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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 the PYA's Service Record Book (SRB) 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

Latest Yachting Matters PYA Supplement 25/04/2017 Latest Yachting Matters PYA Supplement

The 32nd edition of Yachting Matters magazine, featuring the PYA supplement, has now been published.

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The PYA at the Palma Yacht Show 2017 24/04/2017 The PYA at the Palma Yacht Show 2017

The PYA will be present at the 2017 Palma Yacht Show and we'd love to see you there!

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MIN 543 - Changes to sea service verification by the MCA 14/04/2017 MIN 543 - Changes to sea service verification by the MCA

The MCA now expects that sea service should be verified PRIOR to submission to them. The PYA can now do this for non-members as well as members.

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Seminar on the French Social Security Decree, Monaco 14/04/2017 Seminar on the French Social Security Decree, Monaco

The PYA, GEPY and IYM will be hosting a seminar on the French Social Security Decree at 18:00 on 17th May at the Monaco Yacht Club. Save the date!

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A very successful PYA crew workshop day in Antibes! 11/04/2017 A very successful PYA crew workshop day in Antibes!

On Saturday 8th April, the PYA hosted a day of workshops for all departments of crew, all of which were free to attend. Around 150 crew joined us throughout the day.

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New French social security laws for yacht crew 23/03/2017 New French social security laws for yacht crew

What we know so far about how the new French decree will affect you.

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What people say

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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