UKSA: We are 30!

We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th Birthday this year.

UKSA exists thanks to the inspiration and generosity of its Honorary Founders, Noel and Sylvia Lister. In 1987 Noel and Sylvia committed some £4m to the establishment of UKSA. Their aim was to introduce as many young people as possible to the inspiration and challenge of sailing that had done so much to enrich their own lives.

Over the last 30 years we have not only offered the very best professional maritime career training courses, but also youth development programmes and schools and group visits to help young people transform their lives for the better using the power of the sea.

Our activities fall into two areas:

  1. Sea.Change – We provide life-changing opportunities to schools and groups, disadvantaged and disaffected young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and young offenders. A common theme for many of these individuals is the low expectation they have of themselves and we challenge them to transform and to create opportunities for themselves.
  1. Sea.Careers – We are the world’s largest provider of marine training ranging from watersports instructor training to yachtmaster through to training officers working on vessels up to 3,000 gross tonnes. This work also supports the delivery of our Sea.Change activities. We are proud of the large number of students who leave us to start their first jobs in the maritime industry and go onto a lifetime of opportunity.

A number of our students are supported by bursaries from Trinity House, Seafarers UK, TK Foundation, Royal Yacht Squadron Foundation and the Noel Lister Memorial Fund.

UKSA continues to make a positive difference to the lives of young people across the UK. Our continued growth and development ensures that the charity maintains its position as the largest provider of our type in the world.  #WeAre30!