UKSA Watersports Academy

Course price
Duration of course
11 weeks training + two seasons of work
Funding available
Flexible funding options

Work with industry-leading instructors in UKSA’s Watersports Team

UKSA’s Watersports Academy is an exciting way to enter the world of watersports. Are you aged 18-25 and looking to enter the industry? This 11 week training programme will give you all the skills and qualifications you need to work at UKSA.  Following this training, you are guaranteed two seasons of work alongside UKSA’s fantastic team of instructors.

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The total course cost is £4,600. UKSA will fund £1,000 of this for every course attendee and bursary funding is available to cover the rest of the cost depending on your financial situation.


The UKSA Watersports Academy is open to 18-25 year olds looking to gain valuable qualifications and experience to embark upon a career in the watersports industry. UKSA’s goal is to train and employ future instructors giving them the skills and qualities needed to be able to produce high-quality sessions out on the water.

During your 11 weeks of training, you will gain the essential skills and qualifications you need to qualify as a multi disciplined watersports instructor. You will have a dedicated mentor during your training, who has a number of years of experience within the watersports industry as an instructor.

On successful completion of the scheme, we are delighted to offer all graduates paid employment at UKSA for a minimum of two busy summer seasons. Whilst being employed at UKSA you will be teaching individuals and groups including children aged 6 to 15, young adults and diverse groups. UKSA summer seasons in the watersports department runs from April to October onwards following on from your training.

Harry says:

“I chose to get my Watersports qualifications at UKSA as they provide a wide range of qualification opportunities, but also provided the option of guaranteed work following the end of my course. I enjoy working and living at UKSA because you get to enjoy a fun and energetic work environment and get to live with the same amazing, positive people that make the work feel like it’s not work.” Harry Gross – Ex Academy student and current staff member

Speak to our team to find out more:


  • You will need to be aged 18-25
  • A desire to pursue a career in the Watersports Industry
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic personality
  • Previous experience in watersports is desirable but not essential
  • Customer service experience is desirable
  • Successful interview at UKSA


A helping hand for those in need

Depending on your individual circumstances, you can apply for assisted funding to help you kick-start your adventure. The Noel Lister Memorial fund aims to support young people who have little financial support, but who are driven by a dream to work in the marine industry. This bursary is repayable once you are earning and more information can be found on our funding page below or call us to discuss your options.

Noel Lister Memorial Fund


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  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planing)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (planing)
  • RYA Advanced Windsurfing
  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor
Paddlesport & Paddleboarding
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Kayak and Canoe Training
  • SUP Training
In-house UKSA Training
  • Insight into UKSA’s products
  • Raft Building
  • Team Games
  • Initiative Exercises
  • Land Activities

What’s Included?

11 weeks training course at UKSA
  • Purpose built classrooms and all kit on one site
  • Time spent learning in various tidal and wind ranges
  • One-to-one mentoring throughout the course from your instructors
  • Dedicated UKSA training days
  • All accommodation and food included
  • Use of our swimming pool, gym and sports hall
  • Qualify to teach dinghy sailing and windsurfing
  • Gain your keelboat endorsement
  • Train on paddleboards and paddlesports crafts
  • Learn team building exercises
  • All delivered in a COVID-19 secure environment
2 seasons of employment at UKSA
  • National minimum wage+ – up to 40hrs per week over 5 days
  • Pay progression with experience
  • Onsite accommodation & food can be included
  • Staff benefits
  • Ongoing training and development
  • Gaining experience within a challenging & diverse training environment
  • Uniform provided for the season
  • Mentoring
  • Use of kit during free time (depending on availability)
  • Opens up UKSA pathways on completion of season two

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
UKSA Watersports Academy 2022 09/01/2023 27/03/2023 £4,600

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I’d advise others doing this course to just get stuck in! Don’t worry about making mistakes – they just make you a better instructor in the future.

Ben Johnston – UKSA Watersports Instructor – UKSA Watersports Academy

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