UKSA Watersports Academy

Course price
Duration of course
11 weeks
Funding available
to work at UKSA

Work with industry-leading instructors at UKSA

Application Process Now Open – Next Selection 23rd November 2021

UKSA’s Watersports Academy is designed for young people, aged 18-25, who are looking to enter the industry and gain valuable experience working alongside UKSA’s fantastic team of instructors.

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UKSA will fund £1,000 of your training, meaning that students will contribute £3,600 towards the course. Assisted funding is also available of up to £2,600.


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 and experience at UKSA.

On successful completion of the scheme, graduates will be employed by UKSA for 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 starts from April onwards.

Training 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
Employment at UKSA
  • National minimum wage – up to 40hrs per week over 5 days
  • Accommodation & food available
  • 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

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 up to £2,600 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 and more information can be found on our funding page below.

Noel Lister Memorial Fund


Dinghy Sailing
  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • 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?

  • Food & Accommodation
  • All kit (excluding wet suit boots)
  • 1-to-1 mentoring with a dedicated course manager
  • UKSA Academy uniform
  • Scriptures (books)
  • Insight into UKSA
  • In-house training
  • 2 seasons of guaranteed employment at UKSA in the Watersports Department on completion of your training course

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
UKSA Watersports Academy 2022 03/01/2022 20/03/2022 £4,600
UKSA Watersports Academy 2022 09/01/2023 26/03/2023 £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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