Great news for those wanting to change their life and get into watersports instructor training – we are now offering a new diploma course – and the training will be free or part-funded for the right candidates.

We have worked with national awarding body Active IQ to bring you this brand new qualification, and we have secured funding through the Isle of Wight College. This creates an opportunity for young people age 19-24 to access the training as part of their education or part of their career development. Up to 50 students a year will benefit.

The nine-week course is a four-discipline programme, giving students an excellent start when looking for work in the watersports industry. They will also be given guaranteed interviews by both Neilson and Mark Warner.

Learners must be aged 19-24 when they start the course. If they already hold a Level 2 qualification or higher, they could be eligible for 50% funding. If they do not hold a Level 2 qualification and are unemployed, they could qualify for full funding and do the course for FREE.

The diploma does not include food or accommodation. To add on this option and live onsite with meals included, the cost is an extra £1,900. Also, there is a small cost to join National Governing Bodies (RYA and BCU).

Those with no watersports experience should take the two-week Kickstart course first.

Island MP Andrew Turner gave his support to the new course. He said: “I am thrilled to have within my constituency a youth charity which is leading the way with innovative ideas about tackling unemployment.

“UKSA has worked extremely hard to gain accreditation on their Watersports Instructor Training Diploma through a government scheme, so the course can be funded for the right candidates. The pilot scheme is currently underway and is completely ground-breaking – offering funded training for young adults. Being based on the Island it’s very accessible for local people and I am delighted to hear that the pilot scheme has some Island people on it.

“There are jobs out there for young people, but often there seem to be invisible barriers to them, and what I like about UKSA is that as a charity it breaks down those barriers and lets young people through. Any young person interested in an active way-of-life and a lifestyle type of job should take a look at this incredible opportunity to change their life.”