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8 Weeks
Sydney, Australia


What better way to kick start your Gap Year with our Yachtmaster Offshore course takes you from novice sailor to competent skipper and the RYA Yachtmaster. The innovative programme provides an exhilarating mix of training as well as a great Australian sailing adventure.

Flying Fish have been running Yachtmaster training courses in Australia for over 20 years and we believe we have the right experience and skills to deliver fantastic training run by professional instructors who are passionate about their sport.

Course programme

During the course, your time is divided between live-aboard passages and shore-based day sailing or theory classes. Weekends are usually free but customers are encouraged to go yacht racing with yacht owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club or join a Flying Fish weekend course as mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors to build experience.

The course is designed for novice sailors or with limited experience looking to gain practical experience working towards the RYA Yachtmaster offshore certificate of competence.

The RYA Yachtmaster offshore certificate allows the holder to skipper a yacht up to 24m in length up to 150 miles from a safe haven. If you add STCW Basic Safety training, then the certificate is valid on yachts over 24 meters and up to 200 gross tonnes.

The course is run from our base at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney. You will get to sail on Sydney Harbour – Australia’s favourite yachting playground – cruising past the Opera House and under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Offshore, you explore the New South Wales coast.

We have a great fleet of yacht, dinghies and RIBs for you to train on when inshore and offshore. We guarantee that you will have an amazing adventure down under and come away with a qualification you can use for life.


You will find the Flying Fish crew apartments in Manly, a stunning location right in the heart of the Northern Beaches and a stone’s throw from the centre of Sydney. The apartments are comfortably furnished and are only a short walk from the bars, restaurants and supermarkets in the centre of Manly.


  • Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, and tuition.
  • 2,500 sea miles logged.
  • RYA First Aid.
  • ACMA HF Radio Licence.

Please note Yachtmaster exam fees are not included. A fee of approximately $465 is payable directly to the RYA examiner.

Dates & pricing

Sorry, there are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

This course is designed for newcomers to sailing and for anyone with previous experience who would like to recap basic skills in a superb sailing environment.

All seafarers applying for certification as Yachtmasters and Deck Officers need full colour vision. You must be 18 to train with Flying Fish in Australia.

Also, we recommend you have your ENG 1 medical before you join our course.

Full itinerary

Week 1 – Dinghy Level 1 and Level 2 (2 days) and RYA Powerboat level 2 (2 days)

Week 2 – RYA competent crew (5 days live aboard)

Week 3 – RYA Day skipper theory (5 days shore based)

Week 4 – RYA Day skipper practical (5 days live aboard)

Week 5 – Mile builder including qualifying passages

Week 6 – RYA Yachtmaster Theory (5 days shore based)

Week 7 – RYA Coastal Skipper (5 days live aboard)

Week 8/9 – Mile builder and qualifying passages (12 days live aboard)

Week 10 – Race training and Spinnakers (2 days)/Maintenance course (2 days)/ RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance (1 Day)

Week 11 –  Yachtmaster prep/skills and drills (5 days live aboard)

Week 12 – Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and exam week

Related courses

STCW Basic Safety training is a must have for anyone seeking employment on board a vessel larger than 24 metres in length. Available in the UK or Australia before or after your Yachtmaster Traineeship.