Train to be a Watersport Instructor & come and work for us.

About the UKSA Watersport Training Academy course:

At UKSA we employ and train a large number of watersports instructors every year and subsequently offer many different opportunities to start a career within the watersports industry.

The Watersorts Academy  course is aimed at young adults (18-25) and offers students who complete the programme an opportunity of a role with UKSA, in Cowes on completion. Successful candidates will gain valuable work experience teaching students from a variety of school, groups, children with additional needs, individuals that have never experienced watersports and those returning to progress their training.   It’s a great job and hugely rewarding!

Only 12 places are being offered to train to become a dinghy sailing, stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing instructor. You will also gain your paddlesport instructor and FSRT training over the 11-week course.

Work for UKSA

On completion of the scheme, successful graduates will be employment for two seasons (April-September) at UKSA with a chance to extend this over the winter subject to UKSA’s bookings. This is a fantastic start to a career in the maritime industry and on completion you will then be all set to travel the world and work.  It can also open doors for you if you choose to upgrade your qualifications and move into the elite superyacht industry.

So whether you are changing career, or considering an alternative to university, UKSA is best placed to take you on a life-changing journey into an exciting new career.

A newly qualified UKSA Watersports instructor on the water surfing

Work for UKSA when you graduate

There is a huge shortage of qualified instructors to meet the demands of the popular and growing activity holiday industry.

All-inclusive training at UKSA

The all-inclusive course gives you practical experience, safety knowledge and all the skills required. We will prepare you for your first steps in the industry thanks to our unrivalled guidance, teaching, one-to-one mentoring and unique links with the maritime industry. You will also be part of the UKSA family on day one of your training.

Price: £3,600* (including all food and accommodation)

All food and accommodation is included, meaning you can focus on your studies.


  • You will need to be aged 18-25 and have:
  • A desire to pursue a career in the Watersports Industry; and
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic personality.
  • Previous experience in watersports is desirable but not essential.
  • Customer service experience is desirable.
  • Successful interview at UKSA.

What happens on a selection?

The selection will consist of a presentation, team activity (working together as a group and using your initiative) and an interview.

A helping hand for those in need: 

UKSA is committed to making training and qualifications accessible to those who have the desire to succeed in a watersports career. For this course were are able to help with assisted funding subject to interview. Call us to talk about your options on: (01983) 203038.

A watersports instructor teaching a student how to Windsurf

Qualifications you will gain on completion:

Dinghy Sailing:

  • RYA Start Sailing Level 1
  • RYA Basic Skills Level 2
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers *
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Day Sailing *
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor


  • RYA Start Windsurfing
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (non-planing)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurfing (planing) *
  • RYA Advanced Windsurfing *
  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor


  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Paddlesport Instructor

Stand Up Paddleboarding:

  • BC Paddleboard Instructor


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Marine Short Range Radio
  • RYA First Aid

To Book 

Just call us on +44 (0)1983 203038 or email [email protected] and we will help you arrange course choices and dates. Or contact Claire on ClaireUksa.

Governing body membership

To enable you to gain your qualifications you must become a member of the RYA and BC, and there is a small fee payable to those organisations directly once you have completed your training.