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

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William Quennell’s passion for sail racing takes a new twist

William’s driving passion for sail racing in his 20’s and 30’s, prompted him to follow his dream and transition from a career in advertising to becoming a qualified, paid skipper. The UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course gave him the industry entry qualifications to land his first professional skippering job delivering yachts in the Med. They… Read more »

From Ironman to superyacht stewardess

A 3-week UKSA Superyacht Interior Foundation course helped Lucy Ratcliff get a ticket to a job in the maritime industry. After working at the Palma International Boat show as a day solestewardess/chef and training as a deckhand in Palma, she was ready. She networked her way into a second stewardess role in an 8-strong crew for an adventure… Read more »

Chrysanthi changes paths and pursues career at sea.

Training at UKSA helps those looking for a career in the extremely competitive superyacht industry to gain an edge to stand out from the crowd. Courses enable students looking for an exciting job, combing work and travel, to embark on a life-changing career. After three years working in various seasonal jobs in restaurants, hotels and… Read more »

From RNLI Volunteer to Superyacht Deckhand

If you enjoy the water, adventure and want to travel the world, UKSA’s Superyacht Crew Training course is an ideal starting point for a quick entry to a career on the water. You will receive tuition from instructors who have worked in the industry and the course will provide all the training you need to apply… Read more »

Former UKSA student is set to compete in Golden Globe Race

Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin who trained at UKSA is competing in the Golden Globe Race circumnavigating the world solo June 6, 2018, Cowes: Irish sailor Gregor McGuckin who achieved his Yachtmaster Ocean at maritime training charity, UKSA, in 2013, is to compete solo, non-stop, around the world, in the incredible Golden Globe Race. Last minute… Read more »

Combing Skills for a Career at Sea – Grace Pybus

UKSA can open doors and new possibilities; one course can often lead to another. UKSA has changed Grace’s life in so many ways. Now working on the water, where every day is different; her morning latte in the office has been swapped for coffee on deck with dolphins swimming alongside on the passage to the… Read more »

UKSA Secret Art Show smashes £20,000 target

June 6, 2018 Cowes, UKSA, the youth charity that uses the power of the sea to transform the lives of thousands of young people each year, held a Secret Art Show this past weekend with artwork contributed by ‘Sherlock Holmes’ actor Benedict Cumberbatch CBE and celebrated marine artists Martyn Mackrill and Steven Dews. The piece… Read more »

Watersports Student to Instructor – Ali Nolan

“I found out there’s more to BTEC 3 in Sport and Physical Activities than first meets the eye. It’s not only PE and outdoor sports in a school or college setting, it can be based on watersports and adventurous outdoor activities.   I moved to the Isle of Wight as a teenager and when I… Read more »

Phase 5 Cadet, Dan Snook – Where is he now?

UKSA is the only place to offer a Superyacht Cadetship, and as such it is our flagship course. A five-phase programme structured over four years, it allows students to earn money while simultaneously training for a career in the superyacht industry. The course begins with 19 weeks of academic study and ends with a final… Read more »