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Yachtmaster Coastal Fast Track

The Yachtmaster Coastal Fast-Track in Sydney takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence.

RYA TraineeshipFlying 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 our Yachtmaster customers are encouraged to join our dinghy sailing and windsurfing 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.  

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 - RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory (5 days)
Week 7 - RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 8 - Yachtmaster Practical Skills (5 days)
Week 9 - Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week - Coastal (5 days live-aboard)

Request a custom training plan 

The above schedule can be individually customised to take account of your prior skills and experience and save time and money. If you would like a quote for a customised 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.

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 ensuite) $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 - 20 Nov
    9 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $11,990.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Feb
    1 Feb - 2 Apr
    9 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $11,990.00 incl. GST
    Register4 places remaining

What's included

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

YM exam fees (approximately $465) are not included. 

Qualifications and experience

  • 1300 sea miles logged
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA First Aid
  • RYA Dinghy Level 1 Start Sailing
  • RYA Dinghy Level 2 Basic Skills
  • ACMA VHF/HF GMDSS Radio Licence
  • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • RYA Coastal Skipper
  • Watch keeping experience
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Sail) 
  • Free online recruitment service

Before you start

The course is designed for newcomers to sailing and for anyone with previous experience who would like to recap basic skills in a superb sailing environment.

What next?

Some candidates choose to go on to complete the Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean Fast Track to gain higher certification. 

    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.