Watersports Instructor Training with Neilson Activity Holidays

Course price
Duration of course
12 weeks

UKSA trained instructors are in high demand worldwide

Would  you like to work in the watersports industry or looking to turn your existing watersports skills into a career?  If so, this is the course for you. We’re the perfect training provider for water lovers to get involved and to build a career out on the water.

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About the UKSA/Neilson Academy

UKSA has teamed up with Neilson Active Holidays to provide an exciting instructor training programme leading to guaranteed job roles and course fee support from Neilson.

With over 35 years of experience, UKSA is a world leader in Watersports training. Neilson Active Holidays is a multi-award-winning tour operator with over 40 years of experience within the travel industry. Together, this is the perfect match.

UKSA’s Watersports Instructor Training is a customised, comprehensive training package that gives you all the skills you need to start your career in the Watersports industry.

Our industry-leading instructors deliver this fantastic action-packed 12-week course. Every student will receive all the required attention and focus on reaching their goals.

The exceptional UKSA one-to-one sessions, mentoring, career advice, and recruitment support equip our students with the knowledge, training, and distinctive edge to enter the industry confidently.

Sounds good? It’s better than good. It’s amazing. The UKSA HQ also happens to be in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. This means you have access to The Solent. Arguably some of the best training waters in the world.

Please note that if you are a European Passport holder, Neilson will fully fund your training with UKSA.  Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Course overview:
  • 12 weeks training
  • Qualify as a multi-disciplined instructor to teach dinghy sailing, windsurfing and wingsurfing
  • Gain your multihull endorsement
  • Train on paddleboards and paddlesports crafts
  • Industry guidance from our professional recruitment team
  • £ 2,995 course fee cashback for course students gaining employment with Neilson (paid after completing x2 successful summer seasons – please see details below)

Working for Neilson Active Holidays

Neilson is bursting at the seams with fantastic opportunities for anyone with a great personality, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic. They are looking for the best people to join their team. Individuals who are prepared to go the distance. As a Watersports Instructor working for Neilson, you must be committed to delivering outstanding customer service. You must also consistently provide excellent instruction to guests of all ages and abilities.

This UKSA course will give you everything you need, and subject to a successful interview, graduates of this course will have the opportunity to kickstart their new career working for Neilson at one of their beautiful beach resorts based in Greece, Italy, or Croatia.

Upon completing your second summer season working, Neilson will give you £2,995 cashback towards the fees you paid for this course.

You will, without a doubt, have the time of your life working with Neilson! You’ll discover the confidence you never knew you had, make loads of new mates, and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

The people skills, communication skills, life skills, and overall experience gained from working anywhere within the Neilson programme will be invaluable in developing your career within Neilson Active Holidays and relevant to any future job role.

Click the link here to take a look at life working for Neilson.

Speak to the Neilson team to find out more:


  • At least a minimum of one week’s recent dinghy and windsurfing experience.


To enable you to gain your qualifications you must become a member of the RYA and BC. There is a small fee payable to those organisations directly once you have completed your training.

Dinghy Sailing
  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planing)
  • Working towards RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (planing)
  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Wingsurfing Instructor
Paddlesport & Paddleboarding
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Kayak and Canoe Training
  • SUP Training


A helping hand for those in need

Depending on your individual circumstances, you can apply for up to 80% assisted funding to help you kick-start your adventure. The Noel Lister Memorial fund and the Milo Hanlon bursary aims to support young people who have little financial support, but who are driven by a dream to work in the marine industry. These bursaries are repayable and more information can be found on our funding page below.

What’s included?

Training at UKSA gives you excellent value for money as all food and accommodation, tuition, mentoring and careers guidance are included in ONE PRICE. There are no hidden extra costs at UKSA.

  • Experienced and dedicated instructors
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • All kit (excluding wet suit boots)
  • Training equipment
  • Scriptures (books)
  • Careers mentoring and CV guidance from our dedicated industry guidance team
Train at UKSA and you will enjoy these EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS:
  • 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
  • Networking on site throughout your time at UKSA
  • Use of our swimming pool, gym and sports hall

Get free careers advice

Liam Fussey smiling and laughing with participating school groups


You’re being paid to have fun so come in with new energy every day. Take a moment, once a day, to realise the difference that you’ve made to someone’s life. Try to be the biggest child among a group of them! No matter what you want to do, UKSA has it all waiting for you.

Liam Fussey – UKSA Watersports Instructor/Watersports Instructor Training

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