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CrewPass celebrates a new partnership with UKSA

Today we celebrate our new partnership with UKSA. UKSA is a national maritime charity based on the Isle of Wight, offering accessible maritime training, enhancing life skills and increasing employment opportunities in the sector.

The charity is one of the UK’s leading maritime training providers, offering a wide range of courses, including Superyacht Cadetship, Superyacht Crew Training, Superyacht Hospitality Training, and Professional Yachtmaster Offshore and more!

Like CrewPass’ other partners in the industry, UKSA saw the significance of pre-screening crew for the safety of individuals within the yachting industry. With UKSA’s support, CrewPass aims to make background checking an industry standard.

"34% of [UKSA's] graduates went into the superyacht industry"

Both companies strive to make the journey toward employment straightforward by providing crew with the tools they need to succeed.

UKSA cadets can sign up with CrewPass and undergo a comprehensive criminal record check and ID verification check so that by the time they finish their course, they will be fully ready to join the industry. Not only is this convenient for vessels, agencies and management companies, but this collaboration is also directly worthwhile for crew.

"879 students completed MCA courses"

CrewPass removes the time spent screening every crew member coming through their systems, and crew do not have to undergo multiple checks for each company. No matter where you are in the world, CrewPass will be able to undergo checks for you.

If you are looking to do yacht training in the UK, we highly recommend you use UKSA as your training provider! If you are a UKSA cadet or applying to join UKSA, make sure you look out for UKSA’s unique promotional code to get CrewPass’ subscription at a discounted price.

UKSA’s website: https://uksa.org/

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The 190-foot (57.91m) SKYFAL @yachtcharterfleet

The Best Yachting Pages, Blogs & Groups 2022

Unlike some other industries, the yachting industry is packed with insightful information showcased on web pages, blogs and groups to make life onboard easier for crew members. Plenty of industry professionals and yachting businesses have passed their wisdom, knowledge, and tips down to crew via these platforms to ensure that everything runs smoothly on board for everyone. There are many resources to benefit the yachting industry but knowing where to find them can prove to be difficult at times. CrewPass has listed our personal favourite blogs, groups, and pages below, which we believe you need to check out!

Our Favourite Yacht Blogs

The Best Tips & Tricks For Interior Crew

The Stewardess Bible

Kylie O’Brien is the founder and author of The Stewardess Bible and has 12 years of yachting under her belt. Now retired, O’Brien has generously provided a library full of useful information specifically for interior crew for free!

Some of our favourite titles include:
“Small Space – Storage solutions”
“Superyacht Crew Visa’s Explained”
“How to Clean a Dishwasher”
“Cleaning with Vinegar”
“The Power of a Smile In Guest Service”

O’Brien’s tips and tricks are invaluable to any green crew looking for advice on the basics!

Tips & Tricks, Housekeeping, Guest Service, Product Reviews

The Most Educational Blog

Quay Crew

Quay Crew is a yacht crew recruitment agency which was established in 2013. The agency has placed over 1,500 crew candidates, and they have an overall 40 years’ onboard experience. The company has first-hand knowledge gained from careers in yachting, grasping client needs and placing crew onboard. If you wish to find out how to get a job onboard or need to know how to write an incredible CV, it only makes sense to go straight to the people who do the hiring!

Our Favourite Blog Posts include:

“9 crew CV mistakes to avoid”
“How a positive onboard culture can boost crew mental health”
“How to decide between two superyacht job offers”

Career Advice, Recruitment, Leadership, Industry Insight

The Best Blog For Yacht Steward(esses)

The Yacht Stew Blog

Gemma Hubbert is the founder of ‘The Yacht Stew.’ Her fantastic team has an excellent blog page full of posts that will help any stew regardless of your level of experience or rank!

The Yacht Stew’s most popular blog titles include:
“The Importance of Pap Smears”
“First Time Chief Stew”
“Transitioning to Chief Stew”
“James Bond Dinner”

Crew Wellness, Online Courses, Career Advice, Yachtie Lifestyle

The Best Blog For Green Steward(esses)

The Seaworthy Stew Blog

Jess is the face behind The Seaworthy Stew! Jess has worked on yachts for 5 years and is currently on land to help aspiring yacht crew “anchor themselves in the right position so that they can break into the yachting industry with confidence!” If you are struggling to get into the industry or want to know more about joining the industry Jess’ blog page is for you!

Our personal favourite blogs include:
“How To Write A Yachting CV”
“What Will I Gain From Doing A Yacht Stew Training Course If It Doesn’t Guarantee Me A Job?”
“How To Prepare For Your First Charter as a Junior Yacht Stew”

Career Advice, Recruitment

Our Favourite Pages & Groups

The Best Facebook Page For Crew

The Crew Coach

The Crew Coach helps crew become “confident leaders” and opens doors to a robust network of industry leaders. The Crew Coach offers crew accredited leadership courses, counselling services and exclusive memberships. The page provides various information, advice and knowledge that will help crew further their careers!

Career Advice, Crew Courses, Workshops, Job performance

The Best All Rounder

Yachting Pages

Yachting Pages is one of the most popular resources in the superyacht industry, with over 26000 listings of the top shipyards, agents, marinas, and provisioning. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Captain, a yacht enthusiast, yacht crew or someone entirely different; Yachting Pages has you covered!

Business listings, marketing services, branding & design, YP Online, YP Print, YP Delivers, YP Refit, YP App, Web design and Dealer Network.

Popular categories:
Crew Products & Services, Galley & Chef, Health & Fitness, Interior Equipment & Services, On the Deck, Ports and Marinas, Refit & Repair, Shore Support & Services, Technology, Tenders & Toys

The Best Group For Job Roles

Yacht Crew Recruitment (Jobs Only)

This group is a forum for yachting jobs and related updates around recruitment and training. Captains and crew agencies post job specifications on the group with contact details available for crew to see. Job positions vary from lead deckhand, Bosun, Chef, Stewardess and more! Yacht Crew Recruitment (Jobs Only) is a group worth joining if you are looking for a yacht job.


The Most Controversial Group

Yachties: Name, Shame and Fame

This is a group dedicated to naming and shaming programs, businesses, and vessels that withhold money or mistreat crew in an attempt to shield crew from suffering the same fate. This group hosts shocking crew stories, which are worth reading! If you have any questions about a company, agency, job offer or vessel, this group is a great place to ask.

Crew Stories, Vessel Reviews, Agency Reviews, Business Reviews, Scam Alerts

If you have any notable pages, blog posts or groups that we have missed, please let us know in the comment section. We would love to know your favourites!


Why checks are essential for your safety – Yacht crew stories


In many industries, background checks are required for employees before starting the job, mainly for the protection of vulnerable groups. CrewPass believes that background checks provide vessels and agencies with the confidence that they are placing safe crew members onboard, but checks also provide crew with the peace of mind that the people they are sharing living quarters with are safe. Through social media, CrewPass has sparked a conversation with people sharing their stories of why criminal record checks are essential. Many of these comments agree that companies like ours are needed in the yachting industry. In this blog post, we look at one person’s experiences onboard with unchecked crew members and how a straightforward background-checking process could have avoided all of the risks and dangers to follow. Plus, another person shows us that without a background check conducted, you really do not know who you are working with and the risks you are exposed to.

TW: Violence

The people who shared these stories would like to remain anonymous for privacy and security.

An abusive deckhand who was wanted for attempted manslaughter

“We had a deckhand who was wanted for attempted manslaughter and had a range of historical violent incidents. He held a knife to my throat in the crew mess one night on charter, witnessed by Chief Officer…he was fired…I went on vacation…he was on the dock (rehired again) in St Marteen when I flew in.

He then did the same again to another stew onboard. He would try to break into my cabin at night. Repeated requests to Captain ignored. I left the yacht soon after. Next yacht, he dragged his stew gf across a dancefloor in front of all her crew (all from a well-known yacht) and smashed up all the pot plants on a rampage one night close to the IYCA. The various management companies ignored repeated requests by crew to stop hiring him on yachts as crew were in danger. 

We had an audit onboard, and I had to say something as my interior was pretty scared. It was followed up, but still, nothing happened. CrewPass would have been essential as it turns out his checkered history in the UK with an attempted manslaughter charge, amongst other things, would have popped up. Last I heard, he’s still in yachting.

Just to give more concern about my story, the managing agent I walked into to place a formal complaint was *a well-known managing company* in Fort Lauderdale. I had a crew member on a well known 68m, who was ex RN and went to hit me in my office. I laid several complaints of the abuse received by myself, soa manager who refused to be in a room with him on her own and 2nd stew was the same. Constant babysitting crew with fear. *A well-known managing company* did nothing. I was in their office for another reason, and they threatened to blacklist me if I did anything further or if I quit or any of the HOD’s quit.

The crew member has a historical background of abuse of his wife and was also a boxer (none of us knew). He had some sort of AVO in UK. Chief Engineer on a very well known 74m verbally abused myself and several crew and hit deck crew on a night out. He hit another crew member on another night out. Constant assault that reached my office – Captain wasn’t interested and did nothing when reported on several occasions on behalf of the crew affected. Turns out the CE has a historical background of violence – another ex-RN UK. He was discharged from RN due to violent behaviour. Complaint to Captain after interior felt unsafe – nothing was done. The new Captain (my former CO on one of these yachts above) has tried months to hire the ex-Chief from the 68m. I went straight to the owner. It puts his reputation, crew, and family at risk. Mates club over a legal implication – disaster…

It is so common I dealt with the dangerous conditions right throughout my yachting career until 2 years ago. I feel what you do is so essential as the problem of violent behaviour is still swept under the carpet, and proper checks are avoided to get crew onboard with urgency – huge complacency.”

*CrewPass has removed the names of the businesses mentioned for privacy.

A crew member involved with the infamous Australian backpacker murders

“Unfortunately, numerous companies with and without so-called ‘management’ fail in pre-screening and vetting of staff/ crew, I was working on a vessel with someone who had quite an ‘unsavoury’ background and was involved with the infamous Australian backpacker murders.”

These extreme cases highlight why comprehensive background checks are so necessary for crew members. Whether you are a captain looking to place crew onboard or a crew member who has to work with strangers, we encourage you to get background checks conducted and provide everyone around you peace of mind. Why is pre-employment screening not an industry-standard in an industry that is so prestigious and highly values security?
If you have experienced something similar or you have your own story to tell please send them in either in the comment section or email us: info@crewpass.co.uk
If you would like to remain anonymous, please let us know, and we will not include any names!