About us

Flying Fish, experts in yachting and watersports education

Flying Fish has a history of pioneering excellence in professional yachting and watersports trainingFounded in 1993, Flying Fish revolutionised the industry by offering fast-track courses for professional Yachtmasters and Watersports Instructors in the UK and Greece. 

Recognising the growing demand for professional qualifications and high-quality education in the maritime leisure industry, Flying Fish expanded its operations to Australia, launching its first Yachtmaster programme in Sydney in 1996 and subsequently incorporating Flying Fish Australia.

Today, Flying Fish in Sydney, Australia, is a premier training hub, welcoming over 2,000 customers annually.

Flying Fish Australia

Our extensive range of courses spans various disciplines, ensuring that we cater to the needs of beginner sailors, professional Yachtmasters, boat licence trainees, adventure sailors, and watersports enthusiasts alike.

Sandy beaches and picturesque coves surround our training centre at Sydney’s Middle Harbour Yacht Club. We have an absolutely ideal training environment with Sydney Harbour as our backyard.

With more than 30 years of experience in the UK, Australia, Canada, and Greece, Flying Fish has built a reputation for delivering top-notch courses in some of the world’s best training locations.

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A Professional Team

The cornerstone of Flying Fish’s success is its dedicated team of experienced and qualified coaches and instructors.

These professionals have a wealth of knowledge and a passion for teaching and do their best to ensure that all Flying Fish customers receive personalised instruction in a friendly, professional, and supportive environment.

This commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has established Flying Fish as a global leader in professional yachting and watersports education.

From the founders to every one of our instructors, we share a deep love for the ocean. It’s this shared passion that drives us to want to share all the fun that can be had on it, creating a strong sense of community among our audience.

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Flying Fish UK

Flying Fish UK, located in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, is our trusted UK training partner. Although we operate as separate businesses, we collaborate closely and act as agents for each other to provide comprehensive training solutions for the professional yachting and watersports industry. 

Flying Fish UK is an MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and RYA (Royal Yachting Association) approved training centre, offering a range of courses in the Superyacht sector.

Their programs ensure trainees receive a top-notch education and hands-on experience, supported by state-of-the-art facilities and experienced instructors.

One key advantage of choosing Flying Fish UK is its strong connections within the Superyacht industry. This network opens up valuable career opportunities for graduates, making it an ideal choice for aspiring Superyacht crew members who are looking for exciting and rewarding career paths.

Awarding Authorities

Flying Fish training leads to qualifications issued by industry-leading, internationally recognised awarding authorities.

Our courses undergo a rigorous approval process, our operating procedures are closely monitored, and our facilities are regularly inspected, ensuring the highest instruction and safety management standards.

By choosing Flying Fish, you align yourself with a global professional yachting and watersports training leader.

Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

Flying Fish is recognised as a sea school and approved as a training centre by the highly esteemed RYA in the UK and Australia, a testament to the quality of our training.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

In the UK, Flying Fish is approved by the MCA as a training provider under the STCW convention of the International Maritime Organisation.

Australian Sailing

Flying Fish is an approved Australian Sailing training provider.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

AMSA approves the operation of Flying Fish training vessels, and our professional Yachtmaster programmes lead to the AMSA Sailing Master Near Coastal certification.