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JOB SCAM ALERT!

  Dear Members,   As some of you are aware, in late 2016 Yotspot experienced a number of job post scams aimed at taking your money and personal information. As a company, we would like to offer our sincere apologies for these and any inconvenience caused. Thankfully, we work with some very talented developers who could quickly close this loophole and protect us from any future scams.  As usual, we always recommend you ONLY apply for jobs through www.yotspot.com and NEVER directly via email. This ensures your privacy and personal information is protected at all times. Again, we would also like to thank our members for remaining vigilant and informing us of any suspicious activity they've noticed. So what is a job post scam? Probably most of you already know the ans...

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Aware of your statutory requirement to provide accredited water safety training?

We're all aware of ensuring personnel working in confined spaces or at heights are trained to a suitable standard and since the Health and Safety Executive have endorsed the Royal Life Saving Societies' 'National Water Safety Management Programme', it appears that water safety training is going the same way.   Here at 'Birmingham & Midland Marine Services', we have been promoting water safety for those personnel working near the water along the inland waterways; our canals, river, reservoirs, brooks, streams and so forth for a number of years, and since 2016 have been running the RLSS NWSMP both at clients venues and from our training centre at Gailey Wharf on the Staffs and Worcester Canal in Staffordshire.   As specialist marine ac...

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Take your first Steps in your career on the water

Are you looking to commence a career in the yachting industry? Want to know where to start? To begin we recommend looking at various websites, doing your research on the industry, understanding the demands and expectations before going any further and seeing which department you would be interested in working in. Once you have decided on your path we would then advise that you acquire your ENG1 Medical Certificate to ensure you do not have a medical condition that may prevent you from finding employment at sea. You can look on the government website to find an approved doctor near to you. They also list the overseas, approved doctors if you are outside the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mca-approved-doctors-uk-based Next you need to look at training…...

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Top gifts for Yacht Crew

Yes... we know it's still November but with Christmas round the corner we take a look at our top gift ideas for Yacht Crew: 1)  Kannad SafeLink Solo:  The SafeLink SOLO Personal Location Beacon (PLB) gives you direct contact with Search and Rescue services when a life threatening incident occurs anywhere in the world. The SafeLink SOLO 406 MHz GPS Personal Location Beacon (PLB) takes your personal safety to a new level. Whether you enjoy boating, diving or any outdoor pursuit which takes you to remote locations around the world, the SafeLink SOLO PLB gives you direct contact with search and rescue services when a life threatening incident occurs anywhere in the world.The ultra-small SafeLink SOLO is tough and durable, lightweight and compact, designed to be carried with you ...

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Prince Harry to sleep on tanker vessel during Caribbean tour.

Prince Harry has begun his Caribbean tour and is currently in Antigua. During his tour the Prince will live on tanker ship "Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight". Prince Harry will spend 14 days visiting the caribbean on behalf of the queen and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight will act as both his transport and accommodation. Many have seen the use of tanker vessel as a clear sign that Britain needs a new Royal Yacht.  Prince Harry will spend a total of six nights on the tanker as he travels between the island nations including Barbados, St Lucia and Grenada. While onboard the vessel could even be called opon as it is part of Operation Martillo, which is an international drug busting operation being carried out across the caribbean. The actual vessel Prince Harry is staying on ...

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Yotspots Favourite things to do in Antigua

The Yotspot team are about to head to Antigua for this years Yacht show. We thought we would share some of our favourite things to do while in Antigua.  1. Stingray City: Your Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure will be the highlight of your vacation, and an experience that will live with you forever. The Southern Rays are without doubt "The Brightest Rays" in the Caribbean, very friendly and gentle. Come and enjoy with us this unique experience of interacting and feeding a Stingray, together with snorkelling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colourful tropical fish. For more information: http://www.stingraycityantigua.com/ 2: Shirley Heights. "Our best known and longest running event is our Sunday Barbecue party. Now in its 31st year, we have hosted more than 1,560 ...

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Why do your training in Antibes?

Antibes is a beautiful town dating from medieval times, situated on the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. Antibes is only 16km from Nice airport and easily accessible by bus or train.  The number 250 express bus will take you from the airport into Antibes in approximately half an hour. The marina in Antibes, namely Port Vauban, is the largest yachting port in Europe, and can accommodate vessels over 100meters in length.  A very popular hub for luxury yachts, yacht supplies, yacht training and yacht recruitment agents. Therefore, it's the ideal place to start looking for a position as a crew member. There are a number of crew houses in the area providing reasonably priced accommodation for you to stay in until you're fortunate enough to secure a job....

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The John Percival Leadership Award - Winner Announced

"Commitment to Training, Commitment to Crew"  2016 WINNER ANNOUNCED – CY WASTELL On the final day of the busiest Monaco Yacht Show in many years, we were delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 John Percival Leadership Award. Cy Wastell was nominated by his Captain, who had the following to say: "During the last 2 years, I have watched Cy set the highest example to his crew mates and make every effort possible to guide, assist and lead his team in furthering their own knowledge and skills. Cy has written quizzes, training documents and designed information training for crew members in his own time. He has voluntarily worked alongside lookouts and helped less experienced crew members learn to become sound watch keepers. He is regularly to be found teachin...

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New York Times names the owner of megayacht Serene

The New York Times has named the owner of 134-meter Serene to be Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince. Serene was previously owned by Russian billionaire, Yuri Shefler who sold the megayacht to the crown prince in the summer of 2014.   According to an associate of Mr. Shefler and a Saudi close to the royal family, Prince bin Salman had first spotted the 440-foot yacht whilst vacationing in the south of France. Interested in the megayacht, he dispatched an aide to buy the ship and the deal was supposedly done within hours at a price of near €500 million with Mr Shefler moving out of the yacht on the same day according to the New York Times.     According to an earlier article by Forbes, Shefler did sell his yacht ...

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Helicopter Firefighting - The Essence of Helideck Safety

Helicopter firefighting is a specialist subject. It is very different to ship compartmental firefighting taught during STCW training and requires very different firefighting techniques. Helicopter firefighting has to be practiced physically and cannot be taught solely using PowerPoint. This is acknowledged by the MCA in its Large Yacht Helideck Safety Training Syllabus, which requires live helicopter fires to be extinguished. The MCA also demands that crew required to hold MCA Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) or Helideck Assistant (HDA) qualifications, must have undertaken an approved helicopter firefighting course before they can perform their helideck duties on board. A frequent statement heard in reply to being asked about helideck team responses to helideck fires is, 'If ther...

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