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Raising the Bar with a Luxury Hospitality Beverage Specialist 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 train... Read More

Yacht Crew Survey Results: Hiring Youth Over Experience

Posted: 3rd Jan 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Hiring youth over experience is an emotive subject that continues to rage, so much so that seasoned Captains Adrian Croft and Rod Hatch put together a survey to explore the issues further and collect some industry data. Here we pr... Read More

What Interior Crew Want: The Crew Academy Survey

Posted: 21st Dec 2017

Written by: Elizabeth Dann

Interior crew are increasingly seeking out more specialist courses to upskill and develop their careers, and to get a better understanding of the courses steward/esses want, TCA conducted a survey at an Acrew event in La Ciotat. H... Read More

Hiring Captains - Youth over Experience?

Posted: 5th Nov 2017

Written by: Alison Rentoul

It's a fact that many older captains are being passed over and, while pay is often cited as the reason, in reality there may be many factors at play. Here a 53 year old captain vents his frustration and The Crew Coach offers some ... Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Creating Wow Moments as a Beverage Specialist

Posted: 30th Oct 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort

In an environment where service of the highest level is expected, like on board a yacht, beverage specialists are expected to go above and beyond to create ‘wow’ moments by presenting the unexpected or a unique mix that surprises ... Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Captains & Senior Crew Self Development

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 metre yacht is no longer an exception. However, the larger the ship, the more crew are needed on board. 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. Read More

Raising Yacht Crew Standards with Luxury Hospitality

Posted: 2nd Oct 2017

Written by: Diana van Kamp

The yachting industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and Luxury Hospitality Academy is already taking service standards to the next level by providing the tools and guidance needed by interior crew, HODs an... Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Working with a Leader Instead of a Boss

Posted: 7th Sep 2017

Written by: Peter Vogel

Historically there is a hierarchy on board superyachts, and while this is certainly important, it is also an area where better results can be achieved through teamwork than ‘under a boss’. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Providing Guests with the Ultimate Service Experience

Posted: 16th Jun 2017

Written by: Nienke Oort & Robyn Santa Maria

Working on board a superyacht certainly sounds like a dream job, and it can be. But working as crew is not for everyone. Only those who possess a service-minded attitude and who are prepared to work exceptionally hard will succeed... Read More

Introducing the 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

The Crew Coach Announces the Superyacht Scholarship 2017

Posted: 21st Dec 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Building on the success of the 2016 Superyacht Scholarship, The Crew Coach is delighted to announce that the 2017 edition is now open, giving four more young crew members the opportunity of a lifetime to develop their career in th... Read More

Warsash: Unlimited Officer Cadetship for Superyacht Crew

Posted: 28th Oct 2016

Written by: Lars Lippuner

The first program of its kind to issue a UK MCA Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency (CoC), Warsash Superyacht Academy has introduced a new officer cadet training program tailored specifically to the superyac... Read More

Tag Global: Yacht Crew & Private Jets

Posted: 14th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Private aircrafts with fewer than 19 seats are not legally required to have trained cabin crew, and many yacht crew, as well as nannies and bodyguards, find themselves working on board their bosses’ private jet without any specifi... Read More

Life After Yachting Workshops with Caroline Rossy

Posted: 18th Aug 2016

Written by: Caroline Rossy

To help plan for your life after yachting, Caroline Rossy will be hosting workshops every Saturday in Antibes to help you to see where you are at in this 'new' life creation, whether it's still just an idea, or whether you already... Read More

PYA Supporting Today's Superyacht Crew: VIDEO

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

With so many people unaware of the enormous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in yachting, the PYA has released a video to explain some of the projects and initiatives it is currently involved with, and the benefits to... Read More

Could your STCW be Invalid on 1st January 2017?

Posted: 27th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Tiffany, Stewardess: “I heard something about STCW certificates needing to be updated by the first of January next year but I’m confused who this applies to and whether I need to do it - can you clarify? Read More

STCW Basic Safety Training Updates: Don’t get Caught Out!

Posted: 22nd Apr 2016

Written by: Lars Lippuner / Warsash Superyacht Academy

When the STCW Convention was conceived in 1978 and finally came into force in 1984 there was no requirement for mandatory safety training. This only changed with the 1995 Amendments coming into force in 2002. Read More

The Crew Coach: Hold out for a Couple's Job or go it Alone?

Posted: 20th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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, how can ... Read More

The Crew Coach: Who Needs a Food Hygiene Certificate?

Posted: 13th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The Crew Coach discusses which Food Hygiene Certificates crew will need as an entry-level stew, and whether it is compulsory for everyone, or just for chefs and stews. Read More

PYA to Endorse ACREW Workshops

Posted: 7th Apr 2016

Written by: Carey Secrett

The Professional Yachting Association has joined forces with ACREW to endorse the content of certain workshops on offer at their professional development events. Read More

Palma or Antibes? Pros and Cons for Crew Jobs

Posted: 30th Mar 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The old Antibes vs Palma debate has been going on for decades, but there are benefits to both, depending on what you’re looking for, your budget, and your personal preferences. Read More

PYA: Update on Training and Certification

Posted: 9th Mar 2016

Written by: PYA

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. Read More

The Crew Coach Announces Superyacht Scholarship Winners | OnboardOnline

Posted: 2nd Mar 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Winners of the Superyacht Scholarship Competition, launched by Alison Rentoul, The Crew Coach, were announced in a live webinar today, 2 March. Read More

The Crew Coach: How Multitasking Makes Yacht Crew Less Productive

Posted: 25th Feb 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

While captains may find working on one job before moving onto the next, The Crew Coach explains why the natural way of doing things is actually better: at least in theory. Read More

The Crew Coach: Why Yacht Captains Need to Listen to Crew

Posted: 7th Jan 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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 li... Read More

YPI Crew: Confidentiality and NDAs on Superyachts

Posted: 18th Dec 2015

Written by: Jason Scott

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. Read More

The Crew Coach: Bridging the Generation Gap with Younger Crew

Posted: 2nd Dec 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

When longstanding crew resist changes to the system and culture brought about by new crew members, captains must find a way to bring harmony to this team of two halves. Read More

The Crew Coach: Publishing Public Photos of a Yacht

Posted: 25th Nov 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

It's extremely important for all yacht crew to use discretion with any photos taken of boats, particularly those that you or your friends work on, to avoid getting yourself or friends into trouble. Read More

The Crew Coach: How Writing Better Job Ads will Find Better Crew

Posted: 28th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Considering we demand professional candidates that are well suited to our yacht’s individual culture and demands, it’s not surprising we sometimes fail to find the right candidates when our descriptions are so vague. Read More


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