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All the latest news and features from Flying Fish.

Not going to Uni

20th April 2018

Not going to Uni? looking for a gap year to give yourself time to think about what is next? Trying to decide on whether to take a Gap Year, go to uni or get a job can be a difficult decision. Rest assured you are not on your own, we get many phone calls from people looking for careers advice on this very subject.

If you have decided not to go to Uni, then you could always change your mind. You

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Why it’s a great time to be a Watersports Instructor!

8th April 2018

If you like watersports then you will love the latest craze that’s literally flying over the water!

Hydro foiling is the act of taking an aeroplane wing on a stick and strapping it under your craft.  This can be done on sailing boats, yachts, catamarans and dinghies as well as all the main board sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, SUP and surfing.

Foiling Fly By from Flying Fish on Vimeo.

Is it a watersports game changer?

How could it not be?! It’s like

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What if I fail my ENG1 medical

9th March 2018

If you have recently completed an ENG1 medical and have failed the Ishihara test which tests colour vision then don’t give up hope as there is another test that can be completed which may prove helpful

For many years the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) offered a free colour vision test at their head office in Southampton to seafarers who had failed their ENG1 medical, due to colour vision. It was called the “Lantern test” and was available to anybody who

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ENG1 Medical Certificate

Life working in the Superyacht industry

18th January 2018

Working in the Superyacht industry.

We caught up with ex-student Charlotte Fox who had an interesting start to her life in the Superyacht Industry. Charlotte, who was new to yachting industry spent two weeks training with Flying Fish in March 2017, we were keen to see how she got on!

What made you join the Super yacht Industry?

I decided to join the yachting industry as someone I knew was about to go looking for work as a Deckhand and they mentioned that there

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Charlotte fox

French sailor breaks around the world solo record

18th December 2017

A French sailor has set a new world record for the fastest solo round-the-world navigation, beating the previous time by more than six days.

François Gabart finished his circuit of the globe in a time of 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

He completed the journey non-stop, confined to his trimaran sailing yacht since 4 November.

Gabart broke the record set by his countryman Thomas Coville last year.

The record was held at one stage by Dame Ellen MacArthur.

He crossed

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107 Yachts to start Sydney Hobart 2017

18th December 2017

This year will be the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart, the races promises so much with 107 yachts currently scheduled to cross the start line in Sydney Harbour on the 26 December.

The race pits the world’s very best elite sailing yachts against each other to make it from Sydney to Hobart in the fastest time possible. Depending on the size and shape the race will take anywhere between a day and up to three full days.

The race will have 30 international entrants

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What is STCW Basic Safety Training?

4th December 2017

At Flying Fish we get a lot of questions about STCW, What STCW is all about and why do I need STCW? What is the difference between STCW, STCW 95 and STCW 2010? To help understand what STCW is all about we thought we would explain STCW and why you need it.

What does STCW stand for?

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. STCW came into force in 1978 as Governments agreed to standardise training around the world. STCW

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Students taking part in the Flying Fish STCW 95 Basic Safety Training Course

Updates to our Superyacht Deckcrew Training Course

13th November 2017

The Flying Fish Superyacht Deckhand programme has been updated for 2018 with the addition of two new elements. The course we offer gives you the essential qualifications required to enter the Superyacht industry as a Deckhand.

Working on a Superyacht allows you access to a completely different lifestyle; you’ll be berthing in some of the most luxurious marinas and visiting some of the most famous destinations all around the world. The average salary for a new Deckhand, Steward or Stewardess ranges from €1,800

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How do I get a job on a Superyacht?

2nd October 2017

The best jobs are the ones that don’t feel like work and that’s certainly true of a career in the Superyacht industry.

After all, you get to travel to far-flung destinations, hang out with celebrities and the pay is fantastic.

It’s no wonder you’re considering a career in yachting, but you’re probably wondering what you need to do to get started. Hopefully, this guide will provide you with all the essential information.

What qualifications do I need?

If you want to work on superyachts

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My first year in the Superyacht Industry by Hannah Brown

2nd October 2017

We have been catching up with one of our students from one of last year’s STCW Superyacht Deck Crew Training Courses Hannah Brown to see how she has found her first year in the Superyacht industry.

Hannah told us that she had been getting on brilliantly, “I am still working in the industry and I LOVE it” says Hannah.

“I started out in Antibes last year (2016) late July early August and picked up for short term temp contract work relatively quickly.

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Superyachat crew member Hannah Brown on the superyacht industry

Why I paid to do the RYA Dinghy Instructor Course last week

2nd March 2016

I recently attended an RYA dinghy instructor course on Sydney Harbour run by Flying Fish, and to say I learnt something would be an understatement, I learnt a tremendous amount.

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Dinghy Instructor Course
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