PYA GUEST INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED STEWARD/ESS COURSE

“AT THE MONACO BOAT SHOW 2013, SYSA RECEIVED THE PROFESSIONAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION (PYA) AWARD FOR THE STEWARD/ESS SCHOOL WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF SUCCESSFULLY ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF ANY STEWARD/ESS SCHOOL IN THE WORLD”
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The SYSA Introductory Steward/ess course is PYA GUEST internationally accredited!

THE ONLY SUPER YACHTING TRAINING SCHOOL IN AFRICA 

approved to offer this PYA GUEST Internationally Accredited Steward/ess course

See www.pya.org for more information regarding the PYA STEWARD/ESS GUEST Programme, an internationally accredited Super Yacht Steward/ess qualification.

It is highly recommended for entry-level crew to complete the FULL FIVE DAY PACKAGE to maximize your chances of finding a job quickly, acquiring all the skills you will need for your new career and making your CV as attractive as possible to a future super yacht employer.

PACKAGE PRICE FOR FIVE DAY PACKAGE OF THE PYA GUEST STEWARD/ESS INTRODUCTION COURSE:

R 7 500 (This includes your PYA Certificate fees – valued at R 1 200)
Price for this same PYA Steward/ess course package in Europe and UK – R 18 000 - R 20 000!

Prices for separate modules:
Module 1 – PYA Interior Introduction (3 days) R 5 750
Module 2 – PYA Basic Food Service and Wine and Mixology Introduction (2 days) R 6 000
(A huge saving of R 4 250 if you complete the entire 5-day package!)


The full 5 day course package is divided into 2 sections – preparing you for your all-important job as an Entry-Level Steward/ess on super yachts:

Our upcoming dates for 2017/2018:
(Please contact us on to check if these courses still have openings, as they might be fully booked at the time of your enquiry)

6 – 10 March 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
13 – 17 March 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
20 – 24 March 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
3 – 7 April 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
10 – 14 April 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
17 – 21 April 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
8 - 12 May 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
22 - 26 May 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
10 - 14 July 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED 
24 - 28 July 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
7 - 11 August 2017 - FULLY BOOKED - COMPLETED
28 August - 1 September 2017 - FULLY BOOKED
11 - 15 September 2017
9 - 13 October 2017 - PRICE INCREASE TO R 7500
6 - 10 November 2017
4 - 8 December 2017
15 - 19 January 2018
5 - 9 February 2018
5 - 9 March 2018


MODULE 1:

INTERIOR INTRODUCTION – 3 DAYS

The Interior Introduction module is a 3-day basic course created to immerse entry-level Steward/esses into the world of yachting.  This module aims to give them an all-encompassing introduction to the varied role of and interior crew member.  It outlines all the major responsibilities that a Steward/ess will be expected to face – and will also cover a range of important issues from life at sea, to yacht etiquette and safety.  Upon completion of this course, new interior crew should be sufficiently prepared to take the next step in their onboard career.
  • Demographics of the industry
  • Different types of yachting
  • Guidelines on how to enter the industry (CV, visas, where to go, when to go, looking for a job, interviewing, crew contracts, salary expectations, crew agents)
  • Yachting life – life at sea on a professional yacht
  • The departments onboard a yacht
  • The role of the Interior Department
  • Your role as a Steward/ess
  • Personal presentation, correct dress, punctuality
  • Communication and behaviour, verbal and written communication and body language
  • How to interact with guests and awareness of cultural differences, such as guests from USA, Britain, Russia, Asia, etc.
  • Yacht Interior Housekeeping – guests onboard or no guests onboard
  • Pre-guest checklists
  • Steward/ess Scheduling and Rotations
  • Garbage/Rubbish disposal
  • Cabin cleaning and detailing
  • Cleaning caddy
  • Yacht interior surfaces – do's and don'ts
  • Yacht interior fabrics - care and handling
  • Laundry labels
  • Crew and guest laundry
  • Washing machine, tumble drying and ironing
  • Correct way to treat various linens
  • Ironing, folding and presenting laundered garments
  • Yacht safety
  • Hazards in the interior
  • Cleaning chemicals – correct use
  • MSDS and Hazard Symbols

MODULE 2:
BASIC FOOD SERVICE – 1 DAY
WINE AND MIXOLOGY INTRODUCTION – 1 DAY

Although many entry-level Steward/esses are already skilled in food service and hospitality, this basic service course covers a range of service types and has adapted guest table service to yacht industry standards.  Onboard, you will be expected to be extremely flexible and report to the style required by each guest – be it plated, silver service or platter.  This 1-day course highlights the fundamental difference between the various service types and also describes the all-important practical overview of table service and decoration and beverage service as it is done on yachts.

In-depth knowledge of wines and cocktails is something that develops gradually and with years of experience.  Interior yacht crew are expected to be ready to serve and suggest the correct wines or beverages to compliment meals and prepare cocktails in a professional manner.  Being prepared with fundamental knowledge in both areas is vital and can be achieved in this intensive 1-day course.  We cover the basics of food and wine pairing, wine regions and grapes of the world, as well as the main spirits and cocktail preparation. 
  • Service Definitions
  • Different Styles of Service – American, English, Russian, Butler Style, etc.
  • Caviar Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres, Canapés, Appetizers, etc.
  • Breakfast service
  • Mise en place for service
  • Beverage Service – Tea, Coffee, Cocktails, Wine, Water
  • Working with menus, preference sheets and cheat sheets
  • Introduction to the world of wine
  • Wine tasting principles as well as a practical wine session, tasting various SA and International wines
  • Food, wine and cheese matching
  • Faulty wines
  • Grapes of the world
  • Wine regions of the world
  • New world and old world wine making
  • Service of wine
  • Spirits and cocktails
  • Cocktail service
  • Main spirit styles
  • Practical cocktail blending session

OTHER COURSES OFFERED:

These are very beneficial to add to your basic Super Yacht Training to get your CV noticed by Captains and Yacht owners. Please contact us for information regarding these courses.
  1. MCA/City and Guilds Food Safety in Catering – Level 2 
  2. Super Yacht Flower Arranging Course – 1 day (minimum 6 students on a course)
  3. WSET Wine Courses – various levels – various days
  4. Barista Course – 3 days
  5. For Captains: We offer Customized Training for your Steward/esses on board – please contact us for more information

The PYA GUEST © Programme – in a nutshell:

An Industry Standard – Why? Interior yacht crew play a vital and fundamental role as front line to owners and guests. They ensure that top grade service and hospitality are enjoyed on board. There is little formal training available. In addition, until now, the training that does exist varies widely in both scope and objectives. The PYA's Industry Standard for Interior Crew Training and Certification (ICTC) Guidelines © unify these different approaches.

The PYA GUEST Programme is the foremost Stewardess super yacht programme in the super yachting industry.

The PYA GUEST programme is a training and certification platform designed by the yachting sector to ensure a better quality of service and hospitality to Yacht owners and guests.  It is there to inspire, educate and support current and future Stewards and Stewardesses working in the interior department aboard luxury Super Yachts.

It is a progressive learning platform designed to further careers and to fine-tune or create new skill-sets at Junior, Senior and Chief Steward/ess levels.  It was designed by professionals  in both the yachting community ashore and by  those working in  interior departments, in order that the courses may be progressively shaped and moulded by trends and owners expectations, through feedback and consultation, so that we can create the best interior department the yachting sector has ever experienced.

This programme is also widely accepted by Captains and Chief Stews in the industry, and they prefer to hire Stews who have been part of this programme, rather than someone who just did an STCW course or an unrecognised Stewardess course.

Please see more about this programme on www.guest-program.com     

Objective: The aim of the ICTC structure is to provide a balance of work experience with formal training for those pursuing a career as Interior Yacht Crew. Time spent with guests on board, combined with qualifications achieved at Introductory level, Operational Level and leading to a Managerial level establish a comprehensive industry standard for Professional Interior Crew.

ICTC GUEST © guidelines – how do they fit in? The certification system is modular in structure. Training objectives with syllabus outlines for each individual module are defined in the guidelines. These allow each Training Provider to adapt their own courses so as to include the minimum expected by the yachting industry. This ensures a unified, across the board, training dividend for each student. Any Training Provider that meets the requirements are given accreditation to issue PYA certificates. Through audits, PYA monitors the training being delivered to ensure that what is being taught is in fact what is called for by the guidelines.