Nautilus has partnerships across the yachting world with agencies in countries including France, the UK and Guernsey, USA and South Africa.

Yachts can vary a great deal in size, but the largest superyachts have substantial crews including hotel and catering staff.

Today's superyachts are crewed by experienced maritime professionals qualified under the IMO Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) convention. And they are increasingly interested in joining a professional body such as Nautilus, which offers them the kind of professional support and certificate protection they need.

Any yachting professional can become a Nautilus member, regardless of their country of nationality or residence. They can be yachtmasters (skippers), ship's officers (navigation and engineering), and senior service staff such as the chief steward, as well as interior crew in all roles, and deckhands.

Collective bargaining agreements | Service record book | Yacht Friends of Nautilus | Seafarers' Employment Agreements | Sea Service | Yacht partnerships | YachtNeeds app

Collective bargaining agreements

This is a growing sector which is still adjusting to the professionalisation of its crew, and Nautilus does not yet have collective bargaining (recognition) agreements here. But many yacht personnel and employers do appreciate the benefits of such agreements, and it is likely that these will become more common in the future. Nautilus welcomes opportunities to develop agreements for those working onboard yachts wherever they are in the world.

Service record book

Members working in the large yacht sector are urged to take advantage of the Union's industry-leading Service Record Book (SRB) which is available free of charge to members, and will help speed up the certification process at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The Nautilus SRB helps members to record and calculate qualifying sea service for certification, and is used by examiners when evaluating sea service. Nautilus has worked closely with the MCA in developing this facility for yachting members.

Superyacht crew can still present their proof of seatime using ordinary testimonials, but the Nautilus SRB will ensure their application for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) can be dealt with quickly. Those seafarers using individual testimonials are likely to experience delays as the MCA will need to verify these in detail.

Who administers the Nautilus SRB?

The SRB is administered from the Union's Wallasey office, but members can also be assisted with the process in the Antibes office where we have a partnership with yacht management specialist D&B Services who have full MCA recognition as a training provider for the STCW2010 Basic Safety Training in Antibes.

Sea service verification

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Information Note (MIN) 543 (M) describes the revised arrangements for verification of sea service testimonials of seafarers working in the large yacht sector. The notice formalises arrangements for delegating authority for verification of sea service to Nautilus for its members.

The Union has also produced a sea service testimonal template and a handy guide to the verification process it uses for assisting members with a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) or the revalidation of a Certificate of Competency (CoC).

Nautilus is also trialling a digital sea service form for members:

Please email feedback on the digital sea service form to

Yacht Friends of Nautilus

Friends of Nautilus campaign

Seafarers working onboard superyachts can become either a full member, and enjoy all the full legal protection benefits and the free SRB, or join as a 'Yacht Friend of Nautilus' (YFON) during the Union's dedicated campaign.

The Friends' scheme entitles them to receive an SRB with yearly/annual sea service verification, access to the members' only section of our website, and to our Nautilus Plus discount scheme for only €95.00 for 12 months.

You can become a Yacht Friend of Nautilus by visiting the Join online form and selecting the relevant package selection under the Promotions heading, or via our partner D&B Services office in Antibes, France.

Those seafarers that want to be fully protected by the full range of Nautilus benefits – including our unrivalled industrial support, worldwide legal assistance, and certificate protection – must join as a full member, or upgrade their YFON membership in advance of requiring these services.

Seafarers' Employment Agreements

The Union has produced a SEA contract advice guide for members to help yacht crew ensure that their employment contracts are in line with the Maritime Labour Convention on Seafarers' Employment Agreements (SEAs).

Members can find the guide by logging in to My Nautilus/Member resources.

Nobody should start work without an SEA, because it entitles seafarers to a fair employment agreement or contract setting out decent living and working conditions onboard. It must be signed by the seafarer and the employer, be easy to understand and be legally enforceable.

All information on the terms and conditions of employment, including the CBA, must be freely accessible to everyone onboard and available for inspection in port.

Yacht partnerships

Nautilus continues to open up dialogue with crews, agencies, employers, owners and regulatory authorities across the yacht sector. To provide a tailored service to members in the sector, we've established partnerships with agencies across the yachting world, including in Antibes, Mallorca, Monaco and the UK.


D&B Services

D&B Services is a crewing agency in France, specialising in yacht management, crew training, crew placement and crew declaration, which manages the Union's office in Antibes. The company is also authorised to deliver and rent boats and conduct yacht maintenance, as well as supply equipment.

To contact D&B services:

3 Bd. d'Aguillon
06600 Antibes

Tel: +33 (0)962 616 140
Website: is a recruitment and placement service, based in Antibes and committed to being MLC compliant. They place chefs onto superyachts globally, providing candidates with tips and advice to secure a new role and also offer captains or managers the chance to source chefs 24/7 when required.

To contact

30 Rue Lacan
06600 Antibes

Tel: +33 (0)6 65 99 11 14


Voyonic Crewing Limited

Voyonic Crewing Limited offers crew payroll and employment solutions to yacht owners and operators, and work closely with captains and yacht managers to coordinate day to day basics of employment.

Voyonic was the first organisation to obtain a certificate of compliance with MLC 2006 from the Guernsey authorities. Recognising the importance of the MLC they ensure that their clients also have individual certification of compliance in accordance with classification society DNV GL standards on seafarer recruitment and placement.

Voyonic Crewing Limited
PO Box 191
Elizabeth House
Ruettes Brayes
St Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 4HW

Tel: +44 (0) 1481 711828

South Africa

Trilogy Luxury Training

Trilogy is a IAMI GUEST accredited training school for individuals wanting to enter or already in the yachting industry as a steward or stewardess. Courses range from beginner to senior steward/ess both in class and online. It also offers stand-alone advanced classes in service, cigars and Yacht Interior Administration and HR, and a Level 2 Food Hygiene offering approved by the MCA.

Trilogy was founded by Lauren Norton who hails from 12 years of personal industry experience working as a chief stewardess on yachts ranging from 60m to 100m. She is joined by Danielle Fowles and Laura Lander who have 9 and 15 years industry experience respectively.  Trilogy offers quality training and ongoing support to anyone in the industry, not just those who train with it. 'We believe in never resting on your laurels and so are constantly striving to improve and offer up to date, currant industry relevant training and advice.'

To contact Trilogy

Lauren Norton, Director and principal trainer
Shop 3
31 Marine Drive, Umhlanga
4320, Kwa-Zulu Natal
South Africa
Tel: +27(0)741306295


The Yacht Purser

The Yacht Purser is a yacht purser and officer training company that helps crew confidently manage yacht administration and logistics. Its IAMI GUEST accredited Purser Course allows students to gain not just theoretical knowledge but crucial practical skills needed to excel. 

To contact The Yacht Purser:

Sandra Jordaan, CEO
Tel: +2772 1994636



Crew Family Office (CrewFO) is a UK financial and planning service for yacht crew. As part of its partnership with Nautilus, it will also provide Nautilus members with preferential rates for completing their UK tax returns.

CrewFO is owned and run by ex-yacht crew – ensuring that they know the ins and outs of the industry when helping members with finance, insurance and tax issues.

To contact CrewFO:

Tel: +44 (0)203 290 2031

Global Compass Marine Limited

Global Compass Marine Limited services a growing demand for a seamless approach to marine requirements, specialising in providing Services, Crew and Equipment to Captains, Operators and Owners. Covering Captain / Bridge, Engineering, Deck, Interior, Refit, Crew, Eco Products, Toys and Watercraft, GCM can supply their clients anywhere across the Globe. We are proud to be associated with Nautilus International.

To contact Global Compass Marine

Tel: +44 (0)1934 712985
Email: /
Address: Global Compass Marine Limited, Crossways, West Stoughton, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4PW, United Kingdom.

Impact Crew

Impact Crew is a research based training organisation, catering to the unique needs of the superyacht sector and wider maritime industry. They work with their clients to develop leadership capability both onboard and ashore.

To contact Impact Crew:

Tel: +44 (0)1425 614 419
Email: /

Insignia Crew

Insignia Crew is a yacht crew placement agency which specialises in trauma resilience training.

Many of the crew Insignia place are ex-military candidates seeking to move to the commercial sector. Crew have backgrounds in the UK Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the wider British Armed Forces.

To contact Insignia Crew:

Tel:+44 (0)7500 888 472

Marine Accounts

Marine Accounts has offices in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, and can advise yacht crew on their tax and residency status around the world.

Its personnel are specialists in filing individual tax returns under the UK Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) and the US Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE). Their extensive experience and understanding of seafarers means they can efficiently advise and file tax returns with minimum delay and inconvenience. They offer a dedicated one-on-one service and provide follow-up care and advice for ease of mind and future planning.

To contact Marine Accounts:

Tel: +44 (0)1227 507675

Red Square Medical

Red Square Medical is a UK-based maritime medical solutions service that delivers training, telemedicine, consultancy and travel health services to the maritime industry. The company has a commitment to the professionalism, safety and welfare of maritime professionals working at sea and ashore across the maritime industry.

To contact Red Square Medical:

Registered office
Breamore House,
The Butts,
Warnford Road,
SO32 3ND

Tel: +44 (0)75 11 55 04 57

She of the Sea

She of the Sea, a network of industry leaders, is championing the vision of a high performance, competency-focused yachting industry. Its aim is to see the industry at its best - moving 'past the outdated status quo and to propel ourselves into the future. To embrace and cultivate, talent, passion and dedication regardless of factors such as gender, race, ethnicity or orientation.' It has a strong focus on the talent pipeline, from recruitment, to progression and retention, and is committed to creating long-term and lasting change.

To contact She of the Sea

Jenny Matthews

The Crew Academy

The Crew Academy provides management, leadership, administrative and interior educational courses for the superyacht industry.

To contact The Crew Academy:

Trinity House
School Hill
Sussex BN7 2NN
United Kingdom



UKSA is a charitable organisation renowned for its work focusing on youth development and professional training in yachting and other maritime industries. The organisation has a strong ethos of cadet welfare and prides itself on the pastoral care afforded to cadets and other maritime professionals who use its educational facilities.

All UKSA students undertaking the Professional Yacht Cadetship, RYA Yachtmaster and interior courses now have their first year's membership of Nautilus included as part of their package of benefits of studying at the academy.

To contact UKSA:

Arctic Road
Isle of Wight
PO31 7PQ

Tel: +44 (0)1983 294 941


Yotspot has been a successful online community since launching in 2010, bringing captains, crew and employers together for jobs, sailing opportunities, courses and much more.

Based in Southampton, UK, Yotspot has over 45,000 registered crew with over 10,000 jobs advertised each year by yachts, management companies and recruitment agencies. They also have a searchable database of over 6,000 maritime courses.

To contact Yotspot:

CB Media Group Ltd
Ocean Village Innovation Centre
4 Ocean Way
SO15 2PX

Tel: +44 (0)23 80 38 1928

A-Z Yachting

Yacht crew agency A-Z yachting has an experienced team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for crew placement and a jobs website for yachtcrew.

To contact A-Z Yachting:

40 Railway Avenue

Tel: +44 (0) 786 1818 118
Website: A-Z Yachting


Professional Yachtmaster Training USA

Professional Yachtmaster Training provides IYT MegaYacht Crew Training in Florida. It was founded in Durban, South Africa, in the year 2000 and selected basic and introductory yacht training courses, revalidation and security officer training has been offered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since April 2013.

Tel: +1 (954) 296 3830
Address:1635 South Miami Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Web: Professional Yachtmaster Training USA

YachtNeeds app

Nautilus has teamed up with the makers of the YachtNeeds app to help yacht sector members access the Union's services, wherever they are. Described as a 'concierge app', YachtNeeds provides crews with easy access to listings and other information in the various ports they visit.

Nautilus information is listed under the Services section, in Advice, Assistance and Insurance. Visit YachtNeeds for more information and advice on how to download the app.

Disclaimer: Nautilus is not responsible or liable for the content provided in the YachtNeeds app or the external website listed.

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