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Our blog will bring you snippets of UKSA news along with some day in the life blog posts from our visitors, students and staff.

UKSA cadets set sail on dream career

25 cadets have swapped the more traditional career path of university for a life on the sea as they set sail on their dream career working as an officer on-board luxury superyachts. The latest cohort of cadets are currently on phase one of the Professional Yacht Cadetship (PYC) at leading maritime training provider and youth… Read more »

Isle of Wight youngsters can Test the Water thanks to UKSA

UKSA are delighted to once again be offering their Test the Water programme to all Isle of Wight Year 6 students. Children from across the Isle of Wight will be invited to spend half a day at UKSA with their school to take part in a watersports session. The activities will include sailing rafts, learning… Read more »

‘Girls on Deck’ thanks to UKSA’s Professional Yacht Cadetship

UKSA sees unprecedented numbers of women enrol in Professional Yacht Cadetship. UKSA is delighted to have welcomed six women on to the first phase of their Professional Yacht Cadetship (PYC) for 2016/2017 – the highest number of women since the flagship course began in 2006. The six, aged between 18 and 20, five of whom… Read more »

UKSA student awarded prestigious maritime award by Fisgard Association

Sea Cadet and UKSA Professional Yacht Cadet Jake Strachan, aged 18 from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire has been awarded the prestigious Fisgard Plate, in recognition of his achievements in his Sea Cadet Class One Marine Engineering examinations. Jake was presented with the accolade on November 23rd at UKSA, Cowes on the Isle of Wight by Fisgard Association… Read more »

Susie Goodall – Professional Yachts Woman

UKSA graduate Susie is living the solo-sailing dream and is a great example of the varied career options available to those who study at UKSA. Susie has worked in the superyacht industry, worked for a sailing and expedition company and is currently crossing the Atlantic as part of her training for one of sailing’s most… Read more »

From school to full-time employment

Callum Blackwell is a graduate of UKSA. He successfully completed a number of qualifications with us and thanks to our unique partnerships and industry contacts, Callum is now working for leading activity provider Neilson. Callum shares with us his journey from school to full-time employment… “I always knew I wanted to work on the water…. Read more »

Graduate & Ambassador Dee Caffari blogs for us on women in sailing

As the all-male skippers in the 2016 Vendée Globe begin their journey around the world, world-renowned sailor, Dee Caffari MBE (an ambassador and graduate of UKSA)  shares her thoughts with us on why there are no females skippers in this edition of the race and what UKSA are doing to address this imbalance at the grassroots… Read more »

UKSA Cadetship, update from Matt Flint

Read more about the experiences of UKSA Cadetship graduate Matt Flint. Matt began training at UKSA in 2009 and now a qualified Officer of the Watch. Matt has been working on superyachts and travelling across the globe thanks to his career in the maritime industry. Matt has just returned to complete his Chief Mate course… Read more »

Ambassador Helena Lucas on hand to inspire Isle of Wight pupils.

Helena Lucas MBE was on hand to inspire the Isle of Wight’s Year 6 pupils at Youth Charity, UKSA. Helena, an Ambassador for UKSA was on hand to share her sailing knowledge to the pupils of Gatten and Lake and Barton Primary Schools as part of the charity’s Year 6 Test the Water Programme. UKSA’s… Read more »

Two of a kind.

Cadetship graduate James Johnson and phase 2 Professional Yacht Cadet Dan Snook were part of the same Sea Cadet group and members of T.S. Rebel, a Sea School on the East Coast of England before their time at UKSA. Today James and Dan are working on board the same 45m Superyacht; James as Captain and… Read more »