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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.

Isle of Wight school children set to benefit from UKSA fundraising event

A wine tasting evening has been hailed a success after £2100 was raised for UKSA, with the money ear-marked to benefit Isle of Wight school children. 100 people attended the evening at Barton Manor, the proprietors of which donated the use of the venue for the evening. Supporters of UKSA enjoyed an evening of sampling… Read more »

UKSA celebrates success of Further Education students

UKSA have celebrated the success of their Further Education students at their annual graduation ceremony held at the charity and maritime training centre’s base in Cowes. The evening of celebration saw the students receive certificates of graduation in the presence of family members and the UKSA Further Education team of tutors. The students, from across… Read more »

Solent students Go Sail thanks to the 1851 Trust

The Go Sail project is underway at the 1851 Trust. This innovative project provides 14-16 year old students living in the Solent area new experiences both on and off the water. Funded by Sport England, the project includes free sailing opportunities coupled with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education programme. Go Sail has been developed by… Read more »

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 »