The PYA’s plans for the Monaco Yacht Show 2016


Following on from our successful programme of seminars, workshops and networking at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, the Professional Yachting Association is planning another jam-packed schedule of informative sessions for this year’s event.

We will be partnering with ACREW at their crew lounge at the Rascasse, in the heart of the port. We will be hosting two full afternoons of activities for crew there, on Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th September. The PYA team will also have a permanent desk there throughout the show to talk to crew and assist them with any problems or queries they might have. We will be hosting our headline Sea Changes Forum as well as a new exciting addition, ‘The Big One’ at the headquarters of the International Hydrographic Organization on Thursday 28th.

Here is the PYA’s programme of activities at time of going to press, which may be subject to some changes by the time of the show. Make sure to check our website and Facebook page for the up-to-date itinerary for the show. You can sign up for all these events on our website

Wednesday 28th September

Activity Description Who’s it for?
PYA Table-setting competition

10:00 – 15:30


On-board throughout the show

Yachts in the show can enter the annual table-setting competition, where they will have a chance to wow a team of judges with an elaborate table display in accordance with this year’s theme (check the PYA website for further details on this at the time). The expert panel of judges will step on-board at a pre-scheduled time on Wednesday 28th. There are some excellent prizes to be won for the best displays. This is a PYA GUEST initiative to promote continuing professional development and standardisation of training for interior crew within the yachting sector. For interior teams whose boats are in the show
The role of a Superyacht deckhand

14:00 – 14:50


ACREW lounge, Rascasse

Captain Ian Biles of the Maritime Training Academy will present a hands on training session for deckhands, which will give insight into some of the vital skills they need to know for their future careers on-board. Deck crew from entry level to 2 years in the industry
Superyacht Toys and Watersports – Managing these safely and dealing with emergencies 15:00 – 16:00


ACREW lounge, Rascasse

Richard Falk from the RYA and Brad Robertson from Superyacht Lifeguard join forces to address safety when using water toys with guests, and lifeguarding skills to use in the case of emergency. This interactive session should not be missed for all those tasked with supervising guests in the water. Any crew member working with water toys and activities
Sail through your deck qualifications with the PYA



ACREW lounge, Rascasse

The Professional Yacht Association (PYA) provides an insider guide on how to prepare for and apply for the range of qualifications needed to progress your career on deck. The workshop will cover the application process for MCA NoE leading to a CoC; Required certificates for application to OOW or Masters, certificate updates, expiry dates and limitations; Sea Service – how to record sea service, good practices, verification, testimonials; Training Record Book (for Yacht Ratings and OOW): guide on how to complete your TRB, do’s and don’ts, essential tasks and assessments; Training: prerequisites, guidelines on how to get the most out of your courses, exam expectations.

Whatever stage of your deck career you are currently at, the most recent information and updates will be shared about the required qualifications for the next step on the career and qualifications ladder.

Deck crew looking to do their OOW and further their career


Thursday 29th September

Activity Description Who’s it for?
PYA Sea Changes Forum

Late Afternoon. Exact time TBC.

Refer to PYA website


International Hydrographic Organisation, Port of Monaco

Key professionals and influencers come together to bring us up to date with all the latest changes in certification, regulation and training. Speakers will include experts from the MCA, RYA and PYA as well as training providers.


This is where you need to be for first hand, up-to-date information affecting every aspect of the industry, now and going forward.

Captains, Senior crew, Heads of department, Industry Professionals, Media
‘Laying the blame – a disaster at sea’

Early evening. Exact time TBC.

Refer to PYA website.


International Hydrographic Organisation, Port of Monaco

A high-profile accident on-board a Superyacht….a celebrity death…..the media are circling like vultures digging for details on what led to this catastrophe……


But could the tragedy have been avoided and whose neck is on the line when the questions start being asked?


A dramatic scenario will be played out in which keys issues affecting crew and guest safety will be challenged and addressed.

Captains, Senior crew, Heads of department, Industry Professionals, Media


Not to be missed!


Networking drinks for attendees of the PYA Sea Changes Forum and ‘Laying the blame – a disaster at sea’

Timings TBC. Refer to PYA website.


International Hydrographic Organisation, Port of Monaco

Drinks reception on the roof terrace of the International Hydrographic Organization. For attendees of the PYA Sea Changes Forum and ‘Laying the blame – a disaster at sea’.






Friday 30th September

Activity Description Who’s it for?
Interactive GUEST Training session

14:00 – 15:20


ACREW lounge, Rascasse

A snapshot of some of the skills that crew can expect to master as part of the PYA GUEST Interior Training program. Led by the industry’s top Interior trainers, this hands on session will show interior crew how they can gain more confidence in delivering the owners’ and charter guests’ experiences on-board. Interior Crew
World Chef Awards

15:30 -16:00


ACREW Lounge, Rascasse

Chef updates and news Chefs, media, industry professionals


PYA Sea Changes Interior Seminar

16:10 – 17:15


ACREW Lounge, Rascasse

Updates from the PYA GUEST Program.


Results of the PYA table-setting competition.

Interior crew, media, industry professionals





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