UKSA Adventure Courses & Jobs

Training and Working for UKSA

UKSA is a national maritime youth charity, based in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, with a vision to widen access to maritime training, to enhance life skills and employment in the sector. We are the largest RYA training centre in the world, providing schools and groups activity programmes, full-time education courses and professional career training in yachting and watersports. We will have a course to suit you, whether you are an entry-level novice or a professional looking to top up your training and qualifications.

Why are UKSA great at Watersports Training?

People should train with us for several reasons. As a maritime youth charity, providing opportunities for young people is at the core of everything we do. We often have funding opportunities available. Our courses lead people towards careers in the watersports industry, the maritime/yachting industry and in particular the growing (and lucrative) superyacht sector.





Sea.Change Foundation

Sea.Change Foundation


The Sea.Change Foundation is a fun-filled and inspirational programme that provides 14-18 year olds with the opportunity to learn about training and careers opportunities in the maritime industry. The programme runs over 5 days during the school holidays.
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Watersports Instructor Training UK

Watersports Instructor Training UK


UKSA’s UK Watersports Instructor training course is a great way to kick-start your career. We will train you in four disciplines and give you all of the qualifications needed to work as a Watersports Instructor.
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Superyacht Crew Training Course

Superyacht Crew Training Course


Have you ever wanted to work on a Superyacht? Our course would be an ideal way to start your career. Gain the skills and qualifications demanded of crew in deckhand roles. Our price includes all food and accommodation, and given the potential pay packets in the industry, you will soon cover the cost
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Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Professional Yachtmaster Offshore


UKSA’s all-inclusive Yachtmaster training has frequent start dates so you can train when it suits you. Unique to UKSA are the excellent personal development opportunities on offer, which make you more employable. Fast and effective route into the maritime industry. Includes food/accommodation.
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Superyacht Cadetship

Superyacht Cadetship


UKSA’s Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry. The cadetship combines the most relevant training and phases of paid employment – a great way to earn while you learn.
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Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma)

Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma)


Adventurous Outdoor Activities NCFE (Level 3 Diploma) is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for watersports and outdoor education.
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Superyacht Hospitality Training

Superyacht Hospitality Training


This three-week hospitality course is designed to provide aspiring yacht stewards/stewardesses with the skills to deliver exceptional standards of service onboard luxury superyachts. Ideal entry route for beginners, taking the right candidates towards a lucrative and exciting career.
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The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate)

The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate)


The Maritime Foundation NCFE (level 3 introductory certificate) is an ideal alternative to school or 6th form college for 16-18 year-olds who have a passion for the outdoors and are dreaming of a maritime career.
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UKSA Watersports Academy

UKSA Watersports Academy


This Watersports Academy course is aimed at students aged 18-25 who want to train and work in the UK. For maximum employability, you will qualify in teaching dinghy sailing, paddleboard, Paddlesport and windsurfing – making you very desirable within the watersports industry.
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Whether you're new to the water, a maritime professional, or anything in between, UKSA can give you the inspiration you need to fulfil your potential.

UKSA offer training and experiences in watersports and sailing. If you're looking for the ultimate gap year experience, not going to Uni or want a career in yachting or teaching watersports, UKSA offer flexible course options enabling you to work anywhere around the world.

If you are looking for a career in watersport, UKSA's ten week instructor course will train you in 3 popular watersports activities (Stand up paddleboarding, Windsurfing and Dinghy Sailing), enabling you to gain the skills, experience and qualifications required to work as a multi disciplined watersports instructor.

Alternatively if you are looking for a career in yachting, UKSA's 13 week and 23 week course options will give you the tidal miles, qualifications and experience required.

We are also in the unique position to offer personal mentoring, industry guidance, food and accommodation throughout your studies.