Case studies

Jack Daniels

Seafarers UK Superyacht Cadet

Our Superyacht Cadetship provides high-quality vocational training and offers a financially-viable alternative to university with the possibility of being debt free!

Jack Daniels received funding from Seafarers to train as a cadet; he is currently studying phase one, which consists of 19 weeks of academic training in seamanship, watch keeping, maintenance and industry knowledge. Today, Jack has secured a job and is now working as the sole deckhand on a 47m motor yacht in the Mediterranean. Jack shares his story:

I wanted to study at UKSA because of the location and range of equipment available

“I have worked as a sailing instructor for the last three seasons, in between completing a BTEC in Outdoor Adventure Studies. I compete up to a national level in dinghy sailing and came 6th overall this year. I wanted to study with UKSA because I like the location and the vast range of equipment available. There are great opportunities for networking either in the UKSA bar or in Cowes itself.

“I have received a great insight into the industry I want to work in.”

What is day-to-day life like at UKSA?

Most days at UKSA consist of going for a swim before breakfast.  Then working either on sea phase or land-covering theory, then dinner, then going for a run. I usually spend my evenings revising or networking. Since being here I have learned how to cook!

I feel that I have improved my social skills through being with people 24/7 and I have received a great insight into the industry I want to work in. I particularly enjoyed the firefighting part of the STCW training.

My advice would be – do this course!

If I was to advise anyone I would say do this course! All of your mates will have student debt while you’ll be earning money and travelling the world.”

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