Why train for a career?

Students joined a UKSA careers course in 2023
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Live and breathe the maritime world at UKSA

UKSA is the World’s premier maritime training centre and our industry-leading instructors and wider support team have been delivering courses for over 35 years, helping thousands of individuals launch long-term and fulfilling careers.

Expert training and support from the industry leaders

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Train with the best at UKSA

We have built up a superb team who have years of relevant experience and longstanding links with the maritime industry. We only deliver courses that are relevant, up-to-date and align with industry standards and expectations.

We have experts in all disciplines, so whether you are considering watersports, yachting, hospitality or superyacht crew training, we can offer you the career pathway that is right for you. Plus, we have an enviable reputation for our pastoral support work and mentoring with students.

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Ongoing careers advice and support

We take a unique approach to learning at UKSA and believe that your time spent with us is as much about learning skills and gaining qualifications as it is about honing your interpersonal skills and developing confidence.

Our holistic approach to learning gives you the real skills you need to enter the workplace, and the confidence you will need to continue developing your career in the future. You will have access to our specialist careers advisors, maritime industry experts and our dedicated welfare officer both during your time at UKSA and with continued access after you leave and start work.

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Our location cannot be beaten

We are based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, giving you access to train in arguably the best training waters in the world – the Solent. With complex tides and winds, this ensures an enhanced and robust learning experience, equipping you with the skills to work anywhere in the world.

UKSA’s purpose-built waterfront facility has everything you need in one place with all training, instruction, accommodation, food and career guidance included. We even have a swimming pool, gym and bar to relax and network in with fellow students.

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Launch a successful and fulfilling career

When you join our career training programmes at UKSA, you’re not just here to gain a qualification.. You’re here to launch a long-term and fulfilling career thanks to the expert tuition, ongoing advice and specialist guidance you will ONLY receive at UKSA.

There is an ever-growing network of students across the globe who have trained at UKSA. When you train at UKSA you become part of something bigger – you become part of the UKSA family, with support for life.



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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