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The Neilson Academy delivered by UKSA

  • Job Location

    Cowes, Isle of Wight + Seasons in Greece, Italy, Sardinia or Croatia

  • Start date

    December 2019

  • Duration

    10 week course + full season work placement abroad

  • Job Benefits

    Please see course details


The Neilson Academy delivered by UKSA
We have teamed with the UKSA (United Kingdom Sailing Academy) to create a bespoke part-funded, high-quality water sports instructor training course. Here you will find out more information about Neilson's exciting partnership with the UKSA and how to apply.

About the Course
UKSA offer the very best professional maritime training courses and youth development programmes to help young people transform their lives for the better.

With a shortage of qualified watersports instructors to meet the demands of the popular and growing activity holiday industry, we have teamed up with UKSA to find the right people for the job, deliver the highest quality training and remove the financial barriers faced by many wanting to break into the industry.
In 2019, 24 places are being offered, giving individuals the chance to become a dinghy sailing and windsurfing instructor over the ten-week course.
Upon successful completion of the scheme, you are guaranteed a job at one of our stunning beach resorts in Greece, Spain, Sardinia or Croatia for a minimum of 2 seasons. You will have plenty of opportunities to progress within the business and to build a great career.

Top 3 reasons to train with UKSA/Neilson Active Holidays

  • Top quality instructors
  • All inclusive, allowing you to concentrate on your studies
  • Unrivalled guidance, teaching and a unique link between the UKSA and Neilson Active Holidays 

So what’s included in the Price?

  • Food & accommodation
  • All your equipment
  • 2 summer seasons of guaranteed employment on completion of your training course

The Course Qualifications You Will Gain:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Marine Short Range Radio
  • RYA First AidDinghy

Dinghy Sailing

  • RYA Start Sailing Level 1
  • RYA Basic Skills Level 2
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Day Sailing
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor Pre-assessment
  • RYA Dinghy Instructor


  • RYA Start Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurf Instructor (non-planing)
  • RYA Intermediate Windsurf Instructor (planing)
  • RYA Windsurf Instructor
  • RYA Advanced Windsurf Instructor

Course Booking Details
To ensure that this is the right course for you we recommend that all applicants speak with the UKSA expert course advisors. Please call the UKSA directly on +44 (0)1983 203028.



You will need to be aged 18+ and have:

  • Previous recreational water sports experience (minimum of one week’s recent dinghy or windsurfing experience – any candidates without this level of experience will be required to complete the two-week Kickstart course first)
  • A desire to pursue a career in the water sports industry
  • An outgoing, enthusiastic personality
  • Previous professional water sports or customer service experience is a bonus

Click on the "Apply Now" link below to register your interest today!

About us

Why work for us?

Neilson is dedicated to providing active holidays, in the winter with our ski & snowboard programme and in the summer with our land and water-based activities. From beginners to experts alike, we make active
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