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 »

Craig Walsh – Neilson Watersports Instructor

The demands of the ever-popular activity holiday industry have led to a shortage of qualified watersports instructors, so UKSA has teamed up with the active-holiday specialist Neilson to deliver a part-funded Watersports Instructor Training Course. On graduation, Neilson will guarantee you a job on one of their beach resorts in Greece, Sardinia or Croatia. Before… Read more »

Gary Kurth – UKSA Watersports Manager

At UKSA, our courses and programmes are designed to help students develop skills for life such as communication, participation, decision making, self-belief, determination and resilience. Our Watersports Manager, Gary Kurth, is passionate about sharing his expertise with students at UKSA, increasing their confidence on the water. He explains, “For most students, the opportunity to take… Read more »

From learning watersports, to teaching watersports at UKSA

We design our courses so that our students have the skills, knowledge and confidence to go out straight into work and have a career on the water. This is exactly what former student, now staff member, Nancy McManus did after graduating from the Watersports Instructor Course. Nancy shares her story: “During my stay at UKSA, I… Read more »

Jack Hill – Being a barman wasn’t for Jack!

Interested in what life might be like as a watersports instructor with a top active holiday provider? Jack trained at UKSA and now works all year-round at Neilson resorts across Europe. Jack shares his story with us: “Before I signed up for the course I was waiting for something better to come along really. I… Read more »

Sarah Harrison – UKSA Watersports Instructor

After leaving college at 18 and knowing that university wasn’t the right path for her, Sarah chose to gain qualifications and travel by signing up for UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Traineeship in partnership with Neilson, a leading active holidays provider. The bespoke 10-week course will cost you just £1000 (Neilson fund the remaining £3995), plus upon… Read more »

Improved watersports course

Essential safeguarding training and further mentoring sessions will make UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Training course better than ever before. The re-packaged course has been extended to encompass more of what UKSA is known for – industry knowledge sessions, one-to-one mentoring and help with finding work – those extra USPs that as a youth charity UKSA is… Read more »

Funded watersports training

Unemployed young people can start the new year with a new career and train to become a watersports instructor, for free! We are renewing our offer for 2015 to provide funding for selected young adults to access a 12 -week watersports career course. Thanks to funding through the Isle of Wight College and UKSA’s work… Read more »