Watersports Instructor Training

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.

Funding available for 2023 courses –

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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.

This action-packed 12 week course is 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.

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:
  • 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
  • Course fee investment and guaranteed jobs with UKSA upon graduation for 6 candidates each season*
  • Industry guidance from our professional recruitment team* employment subject to successful interview
Work for UKSA 

Graduates of Watersports Instructor Training have the opportunity to work for UKSA. If selected by our watersports recruitment team, you will kickstart your new career by  spending your first season in the Solent, the area you are familiar with, gaining valuable experience with a variety of different groups.

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
Speak to our 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

Dates and pricing

Course From To All-inc
Watersports Instructor Training 11/09/2023 03/12/2023 £5,990
Watersports Instructor Training 05/12/2023 07/03/2024 £5,990
Watersports Instructor Training 09/01/2024 31/03/2024 £5,990

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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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