RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

The gold standard of RYA Yachtmaster certification!

The holder of an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate has been found competent to skipper a yacht up to 24 metres in length on passages unlimited by distance. 

A Flying Fish intensive Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track program takes an inexperienced sailor all the way to Yachtmaster Ocean certification in just sixteen weeks of intensive training.

If you are already a qualified Yachtmaster Offshore join our four week Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and Qualifying Passage to upgrade to the Ocean ticket. 

Yachtmaster Ocean course options


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.

16 weeks



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.

4 weeks



Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Theory

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore-based week teaches you ocean passage planning and celestial navigation, including the use of a sextant. You will leave the course confident that you have the knowledge and skills required to navigate an ocean passage using traditional methods.

5 days



Ocean passage to Lord Howe Island

Be part of the crew on an ocean sailing passage to a stunning Pacific island destination. This superb training adventure is ideal for sailors who want to experience the magic of blue-water cruising.

18 days


See what Yachtmaster Ocean with Flying Fish is all about.


Watch our video for more insight into our Yachtmaster Fast Track programmes. 

Launch your Superyacht career

Ever dreamed of getting paid a lot of money to travel the world as the captain of a superyacht?

A superyacht, apart from being generally super luxurious, is a yacht that is greater than 24 metres in length and is therefore outside the scope of a standard Yachtmaster certification. 

Most superyachts between 24 m and 3000 gross tonnes fall under the authority of the UK’s MCA Large Yacht Code (LYC).

RYA Yachtmaster theory and practical certifications are the entry point to MCA/LYC deck officer qualifications and are therefore essential for anyone planning a career as an officer on a superyacht.

By the simple addition of a one-week STCW Basic Safety course, an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean theory and practical certificate may be endorsed as MCA Master of Yachts (200gt)/OOW Yachts (500gt) unlimited. 

From there on, with a combination of sea time and further training, you can work your way up to MCA Master of Yachts 3000 gt and that dream job. 

Other Yachtmaster programmes

Not ready to commit to a Yachtmaster Ocean programme just yet? 

We offer a number of shorter Fast Track programmes, the most popular of which is Yachtmaster Offshore Fast Track. 

Many of our customers aim for a Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore certificate first and then spend some time working as a professional skipper before upgrading to Yachtmaster Ocean at a later date. 

Yachtmaster Ocean FAQ's

To qualify for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence you must:

  • Hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • Have completed the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean shorebased theory course
  • Have completed a Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage
  • Have prepared a narrative of your qualifying passage including details of your navigational sights for submission to the examiner
  • You must successfully complete an oral examination with an approved examiner.

If you are already a qualified Yachtmaster Offshore you can book Yachtmaster Ocean Theory and Passage. This package of training includes the shorebased theory course and the ocean qualifying passage.