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

Posted: 20th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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 jo... Read More

Who Needs a Food Hygiene Certificate?

Posted: 13th Apr 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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... Read More


Posted: 7th Apr 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 registe... Read More

Palma or Antibes: Pros and Cons for Crew Jobs

Posted: 30th Mar 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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 wa... 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

Packing Essentials for New Yacht Crew

Posted: 9th Mar 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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. Read More

Superyacht Scholarship Winners Announced!

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

How Multitasking Makes you less Productive

Posted: 25th Feb 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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 Capt... Read More

Are You on Transmit Only?

Posted: 7th Jan 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

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... Read More

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

Bridging the Generation Gap with Younger Crew

Posted: 2nd Dec 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: John, Captain , 46: “Most of my crew had been with me a very long time, most more than five years, a few even more than 10, but several just left at once to climb the ladder or move ashore. So I’ve just had to hire quite a few ... Read More

Is it OK to Publish Public Photos of a Yacht?

Posted: 25th Nov 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Elise, 26, Stewardess: “I was recently walking past a yacht in Antibes and I took a photo of it, only to be yelled at and told off by the Chief Officer onboard! I work on yachts, so I understand the need for discretion and priv... Read More

How Writing Better Job Ads will Find Better Crew

Posted: 28th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Jacinta, 2nd Stew, 26:
"I recently had a bad experience during an interview – the Chief Stewardess interviewing me said I’d wasted her time when I told her at the end I wasn’t interested in the role. Read More

Keep Interviewing or Wait for an Offer?

Posted: 21st Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Dan, Junior Engineer, 24:
“I’ve only been job hunting for a short time and had a few interviews already, and things are looking pretty good for one of these, so I’ve started turning down interviews. Read More

How to Leave a Boat on Good Terms?

Posted: 6th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Todd, Bosun:
"I’ve been on my boat three months now and it’s not working out for several reasons. I have another brilliant opportunity elsewhere that I just can’t say no to. I’ve made my decision to quit, but this Captain is ... Read More

PYA Deck & Engineering: Minutes

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

Can you Learn to be a Leader or is it Inborn?

Posted: 24th Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Anonymous, Captain, 36:
"How much of being a leader is inborn, and how much can be learnt? I have been a captain for just over a year and I’m still finding some things about the people management side of things pretty difficul... 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

Crew: Make Them Walk, or Wait?

Posted: 2nd Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Anonymous, Captain, 41:
Two of my crew went out the other night and brought some girls back to the boat – where they hung out in the hot tub and drank guest champagne all night. Read More

Yacht Crew - Help our 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

Nasty or Nice? Dilemmas of a New Leader

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

A new Chief Stew has a leadership question for The Crew Coach: "I’m four months in on my first chief stew role, and I know that my girls can’t stand me. I took over an existing team and at first I thought it might resolve itself i... Read More

Have you Acquired a 'Frenemy' Onboard?

Posted: 6th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Steve, Deckhand, 27:
I've been on my current yacht for 3 years and joined the same time as another guy. We went through everything together as mates, in and out of work. Read More

Why it’s Good Sometimes to not Fit In!

Posted: 30th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Kate, Junior Stewardess, 22:
"I’ve been on board this yacht for 2 months, and I’m just not fitting in. It’s a big boat full of big personalities and everyone parties a lot. I’m fairly shy and I get a bit nervous in the crew me... Read More

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, and have the governance of Warsash Maritime Academy fully subsumed into the body of SSU, the P... Read More

Is your department working hardest?

Posted: 22nd Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Fiona, Stew, 24:
"Our yacht owners are older, so don’t spend much time in the water, meaning the deckies sit around watching whole seasons of Breaking Bad in the crew mess while we stews break our backs working and cleaning up... Read More

Charter Tips: Declare or not?

Posted: 16th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul - The Crew Coach

Q: Anonymous, Junior Deckhand, 24:
"I spent a huge amount of time with the charterer’s kids this trip, and he passed me an extra thousand euros on the way to the airport and said it made all the difference to their holiday. Read More

Decent Salary v Foot in the Door – Tough Decision?

Posted: 8th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Anonymous, Junior Deckhand:
Should I accept a junior deckhand position for $1200 on a 60m MY with an exotic itinerary? Where will this lead? Read More

The Crew Coach now Available for all Yachts Worldwide

Posted: 1st Jul 2015

Written by: Teh 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


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