Professional Yachtmaster Training with Neilson

About the Course

UKSA is working in partnership with Neilson, leading specialists in active holidays, to deliver a bespoke part-funded RYA Yachtmaster Offshore course. You will train to become a flotilla skipper and upon successful completion of the scheme, you will be guaranteed employment for two seasons at a Neilson resort as a qualified Yachtmaster. The cost to candidates is only £2,000 as Neilson will fund the remaining cost.

  • Phase 1: Training at UKSA and gaining your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and commercial endorsement.
  • Phase 2: Full seasons paid employment with Neilson for the 2019 season.
  • Phase 3: Training at UKSA gaining your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and *RYA Cruising Instructor.
  • Phase 4: Full seasons paid employment with Neilson for the 2020 season.

Where can it take you?

With a shortage of qualified yachtmasters to meet the demands of the popular and ever growing activity holiday industry we need to find the right people for the job while removing the financial barriers that many may face. With this in mind, we have teamed up with Neilson to offer you the necessary training and the security of a guaranteed job on graduation. Neilson have locations around the globe.

All-inclusive training at UKSA

The all-inclusive course gives you practical experience, safety knowledge and all the skills required. All food and accommodation is included so you can focus on your studies. We will prepare you for your first steps in the industry thanks to our 30 years’ of experience, unrivalled guidance, teaching, one-to- one mentoring and a unique link with Neilson.

Price: £2,000 (including all food and accommodation)

We would expect you to invest £2,000 into the cost of your training, with Neilson Holidays covering the remaining cost. However, the lovely people at Neilson might consider requests for greater financial support based on the needs of the individual. This should be discussed with Neilson at selection.


If you are aged 18+ and have an ambition to train in order to deliver top-quality yachting experience for guests at Neilson resorts around the world, then you could be the right person for the job. For the Professional Yachtmaster Training for Neilson, you will need to complete a selection interview with Neilson via a Skype telephone call.

You must have an ENG1 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea (click here for more details) and to enable you to apply for your RYA Commercial Endorsement (click here for more details).

To ensure that this is the right course for you we recommend all applicants talk with our expert course advisors. Email [email protected] or call us on (01983) 203038.

Course qualifications upon completion:

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Shorebased
RYA Short Range Radio
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
MCA Elementary First Aid
MCA Personal Survival Techniques
* RYA Cruising Instructor (Providing pre-requisites are met)


Just call us on +44 (0) 1983 203001 or email [email protected] to discuss the next step.