The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) is hosting a day of workshops for crew to develop new skills and knowledge on Saturday 8th April 2017 in  Antibes. All sessions are free for crew to attend – you just need to register using the links below. Representatives from the Association shall be on hand throughout the day…

Anyone working in the maritime industry shall now be aware of the increased awareness towards security, the basic elements are now available in a easily accessible eLearning course and successful candidates shall be issued with a fully approved MCA, Proficiency in Security Awareness.

Carnival Corporation has just opened what could be the most state of the art Maritime Training Centre in the world, with two realistic mission bridges boasting 240 degree circular screen with a 16m diameter. CSMART is located in Almere, Netherlands- adjacent to Amsterdam for easy access to Europe’s major airports. CSMART’s mission is to set…

Yacht Crew - Teamwork

Steps are being made towards allowing superyacht captains with Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) qualifications to gain Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificates of Competency (CoCs), which would allow them to return to work in Australian waters. The AMSA qualifications department has reached out to the superyacht industry and has formed a committee to consider…

Great crew typically spend significant time helping others succeed, such as their fellow crew, owners, guests and suppliers… the yacht’s profile in general. But remarkable crew also spend a little time helping themselves succeed, both for “selfish” reasons and because their success creates success for others. Want to stand out onboard? Want to stand out based on go, not show?…

The Maritime Labour Convention has recently introduced a requirement for a ‘Ships Cook Certification’ and many crew have sought clarification about how this is being interpreted by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). AYC Superyacht Recruitment has prepared the information below to dispel the rumors and provide guidance for those seeking to undertake this training…

Asia Pacific Yachting is China’s first recognized RYA Sail Training Centre, based in Hong Kong and offering the full range of both theory and practical RYA yacht cruising courses. RYA qualifications are recognized all over the world  for boating qualifications for both pleasure and commercial use.  The RYA have Recognized Training Centres (RTC) all over the world from Australia to the USA and its only…

Yacht Fire

Fire onboard a superyacht is the most challenging emergency to tackle, regular training, fire drills and readiness can prepare the crew to overcome such an incident and prevent catastrophic loss of the vessel or any human life. After learning of the fire onboard M.Y. Callisto recently, the requirement for crew readiness to be prepared for…

The STCW convention has recently been amended to incorporate a security rating and shall come into effect from 1st January 2014, are you ready for the change ? The amended requirement states that approved security-related familiarization training must be conducted by the Ship Security Officer for all persons employed or engaged in any capacity on…

STCW Yacht Ratings

The codes for STCW compliant licenses or certificates are broken up in several ways. The easy way to think of them is by sections, departments and levels. The departments would include Deck, Engineering, etc. Generally there are three levels of service: Management (Masters, Chief Mates, and Chief Engineers), Operational (Mates & Assistant Engineers) and Support…

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