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The Professional Yachting Association

The voice of international yacht crew since 1991

The PYA is a non-profit association which was founded in 1991, and exists primarily to represent the interests of professional yacht crew. The association has members from nearly 90 countries around the world and helps its members by verifying their sea service, and by providing accurate, unbiased advice on certification, training, welfare, and regulations. It represents the yachting industry at administrative level, working to ensure that the voice of its members is heard.

The PYA is the ONLY organisation committed to helping professional yacht crew in this way.

The PYA was the first ever organisation appointed to verify sea service on behalf of the MCA, and using a Service Record Book (SRB) such as that issued by the PYA, continues to be the MCA's preferred method of recording and presenting time spent at sea. 

Whichever department you're in, and whatever stage of your yachting career you're at, let the PYA assist you!

VERIFY YOUR SEA SERVICE

Becoming a member

PYA offers a range of membership classes and is open to all nationalities. Whether you are sea going or shore based, a private individual or a corporation, an experienced captain or brand new to the industry, the PYA has a class of membership that suits your position within the professional yachting community.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of membership, have your voice heard and support the work of PYA, you can join online now. 

Latest News

Speed limit around the Cap d'Antibes 13/06/2018 Speed limit around the Cap d'Antibes

Take note of the implementation of new speed limit around the Cap d'Antibes

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Nautical Institute Technical Seminar and AGM 23/05/2018 Nautical Institute Technical Seminar and AGM

PYA members are invited to join the Nautical Institute Seminar from 23rd - 24th May in Malta.

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Live interview with the PYA on Superyacht Radio 16/05/2018 Live interview with the PYA on Superyacht Radio

Carey from the PYA was invited to be the guest on Superyacht Radio on the opening morning of this year's Palma Yacht Show. Listen here!

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Sexual Harassment in Yachting Survey 25/04/2018 Sexual Harassment in Yachting Survey

What is the true extent of sexual harassment in the yachting industry? Please help the PYA with its latest survey.

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Brexit and UK CoCs 15/02/2018 Brexit and UK CoCs

What effect will Brexit have on UK CoCs?

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Photos and Report from the PYA Christmas Ball 2017 11/01/2018 Photos and Report from the PYA Christmas Ball 2017

A night to remember!

Photos from the event now available.

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What people say

  • The most important factor in my moving up the ranks has been accurately recording my sea time and courses, and being aware of changes to requirements. The PYA has been a great help to me over the years, helping me gather and compile my sea service testimonials and offering advice on crew issues/ seafarer legalities. With me from junior deckhand right through to Master 3000 - PYA thanks for your help and making my life a lot easier!

    Rick Dubois

  • "Thank you very much for being here, so we do not feel alone in our problems."

    Robin

  • PYA to the rescue!! I reached out for some assistance and PYA were there for me...that's what it's all about!!! Good job team.

    James Clephane

  • The PYA's Service Record Book is the MCA's preferred route for verifying sea service

    Roger Towner

  • "Thank you for [your advice] - that was extensive and very helpful. I am a paying member of the PYA - mostly because of how fantastically useful you are!"

    Thomas Blencowe

  • "I would just like to say thank you for all the help the PYA is doing for not just for us crew but for the industry too."

    Stefhan Le Roux

  • "Thank you for your solid advice and support, it has meant a lot to the crew and to myself. Thank you from all on M/Y xxxx, you gave us timely support where we were getting none."

    Tadg Clarke

  • "I just wanted to let you know that I passed my Master 3000gt oral on Monday. Thank you very much for all your help over the years in getting to this stage. It is very much appreciated and I have been singing your praises over the years in order to encourage more seafarers to join the PYA, if nothing else, just for the assistance you provide!"

    Robbie Murtagh

  • Good service, professional, friendly. Bravo!

    Max O'Shea

  • "Thank you so much for the advice today - it has settled my concerns. I am thrilled with the service at the PYA!"

    Travis Cross

  • Every 5 years it's a frantic scramble to sort out the paperwork for CoC revalidation. My recent fiasco was made so much easier with the calm, professional help I received from the PYA. They sympathetically guided me through the MCA red tape, which helped tremendously. The verification process was handled smartly & my documentation was checked carefully & competently. The potential fiasco was averted & the revalidation was a breeze

    James Clephane

  • "It's such a happy bunch running the PYA - they're friendly and welcoming!"

    Graham Tindall

  • Throughout my yachting career, I have found the services of the PYA to be a fantastic "go to" resource. The support I received whilst achieving different grades of qualification was second to none

    Robbie Murtagh

  • "The PYA is indispensable in its representation of Superyacht crew, using feedback directly from the crew to initiate major changes in the industry. Having worked with various regulatory bodies the PYA has not only offered a career pathway for crew but raised awareness of the career as one to be recognised in the professional realm. The Crew Report continues to support the PYA in its proactive and professional approach."

    Lulu Trask

  • "As a 30 year yacht veteran, I have relied mostly on the idea of 'it's a who you know' industry, but as the constantly changing certification & litigation requirements become more complex, there is no doubt that the excellent service & support the PYA offers to every level of crew member makes membership an absolute must have! When my crew need support & correct advice, I always refer them to the PYA."
     

    David White

  • I have had only ever had positive experiences with the PYA - always helpful!

    Jonathan Whitwell