Superyacht Advanced Leadership Course

Helping superyacht crew leaders to inspire confidence and command respect by honing their natural leadership style

GUEST Accredited

GUEST Program accredited – course completion certificates available

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Our superyacht leadership and management course is designed for captains, pursers, chief officers, chief and 2nd stewards and stewardesses, chefs and bosuns. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Leveraging your unique leadership style – identifying it and using it to your advantage
  • Confident conflict resolution – how to manage different personalities and complex situations
  • Communicating with influence – leading with natural authority
  • How to motivate Crew so that they feel energised and inspired
  • How to deliver feedback and build robust performance reviews and interview questions
  • Stress management –handling pressure from superiors as well as the day-to-day stressors associated with a leadership role, while protecting your team
  • Managing crew mental health – recognising the early warning signs and how to provide the right support
  • Increasing staff retention – retaining team members and reducing turnover

We accept intakes of only 10 people per course, to ensure you get the individual attention you need.

A Transformative Leadership Course – Why We’re Different

Our highly interactive superyacht advanced leadership course offers three unique benefits:

Designed on a modern framework of positive psychology and organisational psychology principles

– by a former superyacht crew leader and a trained mental health clinician

30 hours’ worth of group coaching calls

– to ensure that you’ve been able to learn, apply and absorb the course content for your long-term personal transformation

Identifying, managing and inspiring teams using your natural leadership style

– this practical course is about overcoming your own blocks so you can excel as a leader. We actively support you to tackle your day-to-day leadership challenges and implement all the theory and training that you’ll learn.

Karine Rayson

What I have learnt is that great leadership requires an intricate tapestry of soft skills and a deep understanding of self. Having all the tickets or certificates behind you does not qualify you to be an exceptional leader nor does it automatically command respect. Your best leaders are the ones that are dedicated to learning and being the best version of themselves for their team. Leaders who don’t see the need to develop their leadership skills are the ones who are most at risk.

In most management courses, you’ll learn a lot of leadership theories and styles. While it’s important to understand the theory, it’s just as important to develop your own leadership style based on your unique strengths and talents. And this is exactly what we do in my signature leadership course; we hone in on your natural talent and reduce potential leadership risk.

Having degrees in organisational psychology, psychology, counselling and business, I have ensured that my students grow into confident and inspiring leaders. I am passionate about leadership as I have seen how poor leadership has negatively impacted individuals lives and as an industry, I believe, we are responsible for bringing this to an end. Our course is unique in that we nurture our students through 30 hours of coaching over three months which guarantees optimal leadership performance.

This is not your average leadership course, be prepared to experience long-lasting personal and professional transformation.

If we can teach leaders how to inspire greatness, not only will we have positive role models, we’ll also have a more engaged, productive and satisfied workforce.

What Our Students Had to Say About the Course

Aleksandra James

Aleksandra James

“The course exceeded my expectations and gave me tools to better manage my team.”

The course exceeded my expectations and gave me tools to better manage my team, and I definitely will grow as a leader. Thanks to the course, I can better recognise and understand my team members’ behaviours, and address any possible issues sooner. I have become more approachable and open towards the team members and their needs. My relationships with the team have improved. Thanks to the course and the tools I was given, it was much easier to handle the difficult time of the Covid-19 lockdown and busy operational times. I managed to keep the team motivated and happy. I would recommend the course to the Captains and Heads of Departments in yachting.

Naomi Martyn

Naomi Martyn

“I loved the course so much and I’m really proud of how far I’ve come, my confidence has grown.”

I was surprised how much I really needed some external guidance and support when I wasn’t getting it on board. My confidence started growing again, I got positive and constructive feedback from my workmates, and I learnt so much about myself, and also improved my leadership skills. The best part was seeing me reach all of my goals I set at the start. Thank you very much Karine for your support & guidance! I loved the course so much and I’m really proud of how far I’ve come, my confidence has grown and I reached the goals I set out to achieve with the course 🙂

Tiffany Swannack

Tiffany Swannack

“The best ‘aha’ moment is – learning that I can be a great leader and have been a great one this season, thanks for all of the content and resources and your constant support!”

In the “feedback” module, I actually found out how others perceived me and how they view me. This was so different to how I saw myself, there was some constructive feedback as well as positive inputs that I never saw in myself. The “limiting beliefs” module was fantastic – that helped me cancel out the negative self-talk and also made me realise where it stemmed from! I’m now able to set goals, expectations, etc, without anything really holding me back in my mind. The best “aha” moment is – learning that I can be a great leader and have been a great one this season, thanks for all of the content and resources and your constant support!

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Natasha Downing

“Don’t think twice about doing this course! This Leadership course will benefit you professionally and personally in ways you couldn’t imagine”.

Wow!! This course is life-changing! I went into this not knowing how deep we would be going and had no idea how much self-reflection it would entail, it truly pushed me out of my comfort zone and into my growth zone! Karine, you are a wealth of knowledge and I felt so privileged to be able to learn and grow from you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your mission inspires me and I can see you deeply love what you do, I can’t wait to ‘watch this space as you transition into motherhood and I am definitely onboard for the next course that you facilitate. Don’t think twice about doing this course! This Leadership course will benefit you professionally and personally in ways you couldn’t imagine. Get ready to find out who you are, what makes you tick, why you are here and how you can become a transformational leader!

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Emile Jansen

If you want to be a true leader and not just someone at the top of the chain with stripes on your shoulder, this is a course that helps you be better in all those aspects.

I think the course can only go from strength to strength the longer it is around and the more people become aware of it. It is important to know and to stress that it is not a course that is more for the “interior” crew in fact it is excellent for crew working on deck! Male crew should be especially more willing and open to enrolling in this course. The valuable impact it will have on them and consequently, the industry is limitless. This course is a great tool to help you realise your mistakes, and the possible errors in your ways of leading and the content guides you to become a better leader and leave a positive impact in the industry going forward.

The Crew Coach Advanced Leadership Course is a course that really makes you think deeply and dig into topics that might not easily be addressed. If you want to be a true leader and not just someone at the top of the chain with stripes on your shoulder, this is a course that helps you be better in all those aspects. The first step is to want to become a better leader and realise there is room for growth in everyone, and then the next step should be an easy decision to join this course.

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Donne Hodges

Karine and the Advanced Leadership Course held me accountable and guided me to become the confident, compassionate leader that I always wanted to be.”

This course has honestly been life-changing for me. I have a deeper understanding of who I am as a person and who I want to be as a leader. I have a better understanding of how to support my team by setting goals and working with their strengths and weaknesses. It has taught me what it means to become a transformational leader. I would highly recommend this course to absolutely anyone in a leadership role or anyone hoping to step into a leadership role in the near future. This course really opened my eyes to what true leadership means and how involved it can be. It has provided me with a road map to be the best version of myself so that I can try and help my team be the best version of themselves. I can’t tell you how much value I found in this course. I have a better understanding of who I am and how I want to lead a team. It helped me set goals and worked out an action plan on how I was going to achieve these goals. Karine and the Advanced Leadership Course held me accountable and guided me to become the confident, compassionate leader that I always wanted to be.

Thank you Karine for everything. I honestly couldn’t be more proud of the place I am in today and it is because of your guidance and support. I am eternally grateful!

We asked some of our students... On a scale of 1 -10, how much value did you get from the course?

 “TWENTY!!!! Hahaha definitely way more than a 10. ⁠This course has given me way more than I expected and it is so worth every penny and all the time in the world! You have truly been a magnificent coach & leader throughout all of this..

“10 – I got a lot of value from the course, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It pushed me to think outside of the box, I learnt more about myself, and I improved my leadership skills. I reached my goal to become 2nd stewardess, and I believe working with Karine helped me to reach these goals :)”

Course Delivery Method – Your Superyacht Leadership Academy

We use blended learning delivery via our virtual learning platform, live coaching calls and recorded replay access, making this convenient for wherever you’re home, in the office, at port or on charter. We understand that life as a crew leader can be hectic, so if you miss a call, listen to the replay at a time that suits you.

12 Weeks

This includes 2 implementation weeks to allow students the space and time to work through their course so that they don’t feel behind.

9 Modules

Drip-fed content through our easy-to-navigate learning platform to ensure a manageable workload.

30 Coaching Calls

2 live interactive group coaching sessions per week to guide you through the course content and current learnings.

Superyacht Leadership Transformation

Content Breakdown

Through guided self-reflection, you’ll gain clarity on what goals you want to set for yourself and identify your milestones and potential challenges. You’ll create your own leadership vision which charts a path towards your transformation as a more confident leader, able to leverage your own unique style  to engender trust and cultivate a sense of belonging and psychological safety on board.

This module will help you understand how to use renowned feedback tools to boost your personal growth. You’ll also learn how to shift your mindset into a leadership mindset – aka unleashing YOUR potential. Through the process of introspection, you’ll become a confident leader.

These two modules dive into the drivers behind our behaviours. By identifying your core values, you’ll observe how they are influential in making decisions that are right for you. You’ll master the art of collaboration by putting your soft skills into action.

Through unpacking the reasons for conflict, we’ll learn techniques to defuse conflict situations effectively and efficiently.

In this module, we’ll look at how you can build a powerful vision that your crew wants to invest in so that you can have a long-lasting positive working culture. You will also learn how to create performance review questions, behavioural style hiring questions as well as an onboarding/induction checklist.

Learn effective time management strategies to reduce overwhelm and stress. We’ll give you the tools to prevent burnout and manage your stress so you can optimise your performance as well as your team’s.

Part of being an accomplished 21st century leader is learning the difference between generations and how they approach the workplace. Get to know the different generations, learn their advantages, build strong teams, and build generational bridges. 

You’ll learn the causes of mental health issues, how to recognise the signs and symptoms and how to manage them. We’ll also address our own biases around mental health and how we can help those who may be struggling.

BONUS: 30 hours with Your Superyacht Leadership Coach!

Our course comes with an added bonus of 30 hours of group coaching calls! In contrast, a number of similar courses offer about three hours of one-on-one calls. Our approach allows you to share the leadership journey with your peers and build a friendly and supportive long-term network. We cap our intakes at 10 students, so you can be sure that our group calls are responsive to your needs.

Our coaching will help you to:

  • Identify your visions and goals and set a plan for achieving them.
  • Overcome day-to-day leadership challenges
  • Establish self-belief and confidence
  • Find and maintain motivation to reach your leadership goals
  • Have access to a positive network of high-achieving leaders
  • Openly express your thoughts and ideas in a safe space
  • Gain increased self-awareness
  • Find your zone of genius

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FAQs

Are You Ready to Take the Leap to Become an Accomplished 21st Century Leader?

This course will take approximately three months to complete.

We’d recommend this course to Captains, Chief Stewards and Stewardesses, Chefs, 2nd Stewards and Stewardesses, Chief Officers, Chief Engineers and Bosuns.

This depends on your English fluency levels and/or whether you have any learning difficulties. We’d recommend allowing about 5–6 hours per week including the group calls.

The calls are recorded so you can watch the replay.

Yes, it is an IAMI GUEST accredited Advanced Leadership course. Upon completion, you’ll achieve the IAMI GUEST Advanced Leadership Certificate free of charge.

Yes, there are written and practical assignments.

You will have eight weeks after the course completion date to submit any outstanding assignments.

This course is run online.

Karine Rayson has a double major in Organisational Psychology and Psychology and a postgraduate degree in Business and Counselling. She has also previously worked in the industry as a crew leader.

You’ll need to be in a current leadership role or have completed a foundational leadership course. You will need to have a laptop, basic computer skills and reasonably good wifi. If your wifi is weak or limited you can switch off your Zoom camera which will improve your connection.

This practical course is suitable for anyone who is in a leadership role on a superyacht and wants to grow their leadership skills. Provided you fit that criteria, there’s no such thing as too young or old! To read more on this topic, check out my blog, Am I too old for yachting?

You’ll walk away from this course with the confidence you need to influence and inspire your team through your newly acquired leadership skills, resulting in a happier you and a happier team.

Don’t Yet Have Time for the Course but Want Great Leadership Tips?

If you’re a leader in the industry, you’re interested in our yacht advanced leadership development training but can’t commit to a 12 week course at this time, we’re offering a resource to tide you over. 47 Tips on How to Become an Outstanding Leader offers advice on how to become an exceptional and emotionally intelligent leader. Grab your free copy today!