Day Skipper to Yachtmaster Fast Track

Dayskipper to Yachtmaster Fast-track is designed for confident sailors who have completed RYA Day Skipper or have previous experience as skipper in sheltered waters. It provides an efficient pathway to the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate.

27 May
Mon 27 May 2024 - Fri 19 Jul 2024
8 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $12,990.00 incl.
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14 October
Mon 14 Oct 2024 - Fri 06 Dec 2024
8 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
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3 March
Mon 03 Mar 2025 - Fri 25 Apr 2025
8 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
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2 June
Mon 02 Jun 2025 - Fri 25 Jul 2025
8 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
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    13 October
    Mon 13 Oct 2025 - Fri 05 Dec 2025
    8 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
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Flying Fish has been training professional Yachtmasters for more than twenty years. Our customers include men and women of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.

Our innovative course programme provides an exhilarating mix of training and a reliable route to certification.

We promise you expert tuition, a stimulating learning environment and a great Australian sailing adventure.

Course schedule

The programme is a package of individual training courses built into a balanced and progressive training schedule. 

Training time is divided between live-aboard periods, day sailing courses and shore-based theory classes. 

Weekends are usually free but we encourage you to join our dinghy sailing and windsurfing classes (at no cost) to develop core sailing skills or join a Flying Fish weekend course as a mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors.

For racing enthusiasts, there is also the chance to go yacht racing with owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club

For a full breakdown of the week by week training schedule see the Faq section below.  

Fantastic sailing area

The course is based in the spectacular setting of the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney.

You sail in Sydney Harbour, Australia's favourite yachting playground, cruising past the Opera House and under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Offshore you explore the New South Wales coast, heading south to Jervis Bay or north to Pittwater, Seal Rocks and Coffs Harbour.

Weather conditions vary from warm sea breezes to cool southerly busters. You will experience magnificent seascapes, dolphins, whales and, of course, flying fish. This is offshore sailing at its best! 

Equipment and instructors 

We operate a fleet of excellent training vessels including Beneteau 40.7 cruiser racers, SV Arctos (a Radford 55 built for a southern ocean circumnavigation) and our luxury yacht Calypso, a state of the art Moody 54 Deck Saloon.

We also have a fleet of Laser Bahia and RS Zest training dinghies and Highfield rigid inflatable boats which we use in the early part of the programme. 

For shore-based training, we have a comfortable waterside classroom equipped with a variety of modern teaching aids and equipment. 

Our team of experienced instructors will guide you through your programme in the friendly and professional style that is the hallmark of Flying Fish.  

Where to stay ashore

If you don't live in Sydney you will need a place to stay for the duration of your course.

We sometimes have availability in Flying Fish serviced crew apartments in Manly, staying with other Flying Fish customers on one of Australia's most beautiful beaches. 

For this course we recommend you book your own accommodation through Airbnb or another.   

For more information see the FAQ section below. 

What's included

  • Tuition, logbook, pre-course reading, training resources, and certification. 
  • Life jackets and safety harnesses are provided and we can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
  • Shared cabin accommodation and meals onboard on live-aboard passages 
  • All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.
  • Fast track customers can join our weekend dinghy and windsurf classes free of charge
  • RYA YM exam fees (approximately $465) are not included and are payable directly to the RYA on the exam day. 

Qualifications and experience

For a full list of the qualifications and experience acquired on the programme see the Faq section below

Before you start

  • You are confident acting as skipper in sheltered waters by day.
  • You have logged at least 300 miles at sea, living onboard for a minimum of ten days.
  • If you are more experienced, contact Flying Fish and let us help you plan a bespoke programme to suit you. 
  • If you have less experience, please see our Yachtmaster Offshore Fast-track course. 
  • All seafarers applying for certification as Yachtmasters and Deck Officers need to have full colour vision.

What next?

  • If you leave the Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track as a qualified, commercially endorsed Yachtmaster you will be ready to start work as a skipper.
  • If you want to work as an instructor at an RYA school you will need to complete a Yacht Cruising Instructor course.
  • To qualify for your Yachtmaster Ocean / Master of Yachts 200 gt (unlimited) certification see here.


  • Liam Wilson - Croatia
    • Day Skipper to Yachtmaster Fast Track
    • “ Big thanks to Russ, Andy, and the team for helping me with my Yachtmaster! Jim was a fantastic coach and got to say I love how all the staff are so welcoming and knowledgeable. It's a really positive and supportive environment down there. I worked with Charis and Cash in Croatia last year and was more than happy to recommend Flying Fish to them - they also had a fantastic experience with you!
  • Li Peihong - China
    • Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track
    • “ Flying Fish is the best choice to learn and enjoy sailing. Authentic British style management, a friendly coaching team, a loving student atmosphere, a tailored teaching program, and a glimpse of the southern hemisphere's deep blue charm. ”
  • Lyndsay Barnes - UK
    • Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track
    • “ Joining the Flying Fish Yachtmaster programme was one of the best decisions I ever made, My new office is floating on Sydney Harbour. If you’re considering doing the course, sign up now and don’t give it a second thought. But be warned, it could change your life ”


  • Course programme 
    • Week 1 -  Racing and Spinnakers (2 days) / Basic Yacht Maintenance (3 days)
    • Week 2, 3, 4  - Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (16 days live-aboard)
    • Week 5 -  RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory (6 days)
    • Week 6 - RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
    • Week 7 - Yachtmaster Practical Skills (5 days)
    • Week 8 - 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
  • Qualifications and experience 
    • Approx 2,200 sea miles logged
    • TCP Marine First Aid
    • RYA Diesel Engine certificate
    • Basic Yacht Maintenance
    • RYA Yachtmaster qualifying passages/watchkeeper experience 
    • Intro Racing and Spinnaker handling course
    • ACMA VHF/HF GMDSS Radio Licence
    • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory
    • RYA Coastal Skipper
    • Yachtmaster Practical Skills
    • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
  • Where to stay ashore
    • Flying Fish crew apartments - stay with other Flying Fish customers on one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Our crew apartments in Manly are comfortably furnished for shared living and only a short bus ride or Uber share to our training centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Room share (twin or triple with ensuite) $690 per week / single room $990 per week. We only offer accommodation packages for the full duration of the programme.
    • Book your own Backpackers In Manly – basic accommodation for those on a budget (approx $50 / night for 4-6 berth mixed dormitory)
    • Book your own Air BNB at various prices and standards. 
  • Visas for international students
    • Apart from Aussies and Kiwis, everybody traveling to Australia needs to apply in advance for a visa. Don't apply for a student visa. These are only available for government-sanctioned higher education courses at universities and other tertiary establishments.  Tourist visas or working holiday visas (for those who want to work) are fine. 
  • What happens if I fail the Yachtmaster exams?
    • We do our best to make sure that you don't. But if the worst comes to the worst you'll go away with an action plan to complete.  Usually, this involves revising some missing skills or knowledge and then resitting the exam.
    • Over 90% of our Yachtmaster candidates pass the first time