Read from our students their experiences from graduating at UKSA

Tasha Bateman

Tasha Bateman is a Watersports Instructor GraduateBefore the course: Bar work
After the course: Dinghy Instructor for AHOY in London

Before joining us, Tasha had no marine qualifications except her RYA Level 1. “I’m now working at The AHOY! Centre in London as a dinghy instructor. In May I will be flying out to Porto Heli in Greece to work as a dinghy and windsurf instructor with Ocean Elements, where I hope to further my experience.”

Tasha Bateman instructing students about Dinghy Sailing

My advice: “I would tell people just starting out on the same path not to worry if they have no experience in watersports. Nobody at UKSA judges you for not knowing things about the industry – they are there to teach you.”


Geroge Purchon

Geroge Purchon on the Watersports Instructor Training CourseBefore the course: Completed A-Levels
After the course: UKSA Watersports Instructor

Before coming to UKSA George Purchon was doing A levels and looking at ways to begin a career without going to university. He began training with us in October 2014, straight after his A levels, and hasn’t looked back.

George Purchon surfing in Australia whistly training to be a watersports instructor

My advice: “I would advise anyone following the same career path as me to stick with it as making mistakes is how we learn. The friendships and connections that you make will pay dividends in the future – the person you meet today could give you a job tomorrow, or vice versa.”


Perry Anderson

Perry AndersonBefore the course: Just finishing GCSE’s and looking at Further Education Options
After the course: UKSA Watersports Instructor

Perry admits he didn’t like being at school and was on the verge of being excluded. After hearing about UKSA, he thought it would be worth a visit, despite having never sailed or tried watersports before. Perry is now a watersports instructor and has a bright future ahead of him.

Perry Anderson teaching young people how to dinghy

My advice: “If you’re thinking about signing up to a course at UKSA, do it! Even if you’re not thinking about it, do it! I wasn’t thinking about coming to UKSA to do this, but I came here with an open mind and now I’ve got direction in my life.”


Nancy McManus

Course: Watersports Instructor Training
After the course: UKSA Watersports Instructor

During my stay at UKSA, I learnt to make the most out of any given opportunity. There are lots of talented and well-experienced sailors at the centre who are always willing to sit down with you and give you any help you need. After completing the Watersports Instructor Course, I went straight to work as an instructor for a season in France with my best mate. I’ve since returned to UKSA and have been working full time as a Senior Instructor for a year.

Nancy with other watersport instructor graduates

It’s a very rewarding job, as I’m able to pass on the skills UKSA taught me onto students who are following in my footsteps.