Want to become a watersports instructor? The UKSA have the answer with their new specialised course:
UKSA’s newly-repackaged Watersports Instructor Training course will help give you the edge when it comes to launching a career afterwards.
Most watersports courses offer two, maybe three, disciplines. Here at UKSA we are now offering four as standard, and as a youth charity you will also get looked after that little bit more.
For maximum employability, our nine week course will see you qualify in teaching dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding – making you very desirable within the watersports industry.
Our Chief Watersports Instructor Dan Hallam explains: “People with more qualifications are more employable in the industry as they are more versatile. You will be employable to a wider variety of centres.
“Being able to teach different sports will allow for better coaching techniques as there transferable skills. We use different governing bodies’ schemes which means the WIT students learn a variety of coaching techniques.
“Being able to do a selection of water-based sports will help build confidence on the water. Being confident on the water leads to a higher quality of instruction, and in turn clients will have a more enjoyable and educational experience.”
Working in watersports offers the freedom to escape the daily grind of a 9 to 5 job – the chance to get out of the office chair. But you will find that although this industry is a more relaxed and happy place to work than many others, it still offers structured work with long-term career options. If you have a love of the great outdoors and a passion for teaching others, you could excel in the watersports industry.
Dan adds: “This is a rare opportunity to get paid for doing activities you love. With the right training you don’t need to already be a watersports wizard to become an instructor – but you do need enthusiasm and determination to become a success, as you would in most jobs.
“Well-qualified, reliable and hard-working members of staff are hard to find. Employers within the watersports industry tend to be from big companies these days, such as Neilson, Sunsail and Mark Warner, so they are quite rightly picky and only want top quality staff.”
The WIT course includes all food and accommodation, enabling you to concentrate on your studies while on campus. You will also receive industry guidance sessions and 1:1 career mentoring, plus you will benefit from the UKSA careers service for the rest of your career.
The course includes the following qualifications: RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Windsurf Instructor, BSUPA SUP Instructor, BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, Powerboat Level 2, First Aid, and Short Range Radio.
Start your new career today and get in contact with UKSA.