We consider ourselves lucky to have the support of the following organisations.

WightFibre and UKSA: An innovative partnership to support young Islanders

Over the past eight years WightFibre has chosen to support UKSA as part of their corporate social responsibility plans.

By raising funds from community events, including the Star Wars Premiere in 2015, WightFibre has enabled young islanders to take part in UKSA’s Test the Water Programme and meant we could purchase a new dinghy to add to our training fleet.

The Test the Water Programme allows all year six pupils on the Isle of Wight the opportunity to come to UKSA for a half day  of watersports activities aimed to boost their confidence, communication skills and team-working abilities.

Launched by the Reverend Andrew Poppe in August 2017, our new dinghy was named “Princess Leia” in a competition organised by WightFibre for their customers. The winner will join us at the next Star Wars Premiere in December 2017.

WightFibre’s CEO John Irvine said:

“As a local, Isle of Wight based company, WightFibre tries to give back to our community where we can. UKSA is an important charity which helps many young people on the Island, as well as further afield, and because of this WightFibre has supported UKSA over many years. We are delighted to further this with our dinghy sponsorship.”

As well as raising funds for UKSA, WightFibre also supports the charity through pro-bono or reduced cost communications services. By helping us to keep our costs low, WightFibre is allowing to UKSA to put more resources into investing in young people.

Trinity House

Trinity House was set up to oversee the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers. It offers financial support to the future leaders of large commercial yachting. It distributes funds to support high quality training to those who would otherwise not be able to access it. Through the Professional Yacht Cadetship Bursary, Trinity House is continuing to support young people entering the industry through the Professional Yacht Cadetship.

Seafarers UK

Seafarers UK offers financial support to the future leaders of large commercial yachting. It distributes funds to support high quality training for those who would otherwise not be able to access it. Seafarers UK has supported selected cadetship places at UKSA, providing significant funding to successful candidates.

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives in four key target groups; Unemployed young people, Young people underachieving in education, Young people leaving care, Young offenders and ex-offenders. UKSA is proud to run the following programmes in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust.

Get Into Maritime/Watersports:

  • A five-day residential programme. It introduces young NEETS (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to maritime jobs and opportunities.

Get Started:

  • A short, inspiring, course that can help you move forward with your life after having a go at some fun activities. It is for unemployed 16-25 year olds. You will receive 1:1 support to help you think about what you want to do after the course.


YMCA is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world. They believe that all young people deserve to have a safe place to live and the opportunity to reach their full potential. The YMCA’s vision is of an inclusive Christian Movement, transforming communities so that all young people truly belong, contribute and thrive. YMCA Isle of Wight and UKSA work jointly to deliver the 12 week Prince’s Trust TEAM programme.

The Isle of Wight College

The Isle of Wight College has a national reputation for providing outstanding teaching and learning and has many first class facilities. It has been inspected by Ofsted and graded as “Outstanding”; it holds the prestigious Beacon College status for excellence and innovation in education; has some of the most inspiring teachers with an excellent results record and a vibrant and lively environment. This partnership sees UKSA delivering Further Education courses including the Watersports Instructor Traineeship, Watersports Instructor Development Programme and the BTEC in Sports and Physical Activities Level 3.

Crew Family Office

 Crew Family Office was developed in recognition of one of the most common problems professional yacht crew face – financial management. Providing UKSA students and discerning Yachting professionals with access to a truly bespoke private office. Due to our background in Superyacht financial and tax services, we are in the unique position to provide an exclusive service offering. Historically Superyacht owners have made up the majority share of our yachting client base but we have become increasingly aware that yacht crew require a similar service.

Sturge Taylor

Sturge Taylor are the leading professionals in the field of luxury yacht insurance. With a combined experience of over 50 years and a portfolio of total values in excess of US $1,000,000,000. The new partnership will provide a platform for the development of professional crew training across the superyacht sector and will also help skills training and placement opportunities for new yacht crew. Matt Buley at Sturge Taylor Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with UKSA in furthering the development of professional yacht crew training and believe it complements our corporate social responsibility in helping future generations of yacht crew.”