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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

PYA Christmas Ball, Cannes, 14th December 2018 08/11/2018 PYA Christmas Ball, Cannes, 14th December 2018

Clock's ticking ....have you booked yet for the PYA 2018 Christmas Ball?  

Yachting Professionals or a Company?  Why not book a table at a discounted rate!

Are you new to yachting?  Not yet a PYA member? If you book a ticket to the PYA Ball and join PYA you can receive a 20% discount on your first year of membership (Code BALL18).

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ISWAN Superyacht Report Seminar 06/11/2018 ISWAN Superyacht Report Seminar

On Monday 3rd December ISWAN The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network's  will present the results of their recent survey of crew welfare issues on superyachts.  This Report is likely to highlight common welfare problems met by crew serving on superyachts such as sexual harassment, bullying, stress and emotional issues, conditions of employment, and crew agreements.

ISWAN has invited the PYA to participate in the subsequent discussion and a PYA Director will be on the panel.  We would also like to send five other PYA members to participate: ideally Captains or senior crew who will be in the London area on that day and who have experience in dealing with crew and crew welfare issues. The PYA will support any member wishing to attend on our behalf by meeting reasonable travel costs of up to a maximum of 120 Euros.

Interested?  - please email me PYA CEO - Capt Andy Crawford at ceo@pya.org or even call into the office in Antibes.

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Malta PYA - Opportunities in Superyachts Conference 15/10/2018 Malta PYA - Opportunities in Superyachts Conference

The PYA will be taking part in the 7th Annual 'Opportunities in Superyachts' Quaynotes Seminar on 28th March 2019 in Malta.

This event will be concurrent with the re-launch of Malta PYA which is in progress to be established in Malta by early 2019 based in Valetta.  

All Captains and Crew of Malta registered and based yachts and people employed in yachting who are Malta resident are invited to contact Andy Crawford CEO PYA at ceo@pya.org if they would like to express interest to become involved with forming Malta PYA.

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New route to Officer of the Watch 13/10/2018 New route to Officer of the Watch

As advertised at the PYA Sea Changes Seminar during the Monaco Yacht Show, the UK has issued a new Merchant Shipping Information Notice - MIN 580 which details a new route to obtain an STCW Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.

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Award of Merchant Navy Medal to PYA President 10/10/2018 Award of Merchant Navy Medal to PYA President

The Professional Yachting Association (www.pya.org) is pleased, and proud, to announce that its President, Capt. Andrew Schofield, has recently been awarded Great Britain’s ‘Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service’ for ‘Services to the Large Yacht Industry’.

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The future of GUEST Interior Training 04/10/2018 The future of GUEST Interior Training

Further news on the future of interior training for yachts.

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What people say

  • "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 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 will continue to tell my friends about the PYA. You have been a fabulous support, and I would highly recommend anyone joining the yachting industry to sign up."

    Sarah Leppard

  • "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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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