of giving teams leadership instead of tasks. Letting the team work with you instead of for you; work based on motivation, instead of authority. This turnaround is increasingly bei... Read More

Keys to Deploying New Maintenance Software Onboard

Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

The decision to adopt a new technology onboard is a significant decision. With any new product, component or software comes an inherent learning curve and with that, stumbles along the way. Engineering departments can be effective... Read More

Positive Vibes at the GUEST Event in Antibes

Posted: 1st Aug 2017

Written by: Sophie Leach

During the summer in Antibes, a selection of junior and senior interior crew congregated at the Royal Hotel to participate in a day of training workshops offered by GUEST, the yachting industry standard for interior training. From... Read More

The Untapped Potential of Water

Posted: 25th Jun 2017

Written by: Steve Wright

Not all water is the same and not for the reasons you might expect. The tap water I use to fill my fish tank is positively charged, which is why algae and water borne diseases can thrive. But the water inside the cells of my fish... Read More

Riding a Yacht in Transit

Posted: 22nd Jun 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

Ever wondered what it would be like to cross the Atlantic on a superyacht? And what about crossing the Atlantic on a yacht that’s on an even bigger ship? Floating yacht transport ships carrying superyachts around the world has bec... Read More

Providing Guests with the Ultimate Service Experience

Posted: 16th Jun 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort & Robyn Santa Maria

Working in luxury hospitality aboard a cruise ship or a superyacht while earning a nice salary and travelling the world certainly sounds like a dream job. And it can be, but working as crew is not for everyone. Only those who pos... Read More

Lower Stress With Better Breathing

Posted: 10th May 2017

Written by: Noona Ayres

As we enter the yachting season in the Med, whether you’re working on a busy charter yacht or based in an office, we all know stress can take its toll on our health and sense of wellbeing. But if we can’t reduce the workload, we c... Read More

Crew Health: The Benefits of Fish Oils

Posted: 26th Mar 2017

Written by: Rudi Keil

In today’s world we are exposed to such an overload of information when it comes to health and wellness, with endless studies declaring new rules on what we should eat. Fortunately things are pretty clear when it comes to fish oil... Read More

Total Superyacht App - The Future of Interior Operations

Posted: 23rd Feb 2017

Written by: Jodie Clarke

When it comes to interior operations, there has never been a more powerful or simple-to-use piece of software that encompasses everything from SOPs, familiarizations and training to crew certificates and hours of rest. The Total S... Read More

Sous-Vide: Making Life Easier for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 20th Feb 2017

Written by: Jacqui Leigh

Most of you will have heard about – or remember – the heady days of 1970’s boil-in-the-bag cooking, allowing us to conjure up tasteless pieces of cod in a watery white sauce in under five minutes. Today it's back in vogue under a ... Read More

NeKo: Putting the Vision into Yacht Provisions

Posted: 15th Feb 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

NeKo certainly knows how to make an impression, and anyone who attended the 2014 MYBA Charter Show in Genoa will remember their spectacular stand and lively after show drinks along Porto Antico’s Molo Vecchia. Three years on, NeKo... Read More

New Chef Training Package from Secrets de Cuisine

Posted: 10th Feb 2017

Written by: Jacqui Leigh

Secrets de Cuisine now offers a new training package for yacht chefs, incorporating the MCA Ship's Cook Certificate Assessment and Level 3 Food Safety Training with virtual learning environment (VLE) access, an attractively priced... Read More

Crew Health: The Importance of Hydration

Posted: 5th Feb 2017

Written by: Rudi Keil

Reading about New Year’s Resolutions in February may make you want to groan, but it's never too late to make positive changes for your health and diet - especially changes you can easily stick to while working onboard your yacht. ... Read More

The Assessment in Marine Cookery: Nothing to be scared of!

Posted: 1st Feb 2017

Written by: Andrew Maxwell

We’ve had an interesting few months at Tante Marie Culinary Academy since starting delivery of the Assessment in Marine Cookery - a key requirement for the Ship’s Cook Certificate of Competency. At the same time there seems to hav... Read More

Interior Training: Old School with a Modern Twist

Posted: 27th Jan 2017

Written by: OnboardOnline

When it comes to high end hospitality, etiquette and manners are timeless fundamentals. But fashions change, and owners are also getting younger, perhaps with different expectations. Does this pose a challenge for interior trainer... Read More

The Mystery, Sorry History, of Waste Water

Posted: 9th Jan 2017

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

Since as long as people have used the water for transportation there has been the need to rid vessels of all the waste that human bodies emit on a daily basis. In the early days a simple wooden platform over the side of the ship s... Read More

The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

Posted: 27th Dec 2016

Written by: Nadine Escudero

The oil extracted from coconut meat has been proven to have a number of health benefits as well as a range of uses in cooking, personal care, around the house and for pets. It’s something of a miracle product, and for many years p... Read More

The 5 Best Scuba Diving Accessories

Posted: 23rd Dec 2016

Written by: Zahra Pettican

Scuba diving is one of the most rewarding activities you can do during a luxury yacht charter but it also presents unique dangers, and divers rely heavily on their training and equipment to keep them safe. Whether a novice or a se... Read More

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