Ladies take the helm in Captain training session

In 2006 our Managing Director Robert Hawkins saw the opportunity of the developing Asian boating market. But what came as a surprise is how different boat owners look at how they operate their boats. So many rely on employing captain and crew, which is opposite to Europe were owners prefer to learn the skills of driving and running their own boats. Now a few years down the line, there are still owners who like the thought of running their boats with professional crew, but there are now a number of people looking to learn and operate their own boats.

That is why we are always excited to meet people in Asia whose aim of buying a boat is not only to enjoy a holiday on board, but also to stand at its helm. Just before the New Year PMYA Asia held the first female Captain training course. PMYA Asia’s held the first female Captain training course just before New Year. We spent 3 days with 3 determined ladies (and sisters, by the way) in Ocean Marina Pattaya on their beautiful Princess 52 Motor Yacht. The Captain training course covered basics of boat handling, boat safety, navigation and passage planning.

It was these ladies’ intention to get fully qualified up to commercial level, but their main aim was to operate and helm their own boat for private use. With a long term view that in the future they will upgrade their present boat, and with the family looking to do long term cruising, then it is very impressive that the whole family get themselves trained at a level where they can cruise safely and confidently.

Whether you are looking to cruise locally or undertake a more adventurous passage, then PMYA Asia can assist you to reach the level of boating that you require.