Our Yachtmaster Ocean course takes you from beginner to Yachtmaster Ocean in one 16-week course, in and around the beautiful waters of Sydney, Australia. If you want to combine training and the experience of a lifetime, then this is the course for you.

Our Yachtmaster Ocean Course is designed for newcomers to sailing and anyone with previous experience who would like to recap basic skills in a superb sailing environment.

Why Yachtmaster Ocean?

The Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence is the highest qualification achievable within the RYA scheme. Holders of the Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate have the depth of experience and skills to skipper a yacht up to 24m on a passage of any distance worldwide.

Customers who choose the Yachtmaster Ocean course would like the option to skipper a yacht across the Medettarainian, Atlantic, or Pacific Ocean.

Why train in Australia

Sydney has so much to offer when it comes to sailing. You have the stunning Sydney harbour, warm water, plenty of sunshine, and when it comes to Ocean sailing – some of the best conditions in the world. The East Coast of Australia is a perfect destination for long offshore passages; you will find yourself sailing from Tasmania to Sydney or from Sydney over to the beautiful Lord Howe Island.

When you’re not sailing, many of our customers chill on the beach or enjoy Sydney’s hospitality. Weekends are usually free, but customers are encouraged to join the local yacht racing scene with yacht owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

Course Overview

The Yachtmaster Ocean course is divided between live-aboard passages and shore-based day sailing or theory classes. 

You start with Dingy sailing to home wind awareness and key sailing skills before moving onto the yachts to put those skills into practice. You will complete a few weeks in Sydney harbour on our 40.7s, perfecting the basic skills before going offshore to learn how to skipper a yacht during longer passages. 

As you progress, you will enjoy some longer offshore passages, building miles and experience.

You will complete all modules for the Yachtmaster offshore course, then an additional four weeks of Ocean Master training. Once the Ocean module is complete, you then sit your Yachtmaster Offshore exam. The final stage is the Yachtmaster Ocean Oral assessment.

We have a great fleet of boats, dinghies, and RIBs for you to use. Arctos, the flagship of our Sydney fleet, is loved by all.


Yachtmaster Ocean Course

Course options

September start date

This option includes a four-week break over Christmas, giving you time to relax, visit family, or join the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  This makes the course 20 weeks long. Training starts again in the new year with a flight to Hobart, Tasmania, to begin your Ocean passage. Your Ocean passage takes you from Hobart to the beautiful Lord Howe Island, then back to Sydney.

January start date

This is our standard 16-week program, as described.  Your Ocean Theory is followed by the two-week Ocean passage, which leaves Sydney for Eden, then over to Lord Howe Island before returning to Sydney.

Both course options are subject to weather and may have to be adapted to suit.

Yachtmaster Offshore Course
skills needed for superyacht career
Dinghy Instructors Course
Yachtmaster Coastal Course

Key points

What our previous customers have to say

What an absolute honour and pleasure it was being a part of Flying Fish family for the 2 weeks I completed with them! From the professional, helpful and attentive staff to fun, laughter and memories.

Monika B

Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.

Ossia M

Book Yachtmaster Ocean Course today!

Our Yachtmaster Ocean Course takes you from beginner to Yachtmaster Ocean in 16 weeks.

110 day(s)


Sydney, Australia

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Still not sure?

From training to career advise we’ll be happy to sit down and give you the guidance you need!

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