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Yachtmaster Gap Year
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Yachtmaster Gap Year
Getting qualified to skipper a yacht is a brilliant way to start a gap year.
A Flying Fish Yachtmaster Fast Track course in Sydney Australia offers a great combination of travel, training and teamwork – and you get to add some impressive qualifications to your CV or resume.
After a few weeks of professional training you can expect to be qualified at a level where people start paying you to go sailing.
Learn to navigate the complexities of Sydney Harbour then build your experience cruising along the spectacular East coast of Australia.
An instructor ticket is your passport to jobs all year round. Teaching the sport you love is fun – and one of the best ways to develop your own sailing skills.
Once you have the Yachtmaster certificate you are eligible for a short course to qualify as an RYA Cruising Instructor which means you can teach Competent Crew and Day Skipper Practical at any RYA centre or sailing school around the world.
If you want to work as skipper or crew during your gap year, we offer an online recruitment service to help you find jobs on yachts worldwide.
Get a taste of what the Gap Year Yachtmaster program is like from one of our previous students.
Choose your path to a career as a Yachtmaster
Watersports Gap Year
After a few weeks of professional training, you will have the qualifications to start earning money from the sport you love.
First, we guarantee to improve your performance on the water. Next, if you are looking for a personal challenge, you won’t find one more satisfying than learning the skills of an instructor: technical knowledge, safety awareness, communication skills, people management, and motivation.
These are important soft skills and transferable to any career, so the Flying Fish experience makes a great addition to your CV or resume.
Once you’re qualified?Now it’s up to you. You can get an instructor job, go traveling or continue training.
Many Flying Fish students combine windsurfing with another sport – dinghy sailing, scuba diving, mountain biking, or a snow sport. If you can teach more than one sport, employers will be chasing you around the world.
Get a job
If you want to work in windsurfing during your gap year we provide an online recruitment service which puts you in touch with lots of employers and lets you apply for the latest instructor jobs.
We can also help you put a CV together and give you some top tips about working in the water sports industry.
Choose your path to a career in Watersports
Facts and reasons for having a gap year.
Every Flying Fish course has its share of students who are taking time out for a gap year.
Universities prefer candidates with experience of the real world – and students benefit from a break in formal education to acquire some life skills.
Another good reason to take a year out between school and higher education is to improve your CV (resume) with experience overseas.
Most school leavers now consider a gap year to be essential part of growing up. Many want to travel, with Australia a favourite destination.
Major American universities now back the idea of time out before Freshman year.
Famously, Harvard’s admission tutors have recognised that it’s a case of ‘time out or burn out’. They officially encourage taking a year out before going up to Harvard.