With Tasha’s A-Levels finished, UKSA was the perfect alternative to Uni

UKSA’s industry-renowned Watersports Instructor Training (WIT) course qualifies instructors in dinghy sailing, paddleboard, paddlesport and windsurfing, and enables them to gain the Powerboat Level 2 qualification. With a huge global demand for high-calibre professionals in the watersports sector, graduates are likely to end up working in the most idyllic locations on the planet. UKSA graduates are guaranteed interviews with the top employers in the watersports industry such as Neilson HolidaysMark Warner and Ocean Elements.

The prerequisites for course applicants are a minimum of one week’s recent dinghy and windsurfing experience – those without this experience are first required to complete our two-week Kickstart course. Before joining us Tasha Bateman, a WIT graduate, had no marine qualifications except her RYA Level 1. Tasha shares her story:

Tasha Bateman posing infront of the Solent

How did it begin?

“Before coming to UKSA I had just finished my A levels and was working in a bar over the Summer. I had really enjoyed dinghy sailing and windsurfing on holiday and as I was unsure where my life was heading, I decided I’d like to get more involved in watersports. I chose UKSA because of its reputation, its prime sailing location and the quality of its teaching. I also liked the fact that the course was residential as I could learn some independence, as well as become fully absorbed in the watersports life.”

Tasha Basteman windsurfing in Greece

What was the vibe like at UKSA?

“Right from the start I found everyone at UKSA really welcoming. I liked the relatively small campus as I felt that I was always near to my friends and the staff members. There was a laid-back atmosphere because the learning and socialising environments are the same. I also loved being right on the water’s edge no matter where you were on campus – there were always students or school kids having an amazing time on the water, which reminded me what I was there for.”

Tasha Bateman instructing students about Dinghy Sailing

“There were frequent highs during the course because you don’t complete all your qualifications at the end; they are spread out at stages of the course. This helped me stay motivated and reminded me of what I was working towards. There are also opportunities to take part in interesting and exciting events outside training – one day I volunteered the role of an unconscious casualty for the harbourmaster to practise rescuing, for example.”

Tasha Bateman instructing students on-the-water

What does the future hold for you now?

“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. I want to get more yachting experience; I have joined a yacht club where I plan to take part in some races. In the future I would like to return to UKSA to further my qualifications, and I will possibly take my yachtmasters at some point.”

Tasha Bateman learning to Windsurf in Greece

What advice would you give people considering the UKSA’s WIT course?

“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. You’ll feel like you’re part of the UKSA family within a couple of days of being there and will learn so much, not only about your course but about other areas of the marine industry that might be of interest to you in the future. You can learn as much by going to the bar as you can on the course! If you’re looking for a life where there’s always a new challenge and where you can have fun both on and off the water, UKSA is the place to go. It’s an unforgettable experience and I promise you won’t regret it.”

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