UKSA Isle of Wight Residential

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Areas served:

South East

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

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January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays


8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Come to UKSA with your school or youth group and enjoy the multi-activity residential visits UKSA are renowned for. Learn to sail, paddle board, windsurf, kayak and more. Activities are tailored to your group's desires, age and ability.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres | Residential School Trips

What we offer

UKSA enjoys a waterfront location in Cowes on the sunny Isle of Wight and is the perfect location for residential and non-residential watersports and team building programmes.

Come to UKSA with your school or youth group and enjoy the multi-activities UKSA are renowned for. Learn to sail, kayak, windsurf or paddleboard. Or choose raft building and on-the-water team building activities.

Residential programmes include:

  • Sole occupancy hostel style dormitory accommodation
  • Return ferry travel
  • Action-packed watersports and team building programmes
  • Full board
  • Evening activities     
  • All wetsuits and safety equipment
  • Wifi 

The wider benefits of participation in watersports are widely recognised and can include; inspiration, enjoyment, teamwork, boosting self-confidence and self-reliance, as well as the making and sealing of friendships.

What makes us a great choice?

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. Teachers and group leaders do not need any previous watersports experience as our instructors take care of all activities afloat.

We can incorporate Skills For Life into our four-night residential activity visits.

Accreditation and Awards

UKSA is accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Our 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.

What is typically included?

UKSA have an indoor heated swimming pool and use various sites around the Isle of Wight to deliver on-the-water activities.

Group Sizes Catered For

With accommodation available for up to 270 people, groups large and small can be catered for at UKSA.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, although with our proximity to the water we don’t always recommend children bringing cameras and other electronics. Teachers and leaders are welcome to take photos of their group.

Risk Assessment Details

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

Pricing Information

Residential visits from £90 per student, per 24 hours (to include full board, watersports activities, evening entertainment and accommodation).

Please contact UKSA for the latest prices.

First Aid Information

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

Available Facilities

Everything you need is onsite, from the sole occupancy dormitory style accommodation to the dining room serving freshly cooked food. Facilities include; indoor heated swimming pool, drying room for wet gear and a dedicated children’s area.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

UKSA have fully adapted accommodation, specially trained members of staff, lifts in the main building and a hoist for the swimming pool. We are also able to take disabled people onto the water – please speak to our dedicated Schools and Groups team so we can ensure we meet your needs.

Opening Hours & Information

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


“It was non-stop fun from first thing in the morning until the evening, the pupils thrived in the environment and you could see real changes in all of them. The food was excellent, the staff were absolutely amazing and were very flexible if we wanted to change anything.”

 “The feedback I’ve had from our children and parents has been amazing! The parents in particular have been highly complimentary about the children’s experiences, and the terms ‘unique’ and ‘once in a lifetime’ have been banded around on more than one occasion. In short, let’s get a date in the diary for next year!”

Other Information

We host regular preview weekends so teachers and group leaders can experience firsthand everything we have to offer. A visit will provide the perfect opportunity for you to sample the activities on offer, get to know our team, put our food and accommodation to the test whilst seeing other groups and school visits in action.

Our preview weekends are with our compliments and with no obligation.

Location Information

We are a ten minute walk from the heart of Cowes and the foot passenger ferry to the UK mainland. Many groups enjoy getting a boat directly to our pontoons, which we can arrange.

Room Sizes and Facilities

For students, most bunk rooms sleep 6-8 people with shared, single-sex bathrooms.

For teachers, there are two leader rooms in each block with two single beds, coffee making facilities and an en suite bathroom.

Booking information

Our dedicated Schools and Groups team can be contacted on 01983 203045 / schools@uksa.org

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