• Hold out for a Couple's Job or go it Alone?

    Posted: 20th April 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Q: Lisa, 28, Chef: “My boyfriend and I are in Antibes looking for a couple’s job: he is a deckhand and I am a chef. We’ve been told by practically everyone that because we’re new in yachting we don’t have much hope of getting a job together, but we really want to wait as long as we can before we go for jobs on different boats.
  • Who Needs a Food Hygiene Certificate?

    Posted: 13th April 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Jess, prospective stewardess, 22: “I’m about to come to Antibes and have booked my STCW, but now I hear that I have to do a food hygiene course as well. People I’ve spoken to are a bit confused about it. Which level will I need as an entry-level stew, and is it compulsory for everyone, or just for chefs and stews? I’ve found an online one, will that be enough- or do I need to do it with a trainer in Antibes when I get there?”

    Posted: 7th April 2016 | Written by: Carey Secrett

    The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) has worked with ACREW to endorse the content of certain workshops on offer at their professional development events. It will be clear which workshops are endorsed by the PYA when registering at these events and your attendance can now be recorded in the PYA Crew Work Book.
  • Palma or Antibes: Pros and Cons for Crew Jobs

    Posted: 30th March 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Rob, 22: I’m trying to decide whether to fly to Antibes or Palma to start my job search. I’ve got friends who work on yachts but they are completely divided on which place is better. I’m not ruling out motoryachts but I think I want to work on sailboats and I’ve heard Palma is better for that? Some people seem to think the big sailboats are all around the French Riviera - who should I listen to?
  • PYA Update on Training and Certification

    Posted: 9th March 2016 | Written by: PYA

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    When MSN 1858 came out to replace MSN 1802, there was an error made with the wording for required service to gain exemption from completing the Training Record Book for OOW 3000gt (Y) candidates.
  • Packing Essentials for New Yacht Crew

    Posted: 9th March 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    So many people have been asking me this question lately I thought I’d resend this article about what to pack when you’re coming to the South of France to look for work on yachts.
  • Superyacht Scholarship Winners Announced!

    Posted: 2nd March 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Winners of the Superyacht Scholarship Competition, launched by Alison Rentoul, The Crew Coach, were announced in a live webinar today, 2 March.
  • How Multitasking Makes you less Productive

    Posted: 25th February 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Q: Captain, Alastair, 37: “I hate to admit this, but I’m really bad at multitasking. By nature, I like to finish a job before I start another one, and don’t like being distracted by other things. The problem is that as a new Captain I’m finding my way of working is just not practical.
  • Are You on Transmit Only?

    Posted: 7th January 2016 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Q: Captain, 42: "At the end of last year my first mate left because he said my inability to listen was doing his head in. The thing is I’m not really sure exactly what I’m doing wrong a lot of the time, or what to do about it. How do I learn to listen better?”
  • Confidentiality and NDAs on Superyachts

    Posted: 18th December 2015 | Written by: Jason Scott

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    It’s easier than ever to broadcast our lives but it’s important to remember that some things should be kept confidential and out of our news feeds - especially when working on a luxury superyacht.
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