Start your yachting career with UKSA

UKSA graduates are highly respected in the industry and our extensive list of industry contacts looking to employ UKSA graduates is testament to that. Whether you choose to work as a flotilla skipper, race crew, an instructor or as a deckhand on the world’s luxury superyachts – we have a course that will be right for you.


Which course is right for me?

  • Professional Yacht Cadetship is a structured 3-year apprenticeship with the option of completing a Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science with Falmouth Marine School. Our flagship course is a perfect alternative to university.
  • Superyacht Crew Training is an ideal entry route into the yachting industry for 18 – 25 year olds. Ideal if you’re exploring your options without wanting to commit to a long-term career in the industry at this stage.
  • Professional Yachtmaster Offshore / Ocean is ideal for those who are able to invest a little more time and money in their training leading to a long term career with clear progression routes.

Alternatively, if you are interested in the hospitality side of the yachting industry please see our Superyacht Hospitality Training pages.

Entry-level deckhand salaries are around $2000/month, plus generous tips, rising rapidly with further experience. Don’t forget that living on a yacht your food and accommodation expenses will already be covered.


Our yacht training courses offer structured learning, with plenty of on-the-water experience. You’ll gain soft skills as well as in-depth technical training. Our focus is on getting you ready for your first job in the industry, focusing on all the skills you need to get there. We believe in offering more than the syllabus and exam passes; we aim to ensure that you achieve your personal best.

Our teachers are industry experts, with a wide range of experience. You’ll live on site in Cowes, with access to all our facilities, enabling you to build strong relationships and concentrate on your course.

Funding Opportunities

As a charity we are driven by the aim of making sailing accessible to everyone with the ambition for a career at sea. Many of our graduates who are now embarking on long-term careers in the industry would not have had the chance to train without access to the funding support we can offer. Please talk to a course advisor to discuss your eligibility for the funding opportunities and bursaries that we have available.



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