Terms & conditions

Student Code of Conduct

Whilst studying at UKSA it is vital that students maintain high personal standards of conduct. These standards are not just UKSA standards; they are professional standards by which you will be expected to abide within the global marine industry. The way you conduct yourself both on and off site is a direct reflection on yourself and the Academy. We expect our students to comply with UK legislation and with UKSA’s safeguarding and other associated policies.

The contract below is very similar to what you would be expected to adhere to in the industry. During your course at the Academy, we do not want to have cause to implement disciplinary measures as referenced in the Student Disciplinary Policy.

1. Act of Gross Misconduct

An act of gross misconduct may result in immediate expulsion from the Academy.

Examples of gross misconduct include:

  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Serious breach or negligence of Academy Health and Safety standards
  • Physical violence or using threatening or intimidating behaviour including bullying, victimisation or harassment.
  • Behaviour which may bring the Academy into disrepute or behaviour that causes deliberate and serious damage to property
  • Illegal use of substances
  • Improper behaviour with a minor
  • Cheating in tests or exams

This list is not exhaustive or exclusive.

2. COVID-19

UKSA will not tolerate students who fail to adhere to the Academy’s Social Distancing rules and do not keep within their assigned Bubble. It is everyone’s responsibility to stay alert to this life-threatening infection. You are responsible for taking safety measures, following government isolation guidelines immediately if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or are notified by NHS that you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Failure to behave appropriately or to not report the need for COVID-19 isolation to your duty manager may result in being expelled from the Academy. You are putting at risk yourself, UKSA staff and your fellow students by not adhering to these rules

3. Drugs

UKSA will not tolerate any individuals found to be using drugs.

Drugs have no place in the water sports and yachting industry and the Academy is no exception. If you are caught in the possession of drugs or are believed to be associated with them during your stay at the Academy, you may be expelled from the Academy immediately.

4. Alcohol

Due to the nature of the course and the environment, excessive drinking can lead to serious fatigue, illness and will likely affect your performance ashore and afloat. For your own safety and the safety of others you will not be allowed to go afloat or attend classroom based lessons if you are deemed unfit by an instructor. If teaching content is missed it is your responsibility to catch up on what has been missed. The Academy holds no responsibility for any injury incurred through the use of alcohol in a student’s free time.

Under 16’s are not permitted in UKSA Bar without a responsible supervising adult, and under 18’s will not be served alcohol.

5. Fighting/ Physical Violence

The watersports and yachting industry involves living and working with people in close proximity and there is no place for aggressive, threatening or intimidating behaviour. Such behaviour may result in expulsion from the Academy.

6. Bullying, Victimisation and Harassment

UKSA will challenge bullying in all its forms and take quick clear and decisive action to protect students. Where appropriate UKSA will take disciplinary action against those who are found to have bullied others.

7. Damage to the Academy’s equipment

Whilst at the Academy you are responsible for treating all equipment and property with due care and attention. You will be briefed by the staff on how you should handle the equipment both on and off the water. Accidents and breakages do happen, however, if it is believed that the damage was due to negligence or violation then you may be charged for the repair or replacement and be subject to the Student Disciplinary Policy.

8. Accommodation

Whilst a resident at UKSA you are required to abide by the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer provided by UKSA regularly.
  • Keep your accommodation in a clean and tidy condition at all times
  • Abide by the no-smoking rule (this includes leaning out of windows). You are not permitted to smoke inside any of the accommodation blocks at any time. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.
  • Strip your bed linen on changeover and departures days (duvet covers, bottom sheet and pillowcase NOT mattress or pillow protectors)
  • Change your bed linen on a regular basis (linen days are advertised in each accommodation area, leave dirty linen in a neat pile by the door) and re-make your bed with the fresh linen left for you. (We will not make the beds for you!)
  • Be packed and ready to leave accommodation to go afloat or to alternative UKSA accommodation, at the time given by UKSA staff. Unwanted kit or gear needs to be placed in the appropriate store and not left in your room. (The UKSA reserves the right to change the terms of the accommodation provided)
  • Please do not leave wet clothes (recreational or otherwise) in your room
  • Put any extra recreational kit or gear in the appropriate stores provided (bikes, windsurfing/surf boards)
  • Store clothes in the drawers and cupboards provided
  • Not to have perishable foods in the room (e.g. fruit, milk, yoghurts etc)
  • Respect other people’s property, space and privacy.
  • Have personal electrical equipment PAT checked by the maintenance department. Keep noise levels to an acceptable level (i.e. not loud, electrical or otherwise). Any UKSA client causing excessive noise disturbance will be asked to seek alternative accommodation at his or her own expense
  • Do not take outside guests into your accommodation without first obtaining permission and ensuring that the guest is accounted for and on the fire list. The UKSA is happy to discuss any special requests you might have.
  • Room keys should be returned to Reception when you are not using them or on departure. Failure to do so will result in the loss of any key deposit.
  • There is always dedicated on site duty staff that students can approach if they have any issues day or night. They can be located at reception.

Careers and Education students under the age of 18 must also adhere to the Under 18’s Sign in procedure (PSG-002).

9. Student Disciplinary Policy

We do not wish to resort to disciplinary measures, however if it is felt that your conduct is not acceptable, your course manager will raise the issues with you. If the matter is serious then it will be dealt with by the Head of Training or another Senior Manager in his absence and may result in your expulsion from the Academy.

An act of misconduct will result in a written warning; after a second written warning the Management reserve the right to expel you from the Academy. Acts of gross misconduct may result in immediate expulsion from the Academy.

10. Bringing the Academy in to disrepute

The Academy has a good reputation in the local community and within the Yachting/Watersports industry. Any person who brings the Academy into disrepute may be asked to withdraw from the Academy.

11. Lanyards

Course/age specific UKSA lanyards are always to be worn when you are onsite. This is for your safety and security, ensuring UKSA social distancing bubbles are always maintained.