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Yachtmaster Gap Year

Getting qualified to skipper a yacht is a brilliant way to start a gap year.

It’s 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 in the UK or Australia you can expect to be qualified at a level where people start paying you to go sailing.

Find Yachtmaster gap year courses in Australia and the UK

Yachtmaster training

If a life on the ocean wave is for you then our 12 week Yachtmaster Pro Fast Track is the course to set. This is the ultimate sailing adventure! Learn to navigate the challenging tides of the Solent in the UK then cruise around Sydney Harbour and along the spectacular East coast of Australia.

For full details of this and all our Yachtmaster courses go to our RYA Yachtmaster section.

Teach sailing

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.


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.

  • Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track - 16 weeks

    16 weeks
    The Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship 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.

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