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 19 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

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