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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 Ocean Bass StraitOn passing your oral exam you will be qualified to take command of a sailing vessel up to 200gt on passages unrestricted by distance.

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 you are encouraged to join our dinghy sailing classes, go yacht racing with owners at the club, or join a Flying Fish weekend course as mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors.  

If you book our September start date there is a three week break in training over the Christmas period (between weeks 12 and 13 below) and the ocean passage begins in Hobart, Tasmania and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.

If you join our February course there is no break in the schedule and the Ocean passage starts and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney. 

Yachtmaster Ocean customers follow the 16 week schedule below.

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 - RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Theory (5 days)
Week 13 - Ocean passage planning / Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Passage (16 days live-aboard)
Week 14 - YM Ocean Qualifying Passage (continued) 
Week 15 - YM Ocean Qualifying Passage (continued) 
Week 16 - Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week - Offshore (5 days live-aboard)

Sydney Harbour Racing

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 areas

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.

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 snorkeling 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.

Ocean passage

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


  • Sep
    21 Sep - 29 Jan
    19 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $21,990.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list
  • Feb
    1 Feb - 21 May
    16 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $21,990.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list
  • Sep
    20 Sep - 28 Jan
    19 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $21,990.00 incl. GST
    • 2021
  • Jan
    31 Jan - 20 May
    16 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $21,990.00 incl. GST
    • 2022

What's included

Meals on live-aboard weeks, safety equipment, publications, tuition.  

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

Yachtmaster exam fees are not included. A fee of approximately $465 is payable to the RYA examiner for YM Offshore. The YM Ocean oral exam fee is approximately $350 in Australia.

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 qualifying passages
  • 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
  • Watch keeping experience
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail)
  • RYA YM Ocean Shorebased
  • RYA YM Ocean passage
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail)

Before you start

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. 

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.

As a YM Offshore you are approved by the MCA to take charge of a sailing vessel up to 200 gt on passages up to 150 miles from a safe haven. A YM 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.

They said

Cameron Pimentel - Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track 2017 - 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! 

    See also

    • Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track - 12 weeks

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    • Dayskipper to Yachtmaster Fast-track

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    • Yachtmaster Coastal Fast Track

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    • Yachtmaster Ocean Theory & Qualifying Passage

      This course prepares experienced skippers for the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence. The programme combines the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course with an exhilarating Pacific ocean qualifying passage.