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Please Don’t MAN Up!

Why (and how) we must be proactive rather than reactive with mental health I was shocked to discover that the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK is suicide. WHO (World Health Organization) data shows that almost 800,000 people die from suicide every year, globally. These are the statistics for every …

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Superyacht Crew Drugs Testing

When superyacht Captain Drew Gollan was shot dead in Antigua whilst skippering the 50 metre yacht Perseus, the news of his death spread through the yachting fraternity like wildfire.  Concerns over the safety and security of yachties in Antigua immediately sprang to mind but later reports suggested that at the …

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Easing The Pain Of Crew Turnover

The topic of crew turnover is constantly in the media. Articles usually focus on dissecting the causes and proposing ways to reduce it, but a magic solution has yet to be found. The causes are varied. For some yachts the odds are stacked against them because crew prefer charter yachts …

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Dyslexia: It’s Normal To Be Different

Over the years we have worked with many students with dyslexia. In its simplest form, the condition is characterised by trouble with reading; either text or numbers often, in the words of one of our students, ‘just jump around on the page’. Can we take the stigma out of dyslexia …

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Taking The Stigma Out Of Mental Health

Anyone who has worked on boats for a while will know that it’s not the dream life of luxury and glitz that some people will tell you. It’s a tough industry to succeed in and involves long hours and serious graft. It is however important to remember that we are …

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Cheap Owners

We’ve all heard, seen or worked for owners that don’t spend the necessary money to maintain and operate a superyacht to superyacht standards. The question of why they make the decisions they do when the decision is illogical is one we’ve all asked at one time or another. I’ve thought …

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Finance, Females & The Superyacht Industry

On 8th March, International Women’s Day was celebrated globally with a focus on #BalanceforBetter.  I was recently promoted to Financial Planner at United Advisers Marine and, as it currently stands, I’m the sole female Planner.  This got me thinking about inequality in our industry. The World Economic Forum produced a …

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Overcoming The Yachtmaster Catch-22

Many deck positions now require candidates to hold a Yachtmaster ticket to be able to apply. This is a standard set by owners and management companies, seemingly to weed out the less experienced, and ensuring applicants have the necessary skills to do the job. It is however a catch-22 situation. …

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Aigua Sea School News

At Aigua Sea School we believe in evolving to reflect how our students, and the industry, are evolving around us. It has been our aim for some time to develop the highest quality onshore learning environment to match the renowned calibre of instruction, customer service, and off-shore facilities we have …

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