Dan Marks recently graduated from the first phase of UKSA’s Professional Yacht Cadetship – and was awarded the accolade of Captain’s Family Office Top Cadet.
The 22-year-old is heading off to the Mediterranean next month to work onboard luxury superyachts, mile building and gaining experience before returning to UKSA for the next stage of his training.
UKSA’s Industry and Cadetship Manager Emma Baggett said at the recent graduation ceremony that Dan was an asset to the Cadetship. She spoke of him as a man who has worked in the wider world and knows what he wants out of life and is prepared to work hard for it.
Dan said of the course: “I came into the cadetship with a lot of experience but I have learned a lot and found it to be a really good course. I have done a lot of yacht sailing in the past and been out on the water since the age of five or six, and always wanted to work in sailing. I came to an Open Day at UKSA and it seemed well-organised, and since doing the course I would say it’s brilliant, taking everything at just the right speed, the pace of it was great.”
UKSA chose Dan as the top cadet out of the 29 on his course, for sheer graft and determination. The award was sponsored by Captain’s Family Office. Staff will be following Dan’s career with interest and will look forward to his return to campus for the next phases of his training.