A unique pathway into the superyacht industry

UKSA, the world-renowned maritime training centre, provides education excellence with our bespoke Superyacht Cadetship programme, structured to train the future officers of the superyacht industry.

Joe Burnip - Cleaning a Superyacht

About the Superyacht Cadetship programme

Our unique flagship programme, the Superyacht Cadetship, has been designed for those aged 18-25, not only as a credible alternative to university, but for any student who wishes to have a successful career in the superyacht industry.

The structured 4-year programme equips graduates with a strong foundation of knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the superyacht industry, by providing academic study and paid practical work experience. Cadets ‘earn, while they learn’ with periods of paid employment onboard superyachts, integrated with further training at UKSA. It’s a realistic opportunity for a student to travel the world, earning a substantial wage whilst earning globally recognised qualifications.

Growing numbers of young people are signing up to this programme thanks to the unrivalled support and proven success of the programme. UKSA offers all-inclusive facilities and ongoing industry guidance provided to all students by the expert teams at UKSA.

Superyacht in the Mediterranean

Our partnership with Trinity House

Trinity House LogoTrinity House is a charity that is dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community.

The partnership with UKSA was formed in 2008 when they launched a bursary scheme for those who wished to train for a career in the superyacht sector. Professional yachting was recognised as a major part of maritime Britain and Trinity House were keen to be involved with the market leader. They chose to partner with UKSA due to the reputation it has as the best maritime training academy globally, running courses right up to Master 3000gt. Since the partnership was formed Trinity House has sponsored over 31 cadets.


Join the 2019 Cadet programme with 80% funding

Trinity House are able to offer up to 80% funding for students who meet their criteria, meaning you could start your new adventure and career for only £4,450. 

What type of inidividual are Trinity House Looking for

What are Trinity House looking for in a sponsored cadet?

They are looking for top quality driven candidates who will be excellent ambassadors for them in the maritime sector.

Candidates will need to have B (5/6) in GCSE Maths, C (4/5 in English GCSE, and completed A-Levels as a further education option.

Trinity House are looking for the future leaders of the industry, to lead and inspire the next generation of seafarers in a professional and safe manner.

Top tips if you are thinking of applying

  • Do your research – find out all you can about Trinity House as you will be asked.
  • What do they do and how long have they been established?
  • What are their charitable aims?
  • Who is their patron and what is the link with UKSA?
  • Remember you are selling yourself and creating your future, so don’t be humble. They want to hear how great you are!

Our Trinity House funded cadets share their tips

Trystan Hopgood Superyacht Cadet Phase 1

Phase 1 (Essential training) – Trystan Hopgood

Beginning Phase One of the Cadetship is the first step into an incredible career.



Megan Jones - Trinity House Funded Cadet

Phase 3 (More responsibility – Yacht Operations and Management Phase) – Megan Jones 

Megan won Crew Family Office Top Cadet in 2018 and she was identified early as a top cadet and received funding from Trinity House.

My advice: “Try your hardest at everything because you don’t know who’s on watch, and if a door opens, go through it – you don’t know where it might lead!”

Daniel Snook - Phase 5 Superyacht Cadet

Phase 5 (Completion – From Cadet to Officer of the Watch OOW)Daniel Snook

Dan put his name down for it when he was just 15, at 18 he received funding from Trinity House and is now a Chief Officer.  He plans to return to UKSA to start the Master 3000gt modules within the next few years.

My advice: ‘If you are ready, ask for more responsibility – you are a future officer, after all. Remember that no job is too small and that each person is essential to make the crew a team. If you stay loyal to your crew, the benefits will pay off.”

UKSA Facilities & Training

Our unique and all-inclusive waterfront location in Cowes, Isle of Wight is the perfect place to learn. The Solent is one of the trickiest waters in the world to navigate, so it makes for the perfect environment to learn and develop your professional skills.

Our 3.5-acre waterfront campus is fully residential with a choice of comfortable single and twin-bedded en-suite rooms. The shoreside facilities include modern lecture rooms and conference spaces, an indoor heated swimming pool and a fully licensed bar, lounge area, sports hall and gym. We’re a short walk from Cowes, one of the worlds most famous sailing spots and thriving with opportunities to network and meet crew from all over the world, both on site and off site.

UKSA Site and facilities

UKSA is described by many of our students as a family, the campus has a relaxed environment that allows you to focus on study without any distractions. Some of our facilities on site include:

  • On-site accommodation
  • All-inclusive
  • Canteen & bar (great for networking!)
  • Showers and laundry facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Sports Hall
  • Simulation & Navigation Suites
  • And much more..

Our yachts

Our fleet of sailing yachts ensures that students have access to the broadest possible range of experiences at sea. The majority are comfortable cruising yachts 45ft in length. These make ideal training vessels. We have recently added four new Jeanneau 449s to our fleet giving you the most up to date vessels to train on.

Our new training fleet - Jeanneau 449

Interested and want to take the first steps to an incredible career?

Contact our dedicated sales team who will be able to answer any questions on 01983 203038 or email [email protected] or complete the registration form below.