Learn a little more about UKSA

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

Ben Willows – UKSA’s Chief Executive Officer

From a landlocked childhood to a long-term career on the water, UKSA’s Chief Executive Officer Ben Willows shares with us his unique journey with UKSA: “My love of sailing was passed down to me from my dad. Despite living in the Midlands and as far away from the sea as you can get, my dad… Read more »

Susie Goodall – Professional Yachts Woman

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 training for one of sailing’s most demanding… Read more »

Charlie Turner

As our latest cohort begin their first steps at UKSA of the Professional Yacht Cadetship, we catch up with Charlie who will be returning to UKSA to complete his training after working as a mate on a 33-metre Hoek Truly Classic superyacht. “Before I came to UKSA I was studying A-levels at sixth form college…. Read more »

Lewis Smith

Lewis hadn’t considered yachting as a career option, until he discovered our Professional Yacht Cadetship. During his training Lewis travelled the world, gained qualifications and broadened his horizons. Lewis says: “I learnt how to dream big and set myself new goals. I have achieved many of them, but the journey continues…” “I finished school when I was 18 after… Read more »

Reg Kheraj

Reg Kheraj’s first experience of UKSA was back in 2003, when he visited with his school. He went on to gain watersports and yachting qualifications with us – leading him onto a fulfilling career in both sectors. Reg shares his story with us: “I first came to UKSA in 2003 with my school and then… Read more »

Lewis Griffiths

Lewis had a lifelong love of sailing – racing dinghies competitively and even living on a boat when he was working as a Sales Executive, a job he hated. As one of the recipients of the Noel Lister Memorial Fund, Lewis turned his passion into a profession thanks to UKSA’s Professional Yachtmaster Offshore. Lewis shares… Read more »

Perry Anderson

  Perry admits he didn’t like being at school and was on the verge of being excluded. After hearing about UKSA, he thought it would be worth a visit, despite having never sailed or tried watersports before. Perry is now a watersports instructor and has a bright future ahead of him… “Before I came to… Read more »

Sam Shorten

Sam was in and out of work and sofa surfing before coming to UKSA with the Princes Trust. Finding direction and purpose in life is just the beginning of a positive journey for many of the young people that come through UKSA’s doors.  Sam shares his story with us:  “Before UKSA I was unemployed and… Read more »

Isabella Joyner

In 2013 Isabella Joyner had left school, was out of work and was uncertain what the future had in store for her. She made the decision to train at UKSA and has worked all over the world thanks to the skills she learnt with us… Isabella tells us more: “I was out of work when… Read more »

Sarah Harrison – UKSA Watersports Instructor

After leaving college at 18 and knowing that university wasn’t the right path for her, Sarah chose to gain qualifications and travel by signing up for UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Traineeship in partnership with Neilson, a leading active holidays provider. The bespoke 10-week course will cost you just £1000 (Neilson fund the remaining £3995), plus upon… Read more »