Watersports Instructor Training Level 2 Diploma

NEW to UKSA is the provision of a Level 2 Diploma in Watersports Instructor Training. Unemployed young people can now apply to train to become a watersports instructor, for free!

We have worked with the national awarding body Active IQ to bring you a Level 2 Diploma in watersports instructor training, with funding secured through the Isle of Wight College.

You will train in four disciplines: dinghy sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing. The course consists of two weeks’ work experience at UKSA in Cowes, and participants will also be given guaranteed interviews by other leading watersports industry employers Neilson, Mark Warner, Sunsail and Ocean Elements.

Who is the course for?

Learners must be aged 19-24 when they start the course. It is suitable for absolute beginners, although an interest in a career in watersports is necessary.

As a funded course, there will be a selection process. Please ask one of our course advisors for more information about this.


12 weeks, including 1 week of Kickstart and 2 weeks of work experience


UK, Cowes


If you are currently registered unemployed you could qualify for full funding. If you are not registered unemployed you could still qualify for 50% funding.

The Diploma does not include food or accommodation, but this can be added as a paid-for option. There is also a small cost to join the National Governing Bodies (RYA & BC).

Please talk to one of our course advisors for more details.


  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA SRR Radio Operators License
  • RYA First Aid at Sea

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 Pre-assessment
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor


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

Stand Up Paddleboarding

  • BSUPA Paddleboard Instructor Level 1


  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC 2 Star Kayak and Canoe

Career Prospects

Following our Watersports Instructor Training, there will be many career opportunities open to you all over the world. Options include instructing to a senior level after a minimum two seasons’ experience, resort or watersports centre manager, teaching or working on a superyacht (STCW or Crew Training would give access to these jobs on superyachts).

To help you secure employment, you will have access to our online job service throughout your time at UKSA and once you have graduated.

Need advice?

Call our dedicated course advisors on 01983 203038.


RYA = Royal Yachting Association
BC = British Canoeing

Please call us on +44 (0)1983 203038 for current dates and price