Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track - 12 weeks

The Flying Fish Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track in Sydney takes you from novice sailor to the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.
31 January
Mon 31 Jan 2022 - Fri 22 Apr 2022
12 weeks, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $16,990.00 incl. GST
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25 April
Mon 25 Apr 2022 - Fri 15 Jul 2022
12 weeks, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $16,990.00 incl. GST
19 September
Mon 19 Sep 2022 - Fri 09 Dec 2022
12 weeks, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $16,990.00 incl. GST
30 January
Mon 30 Jan 2023 - Fri 21 Apr 2023
12 weeks, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $16,990.00 incl. GST


Flying Fish have 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

During the course your time is divided between live-aboard passages and shore-based day sailing or theory classes. 

Weekends are usually free but we encourage you to join our dinghy sailing and windsurfing classes (at no cost), go yacht racing with owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club or join a Flying Fish weekend course as mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors.  

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) / Yacht Maintenance and Diesel Engines (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 - Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week (5 days live-aboard) 

RYA Yachtmaster Passage

The above schedule can be individually structured to take account of your prior skills and experience and save you time and money.  

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.

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

Flying Fish serviced crew apartments – stay with other Flying Fish customers on one of Australia's most beautiful beaches.

Our crew apartments in Pine street are a stone’s throw from Manly beach and a short bus ride to our training centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.  

They are comfortably furnished for shared living with two bathrooms, a separate toilet, well equipped kitchens, lounge/dining areas, laundry facilities and an outdoor area.

Room share (twin or triple with en-suite) $690 per week / single room $990 per week 

Book your own 

Backpackers In Manly - basic accommodation for those on a budget (approx $50 / night for 4-6 berth mixed dormitory)
Air BNB - various prices and standards

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 on board 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

  • 2,500 sea miles logged
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • Marine First Aid
  • RYA Diesel Engine certificate
  • Yacht maintenance course
  • RYA Watchleader certificate
  • RYA qualifying passages
  • RYA Dinghy Level 1 or 2 
  • Intro Racing and Spinnaker handling course
  • ACMA HF Radio Licence
  • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • Watch keeping experience
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail) or
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)

Before you start

The course is often described as a 'Zero to Hero' programme. As such it is suitable for newcomers to sailing as well as for anyone with previous experience who would like to recap basic skills and join an educational training adventure in a superb sailing environment.

If you are more experienced you may prefer to plot your own course to yachtmaster wiht a package of short courses. 

What next?

If you leave the Yachtmaster 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.

Some candidates go on to join our Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and Passage so as to complete the prestigious Yachtmaster Ocean certificate.


  • Willem B. Van Rootselaar - Holland
    • Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track
    • “ This has been the greatest life experience I ever had! and with result: Yachtmaster! Now I'm a REAL Sailor!The course was magnificent!
  • Li Peihong - China
    • Yachtmaster 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. ”
  • Mike Stuart
    • 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 ”