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The PYA at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015

During this year's Monaco Yacht Show, the Professional Yachting Association will once again be hosting a programme of seminars featuring topics relevant to all departments of yacht crew. With a top line-up of guests, the PYA Monaco Sea Changes Forum has proven to be a great success in recent years, and attracts many crew, captains and industry professionals.

Below is an outline of all the PYA events being held during the show. All of these require pre-registration online.


Thursday 24th September, 16:00

PYA Headline Sea Changes Forum (for deck and engineering)

Where: International Hydrographic Organization Buildings, 4b Quai Antoine 1er (next to Rascasse)

Who’s it for?: Captains, Senior crew, Deck Crew, Engineers, Technical crew, Yacht managers, all Industry Professionals

Following the success of last year's event, the PYA Headline Sea Changes Forum (for deck and engineering) will once again be held at the HQ of the IHO, which offers close proximity to the show and excellent seminar facilities, as well as a stunning rooftop terrace overlooking the Port - ideal for cocktails and networking.

Key professionals and influencers in the yachting industry will come together to bring us up to date with the latest changes in certification, regulation and training for engineering and deck departments. The event is attended by many crew and offers invaluable insights into the latest news in the Superyachting industry.


Roger Towner           

Michelle Richmond     

Richard Falk              

Lars Lippuner            

Joey Meen                

John Wyborn             

James Kellett            

Kevin Slade              

David Loosely           


Chief Examiner & Registrar General of Shipping & Seamen
at the MCA

Director of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Training Manager and Chief Examiner at the RYA

Warsash Maritime Training Academy and PYA Council

Director of Training and Certification at the PYA

Director of Crew Training & Crew Services, Bluewater
Yachting, Chairman of IAMI & PYA Council member

Director of Operations and Projects at Allmode Security

Chairman of the Merchant Navy Training Board

Chief Executive of IMarEST

International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)                                     


Engineering updates: 16:30 - 17.45

Please arrive at 16:00 so we can get everyone seated in good time.

Deck and general STCW updates: 18:15 - 20:00

If you are only attending for the deck section, please arrive at 17:45 so we can get everyone seated in time.

The seminars are followed by a networking reception at around 20:00 on the stunning rooftop terrace of the IHO facilities, which has an unrivalled view over the port of Monaco. This event, kindly sponsored by Diageo Reserve, provides the perfect opportunity for attendees to mingle over relaxed drinks and canapés.

To register, click here


Throughout the show

The official 2015 Monaco Yacht Show Captain and Crew Lounge

Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

This year, for the first time, the PYA is excited to announce that it has been invited to hold its other seminars throughout the show in the official Monaco Yacht Show Captains and Crew Lounge. The lounge has fantastic views straight out onto the port and provides a relaxed environment for crew to meet in.

In the mornings, the lounge is available to crew whose yachts are in the Monaco Yacht Show. In the afternoons, it is open to all crew.

In addition to the programme of seminars and workshops we are running, our team will be present in the lounge throughout the show to talk to crew about their Sea Service, training, certification and other information requirements. Crew will also be able to become a PYA member at a discounted rate in the C&C Lounge. All crew are welcome to come and see us. Registering for any of the PYA seminars being held here will also register you for access to the lounge (crew only).


Wednesday 23rd September 14:30 - 16:00

& Friday 25th September 10:00 - 11:30

Institution of Engineering and Technology/ PYA Professional Registration Workshops

Note: The second slot is only available if your yacht is in the Monaco Yacht Show

Where: C&C Lounge, Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

Who’s it for?: Engineering Officers, Electro Technical Officers (ETO), Senior Electro Technical Officers (SETO), Audio Visual/Information Technology Officers (AVIT) and other onboard technical positions.

The PYA has collaborated with the Institution of Engineering and Technology to support yacht engineers and technicians by providing a route to professional registration qualifications, such as Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, Engineering Technician and ICT Technician. Many yacht engineers hold vast superyacht experience and a certificate of competency, but together we are working to enable them to gain further professional recognition for their technical competence.

The IET PYA Professional Registration workshops will provide detailed competence specific guidance to engineers looking to further their careers through the bespoke route of professional registration for yacht crew.

It is also possible to book a time during the show for a 1-to-1 session with a professional advisor from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

To register, click here


Wednesday 23rd September 17:30-18:30

Interactive ‘Informative hour’ on medical treatment on yachts, hosted by Dr John Ross, Medical Director of ClipperTelemed+

Where: C&C Lounge, Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

Who’s it for?: Captains, senior crew and onboard medics

An interactive session with Dr John Ross, Medical Director of ClipperTelemed+ discussing medical care on yachts.

Modern telemedicine can do far more than handle patient care during medevacs and diversions.Learn how everything from that awkward itch or nasty rash to occupational health and even mental illness can be easily and correctly be treated on board.

Dr Ross will discuss simple remedies to major incidents and how to handle them and will welcome interactive discussion about your own and your crews' experiences and what should or could be done.

To register, click here


Thursday 24th September 14:30 – 16:00

Superyacht Operations Diploma Workshop, run by the Maritime Training Academy, including a presentation on the Legal Aspects of running a Superyacht hosted by Ian Biles and Jonathan Hadley-Piggin

Where: C&C Lounge, Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

Who’s it for?: All yacht crew

More details will be available nearer the time on the PYA Monaco Yacht Show page

To register please click here

When: Friday 25th September 14:30 – 16:00

‘It’s tough at the top’ – Interactive leadership debate

Where: C&C Lounge, Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

Who’s it for?: All yacht crew looking to improve their leadership skills

Paul Bennett, an expert in leadership, will be leading this interactive discussion. Paul boasts 7 years at Henley Management College, was a BT Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race Skipper and a Royal Navy Engineer. He brings his leadership lessons from around the globe and will be sharing some of his insights and stories. During a recent crew turnover survey 64% of junior crew stated that they left a yacht as a direct result of the leadership they experienced on board.

Aimed to stimulate and inspire, the discussion will look at what Captains and Senior Crew need to be doing more of, to better lead crew / improve on board leadership, and how to make this non-compulsory, but very much needed development more “normal”/ acceptable in the industry.

Participants include Alison Rentoul The Crew Coach (Performance Engineering for yacht crew), Karen Passman from Impact Crew (On board team and leadership development), Peter Vogel from Interior Yacht Services (a renowned former Interior Manager for some of the industry's most impressive yachts), Simon Harvey of N2 People Skills (Superyacht Crew Development) and a selection of esteemed captains with many years of combined yachting and leadership experience, including Captain Steve Thomas and Captain Adrian Croft (both PYA Council members).

To register, click here.


Friday 25th September at 16:30 – 18:30

PYA Interior and Chef Sea Changes Forum

Where: C&C Lounge, Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

Who’s it for?: Interior crew, Chefs, GUEST© Training Providers

Updates on the GUEST© program, chef news, interior news and the results of the PYA table-setting and mixology competition, the judging of which is taking place on Thursday 24th September.

To register, click here.


Other PYA activities during the Show

PYA Table setting and Mixology competition

Judging throughout the day on Thursday 24th September. Results at the PYA Interior Sea Changes Forum at 16:30 on Friday 25th September.

Where: Judging - onboard your yacht during the show. Results - C&C Lounge, Club de l'Aviron, Société Nautique, Quai Louis II (next to the new Monaco Yacht Club)

Who’s it for?: Interior crew whose boats are taking part in the show.

This year, the PYA GUEST© table setting competition will incorporate a NEW element of an ‘arrival cocktail’.

The objective of the competition is for crew to demonstrate their skills and techniques in accordance with the theme (Mediterranean Twist), and to highlight their creativity in producing an original table presentation and cocktail.

The crew will be faced with the challenge of artistically decorating an interior or exterior table onboard using the yacht’s own linen, tableware, glassware and decorations.

The addition of the ‘arrival cocktail’ supported by World Class and Diageo Reserve is an exciting bonus for this year's competition. The cocktail element will encourage crew to be original and innovative, not only in their craft and mixology but in their overall thinking of the theme and presentation.

This is a PYA GUEST© initiative to promote continuous professional development and standardization of training for interior crew within the yachting sector.

Full details and the entrance form can be found here

PYA Stand

Throughout the show

Where: Parvis Piscine tent

Who’s it for?: All crew, industry professionals, corporate members and other visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show

We will be on hand to provide impartial, up to date information and to talk to existing and new members.

Full details and registration for all PYA events can be found here 

We still have opportunities left for companies to sponsor the PYA's programme of events at the Monaco Yacht Show. If you would like to increase your exposure and support the association that represents professional yacht crew, please contact PYA directly for  more information.

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