Our Yachtmaster Offshore Course takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore in twelve weeks. The course provides all the skills, prerequisite miles, and passages for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam.
Why Yachtmaster Offshore?
The Yachtmaster Offshore Course is the most popular route for those seeking a career in the yachting industry. The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification is widely respected and acknowledged globally, opening up opportunities as a professional sailor.
Once you are qualified, you can take control of a sailing boat. The boat can be up to 24 meters long. You can go on a trip that is up to 150 nautical miles away from the shore.
Customers join our Yachtmaster Offshore Course to either achieve a lifetime goal or to begin a career.
If you are looking for a career in the maritime industry, then we recommend choosing this option.
Want to venture across an Ocean?
If your goal is to skipper a sailing yacht across an Ocean, then consider choosing our Yachtmaster Ocean course.
Why Flying Fish
So many people choose Flying Fish because of our training location, experience, and history of running professional Yachtmaster training courses. Train with Flying Fish and enjoy Sydney harbour, warm water, sunshine, and some of the best sailing conditions in the world.
Train with Flying Fish to combine your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore course with travel and adventure.
- Flying Fish is well known for our Yachtmaster Offshore Courses in Sydney. We have been running Yachtmaster training courses in Australia since 1995 and have seen thousands of customers achieve their dream.
- Sydney is known for its relaxed, cosmopolitan lifestyle, incredible beaches, and great surf. You sail hard during the day and unwind on the beach at night.
- The evenings and weekends are a time to explore Sydney and enjoy the bars, restaurants, and Aussie way of life. Many customers learn to surf, live life outdoors, and enjoy the Aussie laid-back way of life.
- There is so much to do that most customers stay in Australia and carry on the adventure!
What to expect from the course
You begin with two days of Dinghy sailing, great fun and provides fundamental sailing skills.
Next, you progress to our 40′ yachts for two weeks of hands-on, practical training followed by RYA Day Skipper Theory. As the course progresses, you venture offshore to learn how to sail, navigate and take charge of a yacht offshore.
Becoming a competent Yachtmaster Offshore sailor requires good leadership, management, and problem-solving skills. A key part of our Offshore and Ocean courses is to teach you how to manage the yacht.
We add a two-day, learn-to-race package to understand how to use spinnakers and the art of yacht racing.
The final stage of the Yachtmaster Offshore Course is the final exam prep week, culminating in the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam.
For a full course breakdown, please click on the full itinerary below.
Where to stay
If you choose to stay with us, you will stay in one of our apartments, located in the heart of Manly, a stone through from the beach and 15 minutes from the training centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
Manly is a stunning spot famous for its surf beach, outdoor living, bars, and restaurants. Manly is a special location, just a half-hour ferry ride from the center of Sydney and the entrance to the Northern beaches.
The accommodation is self-catering and a popular choice for customers who want to stay on the beach! For more details on our accommodation in Manly then click here.
The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is the most popular qualification, the gateway to employment. It provides an excellent starting point when entering the yachting industry as a professional skipper on yachts under 24m or as a Deckhand on a Superyacht.
If working as a professional is your choice, we recommend adding STCW Basic Safety Training. STCW Basic Safety Training is the standard for professional skipper and crew. Adding STCW will allow you to apply for the RYA Master of Yachts 200 Gross Tonnes.
We would advise all customers to complete the ENG1 medical before enrolling on this course. The ENG1 Medical is a requirement for commercial endorsement. Without it, you cannot work as a professional skipper.
Once qualified as a Yachtmaster Offshore, you must apply for commercial endorsement through the RYA.
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand resident, then you will need a visa to travel to Australia. You can apply for most visas online. The application process is quick and easy. Please click here for more information on what visa to apply for.
- Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, and tuition
- 2,500 sea miles logged
- RYA Competent Crew
- RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
- RYA Day Skipper Practical
- RYA Powerboat Level 2
- TCP Marine First Aid
- RYA Diesel Engine certificate
- Basic Yacht Maintenance
- RYA Yachtmaster qualifying passages/watchkeeper experience
- RYA Dinghy Level 1 or 2
- Intro Racing and Spinnaker handling course
- ACMA VHF/HF GMDSS Radio Licence
- RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased
- RYA Coastal Skipper
- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
Please note Yachtmaster exam fees are not included. A fee of approximately $465 is payable directly to the RYA examiner.
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 Yachtmaster and Deck Officers need full colour vision.
You must be 18 or older to train with Flying Fish in Australia.
All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course.
Also, we recommend you have your ENG 1 medical before you join our course.
Please click here for a downloadable pdf detailing our 12-week Yachtmaster Offshore Course, or see the breakdown below.
Week 1 – RYA Powerboat Level 2 (2 days) / Dinghy Sailing Level 1/2 (2 days) /Marine First Aid (1 day)
Week 2 – RYA Competent Crew (5 days live-aboard)
Week 3 – RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory / ACMA Marine Radio Operator (1 day)
Week 4 – RYA Day Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 5 – Racing and Spinnakers (2 days) / Basic Yacht Maintenance (3 days)
Week 6, 7, 8 – Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (16 days live-aboard)
Week 9 – RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory (6 days)
Week 10 – RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 11 – Yachtmaster Practical Skills (5 days)
Week 12 – Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week – Offshore (5 days live-aboard)
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.
Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.
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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 before or after your Yachtmaster Offshore course.