What next after graduation? Our Professional Yachtmaster Offshore grads are working all over the world.

Grace Pybus

Grace Pybus

Course: Professional Yachtmaster Offshore
Date completed: February 2018
First job: Yacht delivery from France to Greece
Where next: Superyacht deckhand

Meet Grace Pybus. She found out that maritime courses at UKSA can be life-changing; Grace swaps her Sydney office job to a career on the water after taking courses at UKSA. She studied the Professional Yachtmaster Offshore training and then the Superyacht Interior Foundation course.

My advice: “My advice to other students is to really research all the courses before you start. Call the staff up and quiz them, I did this before taking the plunge! Trust in your gut instinct and take a leap of faith to change your life for the better!


Nicola Belardo

Nicola Barado

Course: Professional Yachtmaster Offshore
Date completed: February 2018
First job: Deckhand on board an 80m superyacht
Where next: After a busy season on board a 80m motor yacht, Nicola is beginning his Officer of the Watch 3000gt training at UKSA

UKSA’s Professional Yachtmaster Offshore course can be a real game changer; it provided Nicola Belardo the qualifications to transition from being a professional rugby player to becoming a full-time deckhand.

My advice: “Enjoy every single moment. Sometimes it can be tough but try and enjoy it. Ask as many questions as you can because the people working there can teach you a lot. So, ENJOY!!!”


India Tayyar-Barnes

Yachtmaster Student India Tayyar-Barnes preparing food

Course: Professional Yachtmaster
Date completed: August 2018
First job: Chef
Where next: I will start a deck/stew/chef role on an 18m catamaran in the Caribbean

Since the age of 16, I’ve wanted to be part of the superyacht industry and I’m doing everything I can to get there. I heard about UKSA online; it has great reviews and a solid reputation for helping people get into the superyacht industry.

India Tayyar-Barnes learning to sail on her Professional Yachtmaster Course

My advice: “I took advantage of the Industry Guidance career support here to apply for jobs. I received help with writing an appropriate CV, received mentoring and industry knowledge sessions with industry professionals and crew agents.”


Mark Pomeroy

Mark Pomeroy launches his career with the Professional yachtmaster course at UKSA

Course: Professional Yachtmaster
Date completed: August 2018
Previous role: Royal Navy
Where next: I want to train further so this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for me.

I heard about the course when searching online. Training here is very appealing as it offers a fast, end-to-end solution and UKSA has a good reputation. The course here provides an excellent opportunity to relearn many of the skills I have used previously and gives me an update on new thinking and the latest equipment.

Mark Pomeroy practical sailing on his Professional yachtmaster course at UKSA

First impressions: “My first impressions of UKSA are, so far so good, as the instructors are professional and dedicated and very willing and motivated to help in any way they can.”


Sjoerd Rensink

former Marine now training for his Professional Yachtmaster Offshore

Course: Professional Yachtmaster
Date completed: August 2018
Previous role: Royal Marine Mountain Leader
Where next: I plan to come back to UKSA in the future to train to work on superyachts (over 24m).

I attended the open day at UKSA and quickly took the decision to sign up for the Professional Yachtmaster Offshore. The key reason I joined UKSA is to get my yachting ticket from an organisation which is well respected in the yachting industry.

Sjoerd, is on a mission to start a career in yacht delivery worldwide

First impressions: “I benefited from the careers support from the Industry Guidance team to be able to break into a career in professional yachting. I like it here at UKSA, it has a good feeling to the campus and being here is helping me change my life.”