MCA & RYA Approved Maritime Career and Leisure Training


UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) is a charity dedicated to changing lives through personal development and maritime education. UKSA aspires to provide the very best quality maritime education and the widest range of opportunities to develop self-esteem, confidence and motivation. Whatever your age, or motivation for change, a career in yachting offers a unique working environment with an unparalleled opportunity and variety of work.

With over 16 years of refinement, UKSA’s career training programs are proven to equip you with the practical skills, knowledge and qualifications to ensure your success working worldwide on yachts and motor yachts of every size.

As part of the charitable remit, UKSA offers a range of leisure sailing and watersports courses aimed at improving personal enjoyment of a wide variety of sports afloat during recreational leisure time. Courses on offer take the form of 1-9 day residential programs and include all the necessary food accommodation, and use of personal safety equipment.

Training Programs

Apprenticeship & Degree Programs

  • Yachting Cadetship: A structured three year apprenticeship to train for a long-term career in superyachting. The Cadetship is designed to provide a structured progression through the RYA Yachting scheme to MCA Deck Officer training leading to the MCA Officer of the Watch (3000gt) Certificate of Competence. This qualifies you to work on an unrestricted worldwide basis as Captain of yachts up to 200gt, Chief Mate up to 500gt and Officer of the Watch of the very largest superyachts up to 3000gt. It is also possible to complete a FdSc (Foundation Degree) in Operational Yacht Science alongside the Yachting Cadetship, provided you have at least 120 UCAS points at A2 level.
  • Foundation Degree: Unique to UKSA combine the acquisition of industry – recognized practical qualifications with a university accredited degree. The Foundation Degree in Operational Yacht Science is run alongside the Yachting Cadetship and is delivered in conjunction with Falmouth Marine School and the University of Plymouth. Candidates must be enrolled on the UKSA Yachting Cadetship.

Career Training Programs

Leisure Training Programs

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1