Case Studies

Chris Russell secures his Professional Yachtmaster ticket with UKSA

After reading reviews and recommendations, Chris sets sail with UKSA on a 14-week Professional Yachtmaster Course UKSA’s Professional Yachtmaster Offshore Course is designed to provide the training and qualifications essential to employment in the maritime industry as a yacht skipper or superyacht crew. The esteemed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate is especially valued by skippers seeking… Read more »

Local lad Joshua, knew sailing was something he could turn into a career

Growing up on the Isle of Wight was the ideal place to learn to sail UKSA’s Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course provides the training and qualifications required for employment within the maritime industry as a yacht skipper or superyacht crew. The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate is highly valued by skippers providing opportunities in flotilla, charter, deliveries and… Read more »

After securing his Yachtmaster ticket, Joshua Allies returns to UKSA for further training!

Returning student Joshua shares his experiences after graduating as a Professional Yachtmaster with UKSA UKSA’s 14-week Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course will give you the training and qualifications required to work in the maritime industry as a yacht skipper or as superyacht crew. The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate is recognised and respected around the world by skippers looking for… Read more »

Professional Yachtmaster student Bethany Williams shares her story

Knowing that a nine-to-five job wasn’t for her, Bethany enrolled onto the Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course with UKSA UKSA’s Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course provides the training and qualifications required to work as yacht skipper or superyacht crew in the maritime industry. The 14-week course enables students to spend 58 days afloat and offers a varied… Read more »

Is the Yachtmaster Offshore ticket now an entry level qualification for Superyacht crew?

We recently caught up with captains in the Superyacht Industry to hear their views UKSA, the charity and maritime training centre based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, has reported a growing demand for their professional Yachtmaster Offshore qualification as the entry-level ticket to the professional yachting industry. In the superyacht sector high-ranking professionals… Read more »

Southampton Sailor to Lead Team in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Former UKSA student and instructor announced as Clipper Race professional skipper Josh Stickland, 31, has been announced as one of the eleven professional skippers to lead a novice team in the 40,000 nautical mile Clipper 2019-20 Round the World Race. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is undoubtedly one of the greatest ocean adventures… 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 »

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 »

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 »