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Yachtmaster

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.

RYA Yachtmaster Traineeship

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 is 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 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 -  RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 6 -  RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory (5 days)
Week 7 -  Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (5 days live-aboard) 
Week 8 -  Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (12 days live-aboard)
Week 9 -  Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (continued)  
Week 10 - Racing and Spinnakers (2 days) / Yacht Maintenance and Diesel Engines (3 days)
Week 11 - Yachtmaster Practical Skills (5 days)
Week 12 - 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. 

RYA Yachtmaster Traineeship

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 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

  • Feb
    3
    3 Feb - 24 Apr
    12 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $15,590.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining
  • Sep
    21
    21 Sep - 11 Dec
    12 weeks
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $15,590.00 incl. GST

What's included

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

YM exam fees are not included. A fee of approximately $465 is payable directly to the RYA examiner.

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 qualifying passages
  • RYA Dinghy Level 1 Start Sailing
  • RYA Dinghy Level 2 Basic Skills
  • 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)
  • Free online recruitment service
  • (Optional) STCW Basic Safety Training

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

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.

They said

Willem B. van Rootselaar - Holland

"This has been the greatest life experience I ever had!! and with result: Yachtmaster! Now I'm a REAL Sailor!" 

LI Peihong - China

"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."

    See also

    • 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.
    • 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.