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Choose UKSA to launch your maritime career

When you embark on a career at sea, it’s so much more than a job. It’s a lifestyle, a passion, and a way to see some of the most beautiful places on the planet whilst you work.

And the good news is, whatever your age or experience, the yachting industry has plenty of exciting opportunities for professional employment, with roles including training, charter and flotilla work and so much more.

Expert training from the industry leaders

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Train with us and you’ll enter the industry confident you have the knowledge and skills to succeed. Our unique training environment gives you the chance to meet like-minded people whilst gaining real-world, practical experience during your training. Our 3.5 acre waterfront campus is ideally located in the home of yachting, Cowes, on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

We’ve launched thousands of careers during our 30 years of operation, delivering exceptional training and building an enviable reputation in the process. We are one of the world’s largest providers of RYA and MCA professional training and our experienced team of instructors will ensure you receive the highest standards of instruction. As a charity we offer funding to ensure more young people can access professional training and launch long-term careers.

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Maximise your opportunities within the Yachting Industry

Whatever your age or experience the yachting industry has plenty of exciting opportunities for professional employment. From charter work to working as a superyacht captain, the right training and support is crucial to launching and maintaining a successful career.

We work with yachting professionals throughout their careers to ensure their professional development is maintained and opportunities for progression are maximised. Lifelong learning is key at UKSA and we can help with everything from perfecting your CV to securing interviews with the right people.

Launch your career with us to maximise the opportunities available to you!

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First-class facilities and fleet

A fully residential site, you’ll benefit from comfortable bedrooms with modern lecture classrooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, sports hall, a dining hall serving fresh homemade meals and a fully equipped gymnasium for students’ recreational use.

To ensure you get the best possible level of training, we’ve got an impressive fleet of yachts ranging up to 65ft, which will give you the broadest possible range of experiences at sea. And for our watersports students, we’ve got a whole range of dinghies, kayaks, windsurf boards and stand up paddleboards, as well as various RIBS & jet skis for you to gain experience on!

And it’s not all hard work! There’s also a great social aspect to training, with a lively bar on site hosting regular events.

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Specialist careers guidance and support

Train with us and gain the edge thanks to our exclusive industry guidance team and course advisors. Our team will provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your future, we’ll support you in getting your first job, and offer one-to-one guidance on marketing your skills to make sure you get in front of the right people.

Over the years, we’ve built up a large network of contacts in the yachting and watersports industry. Throughout your training, you’ll have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, guest speakers and potential employers.



I would like my first job to be on a 40-60 metre sailing vessel, where I can learn and increase my knowledge. In the long run, I hope to reach the level of Captain – I want to use this Cadetship course to rocket me into a lifelong career.

Max Thomlinson – Student/SY Cadetship

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