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If you already have some sailing experience and are looking for a programme that can be tailored to suit your needs the Flying Fish can design a programme to suit individual requirements, time and budget that will work for you.

Our Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean courses are modular by design meaning we are able to put together a customised programme to take account of prior skills and experience to save time and money. Each week can be booked separately to allow for greater flexibility.

Some customers have already sailed many miles and have a lot of experience and qualifications under their belt and are just looking to brush up skills before taking the Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

To take the Yachtmaster Ocean or Offshore exam you are required to hold certain prerequisites. To find out more,  read our guide to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster.

 Course programme

The most popular programme, the Yachtmaster Offshore course, is broken down into 12 separate courses/weeks. Each course can be booked individually.

Week 1 – Dinghy Level 1 and Level 2 (2 days) and RYA Powerboat level 2 (2 days).
Week 2 – RYA competent crew.
Week 3 – RYA Day skipper theory.
Week 4 – RYA Day skipper practical.
Week 5 – Mile builder including qualifying passages.
Week 6 – RYA Yachtmaster Theory.
Week 7 – RYA Coastal Skipper.
Week 8/9 – Mile builder and qualifying passages (12 days).
Week 10 – Race training and Spinnaker Handling Course/Yacht Maintenance course/RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance.
Week 11 –  Yachtmaster prep/skills and drills.
Week 12 – Yachtmaster Offshore Prep and exam week.

Customers with around 600 miles logged and looking towards RYA Day Skipper should book weeks 5 – 12.

For more information on each element then please see below for more details.


From beginner to Yachtmaster in 12 weeks

12 Weeks from £8,385

Yachtmaster Offshore Course

Our Yachtmaster Offshore course takes you from a beginner to Yachtmaster in 12 weeks

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Design your own course, choose any or all of the following

Start with the basics

1 week from £859

RYA Competent Crew

This live-aboard course provides a comprehensive introduction to yachting and leads to a RYA Competent Crew certificate.

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Followed by the theory and practical

1 week from £350

RYA Day Skipper Theory

The RYA Day Skipper Shore based week is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and seamanship.

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5 Days from £859

RYA Day Skipper Practical

This five-day live-aboard course provides the skills, and more importantly confidence to skipper a cruising yacht in familiar waters during the hours of daylight.

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Practice skippering and Navigation offshore

1 week from £859

RYA Coastal Skipper

The RYA Coastal Skipper course provides you with the opportunity to develop your seamanship, boat handling and navigation skills offshore by day and night. It is a stepping stone towards the RYA Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence.

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Build miles towards Yachtmaster

1/2 weeks from £859

Yachtmaster Milebuilder

Our Yachtmaster Mile Builder course provides the opportunity to log sea miles and qualifying passages in preparation for assessment for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.

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learn first aid and how to use a VHF radio

1 day from £201

ACMA Marine Radio Course

This one day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC.

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1 Day from £100

RYA First Aid Course

The one-day RYA first aid course is included in as part of our six or four week Dinghy/Windsurfing instructor courses

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Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore exam prep and assessment

1 week from £859

Yachtmaster Practical Skills

The course is designed for anyone at or above RYA Day Skipper level who is looking to develop their practical boat handling, pilotage and navigation skills, build confidence in the role of skipper, and looking to sit the Yachtmaster offshore or Coastal exam.

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1 week from £1,089

Yachtmaster Prep Course

This live-aboard course provides a final brush up of skills and theory knowledge and leads to a practical assessment, conducted independently by an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner. Depending on your prior skills and experience or personal goal your objective may be a Yachtmaster Offshore or Coastal Certificate of Competence.

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