So you want to be a watersports instructor?

Watersports have become part of the mainstream tourism industry through the establishment of new holiday companies in new locations.  Demand for instructors has rocketed with watersports becoming increasingly popular at holiday destinations worldwide.

So, whether you are starting a career in watersports, searching for the ultimate gap year experience or just dreaming of a career teaching the sports you love, UKSA training can help you release your dreams.

What does a Watersports Instructor do?

Watersports instructor training student on the shrape

Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking, Surfing, Kitesurfing and more recently, Paddle Boarding (to name a few) are hugely popular hobbies worldwide. With this has come a huge demand for watersports instructors to teach beginners, train future instructors and generally share their passion for the water. A watersports instructor will teach the theory and practical elements of their specialist discipline to a varied audience in locations all over the world.

Watersports; a lifestyle as well as a career.

A typical day will be spent teaching a sport you love to your students. You will prepare the kit, give shoreside instruction, teach on-the-water, debrief at the end of your session and pack away kit. It’s physical work and days can be long but you are doing all of this from a beach, in the sun so it’s well worth it.

As a watersports instructor, you’ll be fun-loving, confident, energetic and like meeting new people. It will be your responsibility to make sure your students are safe on the water, and at the same time having a fantastic experience they’ll remember forever.

There are long-term career prospects in watersports too with Senior Instructor, Chief Instructor, Head of Department and Manager roles out there. Many instructors choose to add to their qualifications and transfer into the yachting industry.

Interested? You can do one of the following courses with us.


New to watersports or do you have existing skills that need refreshing before you start your career training? This short introductory course will give you a taster of all disciplines covered in our Watersports Instructor Training.

Watersports Instructor Training

With this course, you’ll gain the instructor qualifications you’ll need to travel and teach watersports around the world. You’ll train in dinghy sailing,  Paddleboarding, Paddlesport and windsurfing. We have funding routes too, phone our course advisors to find out more.

Watersports Instructor Development

You’ll complete the whole Watersports Instructor Training course, plus an extra 9 weeks to endorse your qualifications. You’ll improve your confidence, knowledge and enhance your practical skills to develop a mature and effective instructional style.

Interested and want to book? 

Just call us on +44 (0)1983 203038 or email [email protected] and we will help you arrange course choices and dates.