Our flagship superyacht cadetship really does open doors in this elite industry.  Top tips from our students.

Laura Ellis

New graduate student Laura Ellis

Course: Superyacht Cadetship
Before the course: Dinghy instructor
After the course: Looking for the next exciting adventure onboard a superyacht!

Meet Laura Ellis. She’s studying for our Superyacht Cadetship and taking our Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science. She’s already worked on two sailing yachts, sailed across the Atlantic and raced in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Laura Ellis on board a yacht

My advice: “My advice to someone studying at UKSA is to make friends and chat to more experienced yacht crew at the bar. When finding a job in the superyacht industry it is all about contacts and who you know. Also, to have fun and enjoy your time at UKSA sailing with your crew and socializing.”


Oliver Garton

New graduate student Oliver Garton

Course: Superyacht Cadetship
Before the course: Office salesman
After the course: Dock walking in Antibes

Ollie Garton is studying the first phase of our five-phase cadetship. Phase One offers 19 weeks academic training in seamanship, watch keeping, maintenance and industry knowledge. If he is still looking for employment before finishing this course, he will begin dock walking in Antibes and return later next year to continue the cadetship.

Oliver Garton

My advice: “Bring the biggest microfiber quick drying towel you can find! Sleep as much as you can. Be prepared to make lots of new friends. Get ready to lean a lot from some really experienced instructors.”


Dan Snook

New graduate student Daniel Snook

Course: Superyacht Cadetship
After the course: Preparing for charters in the Balearics

Dan Snook, who has completed the Cadetship, put his name down for it when he was 15. When he was 18 he began Phase One of the course after being sponsored by Trinity House – he represented them at events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show. He is about to begin his sixth season onboard a 45m sloop and is currently on his way back from the Caribbean, getting prepared for charters in the Balearics and the eastern Mediterranean.

Dan Snook on a yacht

My advice: “If I was to advise anyone embarking on the Cadetship, I would say a few things. 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.”


Jack Daniels

New graduate student Jack Daniels

Course: Superyacht Cadetship
Before the course: Sailing instructor
After the course: Sole deckhand on a 47m motor yacht in the Mediterranean

Jack Daniels received funding from Seafarers to train as a cadet; he is currently studying phase one, which consists of 19 weeks academic training in seamanship, watch keeping, maintenance and industry knowledge. Today, Jack has secured a job and is now working as the sole deckhand on a 47m motor yacht in the Mediterranean.

Jack Daniels on a Yacht

My advice: “If I was to advise anyone I would say do this course! All of your mates will have student debt while you’ll be earning money and travelling the world.”


Megan Jones

New graduate student Megan Jones

Course: Superyacht Cadetship
Before the course: Sixth form pupil
After the course: Crew member onboard a superyacht

Since graduating from phase one of our five-phase Cadetship, Megan Jones has been part of the crew on a yacht. She has thoroughly enjoyed all the elements of this, including painting and on-board maintenance.

Megan Jones on a yacht

My advice: “If I was to give advice to someone following the same career path as me, I would say 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!”


Daisy McDonnell

New graduate student Daisy McDonnell

Course: Superyacht Cadetship
After the course: Plans to complete the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and Divemaster courses

After suffering some considerable personal adversity, Daisy enrolled on the Princes Trust Team programme and received a grant to begin an apprenticeship as an outdoor instructor working with disadvantaged children. She decided then that she wanted to progress into yachting and discovered UKSA. She secured funding from Seafarers, Milo Hanlon, TK Foundation and Stephen Thomas and now has an amazing career ahead of her.

Daisy McDonnell in Classroom

My advice: “If I was to advise anyone considering a Cadetship, I would say bite the bullet! It’s hard work but it really does pay off. There are long-term benefits of permanent friendships, excellent qualifications and networking potential – being a UKSA cadet has already generated interest in me from some prestigious yachts and crew.”

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