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Yachtmaster

Dayskipper 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.

If your experience is limited to crewing, please see our Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore Fast-track courses which include a full introduction to the role of the skipper.

Course programme 

Week 1 -  RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 2 -  RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory (5 days) / Marine First Aid (1 day)
Week 3 -  Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (5 days live-aboard) / Marine Radio Operator
Week 4 -  Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (12 days live-aboard)
Week 5 -  Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (continued)  
Week 6 - Racing and Spinnakers (2 days) / Yacht Maintenance and Diesel Engines (3 days)
Week 7 - Yachtmaster Practical Skills (5 days)
Week 8 - Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week (5 days live-aboard) 

Request a custom training plan 

The above schedule can be individually structured to take account of your prior skills and experience and save you time and money. If you would like a quote for a personalised schedule please contact Flying Fish using the Register Interest button. 

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's, Arctos (our 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 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 ensuite) $690 per week / single room $990 per week 

Book your own 

Backpackers In Manly - basic accommodation for those on a budget (approx $60 / night for 4-6 berth mixed dormitory)
Air BNB - various prices and standards

  • Oct
    21
    21 Oct - 13 Dec
    8 weeks
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $10,790.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining
  • Mar
    2
    2 Mar - 24 Apr
    8 weeks
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $10,790.00 incl. GST
    Register4 places remaining
  • Oct
    19
    19 Oct - 11 Dec
    8 weeks
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $10,790.00 incl. GST
    • 2020
    Register4 places remaining

What's included

Meals on yachts, all safety equipment, publications, and tuition. 

Qualifications and experience

Yachtmaster exam fees are not included. (approximately $465 is payable directly to the RYA examiner at the end of the course.)

  • 2,200 sea miles logged
  • Marine First Aid
  • RYA Diesel Engine certificate
  • Yacht maintenance course
  • RYA Yachtmaster qualifying passages
  • Spinnaker handling course
  • ACMA HF Radio Licence
  • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail) or
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)

Before you start

You are confident acting as skipper in sheltered waters by day. You have logged at least 300 miles at sea, living on board for a minimum of ten days.

If you are more experienced, let us tailor a Fast-track to suit you. 

If you have less experience, please see our Yachtmaster Fast-track courses. 

All seafarers applying for certification as Yachtmasters and Deck Officers need to have full colour vision.

What next?

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

If you leave the course 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.

They said

Lyndsay Barnes - 2018

‘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’

    See also

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Yachtmaster Coastal Fast Track - 8 weeks

      The Yachtmaster Coastal Fast-Track in Sydney takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal in 8 weeks.