Read from our students their experiences from graduating at UKSA
Before the course: Bar work
After the course: Working at Ocean Elements
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.”
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.”
Before 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.
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.”
Before the course: Just finishing GCSE’s and looking at Further Education Options
After the course: Working at Mark Warner
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.
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.”
Course: Watersports Instructor Training for Neilson
After the course: Currently working at Lemnos with Neilson Active Holidays in Greece
It was important to me to have guaranteed employment at the end of my training because it means I will be able to progress in my career. I’ve learnt loads on the course including RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Start Windsurfing, Short Range Radio, and Safe & Fun. What I’ve most enjoyed about the course is everything I’ve learnt – I’ve also made some really good friends.
My advice: “If I was to give anyone advice about taking the Watersports Instructor Training course, I’d say go for it with your mind open.”