Yachtmaster Offshore Course

Our Yachtmaster Offshore is our most popular course option.  

82 day(s)


Sydney, Australia

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Our Yachtmaster Offshore Course, takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore in twelve weeks. The innovative programme provides an exhilarating mix of training and a great Australian sailing adventure.

Our Yachtmaster Offshore 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 Offshore?

The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence, is the most popular route for those seeking a qualification to back up previous experience or sailors seeking to work as professional skipper.  Holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate have the depth of experience and skills to skipper a yacht up to 24m on a passage up to 150 miles from a safe haven.

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 Sydney up and down the beautiful East Coast to some amazing destinations.

Many customers chill on the beach or enjoy Sydney’s hospitality when not sailing. 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 Offshore 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 and a week of Day Skipper Theory, First Aid, and marine radio. You are then back on our 40.7s, perfecting the basic skills before going offshore to learn how to skipper a yacht during longer passages. 

We mix in a two-day, learn-to-race package to understand how to use spinnakers and the art of yacht racing.

You will enjoy some longer offshore passages building miles and experience as you progress.

The final stage is our Yachtmaster Offshore prep week, culminating in the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

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.


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What our previous students have to say

I recently completed my training with flying fish. From booking the course all the way through to receiving my certificates the team made it an effortless process and were always on hand to help.


I completed the Superyacht Deckhand course with Flying Fish in January 2023 and I highly recommend anyone interested in starting a career in yachting do their training with Flying Fish.


Book Yachtmaster Offshore Course today!

12 weeks of amazing sailing and adventure in Sydney, Australia

82 day(s)


Sydney, Australia


12 weeks accom, twin or triple room in a shared apartment

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