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UKSA is one of the best places in the world to train. In fact, we’re one of the top three providers of MCA certificates in the yachting world. We offer training from entry level right the way through to 3,000gt.

Food and accommodation come as standard, you’ll live and eat on our fully equipped site in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Everything you need you’ll find on our vibrant 3.5 acre waterfront location: accommodation block, canteen, bar, coffee shop and classrooms are all housed on campus.
We’re also easily accessible from Bournemouth, Southampton and London airports. With transport links arriving at either Portsmouth or Southampton ferry terminals.

Our doors don’t close when classes end. We offer flexibility and extensive scheduling around each course, with access to our classrooms and resources in the evening too.

Directed by Bill Tate, our instructional team is made up of highly skilled industry experts from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and superyacht sectors; Authorities that will share their skills and expertise with you as you study.

STCW Training Centers

UKSA have their training center located in Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

UKSA reviews as published on Google:

  • Svinka Peppa

    Svinka Peppa

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    5 day long school residential trip to this UKSA cost me £750 per child. Accomodation was spartan, food very British- beans on toast for breakfast and chilli/ curry in the evening; sandwiches and small packets of crisps for packed lunch, no hair driers available for children (in dorms, showers or anywhere), no racks for drying towels.
    Wetsuits were being handed out based on age, not actual size of a child, so my 11yo 161cm high was given wetsuit that didn't fit. When she tried to complain, teachers said that bigger wetsuits are for older kids and recommended to wear t-shirt under the wetsuit. When she has started to get bruising and burn marks on her thighs and shoulders, they said that's fine just pour some clean cold water over it. And still didn't get a larger size.
    My advise if your child is going there on a school trip, consider if you want to get your own wetsuit. They are not that expensive and will save a lot of trouble. Also, check all the details yourself, don't assume that something will be provided, even the smallest things.

  • Catherine Kenny

    Catherine Kenny

    Average rating: 6 months ago

    Northampton Sailability were lucky to have a charitable charter with the UKSA 11th-16th July 2022. Many thanks to the UKSA for providing 6 adults with disabilities along with the rest of the crew the opportunity to sail on the Solent. We had a great time on yacht Priory.

  • Paulo Aveleira

    Paulo Aveleira

    Average rating: 9 months ago

    Excelente facilities. Must be the preferred center for RYA and MCA training

  • Bob Think

    Bob Think

    Average rating: 5 months ago

    Food disaster , accomodation poverty ,teachers - skippers from amateur league , antediluvian . Big business 800 pounds for second examination , on first examinations passing only UK citizens , all other nationality chance to pass firs examination 1 %. This is image of school and teachers . At the end always you can complain , but first you will pay . Select
    any other sailing academy in Spain or Italy . Shame , shame .

  • Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson

    Average rating: a year ago

    The training school itself is very good. Unfortunately the accommodation and food is absolutely shocking! If you're thinking about going to UKSA then get accommodation elsewhere. It was around £52 a night for a stay in a bunk bed with 4 people sharing a room and the mattress barely bares the blow of the bed frame sticking through and into your back. If you're wanting to get a good ight sleep with a fresh head ready to learn everyday than this isn't ideal. The majority of the food provided in the canteen was absolutely horrendous! Fish & chips in a soup of oil. Stir fry in a soup of oil.......

  • Michael Murray

    Michael Murray

    Average rating: August 7, 2021

    The activities are great and all but the hygiene there was horrible. I was a dormitory room and the beds there wasn't built properly it even felt like it was going to break apart even the carpet was covered in ketchup or something. And oh gosh the food not enough flavour and no halal food like completely very horrible,now on to the activities,the kayak was cool because we rowed very far it was amazing. Activities are the only good thing here, hygiene is horrible

  • Michael Dawson

    Michael Dawson

    Average rating: March 6, 2020

    Staff are great (bar staff included) the knowledge they have is absolutely unreal. No stone is left unturned during the STCW course. An amazing week meeting new people from all walks of life with a common goal to work on the water in one capacity or another. The living areas were well maintained and you are left to your own devices at your days end but there is always staff around just incase. Anyone thinking of doing STCW or any other course will feel welcome and at home I’m no time at all. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work during the week

  • Wolve z

    Wolve z

    Average rating: September 23, 2019

    I would not recommend this because one of the staff was picking on kids so much and was really mean I hope that something could be done about this and it's unclean and the wetsuits stink so much. Thank you I hope someone could do something about this and the member of staff there KJ.

  • Tpharris Harriso

    Tpharris Harriso

    Average rating: August 16, 2019

    Only up the road

  • Siciido Yusuf

    Siciido Yusuf

    Average rating: June 9, 2019

    I loved it. Great dorms, lovely staff and a great experience.

  • George Fay

    George Fay

    Average rating: September 12, 2018

    Super lovely staff. Stated here a number of times and have loved it.

  • Ginger Ninja :3

    Ginger Ninja :3

    Average rating: August 13, 2018

    I went there and immediately regretted it

  • Ferenc Visztra

    Ferenc Visztra

    Average rating: July 5, 2018

    I loved the time I've spent there and sure will return to continue to get skills there!!!

  • Matthias H

    Matthias H

    Average rating: March 10, 2018

    UKSA has a good name and it’s really a great place to do your training. Dorms are somewhat old, but I didn’t mind actually. Great people, great bar.

  • Tyler Russell

    Tyler Russell

    Average rating: September 9, 2017

    Had a pretty good time, some of the activities were a bit rubbish but I think they were designed for younger children. Overall, decent place

  • Benjamin Turner

    Benjamin Turner

    Average rating: January 19, 2016

    Great courses, great teachers, great price, keep me coming back.

  • A Google User

    Average rating: January 19, 2016

    Great courses, great teachers, great price, keep me coming back.

  • Jeff Christie

    Jeff Christie

    Average rating: December 14, 2015

    Great range of courses, I did my PIT residential for three months and had an amazing time. Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and safety boat certified. Staff were always professional and willing to help out and the facilities are world class.

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