Share your #SeaChangeStories with UKSA

Our inspirational blog will bring you snippets of UKSA's news along with inspirational case studies of students who have trained with us, the courses they did and where it has taken them.

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An open day inspired me to join the BTEC in Sports & Physical Activities

Inspired by the idea of travel & crewing? Start a fully-funded BTEC to escape school.  17 year-old Dominic Bozianu (Dom) came to UKSA direct from GCSEs under a bit of a dark cloud.  School wasn’t going well, grades were suffering, and his mum feared he would drop out. After a visit to UKSA, Dom started… Read more »

St Augustine’s – School visits at the start of the Academic Year

St Augustine’s Residential Trip in late September  Here at UKSA we are renowned for providing first-class residential visits with activities such as dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing, but sometimes rain and wind can be offputting for anyone considering taking children out on the water. This September we were visited by a school group from… Read more »

UKSA to purchase four new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 449s

UKSA to invest in four new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 449s At Southampton Boat Show on Thursday, 20th September, UKSA were delighted to announce the purchase four Jeanneau 449s. The purchase has been funded by trading in part of the charity’s existing fleet and the support of the Neighbourly Charitable Trust, allowing UKSA to offer the most… Read more »

Residential sailing for Royal Navy Sea Scouts

Royal Navy Sea Scouts Here at UKSA we are renowned for our first-class residential and non-residential visits, with activities tailored to each group’s specific desires, age ranges and levels of ability. Royal Navy Sea Scouts wanted to experience the handling of larger crafts Recently we sent one of our FARRs over to Portsmouth with two… Read more »

Making dreams a reality with UKSA’s Superyacht Hospitality Training

Training for a career as a superyacht stewardess, travelling the world while getting paid! Drama/Theatre Studies Uni student, Brooke Garwood, is dreaming about travelling the world on a superyacht while getting paid! Dreams will become reality post-University as she has just completed the UKSA Superyacht Hospitality Training course in her summer break. Brooke, whose work… Read more »

Sjoerd – former Marine now training for his Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Snowed in on a Himalayan mountain with time to reflect. Former Marine in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, Sjoerd, is on a mission to start a career in yacht delivery worldwide; and started a Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course. 35 year-old, Dutch born Sjoerd, with 17 years of active military service, latterly as a Royal Marine… Read more »

Training for an exciting new career in yacht delivery!

From dinghies and aircraft carriers to yachts – training for an exciting new career in yacht delivery! After retiring from the Royal Navy and corporate life, Mark Pomeroy from Winchester is pursuing his passion for sailing. He joined UKSA recently to get his Yachtmaster Offshore qualification to professionalise his yachting skills, train others and get… Read more »

UKSA’s courses offer pathways into the superyacht industry

Malta, Ireland, the Isle of Wight….where next for India Tayyar-Barnes? 18 year-old sailing and watersports enthusiast, India Tayyar-Barnes from Malta, came to UKSA to build on her chef training in Ireland. She is nurturing her ambition to have a future career in the superyacht industry using UKSA’s reputed courses as a stepping stone. India shares… Read more »

From rugby pitch to a life on the ocean – Nicola Belardo

Former rugby pro becomes a successful yacht deckhand after completing the Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course 27-year-old Nicola Belardo, from Naples, Italy, went from professional rugby for the past 7 years, winning 3 Italian Championships, to turning his skills to sailing to start a new career. He is currently working as a deckhand on an 80m superyacht… Read more »

Rachel opts for yacht training as an alternative to university

Maritime career pathways at UKSA Former BTEC student in Outdoor Sports with a passion for sailing, Rachel Brazier now works at UKSA as a watersports instructor. After a season working for us as an instructor, she is now embarking on a Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course to launch a career in the maritime industry. I worked… Read more »