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12 Weeks
Sydney, Australia
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Our Yachtmaster Offshore course takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. The innovative programme provides an exhilarating mix of training as well as a great Australian sailing adventure.

Our mission

Flying Fish strive to provide you with the ultimate sailing experience in a fantastic location with great instructors who are passionate about their sport. We have been running our Yachtmaster Offshore Course in Australia for over 20 years and we are very proud of what we have achieved. Hundreds of customers have completed the course and it is fair to say that it has changed many lives forever. Customers leave with the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification having had an amazing time, met some great people and made friends for life. Qualifying as a Yachtmaster Offshore is the start of a new career in the maritime industry. Many of our customers are now working on large yachts and Superyachts as captains or crew members.

Why train in Sydney?

Sailing in the sunshine is one of the main reasons customers choose to travel to Australia to complete the Yachtmaster Offshore Course with Flying Fish. Sydney is famous for it’s warm winds and beautiful clear water, so most of your sailing will be in shorts and t-shirts. Offshore, you explore the beautiful New South Wales coast with all of its stunning harbours and anchorages. We guarantee you will love sailing in Australia.

Our base in Middle Harbour Yacht Club, with it’s white sandy beach and great atmosphere, is where you start your day whether its skills training in Sydney Harbour or about to set off on an offshore passage. Being part of Flying Fish provides temporary membership to the Yacht Club offering customers the chance to join evening and weekend yacht races. The Aussies love their yacht racing with the most famous race being the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Through our contacts customers will meet local sailors and yacht owners and are invited to join weekend races.

Sydney and the Northern beaches has a lot to offer, Surfing is a national past time on Manly beach, being one of the best surf beaches on the North Shore. Manly is full of bars, restaurants and cafe’s and it’s fair to say that everybody loves the beach and the cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Course programme

The Yachtmaster Offshore course is divided between live-aboard passages and shore-based day sailing or theory classes. Weekends are usually free so customers have the time to enjoy Sydney, relax on the beach or go yacht racing on the weekends. Flying Fish run weekend RYA Sailing Courses so there is an opportunity to join one of our yachts as first mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors to build experience.

The course is designed for novice sailors with basic sailing skills, however the course can be tailored to suit individual needs so please contact us to discuss options if you already have some experience.

The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence

The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate allows the holder to skipper a yacht up to 24m in length and up to 150 miles from a safe haven. If you add STCW Basic Safety Training, then the certificate is valid on yachts over 24m and up to 200 gross tonnes. Once you are qualified there are a lot of options out there for you if you choose to work as a professional skipper.

Life as a Professional skipper

Depending on your goal you may wish to work as a flotilla skipper for one of the holiday companies who are always on the lookout for professional crew. Yacht delivery companies who deliver sailing yachts all over the world are also wanting qualified professionals. Superyachts is another avenue to consider, having your Yachtmaster Offshore provides a gateway to work on luxury yachts.

Our Yachts

We have a great fleet of yacht, dinghies and RIBs for you to train on when inshore and offshore. We guarantee that you will have an amazing adventure down under and come away with a qualification you can use for life.


Flying Fish can provide accommodation in one of our crew houses, located in the heart of Manly, a stones through from the beach and 15 minutes from the training centre at Middle Harbour Yacht club. 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.

12 weeks using our self catering accommodation costs £4,600.


  • Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, and tuition
  • 2,500 sea miles logged
  • RYA First Aid
  • ACMA HF Radio Licence

Please note Yachtmaster exam fees are not included. A fee of approximately $465 is payable directly to the RYA examiner.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
03/02/2020 24/04/2020 Sydney, Australia 3 Spaces Left
Course price £8,427
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£4,476shared self catering accommodation
£1,190Round trip flight from London
21/09/2020 11/12/2020 Sydney, Australia Available
Course price £8,427
Required deposit £500
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Optional add-ons
£4,476shared self catering accommodation
£1,190Round trip flight from London

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

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 years 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.


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 –  RYA Coastal Skipper (5 days live aboard)

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

Week 7 – Mile builder including qualifying passages

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

Week 10 – Race training and Spinnakers (2 days)/Maintenance course (2 days)/ RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance (1 Day)

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

Week 12 Week off if you choose the 24th September start date

Week 13 – Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and exam week

Related courses

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 or Australia before or after your Yachtmaster Offshore course.