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Interior Yacht Crew Training Schools in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Following is a list of all interior-crew training schools in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. I note which schools are currently PYA GUEST-approved, as well as which ones offer advanced courses for your future training.

Training SchoolsDescription
Maritime Professional Training (Advanced Courses & soon to offer PYA GUEST)
1915 South Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Contact: Julie Liberatore
Tel: 1-954-525-1014
Toll Free: 1-888-839-5025
Fax: 1-954-764-0431
Website: www.mptusa.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mptusa
Maritime Professional Training (MPT)—also listed in the previous STCW schools training listing—offers programs to meet all levels of certification and training requirements, including the PYA GUEST Classes for Introductory Interior Certification, as well as Intermediate and Advanced Chief Steward(ess) Upgrade Courses, Wine, Bartending, Intro to Yachting/Yacht Etiquette, Barista, Flowers, Silver Service/Food/Table Service, Advanced Medical Training, Vessel Security, Tender Operator Licensing, Firefighting, and many other interesting courses from as short as one day to five days or entire programs. MPT offers many options for new crew called STCW “PLUS” which discounts packages of classes taken together.

MPT also offers a course called the Career Seminar which teaches new crew how to write a résumé/CV and how to get into the industry and how get a job, and more useful tips everyone wishes someone had told them when they started. This course is FREE with your STCW class and includes dinner. MPT’s Student Services Staff and Career Counselors will help you every step of the way until you are trained and on a boat! Check MPT’s website for schedule information, STCW offered almost every week year-round.
Bluewater Crew Training USA, formerly known as International Crew Training (ICT)
750 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Tel: 1-954-779-7764 (Contact Amilee Luke)
Email: trainingusa@bluewateryachting.com
Website: www.bluewateryachting.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BluewaterCrewTraining
International Crew Training (ICT) has teamed up with Bluewater Yachting to create the largest and most comprehensive global yacht crew training and placement organization. Now known as Bluewater Crew Training USA, you will find the same personnel, same attention to customer service, same prices. Like a university with three campuses, Fort Lauderdale, Palma and Antibes, crew will be able to train at any of the locations. And all three locations will honor Bluewater ONE Account training vouchers. The best of all the training materials from each location have been unified into a single reference library so the crew will work from a single set of notes no matter which Bluewater location they find themselves.

As the first authorized PYA GUEST training center in the world, Bluewater Crew Training USA 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 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 Crew Training USA is the only yacht interior training facility that is also an authorized center for the Domestic Estate Managers Association (DEMA), so they can easily help you make the transition between interior yacht management and estate home management, and vice versa.

At various times in the year, Bluewater Crew Training USA offers specials where you can save money by completing all of these courses in combination with the STCW modules. They refer to this package as the STCW plus GUEST I Entry Program. Other course packages are also available, so be sure to contact them at trainingusa@bluewateryachting.com.
American Yacht Institute Classes (also offers Advanced Courses)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tel: 1-954-522-1044
Mobile: 1-954-540-9503
Website: www.americanyachtinstitute.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/American-Yacht-Institute/42484781109
American Yacht Institute (AYI) holds classes at various locations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but primarily at Roscioli Yachting Center and Bradford Marine. AYI further holds custom and private classes aboard yachts and at estates.

AYI has a few popular programs. There’s a five-day Super Yacht Crew Course, a three-day Silver Service Course, and a two-day class, aptly named the Two-Day Stew. The latter is particularly ideal for newcomers to the industry, to see if you’re truly up to making it your career. As owner Kristen Cavallini-Soothill puts it, “If they find out they don’t like living and working aboard, they haven’t spent a small fortune on days and days of schooling…and they can still use their skills elsewhere.”

The Two-Day Stew Course covers one day of Silver Service (Russian, French, and Plate) and one day of Interior (Fine Detailing, Valet, Laundry & Guest Services). The three-day course covers the same but also includes a day of Basic Bar, Champagne & Wine Service, and Flowers. The five-day Super Yacht Crew Course includes the following modules: Introduction to Yachts, Crewing & Etiquette; Basic Seamanship; Silver Service; Interior (Fine Detailing, Guest Services & Laundry); and Basic Bar, Champagne & Wine Service, Flowers. Finally, AYI also offers a Professional Deckhand Course for exterior crew (or those interested in deck-stew positions), as well as Chief Stewardess MGT I and MGT II ADV Certifications (by appointment with a professional butler).