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Dreaming of a job in the sun? Work for Neilson in one of their beach resorts upon graduation

Qualified watersports instructors are in high demand in the growing holiday industry. Take this option if you want to work for Neilson for 2 seasons at one of their beach resorts in Greece, Spain, Sardinia or Croatia.

About the course

UKSA have been working alongside Neilson, leading specialists in active holidays, to deliver a bespoke part-funded Watersports Instructor Training course for the last six years.

How much will this course cost me?

You pay only £1,000 towards the costs and Neilson will fund the remaining £3,995!

  • Top quality instructors
  • All inclusive, so you can concentrate on your studies
  • Unrivalled guidance, teaching and a unique link with Neilson
  • Guaranteed job in one of their beach resorts in Greece, Spain, Sardinia or Croatia
  • With the support from Neilson this programme becomes more affordable for those with financial barriers


  • You will need to be aged 18+
  • Some previous recreation watersports experience (minimum one week’s recent dinghy or windsurfing experience – any candidates without this level of experience will be required to complete the two-week Kickstart course first)
  • A desire to pursue a career in the Watersports Industry, working in a beach side location
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic personality


Dinghy Sailing
  • RYA Start Sailing Level 1
  • RYA Basic Skills Level 2
  • RYA Better Sailing Level 3
  • RYA Seamanship Skill Modules
  • RYA Advanced Sailing
  • RYA Pre-Assessment
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planing)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (planing)
  • RYA Advanced Windsurfing
  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Marine Short Range Radio
  • RYA First Aid
  • RYA Safe and Fun
Governing body membership

To enable you to gain your qualifications you must become a member of the RYA. There is a small fee payable directly once you have completed your training. for further information please follow the link to the RYA membership information.

What’s included?

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • All kit (excluding wet suit boots)
  • Training equipment
  • Instructor resources
  • Neilson representative through the course
  • 2 summer seasons of guaranteed employment on completion of your training course

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
Neilson Watersports Instructor Training 30/11/2020 21/02/2021 £4,995

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I’ve always loved being on the water but I never thought I could use it to do coaching and get paid for it! After 2 years with Neilson, I hope I’ll be able to progress further with them and maybe train as a snowboard instructor for their winter season.

Craig Walsh – Student/The Neilson Academy

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