Chief Steward/ess Course

If you are looking to progress into the position of 2nd Steward/ess on a large yacht, or Chief Steward/ess on a smaller yacht, this is a perfect course to consider!

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SYSA Chief Steward/ess Course

2 Days – R 5 000.00

**For maximum benefit, a minimum of two years’ experience as a Steward/ess on board yacht is required to complete this course:

Course Syllabus Includes:

  • The Role of Chief Steward/ess on Board
  • Interviewing for a Chief Steward/ess Position
  • Website as part of an Interview Tool
  • Crew Agents
  • Chief Steward/ess Contract
  • Hiring and Interviewing Steward/esses
  • Writing of a Steward/ess Training File
  • How to keep Steward/esses motivated and organized
  • Effective Communication
  • Worldwide Provisioning
  • Medical Inventories, Guest Information, Crew Information
  • Guest Preference Sheets/Cheat Sheets
  • Flowers and Flower Orders
  • Advanced Cleaning
  • Guest Welcome Folders
  • Writing Crew Profiles
  • Guest Activities in Caribbean
  • Guest Activities in Mediterranean
  • Formal and Informal Table Settings with tasteful Embellishments
  • Entertainment Planning and Silver Service
  • Buffets, Parties, Picnics, Theme Ideas
  • Communication with Chef
  • Menus
  • Wine Provisioning and Storage
  • Matching Food and Wine
  • Champagne Service
  • Stocking the Bar
  • Popular Alcoholic Beverages
  • Glassware on Board
  • Steward/ess Scheduling with Guests on Board
  • Packing and Unpacking for Guests
  • Amenities offered to Guests
  • Organizational Methods for extensive libraries or books, music and films
  • Convenience and safety in storing provisions
  • Budgets
  • Inventories
  • Shopping list templates
  • Crew Uniforms
  • Purchasing and Care of Fine Serviceware and Linens
  • Maintenance Schedules on board
  • Setting up a yacht for a Boat Show or Prospective Buyers
  • Dealing with Dayworkers
  • Dealing with Chandlers and Suppliers
  • Further Chief Steward/ess Qualifications
  • Collection of Helpful Books
  • What to leave behind when you leave a yacht
  • Shipyard Projects/New Builds
  • Dealing with Customs/Visa issues on board
  • Crossings – Preparation and Stowing


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Searching for a Second Stewardess. The position is seasonal (May 15th - September 30th with possibility of a 2 - 4 week extension) on board a busy charter motor yacht based in Antibes, France.

Looking for someone fit, healthy and active and OVER 25 years of age. Sober habits and must be able to work independently and without constant supervision.

Will rotate through housekeeping and service departments, and must have good experience in both these departments. Must have a season or more of yachting experience.

FHS Level II
SYSA Steward/ess course graduates will get preference

If you meet the criteria, please contact:
Lela Stubbs +27 67 300 4889
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Our lovely SYSA Stewardess course graduates for this week. (16 - 20 March 2020)

Best of luck to all of you. Thanks for your great attitude despite all the COVID difficulties in our city, country and around the globe! Stay positive and focused!

Yvette Roos, Storm Grieve, Sonya Wessels, Nicola Evezard, Rebecca Abdolaziz, Bianca-Amor Steenkamp, Kendal Grant (absent: Danielle Odendaal)
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This was posted on a South African Yachting group:

"I am a South African yachtie and I am currently sitting in Dubai Airport after being denied boarding onto a flight to Nice (about 2 hours ago) due to France only accepting EU or UK nationals in their country currently. So ANY NON-EU nationals thinking of going to France, move your flight until after the ban. Don't waste your time and money".

Might be best right now to stay home and patiently wait all this out. Best of luck to all of you.
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