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Learn to Sail

RYA /AS accredited courses

Flying Fish offer Royal Yachting Association and Australian Sailing approved courses on fast, comfortable 40 foot yachts which are fully equipped to live aboard. Our base at Sydney’s Middle Harbour Yacht Club is in a spectacular setting. You learn to sail on Sydney Harbour and explore the coast up to Pittwater. Our instructors are qualified and experienced and will show you the ropes in a friendly and professional way.

Begin with a Start Yachting Weekend for an introductory day sailing course. You can then add two live-aboard Competent Crew Weekends to complete the RYA certificate

If you are up for an adventure book a Competent Crew Week  for a comprehensive introduction to sailing leading to an internationally recognised quailification. This course is highly recommended.

For an introduction to chart-work and navigation you should also consider Essential Navigation and Seamanship which is an online course.

Once you have completed Competent Crew you will be ready to move on to Dayskipper Practical where you will learn the skills of the skipper.

Day Skipper Fast-track – 4 weeks

If you are ready for some time off and want to progress quickly then join our Day Skipper Fast-track course and be ready to skipper your own yacht.

Discount membership of Middle Harbour Yacht Club

If you book a Competent Crew Course with Flying Fish in Sydney you can save 25% on Middle Harbour Yacht Club sailing membership.


  • Start Yachting Weekend

    2 days
    Book a Start Yachting Weekend for a structured learn to sail course. Add two live-aboard Competent Crew Weekends to your booking for a comprehensive introduction to yachting, leading to the RYA Competent Crew certificate.
    $645.00


  • Competent Crew Weekend

    2 days
    Learn to sail in style on Sydney Harbour. This is a fully catered live aboard sailing weekend on board one of our fast, comfortable 40 foot training yachts.
    $645.00


  • Competent Crew - 5 days

    5 days
    This live-aboard course provides a comprehensive introduction to yachting and leads to a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificate. The course is designed for novice sailors who would like to become useful and active crew members.
    $1,595.00

Select any course above for more details or click at right for upcoming dates.