Starting a new industry can be daunting… Sometimes, basic training isn’t enough to make you feel confident before stepping onboard. Being fully prepared to become a yacht stew is easier with The Yacht Stew Academy (TYSA). There is a range of classes and diplomas to prepare you before joining the industry. Even stews that are already fully experienced in the industry still take advantage of these courses to help develop their career further.
The Yacht Stew brand was launched back in March 2016 and is currently “one of the largest global communities of Super Yacht Steward(esse)s.” All the course that the academy provides is fully online, allowing people from all over the world to access them. This means even stews that are working onboard can carry out these courses!
The academy made its name from impressive industry collaborations and expert training. Not only does this academy provide training though, but The Yacht Stew Academy also acts a platform that encourages stews from all over the world to come together as a community.
The unique selling point of The Yacht Stew Academy is that it provides flexible online training allowing stews in any position or location to advance their careers. All the classes reflect real-life situations and tasks so that you can easily apply these new skills when you are working.
The Yacht Stew Academy has “five pillars” on what to expect regarding their courses, including:
“The TYSA team has more than 20 years of experience working within all aspects of the Interior on Private & Charter yachts from 35m to 100m.” Allowing the company to offer fully-accredited programs for their students.
What Courses Does TYSA offer?
Foundations of Floral Design £499.00
This course reveals the best flowers and plants to purchase depending on location, seasons and lifespan. It also allows the students to understand better flower arrangements, floral care, and buying from suitable flower suppliers. TYSA has partnered with Luxury Floral Designer, Lorrie Sanon to supply their students with the highest quality (6 months) of training.
Head of Service Diploma £599.00
Developed with world-renowned butlers, this course has been designed to give crew the confidence, knowledge and practical resources to manage and lead a service team.
Plus, TSYA has received accreditation from a company that has worked with AA Rosette, Four Seasons and the Ritz Hotel Group.
“People 1st is one of the longest-standing hospitality quality assurance & accrediting agencies. Courses are rigorously checked before being given the Quality Mark – and TYSA has received the stamp of approval for the Head of Service Diploma.”
Wine & Spirit Education Trust – Wine Level 2 £400
The Yacht Stew Academy has even partnered with WSET global. The academy offers WSET Level 2, with an additional module – Wine in Yachting. The module is tailored to the unique yachting environment of provisioning, presenting, storing and serving wine onboard.
Advanced Interior Management £499
AIM supplies crew with the skillset required of a professional Interior Manager. Partnered with Industry professionals, TYSA has provided nine comprehensive modules to teach crew everything they need to know to step into a HOD role confidently.
Wine List Fundamentals (FREE)
Plus, if you want a taster of what these courses are like, TYSA offers a short free course to help crew understand where to start when compiling a comprehensive wine list for guests for no cost.
Who's Behind The Yacht Stew Academy?
Gemma Hulbert (The Yacht Stew) is the founder of The Yacht Stew Academy. Gemma is currently based in the UK after leaving her last position as a chief stewardess in 2020. Gemma is a two-time ACREW award winner and she uses her platforms to provide advice and educate stews. Plus, Gemma’s social media platforms create a hub for stews from all over the world.
However, behind The Yacht Stew Academy, a whole team of industry professionals have come together to help educate and train crew:
Myles Cunliffe – Mixology Instructor
Eileen Donaghey – Afternoon Tea Trainer
Andrew Flock – Cultural Tea Course Co-Author
Rachel Avara – Co-Author, Event management module
Claire Blackler – WSET educator
Lorrie Sanon – Floral Designer & Trainer
The Yacht Stew Academy's Instagram page
TYSA has an Instagram page with very helpful and aesthetic content which keeps viewers engaged and interested. Crew can expect to find a range of useful tips, advice, stories and overviews of their course on this page. All posts are unique and enjoyable whilst still being educational! Here are some examples of previous posts:
- How to do a formal place setting?
- 2-ingredient pocket cocktails.
- Food & Champagne pairing.
- Floral Calander.
Make sure to check out The Yacht Stew Academy and try out one of their courses. Like CrewPass, TYSA aims to provide crew with tools to gain employers’ confidence and further their yachting career.
CrewPass collaborates with The Yacht Stew Academy to help raise awareness about security and safety on board and teach crew the benefits of getting background checks done before entering yacht jobs.