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4 Weeks
Sydney, Australia
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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 would like to skipper a commercially operated yacht under 24m across the Atlantic Ocean then you need to qualify as a Yachtmaster Ocean

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

Course programme

The programme begins with the RYA Yachmaster Ocean Shorebased theory course, where you learn the art of fixing your position using a Sextant. You will also learn about Ocean weather patterns, long distance passage planning and safety, as well as twenty-first-century methods of navigation 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. During the passage you will put in to the theory and using the Sextant learn how to fix your position using the sun, moon and stars. On top of celestial navigation you will will cover watch keeping and the crew management skills needed to undertake an extended ocean voyage.

Each of our Ocean courses will follow 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 the Lord Howe Island, then back to Sydney

Choose the April start date and your Ocean theory is followed by the two week Ocean passage. 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.

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Passage and Theory with Flying Fish in Australia from Flying Fish Sail



  • Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, tuition.
  • Internal flight from Sydney to Hobart to start the ocean passage.
  • 1,500 sea miles logged.
  • All safety equipment, life jacket, personal EPIRB

Please note The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam fee is not included, please budget approximately £130 in the UK or $350 in Australia.

You will need to bring your own wet weather jacket, trousers and boots for your Ocean passage

This course is eligible for ELCAS funding.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
27/01/2020 21/02/2020 Sydney, Australia Available
Course price £3,273
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£1,4214 weeks of shared self-catering accommodation
20/04/2020 15/05/2020 Sydney, Australia Available
Course price £3,273
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£1,4214 weeks of shared self-catering accommodation

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must be a confident sailor who holds the prerequisites for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence.

All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course. 

Full itinerary

Week 1 – RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory

The syllabus includes celestial navigation, ocean currents, meteorology and ocean passage planning. We make sure that you can use a sextant and know how to reduce sun sights and star sights to find your position.

Week 2 – Radio and passage planning

Next is the Long Range (HF) Radio Operators course for long distance communications. The crew then gets together to plan the ocean passage and prepare the boat ready for departure

Weeks 3/4 – Ocean Qualifying passage

Depending on the course date you may start your Ocean passage from Hobart or from Sydney. Both Ocean passages aim to stop at Lord Howe Island before returning to Sydney, subject to weather. During the passage you will practice what you learnt in the classroom, plotting your latitude and longitude using the sun-run-sun method and completed a compass check using the sextant

600 nautical miles

Crew members rotate the role of Acting Skipper or Watch Leader, ensuring everyone logs the required 600 nautical mile qualifying passage in a position of responsibility.

Oral exam

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean assessment is a separate oral exam conducted by arrangement with an RYA Ocean examiner. Unlike your Yachtmaster Offshore exam the Ocean exam is conducted with each candidate individually.

The RYA examiner will require you to have completed a narrative of the passage along with the Sight reduction calculations you did to fix your position using a the Sextant.


Related courses

To continue your Yachtmaster qualifications, we recommend the Yachtmaster Ocean course.