A helping hand with the Milo Hanlon Bursary

About Milo

Michael Hanlon, known to us here at UKSA as Milo, was a gifted and talented watersports instructor. Possessed with huge energy and passionate about the water and any sport connected with it; he excelled at teaching, especially children who loved his energy and acute sense of fun. His enthusiasm and kindness were infectious, gaining him many friends both young and old.


In September 2012, after several seasons working in both his beloved Windermere and overseas instructing summer and winter seasons with Mark Warner and Neilson, Michael was awarded sponsorship by Seafarers UK to complete the Superyacht Cadetship.

After successfully completing his first phase of training, which included gaining his Yachtmaster offshore and completing his first year of a foundation degree with Plymouth University, Michael secured his first position on board a superyacht as deckhand and water sports instructor.

Michael tragically died (aged 22) on the 7th April 2013 in the south of France whilst just starting out on the career of his dreams.

After the tragedy of his death, his family wanted his energy, extraordinary character and life, celebrated and remembered.

About the Milo Hanlon Bursary

Milo’s family and UKSA formed a bursary scheme in memory of Milo and his achievements, with the hope that something of his energy and extraordinary passion can continue. The bursary scheme aims to support young people aged 17 – 25 who have, in Milo’s family’s words, “done it the hard way, just like Milo”, with little financial support, but driven by a dream to train and gain employment in the marine industry. By creating this opportunity a young person will be able to walk in his footsteps onto an exciting and challenging career.

One of the key philosophies of this bursary is that any funds granted will be paid back into the scheme by the recipient.  Successful candidates agree on a realistic and achievable repayment schedule. There is no interest charged on any of the funds granted.

How to apply and what’s involved?

Applications can be made at any stage throughout the year and bursary places will be awarded on a case by case basis. Applicants will be expected to undertake a selection interview; this can be on site at USKA, via Skype, or over the phone.

Some funds have been specifically ring-fenced for residents of the Lake District, where Milo was from. Please ask for further details.

Your course advisor will be able to assess your eligibility, advise you on how much you might be able to get funding for. They will also support you with your applications. For all enquiries please call 01983 203038 or email [email protected]

How can you help?

If you would like to support the Milo Hanlon Bursary, we welcome donations through our JustGiving page.