Staff Watersports Instructor Training – to work at UKSA

Course price
Duration of course
40 days

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.

Funding available for 2023 courses –

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Train2Gain with UKSA is a customised, comprehensive training package that gives you all the skills you need to start your career with us.

This action-packed course runs for 40 days and 40 nights and  like Noah’s Ark, it involves a lot of water! Delivered by our industry-leading instructors with a focus on working directly with each individual student. UKSA has been delivering watersports instructor training for over 35 years and we are proud that our one-to-one sessions, mentoring, careers advice and recruitment support gives you the edge needed to enter the industry with confidence.

Please note that this programme is for candidates seeking employment at UKSA and  therefore an attendance interview is mandatory.

This course is fully funded by UKSA.  No experience is necessary to push yourself past what you think you can do – all you  need is to be adaptable, dependable and sociable.

Sounds good?  It is – AND we happen to be located in Cowes meaning you have access to arguably the best training waters in the world – The Solent…

Course overview:
  • 6 weeks training
  • Qualify as an instructor to teach dinghy sailing
  • Train on paddleboards and paddlesports crafts
  • Successful interview and completion of the course leads to employment with UKSA for two seasons
  • Industry guidance from our professional recruitment team
  • All training provided is NGB recognised and tailored to UKSA’s unique delivery style and location. Train and learn where you will work and grow.

Included while you train with us:

  • Accommodation
  • Three square meals a day
  • Uniform
  • More training
  • A great real life social agenda

PLUS more fun than you can shake a stick at (trust us, you can shake a stick at a LOT of fun)

And once you’re qualified we will give you a two season fixed term contract as a Watersports Instructor @ UKSA

Once you’re qualified as a UKSA instructor, you can take advantage of a generously discounted food and accommodation package which we provide on site, reducing your day-to-day living expenses and enabling you to build up cash reserves in the bank.  In your first season, if you are 18-20, you can expect to easily save up to £300 month while working with us.

  • Increase your knowledge and progress your skills by working in the Solent, widely recognised as one of the most challenging and diverse training areas
  • Work with a variety of different groups including, 6-7 year olds, 8-15 year olds, diverse and SEN groups and adults
  • Have the full support of Team UKSA mentoring you throughout the season
  • Work for five days a week – 40 hours – minimum wage for your age
  • Accommodation and food provided on site for just £440 a month
  • Option to also work for three evenings and get one day back as holiday
  • Holiday allowance for the duration of your contract
  • Ongoing training development with the opportunity to add endorsements to your qualifications during your employment
  • Use of kit during free time

Applications now closed for 2023, check back later in the year for 2024 dates.




Speak to our team to find out more:


  • You must be 18 years or older to join this course
  • No experience required


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.

  • RYA Dinghy Instructor
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA First Aid
  • YA Safe and Fun
  • RYA Short Range Radio Certificate
  • BSUPA Ready to Ride
  • BSUPA Ready to Tour
  • BC Paddlesport Safety and Rescue (aka FSRT)

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What’s included?

Staff training at UKSA includes all food and accommodation, tuition, mentoring and careers guidance

  • 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

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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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