Neilson Yachtmaster

Guaranteed Employment
2 Seasons
Course cost
Flotilla Skipper

Bespoke part-funded RYA Yachmaster programme

If you want to work as a flotilla skipper for Neilson as a newly qualified Yachtmaster, then this is the course for you!

About the course

UKSA is working in partnership with Neilson, leading specialists in active holidays, to deliver a bespoke, part-funded RYA Yachtmaster Offshore course. You will train to become a flotilla skipper and upon successful completion of the scheme, you will be guaranteed employment for two seasons at a Neilson resort as a qualified Yachtmaster. The cost to candidates is only £2,000 as Neilson will fund the remaining cost.

Course Overview
  • Phase 1: Training at UKSA and gaining your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and commercial endorsement
  • Phase 2: Full seasons paid employment with Neilson for the 2020 season
  • Phase 3: Training at UKSA gaining your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and RYA Cruising Instructor
  • Phase 4: Full seasons paid employment with Neilson for the 2021 season


You must have an ENG1 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea (click here for more details) and to enable you to apply for your RYA Commercial Endorsement (click here for more details). We recommend all students secure this before attending a course.

There are no other pre-requisites necessary to start the course. All that we ask is that you have enough sailing experience to know that you want a life at sea. If you don’t have any previous experience, we recommend you talk to our course advisors on +44 (0)1983 203028 or [email protected].


We are here to support you

UKSA is committed to making training and qualifications accessible to those who have the desire to succeed in a yachting or watersports career. Funding could be available for this Yachtmaster course. To see a full list of all of our funding options visit our funding opportunities page or call us to talk about your options with our experienced course advisors.


  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail) or RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail)
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • MCA STCW Basic Safety Training
    • Personal Survival Techniques
    • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
    • Elementary First Aid
    • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • RYA Short Range Radio
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency (Jet Ski)
  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
Commercial Endorsement

To work professionally within the maritime industry, you must be commercially endorsed. To commercially endorse your RYA Yachtmaster Certification at the end of your training, you will need to complete the RYA Application for Commercial Endorsement Form, but you will gain all qualifications needed to commercially endorse your ticket during training.


How to get a commercial skipper’s license

The recommended route to obtaining a commercial skippers license is to do two training courses which consist of the Day Skipper Shorebased course and the Day Skipper Practical course. These are both included in the Professional Yachtmaster offshore course. The first covers the theory and knowledge-based training, such as meteorology, navigation, pilotage techniques and collision regulations; the second is putting this theory into practice in addition to developing the practical skippering skills of crew management, boat handling, practical pilotage and passage making.

What is a Yachtmaster?

A Yachtmaster is a person with a wealth of maritime knowledge who can cope with plain sailing and motor cruising and is also able to cope in demanding situations. Our Yachtmaster offshore qualification is recognised and respected all around the world and is the ultimate aim of many skippers, both professional and recreational.

Who are the RYA?

The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) are the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.

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