Just finished your GCSE’s and want to become a Watersports Instructor?

Make the great outdoors your class room and join this 26 week programme, perfect if you want to work in the watersports industry.

Teaching watersports is quite different to teaching sports on dry land. You aren’t just developing people’s abilities in the sport or activity itself, you are also developing their confidence to do the sport in or on the water.

What are the rewards of being a Watersports Instructor?

One of the biggest rewards for you as an instructor is seeing the confidence grow in people who have never been active on the water before. A lot of consideration needs to be given to the water itself. Part of your job as a watersports instructor is helping people become less nervous about the water, so they can concentrate more on the activity itself.

A. instructor on the Watersports Instructor Traineeship

It’s hugely rewarding, so if you have a willingness to learn, lots of energy and a passion for watersports this is the course for you!

Entry Requirements

  • Interest or experience in watersports or outdoor education
  • A desire to become a watersports outdoor education instructor
  • Successful selection day at UKSA
  • Students who do not have a 9-4 GCSE grades in English or Maths will be required to complete functional skills in English and Maths, whilst attending the Watersports Traineeship

Start date:  6th January 2020

About the Watersports Instructor Traineeship course

Upon completion of this 26-week programme, successful learners will be a fully qualified Dinghy Instructor. Along with experience in Windsurfing, Paddleboarding, and kayaking. These qualifications, plus UKSA’s careers and employment advice, will prepare students to take their first steps into employment with the UK.

Following a season’s employment as a watersports instructor it is then possible to move on to UKSA’s Instructor Development Programme. This programme will prepare you to apply for jobs with more responsibility so you can become a Senior Watersports Instructor. When students turn 18, the employment opportunities can extend to overseas destinations for other providers.

A group of watersports instructors

What does the course schedule look like?

  • 3.5 days/week practical or work experience.
  • 1-2 days/week Maths and English*

*Students yet to obtain a GCSE in Maths or English will need to attend additional study sessions at the Isle of Wight College – 5-6 day qualification/endorsement assessment periods are sometimes required. Additional retake assessments will be the responsibility of the student, cost-wise and time-wise. There is no guarantee of students gaining qualifications.

Attendance is compulsory in all timetabled sessions.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be expected to complete final assessments in the four disciplines to obtain official endorsements and qualifications provided by RYA (Royal Yacht Association) and BC (British Canoeing). Additional qualifications are part of the programme and are necessary for the completion of the disciplines.

They are:

  • RYA VHF SRR Radio Operators’ Licence
  • RYA First Aid at Sea
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 Licence
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • Safeguarding

You will receive career support and mentoring during your training including:

  • UKSA’s careers and employment advice
  • Support with job searches & the recruitment process
  • CV development and covering letters

All instructors are professionally qualified and have a wealth of experience, plus first-hand knowledge of the industry.

The value of work experience

A number of weeks will be dedicated to work experience. These weeks enable students to develop, display and relate skills learned on the programme within a professional environment. Students will be expected to provide excellent customer service to clients relying on them. During this period they will shadow an experienced instructor and be observed by senior instructors from the watersports industry.

Instructor teaching children on a watersports course

All study programmes for 16-18 year olds at The Isle of Wight College include:

  • Work experience
  • English and maths
  • Non-qualification activity
  • Vocational experience

Want to apply, why not attend a Selection Day?

If you’re interested in applying for the Traineeship and would like to attend a selection, please contact UKSA to register your interest. Or alternatively register with the Isle of Wight College as detailed below.

  1. Visit https://www.iwcollege.ac.uk/
  2. Select ‘courses’
  3. Select ‘activity leadership’
  4. Select either ‘course of interest’ or ‘apply online’
  5. You can now apply online by registering an account or using an existing account

This course is funded as part of a full-time 16-18 year-old further education (FE) programme. If you are aged 18+,  you may still be eligible for funding; please speak to a course advisor on 01983 203028 for full terms and conditions. If you don’t meet these criteria, case-specific options are available; for more information call the Student Services team at the Isle of Wight College (01983 526631).



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