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.

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 »

Jean-Damien Barrier – Chief Officer

Jean-Damien first came to UKSA in 2005 to begin his journey working in the superyacht industry, after deciding to change career. Fast forward to 2017 and Jean-Damien is working as a Chief Officer on board a 63-metre superyacht having become the first UKSA Cadet to gain the Master 3000gt qualification. He shares his story with… Read more »

Rachael Mew – Lead Skipper for a sailing holiday company

Rachael Mew first came to UKSA in 2011 after finishing school where she had studied Sports Development and Sports Studies. She is now working in Croatia as a Lead Skipper for a sailing holiday company. “I finished school back in 2011 and have always loved sport so I made the decision to enrol on a… Read more »

Dee Caffari MBE – UKSA graduate and ambassador

Dee has sailed around the world five times and is the first woman to have sailed single-handed, non-stop around the world in both directions and to have sailed non-stop around the world three times. As she shares the exciting news that she is the only female skipper for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, we catch… Read more »