Service Record Book

The easiest way to record Sea Service, approved by the MCA

When progressing your yachting career – whether it be sitting or revalidating tickets, obtaining an NoE or CoC or moving to a more senior position on-board, you need to be able to show an accurate and VERIFIED record of your time at sea. This means that somebody has confirmed with your previous captain, management company or owner that the sea time you have stated you have accrued has in fact been undertaken.

The PYA is authorised by the MCA, through the PYA ISO quality management standards, to verify sea service using the PYA Service Record Book (SRB). Your certificates and sea time (both present and retrospective experience) will be carefully checked and approved before being stamped into the SRB by the PYA. All full PYA members are issued with the Service Record Book upon joining the association.

The PYA Service Record Book is the original Service Record Book, developed directly in conjunction with the MCA. The PYA's Sea Service Verification department is also the only one that adheres to the stringent ISO Quality Management Standards, hence the MCA's declaration that using the PYA Service Record Book is their preferred method for crew to record their sea service.

With the recent announcement by the MCA of its necessity to shift the responsibility of verifying testimonials away from its own staff, using the PYA’s Service Record Book will avoid the significant delays in issuing NoEs or CoCs which the MCA has said will ensue if they receive sea service testimonials not verified by the PYA. Submitting the Service Record Book to the MCA removes the need to submit original testimonials with your application. It can be also presented to employers in conjunction with your CV. 

Put simply, the PYA Service Record Book makes the process of progressing your yachting career much easier and much quicker! 

If you are not a PYA member, we can still help you with your sea service. We can verify individual testimonials on a pay-as-you-go basis for you to present to the MCA. As from 1st January 2017, the MCA has strongly recommended that all sea service is verified before you send it to them. So even if you don't want to enjoy all the other benefits of PYA membership, the association is still able to help you. 

Check out all our services for non-members here.