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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 its 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 its 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 and 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 the 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 stone 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.



  • 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.

Dates & pricing

Starts Ends Location(s) Availability
24/04/2023 14/07/2023 Sydney, Australia 1 spaces available
Course only
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
18/09/2023 08/12/2023 Sydney, Australia 1 space available
Course + Accommodation
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
29/01/2024 19/04/2024 Sydney, Australia 3 spaces available
Course + Accommodation
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours
Course only
Required deposit £1,100
Or, please hold my space for 48 hours

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 –  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)
  • The above programme may be run in a different order but the training units are correct

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.