Safety is UKSA’s number one priority

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 30 years and they take comfort in our exemplary safety record.

High levels of safety and student wellbeing are the first priorities of the watersports team.

Where safety is concerned – teachers can breathe easily

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.

At UKSA we work hard to look after our young people. We safeguard their welfare by implementing a framework to ensure our safety protocols are exemplary, robust and 100% compliant.

A licence to operate

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.

We facilitate regular visits from these official bodies and authorities that inspect and allow us a licence to operate. In addition, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom verifies that UKSA:

  • Has a process in place that assists users in effective planning of the learning experience
  • Provides accurate information about our products
  • Provides activities, experiences or resources that meet students’ needs
  • Reviews customer experiences and acts on feedback
  • Meets the requirements of schools and youth groups
  • Has safety management processes in place to manage risk effectively

A Safe Learning Environment

Safety first

Our watersports instructors are all qualified first-aiders and operate in a structured learning environment – this means that everyone must wear the correct gear in order to participate.

We also provide:

  • High instructor-to-student ratio (1:6) on the water
  • Constant ship-to-shore contact via two-way marine radios
  • CCTV-monitored campus 24/7 and secure perimeter fences
  • Coded door access to every accommodation block
  • Night-time duty supervisors
  • Fire and safety briefings for the event of an emergency
  • One safety boat for every six students

…..and memories to last a lifetime!

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.