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16 Weeks
Sydney, Australia
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The Yachtmaster Ocean course in Sydney first trains you for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore before moving learing the art of astro-navigation and completing a blue water qualifying passage of 600 miles or more, in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.

Flying Fish have been running Yachtmaster training courses in Australia for over 20 years and we believe we have the right experience and skills to deliver fantastic training run by professional instructors who are passionate about their sport.

Beginner to Ocean Master

Make the ocean your office with our Yachtmaster Ocean course which gives you all the sailing, theory, maintenance and leadership skills and experience you need to be a Yachtmaster Ocean skipper.

For a long-term career in the maritime industry, we recommend gaining your Ocean Master qualification as it allows you to skipper a sailing yacht up to 24 meters in length across any Ocean in the world.

If you add the STCW Basic Safety training then the certificate is valid on yachts over 24 meters and up to 200 gross tonnes.

Course programme

During the course, your time is divided between live-aboard passages and shorebased day sailing or theory classes. Weekends are usually free but customers are encouraged go yacht racing with yacht owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club or join a Flying Fish weekend course as mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors to build experience.

You will first complete all modules for the Yachtmaster offshore course then an additional four weeks of Ocean Master training. The East coast of Australia is a perfect destination for long offshore passages; you will find yourself sailing from Tazmania to Sydney or from Sydney over to the beautiful Lord Howe Island.

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.

Course options

Our September start date includes a three-week break over Christmas giving you time to relax, visit family or join the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Training starts again in the new year with a flight to Hobart, Tasmania to begin your Ocean passage. Your Ocean passage takes you to from Hobart to the beautiful Lord Howe Island, then back to Sydney.

Our January course is our standard 16 week programme.  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.


You will find the Flying Fish crew apartments in Manly, a stunning location right in the heart of the Northern Beaches and a stone’s throw from the centre of Sydney. The apartments are comfortably furnished and are only a short walk from the bars and restaurants in the centre of Manly.



  • Meals provided on yachts.
  • All safety equipment, publications and tuition.
  • 3,100-3,700 sea miles logged.
  • First Aid training.
  • Watch keeping experience.
  • ACMA HF Radio Licence.

Please note Yachtmaster exam fees are not included: a fee of approximately $465 is payable to the RYA examiner for Yachtmaster Offshore.

The Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam fee is approximately $350 in Australia.

The last 4 weeks of the course is eligible for ELCAS funding.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
14/01/2019 03/05/2019 Sydney, Australia Available
Price £11,622
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£6,047Shared self-catering accommodation (16 weeks)
£1,190Round trip flight from London
23/09/2019 31/01/2020 Sydney, Australia Available
Price £11,622
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£7,180Shared self-catering accommodation 19 weeks, includes 3 weeks over Christmas
£1,190Round trip flight from London
13/01/2020 01/05/2020 Sydney, Australia Available
Price £11,622
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£6,047Shared self-catering accommodation
£1,190Round trip flight from London

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

All seafarers applying for certification as Yachtmasters and Deck Officers need full colour vision. You must be 18 to train with Flying Fish in Australia.

We also recommend you have your ENG 1 medical before you join our course. If you start the course as a beginner you will log all the miles and passages needed for the practical and oral exams.

Full itinerary

Week 1 – Dinghy Level 1 and Level 2 (2 days) and RYA Powerboat level 2 (2 days)

Week 2 – RYA competent crew (5 days live aboard)

Week 3 – RYA Day skipper theory (5 days shore based)

Week 4 – RYA Day skipper practical (5 days live aboard)

Week 5 – Mile builder including qualifying passages

Week 6 – RYA Yachtmaster Theory (5 days shore based)

Week 7 – RYA Coastal Skipper (5 days live aboard)

Week 8/9 – Mile builder and qualifying passages (12 days live aboard)

Week 10 – Race training and Spinnaker Handling Course (2 days)/Yacht Maintenance course (2 days)/ RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance (1 Day)

Week 11 –  Yachtmaster prep/skills and drills (5 days live aboard)

Week 12 – RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory (5 days Shore based)

Week 13 to 15 – Ocean passage planning/qualifying passage (16 days live aboard)

Week 16 – Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and exam week (5 days live aboard)

*Once you have passed your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical certificate you are then able to apply for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Oral exam.

Related courses

We would recommend supplementing your training with our STCW Basic Safety training course, which will allow you to skipper a sailing yacht over 24 meters.