Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and Passage combines the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course with an exhilarating Pacific Ocean passage.

The passage prepares experienced skippers for the prestigious RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence and the MCA Master of Yachts 200gt Unrestricted Certificate of Competence. If you want to skipper a commercially operated yacht under 24m across the Atlantic Ocean, you need to qualify as a Yachtmaster Ocean.

The course is also suited to individuals looking to further their knowledge in Ocean sailing or are thinking of crossing an ocean for the first time and would like to learn more.

Course programme

The programme begins with the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore-based theory course, where you learn how to fix your position using a Sextant. You will also learn about Ocean weather patterns, long-distance passage planning, safety, and twenty-first-century navigation methods from one of our Ocean Instructors.

The course will provide all the skills, knowledge, and confidence to sit your Yachtmaster Ocean Oral exam.

Ocean passage

You then set sail onboard Arctos for a 600-mile-plus passage across the Tasman Sea. Arctos is a 55′ Ocean going yacht, built to go around the world a great platform to learn from.  You will become familiar with the  Sextant to fix your position using the sun, moon, and stars. On top of celestial navigation, you will cover watchkeeping and the crew management skills needed to undertake an extended ocean voyage.

Each Ocean course follows a slightly different route, depending on the time of year.

Course Options

Our December start date begins with your Yachtmaster Ocean theory, followed by a three-week break over Christmas before flying to Hobart, Tasmania, where you start your Ocean passage. You will sail from Hobart to Lord Howe Island, then back to Sydney.

Our April start date, the two-week Ocean passage follows your Ocean theory. You will leave Sydney, sail down the coast to 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.

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 Theory and Passage today!

This course is for sailors who hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and want to qualify as Yachtmaster Ocean

26 day(s)


Sydney, Australia


4 weeks accom, twin or triple room in a shared apartment.

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