Making a real difference
We’re a youth education and maritime charity that uses sailing and watersports as a catalyst to transform young people’s lives.
We know that, nation-wide, the well being of young people is at it’s lowest level in nearly a decade. More young people are struggling to cope at school or work, suffering from a lack of self confidence and because of that, many don’t believe that they could change their circumstances.
Here at UKSA we are turning some of those lives around, our training environment is like no other. Students of all background learn together, which creates the dynamic atmosphere that is important as the quality of our training.
If you would like to support us please call us on +44 (0) 1983 294941 or email [email protected]
It started with a desire to give something back
UKSA was founded by Noel and Sylvia Lister who wanted to educate and enrich the lives of young people.
Noel Lister was a keen sailor and became well-known within the yachting world for his succession of Whirlwind yachts, which cruised extensively and competed at the highest levels.
A philanthropist at heart, he always had the desire to give something back to society. In 1987 he committed £4 million to the establishment of UKSA in Cowes. The aim was, and remains today, to introduce as many young people as possible to the inspiration and challenge of sailing. Over the last 30 years we are proud to have provided life enhancing experiences for over 250,000 young people.Find out more
Being a charity is vital to our success
#SeaChange – measuring our impact
The money we raise from our sponsors, fundraising and professional training goes towards creating positive change. We provide bursaries to students for careers that lead to maritime employment and a lifetime of achievement.
The cornerstone of UKSA is based around our friendly, safe, supportive and inspirational culture that includes the benefits of residential living, mentoring and challenges of the adventurous on-the-water activities we offer.
We welcome 10,000 young people through our doors every year and your support is needed to help us make a difference to thousands more.Find out more