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Interior Yacht Crew Training Schools in Europe

Following is a list of all interior-crew training schools in the U.K. and Europe. I note which schools are currently GUEST-approved, as well as which ones offer advanced courses for your future training.

Training SchoolsDescription
Bluewater Yachting Antibes (PYA GUEST)
7 Boulevard d’Aguillon
06600 Antibes, France
Tel: 33 (0)493 34 47 73
Fax: 33 (0)493 34 77 74
Website: www.bluewateryachting.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Water-Yachting/81710752968
Bluewater Yachting—also listed under STCW training schools—offers all of the courses required for the PYA GUEST Introduction level certificate, including: PYA Yacht Interior Introduction, PYA Wine & Cocktail Introduction, and PYA Yacht Interior Basic Food Service (Silver Service). Combine those with the ICT Food Service, Safety, and Hygiene course, your STCW BST course, and an ENG1 Medical Exam, and you will qualify to earn your PYA Yacht Junior Steward/ess Certificate of Competence. Bluewater also offers the full program of intermediate- and advanced-level GUEST training (GUEST II and III).
Fine Wine Works (PYA GUEST-approved wine courses)
Cote D’Azur, near Nice
Tel: 33 (0)6 42 15 51 21
Website: www.finewineworks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fine-Wine-Works/303936072996766
Based on the Cote D’Azur, husband and wife team Nigel & Helen Brotherton, set up Fine Wine Works in 2008. Helen holds the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Diploma with Honors and is a WSET Certified Educator. FWW offers wine training to all levels, ranging from the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines (Foundation) up to the comprehensive and challenging WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits (Advanced). They run courses either at their Villa in the hills behind Nice (Vence) as well as onboard yachts. They are a part of the PYA GUEST program for wine training.
Warsash Superyacht Academy (PYA GUEST & Advanced Courses)
Location: Southampton, UK
Newtown Road
Warsash, Southampton
Hampshire SO31 9ZL
Tel: 44 (0)1489 576 161
Fax: 44 (0)1489 573 988
Website: www.warsashcentre.co.uk and www.warsashsuperyachtacademy.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/warsashacademy
While the school offers STCW training from its Southampton location, the PYA-accredited stewardess training courses are focused mainly on onboard training for interior teams as a whole. Warsash’s experienced team, led by industry veterans Peter Vogel and Danella Lamb, train stews and stew teams not only on yachts, but on cruise liners, in private residences, and in hotels and resorts. Some of their trainers even have experience working for the Dutch Royal Family and Queen Elizabeth II.

Beyond 2013, Warsash will likely be establishing shore-side facilities to accommodate individuals looking to develop their career in yachting. In fact, they are currently scoping out a location in Barcelona, which is quickly becoming a hub of superyacht activity due to the number of vessels coming to Marina Port Vell for refits and long yard periods. So do keep an eye on their website for more information about when their new facilities and individual courses become available.

More to come soon!