Watersports Instructor Training

About the course

Whether you are changing career, or considering an alternative to university, with 30 years of delivering excellence UKSA is best placed to take you on a life changing journey into an exciting new career.

Our industry leading Watersports Instructor Training course will train you to become a dinghy sailing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and windsurfing instructor. You will also gain your Powerboat Level 2 qualification. There are a host of funding and bursary options for students.

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Where can it take you?

Our Watersports Instructor Training provides you with the qualifications required to work in the UK and also around the world.  With a huge demand for high calibre professionals in this sector you are likely to find yourself with a choice of jobs in the most idyllic locations on the planet. Thanks to our connections with the industry, UKSA graduates are guaranteed interviews with the top employers in the watersports industry such as Neilson Holidays, Mark Warner and Ocean Elements.

Our partnership with Neilson offers a 10-week Watersports Instructor Training course with a two-year job guaranteed at a Neilson resort. Neilson will fund 77% of your course fees, meaning you only pay £1000 for the training. Click here for more information.

All-inclusive training at UKSA

The all-inclusive course gives you practical experience, safety knowledge and all the skills required. All food and accommodation is included so you can focus on your studies.

We will prepare you for your first steps in the industry thanks to our 30 years’ of experience, unrivalled guidance, teaching, one-to-one mentoring and unique links with the maritime industry.

Price: £5,665 (including all food and accommodation)

All food and accommodation is included, meaning you can focus on your studies.  As a charity, all our work supports and is reinvested into the delivery of our ‘Sea.Change’ activities, providing transformational opportunities to thousands of deserving young people every year.

Alternative option: £1,000 (including all food and accommodation) for Neilson.  Click here for more information.



We would expect our Watersports Instructor Training candidates to have at least a minimum of one week’s recent dinghy and windsurfing experience. Any candidates without this level experience will be required to complete the two-week Kickstart course first.

To ensure that this is the right course for you, we ask all applicants talk through with our expert course advisors. Email [email protected] or call us on (01983) 203038.


UKSA is committed to making training and qualifications accessible to those who have the desire to succeed in a watersports career. To see a full list of all of our funding options visit our funding opportunities page or call us to talk about your options on: (01983) 294291.

Course qualifications upon completion:

Dinghy Sailing:

  • RYA Start Sailing Level 1
  • RYA Basic Skills Level 2
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers *
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Day Sailing *
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor


  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planing)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (planing) *
  • RYA Advanced Windsurfing *
  • RYA Windsurfing Instructor

Stand Up Paddleboarding:

  • BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor Level 1


  • BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BCU 2 Star Kayak and Canoe


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA SRR Radio Operators License
  • RYA First Aid

Note:  The Watersports Instructor Training for Neilson, provides you with slightly different qualifications upon completion.  Click here for more information.


Just call us on +44 (0) 1983 203001 or email [email protected] and we will help you arrange course choices and dates.

Governing body membership

To enable you to gain your qualifications you must become a member of the RYA and BCU, and there is a small fee payable to those organisations directly once you have completed your training.

Watersports Instructor Training bolt-on options:

Once you have completed the Watersports Instructor Training course, you may find that you would like to upgrade your qualifications and boost your confidence by honing your instructor skills. The next step might be to take our Watersports Instructor Development course.

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