The 2022 edition of the USVI Charter Yacht Show has a new angle offering cutting edge training brought to exhibiting yachts by the best trainers in the industry.
The new ‘Charter Yacht Professional Excellence’ certificate training will be taught by Orlando, Florida-based Seven Seas Preparatory Academy. The training will take place the afternoon after vessel viewings end, i.e., November 15, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at Yacht Haven Grande St Thomas. A Q&A and Crew Party follows, starting at 5:30 p.m. A bonus is that crew who register for this course are eligible for a 10 percent discount on future training with the Seven Seas Preparation Academy.
Captain Wendy Ulma, who holds a USCG 3000 ITC license and has run superyachts worldwide, will be the chief instructor. Captain Ulma will share simple and inexpensive ways to maintain professionalism in the face of adversity by offering ‘superyacht’ hints, ideas, and tricks of the trade. When implemented, these can increase gratuities and boost the number of repeat charter clients. A bonus is adding this certificate to a resume.
More specifically, topics include advice on how to share responsibilities between crew members seamlessly while setting boundaries with colleagues as well as boundaries with guests; providing guests with realistic expectations; ways to maintain your well-being; things to always have on board; mechanical preventative maintenance; and preparation and safety.
This opens the door as a way for our members to give and receive information, with the goal of a booked charter season, with repeat guests and stable crews.
Registration is open to all term-charter yacht crews of VIPCA Vessel Members, available as a membership perk valued at $125 pp. Spaces are limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.