UK Sailing Academy (UKSA)

UK Sailing Academy (UKSA)

UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) is a leading Watersports Centre based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Every year we welcome over 6,000 beneficiaries from schools and groups on a residential or non-residential basis. From day visits to 3-day or 5-day residential trips there is something for all. Fun-packed Watersports and team building programmes offer the perfect options for year 6 transition breaks, year 7 and 8 team building visits or career insights for 14-17 year olds. With everything you need onsite, UKSA offers fun, safe, and engaging experiences ensuring everyone has a great time.

UK Sailing Academy (UKSA)

What We Offer Visiting Schools

UKSA ensures programmes are tailored to your aspirations and young peoples needs. We welcome students with additional needs and use the water as a catalyst for positive outcomes. Learn to sail, kayak, windsurf or paddleboard. Or choose raft building and on-the-water team building activities. Visits can also be tailored to include RYA and BC qualifications.

Evening activities can include indoor pool games, sea survival in the pool, archery, crabbing, games by the sea or in the park, cinema, disco, climbing wall and indoor football. Extend your trip with visits to some of the island’s famous attractions like Dinosaur Isle or Osborne House.

All trips are bespoke with visits designed to be stress free. Our instructors are fully qualified and work on a ratio of 1:6 for on-the-water activities. Teaching and group leaders do not need any previous watersports experience as our instructors take care of all activities afloat.

Residential programmes include:

· Sole-occupancy dormitory-style rooms with coded door access to each block

· Separate leader rooms in the same block as students

· Full board – home-cooked healthy food including a hearty breakfast, packed lunch and a wholesome evening meal

· Return ferry travel to and from the Isle of Wight (from Portsmouth or Southampton)

· Daily action-packed bespoke watersports and team-building activities

· Fully supervised evening entertainment

· All wetsuits and safety equipment

· One free leader place per 10 participants

· Access to a dedicated chill-out area for children

· CCTV perimeter fences and secure front gates

Why Choose Us for an Educational Visit

With over 35 years of experience, UKSA is a maritime youth charity with a vision to inspire and support young people to broaden their horizons through life enhancing water-based adventures, education, and pathways for training for careers at sea.

The wider benefits of participation in watersports are widely recognised and include inspiration, enjoyment, teamwork, boosting self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as the making and sealing of friendships. Our bespoke courses are designed to build confidence, encourage teamwork, and learn skills for life in an aspirational and safe environment.

We define skills for like as being the six steps to success. We measure young people’s perception of their communication, decision making, participation, self-belief, determination, and resilience at the end of their residential stay. We share the outcomes achieved and insights gathered with schools to measure the impact of the experience on students’ personal development.

Subjects and Topics Covered

· Physical Education

· Sailing

· Watersports

· Kayaking

· Windsurfing

· Team Building

· Raft Building/Racing

· Stand Up Paddleboarding

· Canoeing

· Orienteering

· Archery

Accreditation and Awards

UKSA is accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. On site, facilities and activities have all been evaluated for learning and safety by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and meet the exacting standards required to pass annual inspections.

Group Sizes Catered For

UKSA’s large 4-acre secure site means we can accommodate groups of all sizes; small or large (up to 200+ people) from 8 years and above.

Risk Assessment

The safety, well-being, and enjoyment of those visiting UKSA are our number one priority. We are a home-from-home for our young people and pride ourselves on our exemplary safety protocols that sit within a robust and fully compliant framework.

We have risk assessments for all of our day and evening activities, as well as for all our sites used. Teachers are more than welcome to complete their own risk assessments or ask the team any queries they may have.

All our Watersports and evening entertainment instructors are fully qualified first aiders.

Education Department Information

Contact our dedicated Schools and Groups team to find out more 01983 203045 /

We offer complimentary teacher familiarisation weekends with no obligation to book – it’s an opportunity for you to look around our base and discuss what we can offer your school.

Pricing Information

Residential trips depend upon the time of the year and length of stay.

· Prices start at £300 for a 3-day weekend (low season) to a 5-day week (high season) at £550 – full board, watersports activities, evening entertainment, and accommodation. For every 10 students, there is a leaders place free or charge

· B&B £50 per person per night

· Full Board from £67 per person per night


Onsite facilities include:

· Dormitory style accommodation blocks – see our accommodation page

· Dining room and in-house catering serving freshly cooked meals

· Indoor heated swimming pool

· Full-sized sports hall

· Drying room for wet kit

· Changing rooms and toilets

· Wi-Fi

· Bar (The Bridge)

· Dedicated young person’s chillout area

· Study areas and classrooms

Accessibility and Disabled Facilities

UKSA welcome individuals with special educational and disabled needs, all on and off the water activities are adaptable and inclusive. We are accessible with disabled access and suitably adapted accommodation blocks with flexible bedrooms. Lifts are situated in our main building with a hoist for the swimming pool. We are also able to take disabled people out onto the water using a hoist from out pontoons to boats. Please speak to our dedicated Schools and Groups team so we can ensure we meet your needs.

Opening Hours

We are open all year round, with the exception of a few days over the Christmas period.


Sally Hodgson from Beacon View Primary School reported on the impact of their visit a year on: “When we brought our year 5 group last year we saw so many positive impacts for individual children, small groups of children and for the whole group. As year 6 pupils now, they are more focused, have positive attitudes and are prepared to risk striving for the very best from themselves – a lot of this is down to the experiences they were able to have on their week at UKSA.”




Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Facilities for Visually Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome, On Site Parking


Conference Facilities, Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,


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    Opening Hours

    All year round, with the exception of a few days over the Christmas period


    One leader goes free for every ten students. Please contact UKSA for details


    Arctic Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7PQ

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