Case Studies

Laura Phillips shares her career pathway with Neilson

From childcare to guaranteed employment with Neilson Laura Phillips shares her story… For the past five years UKSA and Neilson, a specialist in active holidays, have been working together to enable students to train with UKSA for employment with Neilson Active Holidays. Together we aim to deliver an all-inclusive Watersports Instructor Training course offering unparalleled guidance… Read more »

A warm welcome to making new friends – George Purchon shares his experience

If you’re considering an alternative to university, have you thought about taking UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Training course? This industry-renowned course will qualify you to instruct in Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Windsurfing. With huge demand for high-calibre professionals within the watersports industry you could work anywhere in the world once you graduate, and UKSA… Read more »

From teaching watersports to a career as a superyacht stewardess

Launcher her 2019 career in superyacht hospitality As the superyacht industry continues to expand year on year, so does the demand for exceptionally well-trained interior crew. UKSA’s Superyacht Interior Foundation course delivers all the qualifications, practical skills, industry guidance, knowledge and support required by stewards and stewardesses at the beginning of their careers in this… Read more »

A day in the life of a Phase 3 Cadet: Ollie Garton

OLLIE, 26, is a Phase Three Cadet on UKSA’s unique Superyacht Cadetship programme. A five-phase programme structured over four years, the Cadetship allows students to earn money and simultaneously train for a career in the superyacht industry. Ollie is currently Solo Engineer on a private yacht. I’m responsible for … Ensuring that everything on the… Read more »

Waitress or Superyacht stewardess……which would you choose?

Thinking of working in hospitality? Considering a gap year? Where would you prefer to work – a 7* Superyacht or 5* hotel…..the choice is yours! If the only way you’re ever going to rub shoulders with billionaires is by working for them, you could do worse than provide hospitality on an impossibly elegant yacht or… Read more »

Welcoming our new Superyacht Crew Training students

From retail & bar work to a career in Superyachting! We catch up with our January ’19 intake of Superyacht Crew Training students. We interviewed four of our international group of new Crew Training students, three of whom had heard about the course from friends. This is what they told us about themselves.   1. Where… Read more »

Sean Starkey – Superyacht Cadetship

From further education to a career in the superyacht industry UKSA Superyacht Cadets are usually aged between 18 and 25 when they begin our four-year Superyacht Cadetship programme. With a combination of academic study and paid employment onboard superyachts, the Cadetship offers an exciting and viable alternative to university. Drawn from a variety of backgrounds,… Read more »

Melissa Ramm – Superyacht Cadetship

Melissa Ramm shares her phase 1 superyacht cadetship experience so far The UKSA Superyacht Cadetship offers an exciting alternative to university and could result in a long-term career which includes travelling all over the world. The Cadetship is designed to send graduates onto yachts with a realistic understanding of the yachting industry and our cadets… 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 »

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

Former rugby pro becomes a successful yacht deckhand after completing the Professional Yachtmaster Offshore programme. 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 »