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UKSA – Take Your Career To New Heights

We are one of the world’s foremost providers of MCA yacht certificates with all-inclusive residential courses approved by the MCA and STCW. The courses range from Safety, Security and Engineering Training to MCA Deck Officer and Master training for superyachts and workboats.

We offer extensive flexible training options for crew and officers needing to plan their career progression and training around busy schedules, and we can provide bespoke training to meet your crew’s individual needs.

We have a diverse range of exciting career courses accredited by the RYA and MCA including the Superyacht Cadetship, Professional Yachtmaster Offshore, Superyacht Crew Training and Superyacht Interior Foundation.

Our free-of-charge recruitment service is part of our charitable purpose and we work with Trinity House and Seafarers UK to provide bursaries for students with the drive and motivation required by industry employers.

“I want to reach the top in my career and climb as high as possible in the industry. UKSA is the best route into it.” Matthew Dykes – Cadet


UKSA’s unique, all-inclusive environment

Based in Cowes, a town globally renowned for yachting, we operate from a waterside base which is fully residential and offers a variety of accommodation. Our training facilities include modern lecture rooms, engineering workshops and two bridge simulator suites which provide an invaluable virtual learning environment. The Transas and ARI simulators enable students to practise command skills while learning about radar systems and all-weather navigation, and our facilities are accessible in the daytime, evenings or at weekends.

Our instructing team has been selected for breadth and depth of maritime experience and consists of highly-skilled industry experts from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and superyacht sectors. Captain Bill Tate, UKSA’s Head of Maritime Training, is a Master Mariner who has taught MCA Yacht modules for 20 years and has been sea-proficient for over 30 years. As well as overseeing all MCA training at UKSA, he is a member of the MCA Yacht Qualification Panel and Chairman of the IAMI Small Craft Group.


Are you looking for crew?

If you’re an employer looking for crew then we can help you to find the ideal applicants. We can match graduates to jobs because we ensure that we get to know students during their mentoring and industry guidance sessions – additionally, if you use our services we make certain that we understand your expectations of the positions that you want to fill. Through our partnerships with Nautilus and CrewFO, our graduates all receive excellent preparation for employment within the yachting industry.


Interested in finding out more?

If you’re interested in our training courses or if you’re seeking high-calibre crew, please email us at mca@uksa.org, visit uksa.org or call +44 (0)1983 203001.