Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track

The Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track in Sydney first trains you for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. Then you go on to learn celestial navigation and complete an ocean qualifying passage, in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.
19 September
Mon 19 Sep 2022 - Fri 27 Jan 2023
19 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $22,990.00 incl. GST
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30 January
Mon 30 Jan 2023 - Fri 19 May 2023
16 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $22,990.00 incl. GST
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18 September
Mon 18 Sep 2023 - Fri 26 Jan 2024
19 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $22,990.00 incl. GST
29 January
Mon 29 Jan 2024 - Fri 17 May 2024
16 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $22,990.00 incl. GST


Yachtmaster Ocean Bass StraitOn passing your RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Ocean examination you will be qualified to take command of a commercial sailing vessel up to 200 gross tonnes on passages unrestricted by distance. 

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, daysailing 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.

Sydney Harbour Racing

Racing enthusiasts can often 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. 

If you join our September course there is a 3-week break in training over the Christmas period and the ocean passage to Lord Howe Island begins in Hobart, Tasmania and finishes in Sydney. If you choose the February course there is no break in the schedule and the Ocean passage starts and finishes in Sydney.  

Fantastic sailing areas

The course is based in a spectacular setting at Flying Fish Sail Academy, 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.

Ocean passage

The Ocean passage goes to Lord Howe Island which is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with beautiful beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon. 

The diving and snorkelling are world-class and, weather permitting, the crew will spend a couple of days relaxing and exploring this beautiful island before we set sail for the passage back to Sydney.

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 have limited availability in Flying Fish serviced crew apartments in Manly, staying with other Flying Fish customers on one of Australia's most beautiful beaches. Or you can book your own place. 

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. 
  • If you book our September course we include an economy class flight from Sydney to Hobart to start the ocean passage.

Qualifications and experience

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


Before you start

  • The course is often described as a 'Zero to Hero' programme. As such it is suitable for newcomers to sailing and boating. Having said this, any prior experience in sailing and boating (eg dinghy sailing or windsurfing) will be very helpful.
  • If you start the course as a beginner you will log all the miles and passages needed for the practical and oral exams.
  • If you join us having logged some miles and time on yachts you can expect to leave as a confident, qualified Yachtmaster Offshore, ready to enter the RYA oral exam as Yachtmaster Ocean.
  • All seafarers applying for certification as Yachtmasters and Deck Officers need full colour vision.
  • To plan your own pathway to Yachtmaster Ocean with a custom package of short courses see here

What next?

  • If you leave the course as a qualified, commercially endorsed Yachtmaster you will be ready to start work as a skipper.
  • As a Yachtmaster Offshore, you are approved by the MCA to take charge of a sailing vessel up to 200 gross tonnes on passages up to 150 miles from a safe haven. A Yachtmaster Ocean is unrestricted by distance. 
  • If you want to work as an instructor at an RYA school you will need to complete a Yacht Cruising Instructor course.


  • Cameron Pimentel
    • Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track
    • “ I've been lucky enough to be hired by an incredible carbon ketch based out of New Zealand. So many thanks again to George and everyone else at Flying Fish! ”
  • Willem Rootselaar
    • Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track
    • “ This has been the greatest life experience I ever had!! and with result: Yachtmaster! Now I'm a REAL Sailor! ”
  • Mike Stuart
    • Support
    • “ 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 -  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 - RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Theory (5 days)
    • Week 13 - Ocean passage planning / Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Passage (16 days live-aboard)
    • Week 14, 15 - YM Ocean Qualifying Passage (continued) 
    • Week 16 - Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week - Offshore (5 days live-aboard)
  • Qualifications and experience 
    • Approx 3,700 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 / Watchkeeping experience
    • RYA Dinghy Level 1 Start Sailing
    • RYA Dinghy Level 2 Basic Skills
    • Racing and Spinnakers
    • ACMA VHF/HF GMDSS Radio Licence
    • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased
    • RYA Coastal Skipper
    • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
    • RYA YM Ocean Shorebased
    • RYA YM Ocean passage
    • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (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. Book your accommodation package when you book your course. 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 first time