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  • Partners

    Load more 360 Yachting Turkey Dedicated professionalism passionately & solely to yachting in Turkey on a 360° perspective. Read more Go to partner's website Yacht Agent ​ A1 Yacht Trade Consortium S.A. A1 Yacht Trade Consortium offers professional yacht services in Greece and Cyprus. With their primary offices in Rhodes and Athens, they are fully supported by a network of professional yacht support services in Greece and Cyprus. Read more Go to partner's website Services to yachts or crew ​ Acquera Yachting Acquera Yachting focuses exclusively on providing comprehensive yacht agency services to superyachts in the entire Med and Middle East. With its considerable database of suppliers and local professionals, it can offer an exhaustive and comprehensive assistance to all customers throughout the various regions. From the smallest vessels to the largest yachts, AY makes available the same high-quality service and assistance, using a longstanding network of resources, suppliers and partnerships which enable the agency to provide 24/7 full assistance to crew and guests. Read more Go to partner's website Yacht Agent Discounts on agency fees for PYA members. Please quote your PYA memberhip number and expiry date when contacting the Agent. AngloINFO Ltd AngloINFO provides a comprehensive Anglophone information website, including up to date guides, services and products across 30 countries to help you find exactly what you need, whether you’re thinking about moving or need help settling in (and every stage in between). Read more Go to partner's website Yacht Media ​ Our partners Brokerage / Charter Crew Agency Law firm Marina / Port Services to yachts or crew Training Provider Yacht Agent Yacht Management Yacht Media Yachting Association Explore our partners and the special offers they provide for PYA members. Or become a partner now to promote your brand to the PYA members.

  • https://topsailitaly.com/

    Top Sail Italy is based in North Sardinia, one the most important spot for Yachting industry. We provide several training opportunities all year round those who desire to certify their skills when the yacht is in shipyard or in marina waiting for the next voyage. Our instructors mission is to lead candidates to the highest standard for a successful career. Services Our courses: Personal Watertcraft Component Crew Dayskipper Yachtmaster Coastal Offshore, Ocean Master 200gt Silver Service SRC Radio Contact information Topsailitaly, Via Ischia 18A, 07021 Cannigione Arzachena, Sassari, Italy Ph.+39 351 831 8387- +39 328 369 6610 Top Sail Italy Top Sail Italy is a nautical training center recognized by the “Royal Yachting Association” (RYA), where passion for sealife and training join together Visit website Back to All Partners 10% discount for all PYA members. Please quote your PYA membership number and expiry date with your purchase. Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • Historical Achievements

    For 30 years, PYA has been supporting the rights of professional yacht crew. We have made significant achievements in addressing industry issues and shaping the future of yachting. Learn more about our successes and how they benefit the industry and crew on our website. 1991 Lobbied with the MCA (formally the Maritime Safety Agency) for the LY1 “Yacht” qualifications for Deck Officers. 1994 Creation of the PYA Service Record Book (SRB). For 19 years, the PYA was the only organisation allowed to validate sea service on behalf of MCA and today is one of only two worldwide. 1998 Lobbied and consulted with the MCA for the LY1 “Yacht” qualifications for Engineers. Ongoing consultation with the MCA as certification requirements evolved and formal career structures were formed. Consultation with other Red Ensign Flag administrations (Malta / Cayman Islands etc.) Collaboration with the RYA on joint seminars. 2004 PYA developed the MCA OOW (Yacht) Training Record Book in consultation with the MCA. This included the Yacht Rating Training Record Book, leading to Yacht Rating Certification, which assisted the manning regulations for yacht crew. 2005 Accreditation of non-mandatory training courses such as IT, Leadership & Management, and selected Interior courses. Consultation on M notices, including LY1, LY2 & LY3 and Helicopter Operations. 2009 onwards Consultation with MLC and Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry of the ILO, including a quantitative study for cabin size. 2010 Creation of PYA Regional Offices. We now have appointed 22 approved officers to assist PYA members in easy access locations across the world. ISO 9001 – QMS certification of the PYA Office procedures. 2011 The PYA GUEST program pioneered in developing bespoke industry standards of training and certification for interior crew. PYA accredited courses are now offered by Training Providers worldwide. 2012 Formation of PYA Malta and its recognition as a seafarers’ representative by Transport Malta. This marked a real sign of recognition of the value PYA brings to the development of national large yacht policy from the largest register by tonnage in the EU. 2013 PYA took the initiative to develop the Ships Cook Assessment route via the MCA. This was a reaction to the pending regulations under MLC where cooks catering for more than 10 crew on-board would have to have taken a further education route of up to 6 months to qualify. There are now three MCA approved SSC assessment centres in France and the UK who offer this quick and easy route for yacht chefs to complete the SCC. Recognition of PYA as an observer body by the International Hydrographic Organisation. IHO is the world authority on maritime charting and is responsible for writing the standards of Navigational charts. PYA is now actively participating in the improvement of the safety of navigation at sea. 2015 RYA and PYA developed the Superyacht Tender Course specifically for those operating SY tenders. This answered the need for industry specific training and is an excellent example of the collaborative work PYA does to achieve its aims. The uptake of the course has been rapid with many RYA schools now offering it. The PYA signed an MoU with the Institution of Engineering and Technology to develop a frame work through which yacht engineer qualifications can be professionally recognised. After 20 years in its old premises, the PYA moved to a new modern office on Rue du Générale d’Andréossy in the heart of Antibes. The PYA consulted with the MCA for the development of MSN1859 and 1858, engineering and deck. This included the new Commercial Engineering qualifications (for yachts, tugs, workboats etc.) which should be out soon. 2016 Signed MOU collaborative agreement with World Chefs Society to offer recognition to yacht chefs. To About us Historical Achievements

  • Organisation

    The PYA is a non-profit, trade association which was founded in 1991. It is not a union. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of professional yacht crew from around the world. With members from over 90 countries, the PYA is THE representative body for professional yacht crew. The current Rules of the PYA can be read here. These are governed under French law by Statutes (as amended) available for members. PYA Statutes (French) 15.12.2017 .pdf Download PDF • 118KB The MCA-approved Digital Service Record Book (D-SRB) is essential for anyone wishing to progress their yachting career, applying for an NoE or CoC, revalidating a CoC or proving time spent at sea to an employer. Using a Digital Service Record Book is the preferred method by the MCA of recording and verifying sea time. In fact, the MCA announced that as from the beginning of 2017, if sea service is submitted to them that has not been previously verified, it will result in significant delays to the issue of the NoE or CoC. In short, using the PYA's services will make the process a LOT easier and a LOT quicker for crew! With the support and knowledge of unpaid Directors, Council members, with hundreds of years of combined yachting experience, the PYA team in Antibes helps members daily by providing accurate, unbiased advice on certification, training, welfare, and regulations. The PYA attends policy meetings with MCA and other administrators to ensure that yacht crew are being fairly represented, and works hard to ensure that the future of the Superyacht industry is being shaped to take into account the best interest of the people who actually live and work onboard yachts. The PYA ensures that the voice of yacht crew is being heard. To About us Organisation

  • How you can help

    The PYA was founded in 1991 by a small group of yacht captains and has grown since then into a world leading association, which has earned significant influence with government bodies which regulate our industry and set the qualifications required to carry out our professional roles. The PYA works tirelessly to represent the views of yacht crew and the yachting industry at the administrative level but also further afield in areas from careers to mental wellbeing. The PYA employs a dedicated support team in its Antibes office who assist members daily, with advice and information concerning their qualifications, careers, training and numerous employment issues. Its SRB team undertake sea-time verification procedures demanded by the MCA. Council members and elected officers operate the many active workgroups on a voluntary basis. If you work in the yachting industry, whether as crew or as a shore-based professional, you can do your bit to ensure that the good work of the PYA is able to continue into the future. Sponsor a PYA Event The PYA runs a programme of events around the world for yacht crew. Educational events such as our Sea Changes Forum and our Continuing Professional Development Events are extremely important for promoting ongoing professionalism in our industry, and our social events are always extremely popular, but neither would be possible without the support of our sponsors. In exchange we are in a unique position to be able to offer excellent promotional value to your company. To enquire about sponsorship, please contact us. Become a PYA partner The PYA do not just act on behalf of yacht crew. We represent the whole industry, from brokers to crew agents, to training providers and beyond. Help us continue to do so by becoming a partner of the PYA. Read more here. Promote the PYA Patronage scheme Ensuring the professionalism of the yachting industry is as much the responsibility of yacht owners as it is the rest of us. The PYA Patronage scheme encourages owners to put something back into the industry by supporting the ongoing work of the association. If you think that your owner would be interested in supporting crew in this way, you can download the patronage scheme details. PYA Patronage proposal downloading version new .pdf Download PDF • 1.16MB Join a PYA Workgroup If you want to get involved with representing yacht crew, we want to hear from you. We're always open to new ideas, opinions and energy. You could take part in our lobbying efforts, work towards solutions for ongoing issues in the industry, provide advice and be part of shaping the future of the yachting industry. Contact info@pya.org to connect. Tell us your opinion The PYA is here to be your voice. So if you want to to be heard, please tell us ! The good stuff, the bad stuff and the ugly stuff - we can't take it forward for you if we don't know about it. We run surveys from time to time so please help by giving us your thoughts. We also host open discussions on topics such as training requirements, safety and security, career development and more, so don't be shy- come and share your views! Mentor the next generation With more and more people entering the yachting industry, those in the know have a responsibility to pass on their expertise and experience to the next generation. The PYA encourages on-board mentoring and will support those interested in developing this in their own teams. Take time to help those completing their training record books and help them develop their skillset. Instil the importance of them taking the time for their own Continuing Professional Development. Encourage junior crew members to get into good habits with recording their sea service as soon as they enter the industry - they will thank you for it later! Crew in their first season are unlikely to need their sea service verified for presentation to the MCA, however they can still join the PYA as a Basic member, to learn more about their career and the industry, receive advice from us and contact us should they need help. To About us How you can help

  • Representation

    Acting on behalf of yacht crew to ensure your opinions are heard The PYA has been the voice of international yacht crew since its inception in 1991. The PYA consults with policy makers who write legislation affecting the construction, operation and manning of large yachts. Over the years, PYA has participated in numerous workgroups and steering committees to ensure the point of view of those actually working on board is known and understood. As the yachting industry continues to grow, compulsory training requirements have been introduced so as to fall in line with other maritime sectors. These increased regulations serve an internationally-agreed purpose to increase safety and awareness, so unfortunately they're not going to go away! However the role of the PYA is to elbow out (when possible) or ameliorate training that is not relevant to yachting. For 30 years, the PYA has sat on the MCA Yacht Qualifying Panel as the representative of yacht crew. This annual meeting is attended by all the major yacht training providers worldwide, to discuss current yacht training issues, course syllabus, exam results and new exam procedures and new courses under MCA & STCW amendments. This is the annual chance to put the opinions of yacht crew on the table for discussion on these subjects. With the increased size of vessels in yachting, a few years ago the PYA fought and won to have “yacht service” recognized within the commercial sectors. With that came the “glass ceiling” project, where the MCA made clear that, whenever possible, they intended to ensure anything new introduced was “transferable training” so that our crew could more easily cross over to the commercial qualifications. The PYA works with other administrations to fight for the interests of yacht crew. Whilst we don't win every battle, we have triumphed in many areas over the years and have avoided legislation being put in place which would negatively affect the yachting industry and those working in it. You can read more about some of our successes here . The PYA has helped many members with issues such as non-payment of wages, unfair dismissal, lack of contracts etc. The power that the voice of the PYA has means that we are far better positioned to assist crew when things go wrong than if they tried to represent themselves. The people fighting these battles for you are all volunteers giving up huge amounts of their time to protect your futures in yachting. Whether you know it or not, you need the PYA! To About us Representation

  • Event sponsorship

    There are a number of opportunities throughout the year to support a PYA event as a sponsor and showcase your company. With members from over 90 countries around the world, as well as connections with all the top management, charter, training and recruitment companies, not to mention the yachting press, the PYA is in a unique position to be able to promote your brand within the yachting industry. Our events are always extremely well-attended, and receive excellent feedback, so sponsoring a PYA event is a sure-fire way to get yourself noticed by the right people. In exchange for your support, we are able to offer you promotional coverage before, during and after the event. As our events receive considerable attention in the press and on social media, your brand will receive a lot of circulation. The specifics of what is included will vary from event to event, but generally we can offer our sponsors: Banners displayed during the event Brochures on display Option to distribute promotional 'goodies' at event Logo on printed backdrop behind speakers/ photos Logo on any takeaways from the event (e.g. photos, goody bags) Company name and logo in event write up in Yachting Matters magazine (10,000 copies distributed to yachting industry) Written profile of your company on PYA website and social media before event Logo and company name promoted via PYA's active and engaged social media platforms Logo sent out via email to PYA members Free entry Networking with attendees, invitees and speakers As we are a non-profit association, we rely on the support of other companies in the industry to be able to continue the huge amount of work we do on behalf of the yachting industry and the people who work in it. None of our events, or our involvement at seminars and meetings around the world would be possible without the help of our generous sponsors. So a partnership is very much of mutual benefit! Depending on your budget and target audience, we can recommend the right event and package for you to get involved with. We seek sponsorship for both our educational and social events. As well as financial sponsorship, you can also help out by providing drinks and/or food, prizes and other in-kind services. To enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us. To About us Event sponsorship

  • Professional Yachting Association | Sea Service Verification | Antibes

    Explore all the services See what else you can get by becoming a PYA member. See all the services Sea Service Verification The PYA is authorised by the MCA by MIN 543 and by Transport Malta, to verify yacht sea service and has been verifying yacht sea service for the MCA since 1994. Learn more Yacht Rating Certificate Some vessels require crew to have a Yacht Rating Certificate as part of their safe manning requirements. The PYA is authorized to issue Yacht Rating Certificates on behalf of the MCA. Learn more Career Advice The PYA encourages and mentors new entrants into professional yachting, as well as offers career advice to experienced crew. Learn more Influencer partners Start Now Start Now 7185 Collective membership 3491 D-SRBs generated 1276 MAS team cases 6783 One-to-one advice & help Announcements What our members 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 "It's such a happy bunch running the PYA - they're friendly and welcoming!" Graham Tindall "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 > > "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 "It's such a happy bunch running the PYA - they're friendly and welcoming!" Graham Tindall "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 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 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 "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 "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 "I have successfully passed my stability exam and even received my NoE. Thank you very much for helping me out with all the paperwork for the NoE application, it was much easier to do it with your assistance." Ilya Kravtsov Industry news Yachting industry associations join forces in the Western Mediterranean A number of leading associations have joined forces to support the yachting industry across a wide range of areas following the signing of a new comprehensive agreement in Marseille, France. Read more Avoiding disaster: How a yacht fire was averted at the last minute A recent incident on a yacht could have led to a catastrophic fire but thanks to proper procedures and training, the situation was quickly dealt with by its crew and averted. Read more Leadership in Yachting 2024 - Webinar now available Our recent Leadership in Yachting webinar has been released, revealing insights into industry practices and expert opinions from a host of guest speakers. Read more Interested in more articles? Check out news section Run by yachting professionals, for yachting professionals. Join the PYA and get all the benefits! Become a member The Professional Yachting Association The Voice of professional yacht crew worldwide. Run by yachting professionals, for yachting professionals since 1991. New to yachting? Become a member

  • PYA to attend Improving Yacht Crew Retention Conference in Nice, France

    ​ PYA to attend Improving Yacht Crew Retention Conference in Nice, France To All news 30 January 2024 The PYA will be attending the 2024 Improving Yacht Crew Retention Conference in Nice, France on March 7th. This year's 3rd annual conference will bring together a panel of experts from the industry to discuss crew welfare and retention issues. The speakers will also share their insights on a wide range of topics related to the industry's current recruitment landscape. Among some of the guest speakers include representatives from IAMI, UKSA, Hill Robinson, Wilson Halligan, PG Legal, Northrop & Johnson SYM, Bluewater, the WMU and Impact Crew to name but a few. PYA’s CEO, Christophe Bourillon, will also attend a panel discussing the importance of recruitment in the industry and retaining skilled seafarers: “This year’s conference will provide us with additional opportunities to build on the progress made in the past year on crew retention. These discussions will be an important step forward in addressing some of the imminent challenges. We will also be sharing our insights following recent consultations with recruitment agencies and employers.” We are offering 2 free delegate passes for people interested in coming to the event plus a 15% discount to all PYA members who would like to take part in the conference. You can register your attendance by visiting the Improving Yacht Crew Retention Registration page and typing in "PYA" into the promo box to add your discount. The full schedule for the event will be made available soon. We look forward to seeing you in March! More news Yachting industry associations join forces in the Western Mediterranean A number of leading associations have joined forces to support the yachting industry across a wide range of areas following the signing of a new comprehensive agreement in Marseille, France. Read more Avoiding disaster: How a yacht fire was averted at the last minute A recent incident on a yacht could have led to a catastrophic fire but thanks to proper procedures and training, the situation was quickly dealt with by its crew and averted. Read more Leadership in Yachting 2024 - Webinar now available Our recent Leadership in Yachting webinar has been released, revealing insights into industry practices and expert opinions from a host of guest speakers. Read more

  • Webinar - Emerging Superyacht Destinations in Latin America

    ​ Webinar - Emerging Superyacht Destinations in Latin America To All news 26 October 2021 The New Proposal For Emerging Superyacht Destinations In Latin America PYA Partners, Galapagos Yacht Services join Origen Escapes, Norton Lilly International (Panama) and Maritima Interoceanica to introduce the Latin American Alliance and the wonders of each of their three destinations. Learn more about these emerging yachting destinations - Panama, Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. Discover Galapagos away from the ordinary If you are considering cruising in the region, Galapagos Yacht Services , a Yacht Support Agency, can design individual itineraries according to a client’s brief. They work closely and exclusively with the National Park officials and the most experienced highly-qualified guides, allowing them to consider areas and experiences off the beaten track. More news Yachting industry associations join forces in the Western Mediterranean A number of leading associations have joined forces to support the yachting industry across a wide range of areas following the signing of a new comprehensive agreement in Marseille, France. Read more Avoiding disaster: How a yacht fire was averted at the last minute A recent incident on a yacht could have led to a catastrophic fire but thanks to proper procedures and training, the situation was quickly dealt with by its crew and averted. Read more Leadership in Yachting 2024 - Webinar now available Our recent Leadership in Yachting webinar has been released, revealing insights into industry practices and expert opinions from a host of guest speakers. Read more

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