Career training

Launch your yachting and watersports careers with our industry renowned training programmes

Students welcomed in 2023
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Launch your career with UKSA

We are proud to have been delivering exceptional training for over 35 years. Whatever your age or experience, the yachting industry has hundreds of opportunities for professional employment, providing you have the right training and attitude.

Delivering exceptional marine training for over 30 years

Yachting boat out on the water with people onboard

Train with the best at UKSA

Our industry-leading instructors and wider support team have been delivering courses for over 30 years, helping thousands of individuals launch long-term and fulfilling careers. We have longstanding links with the maritime industry and only deliver courses that are relevant, up-to-date and align with industry standards and expectations.

We are based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, giving you access to train in arguably the best training waters in the world – the Solent. The all-inclusive nature of our courses means our students become fully immersed in their training, as they learn to live and breathe the marine world with us. Plus, there is no stress worrying about looking for accommodation or spending more than you need on food, as everything is included in one price.

Sean Starkey on the bow of a yacht whilst training

Why choose UKSA?

Our instructors have all worked in the maritime industry and will share their knowledge and insight with you, giving you the edge when starting your career. We have a holistic approach to learning and believe that your time spent with us is as much about learning skills and gaining qualifications as it is about honing your interpersonal skills and developing confidence. We have dedicated careers and industry guidance teams, a welfare officer and all the support you will need to launch your career.

UKSA’s purpose-built waterfront facility has everything you need in one place with all training, instruction, accommodation, food and career guidance included in the fees – there are no hidden extra costs at UKSA! We even have a swimming pool, gym and bar to relax and network in with fellow students.

Who trains at UKSA?

How do I find out more?

If you would like to know more about your career options and why UKSA is a truly unique and exceptional place to train and learn, you can contact us in a few ways:

Contact us today!
Phone+44(0)1983 203038
E-Mail[email protected]

Why not attend an Open Day?

Join us on a tour of our waterside campus, see the facilities and meet the team. View available dates here. We look forward to welcoming you to UKSA, the World’s premier maritime academy.

Don’t just take our word for it

Sjoerd Resink Pyo – UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore graduate

“The course is very professional and everyone is friendly and keen to help you succeed. The key reason I joined UKSA is to get my yachting ticket from an organisation that is well respected in the yachting industry. I also wanted to benefit from the careers support to be able to break into a career in professional yachting.”

Mark Davey – UKSA Professional Yachtmaster Offshore graduate

“My favourite part of being at UKSA was working with lots of different skippers, which meant we got a wide and diverse training package and learnt a great deal. Network and socialise – it’s great to meet lots of different people and you never know, you may even meet your future employer!”

Hugo Aspden – Superyacht Cadetship graduate

“I secured my first job on-board a superyacht within a couple of days after graduating thanks to meeting a Cadet already working in the industry who had returned to UKSA for further training. I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt at UKSA is the life experience you gain from being there; not only is it living away from home but also how to look after yourself and to self-motivate.”

Lisa James – Superyacht Crew Training graduate

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone. The teachers are from the yachting industry and are very skilled with a wealth of knowledge and they make learning fun. The sailing was great, and I learnt a lot of different seamanship skills.”