International Multi-Award Winner

At the Monaco International Boat Show in 2013, SYSA received the PYA (Professional Yachting Association) Award for the Steward/ess school with the largest number of successfully issued certificates of any GUEST Steward/ess school in the world.  We received this accolade every year since joining this programme. Steward/ess Course    

Best Stew Award 2018

SYSA Steward/ess student Carli Steenkamp received the Best Stew Award 2018 at the ACrew First International Crew Awards ceremony held in Nice, France in October 2018. Steward/ess Course

Nearly 100% Employment Success Rate of our Past Steward/ess Graduates

We have a nearly 100% success rate in past SYSA Steward/ess graduates finding employment on board yachts – a fact that we are very proud of!  We are often contacted directly by Captains and Chief Stews specifically requesting our school’s graduates and many of our former students employ newbies who are also SYSA trained, because…

12 000 Members and Voted “Most Popular Group”

Isobel Odendaal, co-owner of SYSA and Principal of the SYSA GUEST Steward/ess programme, is the Administrator and founder of a Facebook group for Yacht Steward/esses where 12 000 members ask for advice and share industry-related tips daily. It was chosen as “The Most Popular Group to Follow for Yachties”- by an internationally acclaimed yachting publication!…

Table Setting Competition Judge at Monaco Boat Show

SYSA’s co-owner, Isobel Odendaal, has been invited several times to serve as a Judge at the prestigious Monaco Boat Show Table Setting Competition. She is highly regarded as one of THE Steward/ess experts in the industry, and regularly forms part of a team of expert judges at the annual Monaco Boat Show’s Table Setting Competition,…

Up-to-date & Relevant

We annually attend the world’s largest Yacht Trade Show, the Monaco Boat Show, to keep up to date with new changes and regulations within the industry. Isobel Odendaal has spent the past 21 years in the super yacht industry. Some of our SYSA instructors still work actively in the yachting industry as freelance crew, regularly…

Instructors with Collectively Over 30 Years On Board Super Yachts

Our SYSA Steward/ess course instructors hold 18 years of onboard super yacht experience and 12 years teaching experience. Isobel Odendaal has been in the Hospitality industry for three decades. Their training qualifications include WSET Level III Wine qualifications, International Steward/ess courses, Accounting and Purser training, Hotel School and Butler training.  Caitlin Mackenzie, our newest Steward/ess…