Key Facts

Learn more about the PYA

Here, we list the key facts about the Professional Yachting Association.

  • FACT 1: The PYA serves ALL professional yacht crew

The PYA has members from all ranks of yachting, including Deckhands, Officers, Captains, Stewards, Stewardesses, Chefs as well as land-based yachting professionals.

  • FACT 2: The PYA is NOT only for those crew based in France - Antibes

The association currently has members from more than 90 countries worldwide. The PYA Head Office is in Antibes but the PYA has 23 Agents throughout the globe from Palma, to Gibraltar to New Zealand to Fort Lauderdale. Crew can take their documents to any of our agents offices to have them attested and sent on to our Service Record Book Department. Once a Service Record Book has been completed we can send it to you anywhere in the world.

Our current program of international travel sees the PYA team visiting crew in Antigua, Fort Lauderdale, Spain, Italy, the UK, Malta and the Netherlands. In addition to our Sea Changes Forum and other Continuing Professional Development events held at the Monaco Yacht Show, we now hold educational events for crew and industry professionals at boat shows and industry gatherings all around the world. We've introduced social events for crew around the world, with our very first Palma social event which took place in November 2016.

  • FACT 3: The PYA is not a union

Article 27 of the PYA’s Internal Rules from its start have clearly stated that it is not and never will be a union. What is the use of a trade union in yachting where there is no recognition by owners?

  • FACT 4: The PYA works with regulators to benefit crew

Many of the rules and regulations already existed in the commercial world before the PYA was formed in 1991. The PYA was then formed to create a dialogue with regulators, otherwise, yachts would only be run today by Merchant Navy qualified officers and crew.

  • FACT 5: The PYA works with the MCA to make crew life less complicated

Dialogue with the authorities ensures that any new rules and regulations they decide to put in place are fit for purpose and are realistic within the constraints of running a yacht.

  • FACT 6: The PYA is a not-for-profit association 

The PYA is a not-for-profit Association and there are strict regulations we scrupulously adhere to. In particular, other than salaried employees, the Council must be volunteers and are not allowed to profit in any way. The PYA is allowed to have six fundraising events per year by French Law. Any income earned by membership and events is strictly limited and must be used for running the Association.

  • FACT 7: The PYA is run by a young, dynamic team

The PYA Office is run by a dedicated team who are there to help members with any advice or questions they may have. The PYA Governing body is made up of both sea-going and non-sea-going professionals from many different sectors of the industry. The PYA benefits from their experience and contacts within many different areas of yachting and draws on their areas of expertise.

  • FACT 8: There are a wide range of membership benefits - beyond getting a SRB

There are lots of other reasons to join the PYA. Receive regular updates about changes in regulations, qualifications and other yachting news, get advice and assistance from the PYA office team, access to the Members’ area of the PYA website, discounted or free entry to PYA events, PYA negotiated discounts from PYA partners and of course, have representation and have your voice heard by those in authority!


Last updated June 2019