The story of Flying Fish began in 1993 when Andy Fairclough and Andrew Lorant set up a winter windsurf training camp in Barbados.
Sailing and windsurfing
In 1995 we established our European base at Vassiliki on the Greek island of Lefkas. 20 years later, we are running Windsurf Instructor courses at Club Vass and Dinghy Sail Instructor courses at Wildwind.
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We launched RYA Yachtmaster training in Australia in 1996, at Sydney’s Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Our flagship Yachtmaster Professional Traineeship now runs six times a year in Cowes and Sydney.
1998 saw the first Flying Fish PADI professional scuba dive traineeship. In 2003 we added a Divemaster Internship in Vassiliki, Greece.
Flying Fish Ski and Snowboard Instructor training took to the slopes in 2004, at Canada’s top winter sports resort, Whistler Blackcomb.
In 2004 we brought all our UK yacht operations in-house, setting up our UK sailing school as a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training centre where you can learn to sail in Cowes.
STCW for captains, crew and security personnel
In 2008 the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved Flying Fish to offer STCW Basic Safety Training marking the launch of our Superyacht Crew training department.
Flying Fish now trains and places over 1,000 professional candidates a year, plus many hundreds more who join us for personal skills training, yacht racing or a challenging activity holiday.
We are confident that we offer the best courses available in our activities, in the world’s best training locations.
If you are making a serious career move, planning a gap year or just aiming for a great adventure – we look forward to welcoming you to Flying Fish!