Watersports Instructor Training

UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Training is an industry-leading course. With this course you’ll gain the qualifications necessary to embark on a career in the watersports industry, just about anywhere in the world. UKSA is a world leader in instructing and coaching in watersports, giving you access to the best equipment and instructors.

The instructor disciplines you will train in are Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Windsurfing.

The newly-repackaged 11-week course gives students an excellent start when looking for work in the watersports industry. You’ll be given guaranteed interviews by Neilson, Mark Warner, Sunsail and Ocean Elements. Throughout your course you will receive personal mentoring and Industry Guidance, from our expert team, who are there to help and guide you towards your career in watersports. You will find all the facilities you could need on our 3.5 acre Cowes site.

Pre-requisite experience:

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.


11 weeks


Cowes, UK

What’s included:

All food and accommodation is included. You won’t find a better value course! There is a small cost to join the National Governing Bodies (RYA, BCU and BSUPA).


  • Gain instructor level qualifications in four watersports disciplines
  • Access to experienced instructors and top quality equipment
  • Unparalleled Industry Guidance, mentoring and career support
  • Develop your ability and passion for watersports and outdoor education, and gain confidence in your teaching abilities
  • Huge demand for high calibre professionals in this sector
  • Get guaranteed interviews with the large employers
  • A great alternative to university


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

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

You’ve already got some instructor qualifications?

If you already hold an instructor certificate in one of the disciplines you can book the remaining ones separately.

Funding options:

As a charity UKSA are committed to removing the financial barriers some people may face, making training and qualification accessible to all who have the passion for a career in yachting or watersports. Talk to your course advisor who will be able to assess your eligibility and put you forward for suitable bursaries if relevant.

Career Prospects

Once qualified it’s possible to work in watersports in a wide variety of stunning locations around the world. Most positions are in the Med, but there are a growing number of centres around the Red Sea, Caribbean, United Arab Emirates and Indian Ocean. Equally, for those who prefer to be closer to home, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the UK.

Career opportunities include instructing to a senior level after a minimum two seasons’ experience, becoming a resort or watersports centre manager, teaching, or working on a superyacht (STCW or Crew Training would give access to these jobs on superyachts).

To help you secure employment, you will have access to our online job service throughout your time at UKSA and once you have graduated.

Further Training

Once you have completed the Watersports Instructor 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.

Need advice?

Call our dedicated course advisors on 01983 203038


RYA = Royal Yachting Association
BSUPA = British Stand Up Paddleboarding Association
BCU = British Canoe Union

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