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The Yachtmaster Ocean certificate is the highest qualification available in the RYA scheme. Flying Fish’s Yachtmaster Ocean Course in Sydney, Australia first trains you for RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate. You then go on to learn celestial navigation, completing an ocean passage in preparation for your RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.

The Yachmaster Ocean certificate, recognised all over the world, allows the holder to skipper a vessel up to 24 meters in length across any ocean. If the holder completes an STCW Basic Safety Training, then the certificate is valid on yachts over 24 meters and up to 200 gross tonnes.

The Yachtmaster Ocean certificate is a requirement for anybody looking to work on Superyachts as an Officer of the Watch.

Offshore or Ocean

The main difference between Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean is Astro navigation; the ability to fix your position using only the sun and stars. You will learn to master Celestial navigation in the classroom before leaving on a 600-mile passage to put what you have learned into practice.

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Sydney, Australia

Flying Fish runs all Yachtmaster Ocean courses in Sydney, Australia. Training in Sydney offers so much more than the hot climate. You will learn to sail on the beautiful Sydney Harbour and offshore along the East coast of Australia. Customers are encouraged to go racing with yacht owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club or join Flying Fish weekend courses as mate to a qualified instructor to gain experience.

There is so much to do off the water too. You can relax on beautiful sun-drenched beaches, enjoy world-class food and, of course, learn to surf!


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. They are comfortably furnished and only a short walk from the bars, restaurants and supermarkets in the centre of Manly.


Manly has a vibrant nightlife, with many bars and restaurants to choose from. There are so many bars that you will find it difficult to choose! If this is not enough then a short ferry ride will have you in the heart of Sydney. Everybody loves Manly: we guarantee that you will have an amazing night out.

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