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.

Longlands Primary School

UKSA offers a unique and enjoyable experience for school children up and down the country. This is exactly what Longlands Primary School, Sidcup, were looking for. Here’s what teacher Andy King said of the school’s recent residential multi-activity programme: “Through shared experience and a sense of achievement, our UKSA trip helped to further cement the… Read more »

WightFibre Star War Premier Event in aid of UKSA

  On Thursday 14th December, we were the hugely fortunate beneficiaries of the official Wightfibre Star Wars: The Last Jedi Charity Premiere, which saw hundreds of sci-fi fans flock to Cineworld on the Isle of Wight for a fun-packed evening, with all proceeds going to UKSA. Before the screening kicked off at 8pm, guests enjoyed complimentary drinks and… Read more »

Sam Mabey

UKSA courses allow students to see the world, while developing skills to unlock the potential to gain work abroad. Current student, Sam Mabey shares his story before he heads off to the Caribbean next winter: “Studying at UKSA has allowed me to get paid while doing what I love to do. I’m able to go… Read more »

Blackheath Prepatory School

Providing a safe space for young people to be challenged in an adventurous manner is of paramount importance to schools to see change in their students. We hosted the Blackheath Preparatory School in London and provided a programme that mapped their Skills for Life framework, developing the students’ confidence, maturity and mind-sets. Here’s what Assistant… Read more »

Nancy McManus

We design our courses so that our students have the skills, knowledge and confidence to go out straight into work and have a career on the water. This is exactly what former student, now staff member, Nancy McManus did after graduating from the Watersports Instructor Course. Nancy shares her story: “During my stay at UKSA, I… Read more »

Lucy Campbell

UKSA can offer routes straight into maritime industry work. We can create courses adapted to every student to give them the best possible chance in the future. Lucy Campbell is currently completing the UKSA’s Professional Yacht Cadetship and has secured a place in the superyacht industry as part of her sandwich year. Lucy shares her… Read more »

Felix Trattner

Did you know UKSA can offer you a pathway to university? Felix came to study with us from Austria, and upon successful completion of a BTEC in Sport and Physical Activities (Level 3) with our Further Education department, secured a place at university. Felix shares his story with us: “I originally came to the Isle… Read more »

Jack Hill

Interested in what life might be like as a watersports instructor with a top active holiday provider? Jack trained at UKSA and now works all year-round at Neilson resorts across Europe. Jack shares his story with us: “Before I signed up for the course I was waiting for something better to come along really. I… Read more »

Dave Whitehouse

“I always wanted to be a yacht broker – my time at UKSA helped me achieve my goal.” Dave spent over 20 years working in the pharmaceutical and medical technology sector but always dreamed of relocating to the coast and setting up a business in the marine sector. Dave made his dreams a reality at… Read more »

Annabel Fairlie

Annabel’s love of travelling started after her A-Levels when she headed off across the globe. Now she shares with us her story of how she has managed to combine her love of travelling with a career in yachting. “Before heading to UKSA I had finished my A-Levels and was travelling around Australia. In 2014, I… Read more »