The Crew Academy is the leading interior training provider for the super yacht industry as well as private households. The company was launched in late 2011 and provides the yachting industry with its only professional, PYA-accredited purser course and a range of interior service courses from beginner through to management level. It also offers a selection of specialist courses taught by experts exclusively for The Crew Academy.
The Crew Academy is based in the U.K. and south of France with a capability of providing bespoke on board or land-based training worldwide. We are proud to be one of the only fully PYA-accredited training schools.
Setting new standards
All of The Crew Academy’s courses are PYA-accredited and certified. We aim to deliver and exceed the standards the industry demands by working synchronously with the PYA. We strive for the content of all our courses to be the best they can be; delivering insightful, well-regarded and accurate material that can act as a reference in daily operations for those serious about advancing in their chosen yachting careers.
Each of our specialist trainers are handpicked according to their professional experience and qualifications in their field as well as their abilities as an educator. Our team brings together senior former yacht crew and leaders in the global hospitality industry, who all have a breadth of proven experience delivering bespoke training to the yachting industry.
Practical & hands on learning
The Crew Academy believes practical learning is the best way to master new skills. We maintained this ethos when creating our courses by including our signature live service lunches, which allow the students to practise their newly acquired skills alongside a professional yacht chef and serve real food to industry guests including industry figures, management companies, captains and heads of departments.
Residential training & exclusive, luxury facilities
In addition to our ‘classroom’ courses held at our locations in London and Golfe Juan, we also offer residential courses from our training villa in the south of France. Fully equipped for all service-based courses as well as our specialist courses, the villa is able to host up to six students at any one time, where you will have total access to all living and outdoor areas. Our team can also assist you in finding local accommodation and alternatives should the school be fully booked when you make your reservation.
Bespoke packages for on board training
We understand that making time for individual or team training can be difficult on even the most understanding of yachts, which is why we offer extremely flexible bespoke training packages. Our newly launched on board butler service package is just one example, as it allows you to select the modules you wish to study, whether that be presentation, communication and etiquette, or specialist skills in specific fields such as spirits and mixology, wine knowledge, floristry, barista, and cigar knowledge.
The industry’s only Purser course
The Crew Academy was established to meet the demand for professional yacht service training at a consistently high level. Since our inception in 2011, we have endeavoured to set new benchmarks in the industry, not only by introducing the only PYA-accredited purser course to the market, but also by elevating the current standards of interior service training.
Delivered by the world’s best brands
Finally, we believe our unique strength and competitive advantage lies in the partnerships The Crew Academy has established with some of the world’s leading brands of luxury interior products to deliver its training. Students are introduced to the top brands within various product categories and imparted with the expert training and knowledge endorsed by these leading brands via The Crew Academy.