The UKSA Superyacht Cadetship is a structured programme designed to train the future officers of the superyacht industry.

The cadetship combines the most relevant training and mentoring, equipping graduates with a strong foundation of knowledge and realistic understanding of the industry they are entering in to.

The four-year programme is a career path to STCW II/1 Officer of the Watch (Yacht <3000GT) and onward to STCW II/2 Master (Yacht <3000GT) qualification, and was designed in consultation with the MCA.

By combining academic study and practical paid work on superyachts, cadet graduates are now forging long term careers within this elite industry.

Working closely with leading crew agents, management companies, yacht captains and our own in-house placement service, our cadets are now employed in all areas of the sector, from private performance racing superyachts to the largest, most high-profile motor vessels.

Who is a typical cadet?

Cadets are generally aged between 18 and 25-years-old and are drawn from a variety of backgrounds. Some are experienced watersports professionals or competitive sailors and have displayed a strong work ethic from their early teens. Many have achieved success in the Sea Cadets or Scouts, or have completed their Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Others simply have the drive and determination to succeed.