Be a watersports instructor

So you want to be a watersports instructor?

Watersports have become part of the mainstream tourism industry through the establishment of new holiday companies in new locations.  Demand for instructors has rocketed with watersports becoming increasingly popular at holiday destinations worldwide.

So, whether you are starting a career in watersports, searching for the ultimate gap year experience or just dreaming of a career teaching the sports you love, UKSA training can help you release your dreams.

Job role of a watersports instructor

What does a Watersports Instructor do?

Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Surfing, Kitesurfing and more recently, Paddle Boarding (to name a few) are hugely popular hobbies worldwide. With this has come a huge demand for watersports instructors to teach beginners, train future instructors and generally share their passion for the water. A watersports instructor will teach the theory and practical elements of their specialist discipline to a varied audience in locations all over the world.

Watersports; a lifestyle as well as a career.

A typical day will be spent teaching a sport you love to your students. You will prepare the kit, give shoreside instruction, teach on-the-water, debrief at the end of your session and pack away kit. It’s physical work and days can be long but you are doing all of this from a beach, in the sun so it’s well worth it.

Personality traits

As a watersports instructor, you’ll be fun-loving, confident, energetic and like meeting new people. It will be your responsibility to make sure your students are safe on the water, and at the same time having a fantastic experience they’ll remember forever.

Courses Available

Interested? You can do one of the following courses with us.


New to watersports or do you have existing skills that need refreshing before you start your career training? This short introductory course will give you a taster of all disciplines covered in our Watersports Instructor Training.

Watersports Instructor Training

With this course, you’ll gain the instructor qualifications you’ll need to travel and teach watersports around the world. You’ll train in dinghy sailing,  paddleboarding, paddlesport and windsurfing. We have funding routes too, phone our course advisors to find out more.

UKSA Watersports Academy

This four-discipline course is aimed at young adults aged (18-25) and offers students who complete the programme an opportunity for a role at UKSA. Successful candidates will gain valuable work experience teaching at UKSA for two seasons. This option is a great alternative to university or if considering a gap year.

Career prospects of a watersports instructor

There are long-term career prospects in watersports with Senior Instructor, Chief Instructor, Head of Department and Manager roles out there. Many instructors choose to add to their qualifications and transfer into the yachting industry.

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