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Preparing your Crew Team for the Season

Posted: 14th May 2019

Written by: Sara Ballinger

Training, qualifications and experience – these are the things we look for when hiring great crew, but what about their ability to work as a team? This is always seen as a ‘nice to have’ when in fact it’s crucial to the whole oper... Read More

How Crew Can Avoid Burnout

Posted: 7th May 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Unfortunately, burnout is a term often associated with the yachting industry, says Karine Rayson from The Crew Coach. She hopes that if crew are more aware of the warning signs we can help ourselves and each other take preventativ... Read More

Women in Maritime Leadership

Posted: 30th Apr 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

In 2018, Maritime UK established a Women in Maritime Taskforce to identify practical steps to increase the number of women working in the maritime sector, specifically in senior roles. It also addresses the knock on effect on shor... Read More

Improve the Gender Balance to Improve Crew Retention

Posted: 16th Apr 2019

Written by: Nautilus International

Nautilus contributed to a top-level meeting last month to develop a ‘roadmap’ for improving seafarer recruitment and retention practices across the global shipping industry. Delegates agreed that there should be a ‘creative approa... Read More

Why Listening Gives You the Leading Edge

Posted: 28th Mar 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Do we truly know what it is to listen? Great leaders are great listeners and The Crew Coach, Karine Rayson, explains why. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, if you find yourself doing more talking than listening this art... Read More

Training the Future Leaders of the Maritime Industry

Posted: 28th Mar 2019

Written by: Lars Lippuner

When it opens its doors in June 2019, the new ship and port simulation centre at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering will be the largest and most sophisticated maritime simulation centre in the UK, making hundreds o... Read More

Crew Welfare at the Heart of Yachting

Posted: 28th Feb 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

In December last year, ISWAN revealed disappointing findings from a study into crew welfare in the superyacht industry. A shoreside organisation revealing similar findings would be under investigation by a raft of governing bodies... Read More

How to Set up a Successful Yachting Business

Posted: 25th Sep 2018

Written by: Josh Richardson

Have you spotted a gap in the market serving the global superyacht industry? Do you dream of starting your own business? Josh Richardson of Superyacht Tenders and Toys and Shipyard Supply Co. offers his insights on how to succeed ... Read More

Six Unusual Culinary Courses for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 19th Jun 2018

Written by: Chrissie McClatchie

In the yachting industry every aspect of service must be impeccable with the utmost commitment to excellence. The galley is no different and superyacht chefs go above and beyond to become the best they can be, often pursuing unusu... Read More

Luxury Hopitality Begins Behind the Scenes

Posted: 3rd Apr 2018

Written by: Nienke Oort

A lot of emphasis is put on delivering immaculate service on board, but impeccable housekeeping is just as important.“The importance of housekeeping is really underestimated”, says Renata of the Luxury Hospitality Academy. “It’s a... Read More

The Meaning of True Leadership

Posted: 11th Mar 2018

Written by: Peter Vogel, Luxury Hospitality Management

Here is a fact about leadership that no one really wants to talk about: It’s a lot bigger than just yourself. Sure, leadership can bring bigger paychecks and more notoriety in most cases, but that’s not even close to defining what... Read More

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

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 ... 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

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

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

Warsash Superyacht Academy has introduced a new officer cadet training program tailored specifically to the superyacht industry. Sponsored by The Trinity House Corporation, this program is the first of its kind to issue a UK MCA O... Read More

Debbie Blazy: Director of Recruitment, Camper & Nicholsons

Posted: 15th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Like many in the yachting industry, Debbie Blazy took a circuitous route to get here. However, after more than a decade at Camper & Nicholsons she's seen it all and is able to shine a light on the challenges and the triumphs in ya... Read More

Yacht Crew & Private Jets: Debbie Elliott of Tag Global

Posted: 14th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Private aircraft 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 onboard their bosses’ private jet without any specific t... Read More

Life After Yachting - Workshops or Skype

Posted: 18th Aug 2016

Written by: Caroline Rossy

Plan now for your life after yachting! I will be hosting weekly workshops every Saturday at 2pm in Antibes, so I can really help you to see where you are at in this 'new' life creation, whether it's still just an idea, or whether ... Read More

PYA Supporting Today's Superyacht Crew: VIDEO

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) is an active organization dedicated to supporting and developing yacht crew worldwide. The 'voice of yacht crew' since 1991, many people are unaware of the enormous amount of work that g... Read More

Your STCW Could 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

Updating Training: 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 and we have since grow... Read More

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