Purser Trainer is dedicated to those wishing to advance their career aboard a Superyacht or bigger, to the position of Purser. The normal progression would be from a Chief Steward/ess, however, a senior role such as Second Stew, Head Housekeeper are considered. I have had students switch over from the deck department too! As the role of the Purser is an autonomous one, and one that is directly responsible to the Captain, consideration is also given to those wishing to switch from a land-based role within villa management, crew recruitment, luxury hospitality management and crew training. If you believe you meet the criteria, please apply.
Originally I trained as a BeautyTherapist and Hairdresser, and moved from home in the UK, to Florida where I opened my own hair and beauty salon. I ran the salon for eight years before returning to the UK. Back home I taught beauty therapy and managed a salon in Sussex. However, with the onset of an early mid-life crisis travel beckoned! I learned to be a dive-master in NY State worked in Roatan, Honduras as an activities’ coordinator and subsequently back-packed through Central America. Arriving in Panama, I embarked on a journey across the Pacific Ocean on a 11m sailboat. After spending six months in New Zealand I was offered a position on a 20m sailing yacht to Fiji which is where I was introduced to motor yachts.
Back then it was easy to knock on the hull and ask for a job, amazingly enough, I was given the chance to stand in as a temporary stewardess on a 35m motor yacht. They decided to keep me to finish the rest of their charter season and that is where I realised I could get paid great money for doing a job that, not only was second nature to me, but I loved it at the same time!
After completing the required STCW in Australia, I returned to Europe and obtained a deck stew position on a 28m Mangusta, which in turn led me onto bigger and better, culminating as Purser on a prestigious 85m motor yacht. With nearly 10 years in total at sea, four of which as Purser, I decided to go land-based and became a PYA GUEST accredited trainer. Two years of teaching Purser and the GUEST Management and Leadership courses, led me to create this online course for Pursers.
I realised that not everyone has the time to devote to a classroom-based course, so I wanted to develop a new course that could be completed online, at any time, anywhere in the world.
Since launching Purser Trainer, I have been working hard to get the Purser course to be recognised within the industry. It took just over two years, but I am proud to say that it is now accredited by IAMI and the GUEST programme.