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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

The Crew Coach: When to Keep Interviewing or Wait for an Offer

Posted: 21st Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

When it comes to job offers, everything can change in an instant. The job may evaporate, the captain might choose someone else, or the yacht might decide to delay the hiring decision, so it's wise to keep looking right up until th... Read More

The Crew Coach: How to Leave a Boat on Good Terms

Posted: 6th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

There are a numnber of ways in which you can minimise the fallout when resigning from a yacht job, and it’s important to start with why captains often react so badly to crew quitting. Read More

Minutes from the PYA Sea Changes Forum for Engineering and Deck

Posted: 2nd Oct 2015

Written by: PYA

Minutes of the Sea Changes Forum for Engineering and Deck, held in the IHO offices during the Monaco Yacht Show on Thursday 24/9/15. Read More

Warsash Superyacht Academy Training Update

Posted: 28th Sep 2015

Written by: Warsash Superyacht Academy

With the debate about the new STCW updating requirements heating up ahead of the enforcement date of 1 January 2017, Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA), part of Southampton Solent University, explained at Monaco Yacht Show why these... Read More

The Crew Coach: Can you Learn to be a Leader?

Posted: 24th Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

I know from first hand experience that leadership skills can be learnt – as I had to learn everything I know about leadership myself, having not shown a lot of great ‘natural’ talent in this area when I first found myself thrust i... Read More

Superyacht Sector Calls for New Approach to Crew Recruitment

Posted: 21st Sep 2015

Written by: Faststream

The growing requirement to source yacht crew from outside the superyacht sector has led to a call for a more sophisticated approach to recruitment from managers and owners' representatives. Read More

The Crew Coach: Crew Behaving Badly

Posted: 2nd Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

When one captain was faced with the issue of two of his crew going out and bringing some girls back to the boat, he was faced with the dilemma of the most effective way to punish them without it negatively effecting anyone else on... Read More

Yacht Crew - Help the Industry by Taking this Survey

Posted: 20th Aug 2015

Written by: Katarina Polijak

Calling all yacht crew! Please help our industry to grow and shine by taking this brief survey aimed at improving working and living conditions and delivering a memorable charter experience. Read More

The Crew Coach: The Nasty or Nice Dilemmas of a New Leader

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

t’s not easy being a new HOD, especially in yachting where you also live and socialise with your team members, but it is possible to get people to want to do what you want them to without resorting to threats or nasty tactics. Read More

The Crew Coach: What do do when you Acquire a 'Frenemy' On Board

Posted: 6th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Moving up through your yachting career needs to be done strategically. This doesn’t mean you need to sell out and trample on people as you climb the rungs, but it does mean you need to be savvy about how things work. Read More

The Crew Coach: Why it’s Good Sometimes to not Fit In On Board

Posted: 30th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Smart captains try to shape a balanced onboard culture with their hiring strategy. A calm presence is probably what the yacht needed, and you’re here to provide it. So, let’s ‘rebrand’ you from shy and quiet, to calm and balancing Read More

Sign a Petition to 'Keep Warsash in Warsash'

Posted: 29th Jul 2015

Written by: PYA

Following proposals to transfer some of the activities of Warsash Maritime Academy to Southampton Solent University’s city centre site, the PYA feels this would immediately lead to permanent dilution of the value of the Warsash br... Read More

The Crew Coach: Is your Department Working Hardest?

Posted: 22nd Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

The ‘my department works harder than your department’ line is as old as the yachting industry itself.  And sometimes it’s even true: there are many yachts where mid season the stews are working when the deck crew or engineers aren... Read More

The Crew Coach: Charter Tips, to Declare or not?

Posted: 16th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul - The Crew Coach

There is nothing more important to a well-functioning crew than trust. The crew have to trust each other, and money issues can really get in the way of this. For the sake of a thousand euro, is it worth your crew suspecting you of... Read More

The Crew Coach: a Decent Salary vs a Foot in the Door

Posted: 8th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Money is not the primary issue here when accepting a first job. What is being offered is experience. Knowledge, contacts, and your professional reputation: your career begins the day you step on that passerelle as crew for the fir... Read More

The Crew Coach is now Available for all Yachts Worldwide

Posted: 1st Jul 2015

Written by: The Crew Coach

As of 1 July 2015, The Crew Coach, founded in 2009 by yachting career guidance, team building and leadership training expert Alison Rentoul, is available once again to work with all yachts worldwide. Read More

The Crew Coach Leadership Training Receives ILM Accreditation

Posted: 25th Jun 2015

Written by: The Crew Coach

Independent yacht crew leadership training and career development specialist, The Crew Coach, is delighted to announce that their superyacht-specific online leadership training for senior crew has been awarded formal accreditation... Read More

The Crew Coach: Is your CV Underselling your Strongest Points?

Posted: 10th Jun 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

A yachting CV is hard to do well, especially when you’re new to this rather odd industry. We see a huge amount of CVs here at The Crew Coach and so many people, even experienced crew, undersell themselves by minimising or even lea... Read More

New Yacht Licenses to be Introduced in Australia

Posted: 28th May 2015

Written by: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016. Read More

Monjin Yachting Launches First Online Video Interview Platform

Posted: 22nd May 2015

Written by: Monjin Yachting

Monjin Yachting has launched the first video-interviewing online platform for the yachting world and believes that this is the way forward for recruitment procedures in the industry. Read More

The Crew Coach: When is it Too Late for Job Hunting in the Med?

Posted: 21st May 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

There are always jobs going in this industry. It’s true that there are more positions open around the seasonal ‘shoulders’ i.e., April/May and October/November, but in reality there are still jobs coming up the rest of the year as... Read More

The Crew Coach: Three Reasons People Get Passed Over for Promotion

Posted: 4th May 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Being turned down for promotion is difficult, especially when you work hard, have the necessary qualifications, and you believe that it’s high time for a new stripe on your epaulets. So why hasn’t it happened yet? And how can you ... Read More


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