Our Schools and Youth Manager Karen McLaren talks about health and safety:

At UKSA we know the health and safety aspect of planning a school residential trip is of paramount importance. Schools have been coming to our Cowes campus for over 25 years and they take comfort in our exemplary safety record.

Our main activities are watersports and sailing, and we have all the necessary safety systems and checks in place both on and off the water, so teachers can breathe easily.

It is important to remember that the benefits of taking part in these activities outweigh any potential risks. Some children who come to UKSA have never even seen the sea, let alone kayaked in it! They may never have experienced the thrill of jumping off a pontoon into the water, or had the feeling of exhilaration that comes from sailing, or felt the sheer pleasure of gliding along on a Stand Up Paddleboard. For many children, these moments change their life. It captures their imaginations, stirs emotions, shows them how to work in a team and inspires them to think there is more to life than what they previously realised.

UKSA is accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom – the only nationally recognised indicator of both quality educational provision and effective risk management. We’re also authorised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority to help young people experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors without being exposed to avoidable risks.