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Online Courses for Crew During Lockdown

The current lockdown measures in multiple yachting locations have meant that many crew now find themselves in a position where their careers are on hold.

However, this doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. With the range of online training courses, videos and workshops available, yacht crew can use this downtime to further their training and knowledge.

Keeping mentally active during this period also helps improve overall mental health and wellbeing. 

PYA has put together a list of courses available for deck, engineering and interior crew, including some training that can develop your complementary skills, including language training and emotional intelligence.   

The RYA has also been working with RYA recognised training centres and instructors to implement new digital ‘ePack’ course materials and explore opportunities for virtual learning.


All Crew

Luxury Hospitality
- Insight Course (Watch overview video here)
Personal Leadership Course (Watch overview video here)

The Crew Coach
Managing the COVID-19 Crisis (Watch overview video here

Virtual Training 

PDSD (Proficiency in Designated Security Duties) 
Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health Level 1


International Maritime Academy
Online courses: Radio (VHF), Boat Master, Essential Navigation & Seamanship 

Day Skipper online theory training

Zephyr Yachting 
RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course
- Professional Practices & Responsibilities (PPR)

Fred’s Oral Prep
OOW Preparation course

Marine Education
Free Tutorials: Anchoring, Boat Navigation Lights, VHF Radio ProWords


Purser Trainer
Online Purser Course

The Yacht Purser
- Online Purser Course 

 YPI Crew
Louise Overend (YPI Crew) & Sophie Leach (Chief Stew & Interior trainer) have put together the following tutorial videos:

Orchid Care
- Yacht Laundry Part 1
- Yacht Laundry Part 2
- Folding A Fitted Sheet

Follow Louise's Facebook page to see more videos or connect to share your own helpful tips.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust
Online Wine & Spirit courses

The Cocktail Guru
-  Online cocktail tutorial videos

The Crew Coach
Online Courses in Leadership, Productivity & More


Basic Marine Electronics


Bridge Refresher Course

Language Courses

*Please note, discounts are only available to PYA members. All training providers will check your membership is up to date before granting discounts.

PYA Members offer:
 Lessons will be 10€/person, with a minimum participation of 3 people at the time and booking a minimum of 10 lessons.
Email: info@mallorca-eleusal.com

FRENCH - Riviera French Institute
Course options & prices:
30h - 60€ per hour
50h - 50€ per hour
100h - 40€ per hour
Registration fee: 75 €

PYA Members offer: For a minimum of 3 registrations they will apply their best price (i.e 40€/h) for any package. 
Email: rfi@rfi.tf. Please use code PYA1 to get the PYA members discount. Only available until April 30th 2020.

RYA courses currently available online include:

  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

  • RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

  • RYA Yachtmaster™ Ocean shorebased

  • RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC)

  • The CEVNI test

  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities

  • RYA Safe and Fun


In addition to the above courses, please contact the PYA team to ensure your testimonials and certification applications are in order so that these can be easily processed when the MCA starts accepting NoE applications again.

Please note, the PYA has no affiliation to any training providers and has tried to provide a balanced overview of some of the courses available at this time. If you are attending courses online, it is your responsibility to ensure that these are acceptable by the MCA and/or conforming to STCW requirements, if you wish to use them towards the issuance of a CoC. The PYA will bear no responsibility for any courses attended, that are not fulfilling MCA or STCW requirements.


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  • Comment by: Edd Hewett - 24 Aug 2021, 08:18 (3 years ago)

    I wonder if you would consider listing our business, Ardent Training alongside our competitors in this article?
    I realise it is an old article but we are a new business and this would be of great benefit to us.

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