Career training

Launch your yachting and watersports careers with our industry renowned training programmes

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Launch your career with UKSA

We are proud to have been delivering exceptional training for over 30 years. Whatever your age or experience, the yachting industry has hundreds of opportunities for professional employment, providing you have the right training and attitude.

Delivering exceptional marine training for over 30 years

Keep following your dreams

Our lovely course advisers are still here, working remotely, to support you through these unsettling times. So please do feel free to contact them online or give them a ring; whether it’s a general question about a course, free careers advice through to training planning; they’re here to help you every step of the way.
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Phone: +44(0)1983 203000
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Everyone is welcome at UKSA

All are welcome at UKSA and we’re proud to train people ranging from age 16 to 70, coming from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of experience.

So, whether you’re just starting out, looking for an alternative to university, on a gap year, considering a career change, or even if you’re a seafarer wanting to progress your career, we’ve got something for you.

Our 3.5 acre waterfront campus in Cowes on the Isle of Wight immerses you in a unique learning environment, with your accommodation, food and learning requirements right here at UKSA.

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The yachting industry needs you!

Our career training will set you on the pathway to working in the marine industry. As well as working on board luxury superyachts in a range of roles, careers can include watersports instruction, yacht charter and flotilla work, sail training, corporate charter, racing, working towards yacht services, brokerage, marina work and much more!

Our specialist team of instructors and industry guidance experts are on-hand to mentor, coach and guide you to find the right pathway for you. Also, once out in the industry you’ll soon learn that the UKSA alumni is widespread and well known, giving you great networking opportunities.

Who trains at UKSA?

How do I find out more?

If you’re looking for a real alternative to uni, selling up and sailing away, have a retirement dream or would like to forge a new career, we can help!

To learn more about the exciting career options we offer, pick up the phone, email us or come to one of our open days. Our open days are a great way to explore our facilities, see our fleet, meet our team and get your questions answered! We’re proud of our campus on the beautiful Isle of Wight and look forward to showing you round.


The most important lesson I learnt during my time at UKSA is how important it is to constantly meet new people who are in the industry. Being at UKSA, yachting professionals are so easy to come by as they are also there to further their careers. Listening and asking for advice from the people who are currently in the industry provided me with a lot of insight into what was in store for me.

Annabel Fairlie – Deckhand/SY Cadetship

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Launch your yachting and watersports careers with our industry renowned RYA & MCA accredited training programmes.

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