Day Skipper Fast-track

From beginner to RYA qualified Day Skipper in just four weeks! Gain a package of internationally recognized qualifications and enjoy an inspiring training adventure on Sydney Harbour.
19 September
Mon 19 Sep 2022 - Fri 14 Oct 2022
4 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $5,990.00 incl. GST
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30 January
Mon 30 Jan 2023 - Fri 24 Feb 2023
4 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $5,990.00 incl. GST
24 April
Mon 24 Apr 2023 - Fri 19 May 2023
4 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $5,990.00 incl. GST
18 September
Mon 18 Sep 2023 - Fri 13 Oct 2023
4 weeks, 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $5,990.00 incl. GST


This inspiring and varied programme has been designed for inexperienced sailors who are looking to fast track their sailing knowledge and skills in a stunning location.  

By the end of the course you will have gained some valuable qualifications and you will have acquired the essential skills and knowledge to skipper a small sailing yacht with confidence.

Course content 

A draft training schedule is shown below. The weeks may be run in a a different order to that shown. 

Week 1 - RYA Powerboat Level 2 (2 days) / Dinghy Sailing Level 1/2 (2 days) / Marine First Aid (1 day) / ACMA Marine Radio License (1 day)
Week 2 - RYA Competent Crew (5 days)
Week 3 - RYA Dayskipper Theory (5 days) )
Week 4 - RYA Dayskipper Practical (5 days)

If you would like a quote for a customised schedule please contact Flying Fish.

Set sail in Sydney

The course is based in a stunning location 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, probably heading north to Pittwater and south to Botany Bay. 

Weather conditions vary from warm sea breezes to cool southerly busters. You will experience magnificent seascapes, dolphins, whales and, of course, flying fish!

Equipment and instructors 

We operate a fleet of excellent training vessels including Beneteau 40.7's, a First 40, SV Arctos (a strong, powerful Radford 55 built for a southern ocean circumnavigation) and our luxury yacht Calypso a state of the art Moody 54 Deck Saloon.

For dinghy sailing and powerboat training we use Laser Picos and Bahias and Tornado 4.8 and 5.8 rigid inflatable boats. We also have a fleet of windsurf boards, SUP's and wings. 

Our team of highly experienced, RYA qualified, instructors will guide you through your programme in the friendly and professional style that is the hallmark of Flying Fish. We conform to RYA teaching ratios and safety guidelines throughout the programme. 

Where to stay

If you are travelling from interstate or overseas for the course we recommend you stay nearby in Manly.  

Manly has amazing beaches on its doorstep and is a short bus ride or uber from our training centre.

Start your day with a quick surf on Manly beach!



What's included

Consumables on board, marina fees, safety equipment, tuition and publications. 


  • 300 sea miles logged
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)
  • AS Dinghy sailing level 1
  • TCP Marine First Aid (workplace approved)

As the holder of a Day Skipper certificate and an RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate you are entitled to an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) from the Royal Yachting Association. An ICC is required to hire a boat or charter a yacht in the coastal waters of most Mediterranean countries.

Before you start

The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some sailing experience but without formal training or qualifications. 

What next?

Your next Flying Fish course should be one of our Yachtmaster Fast Track courses.