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An RYA Yachtmaster Certificate is widely recognised as the benchmark qualification for professional yacht captains and is a passport to worldwide employment in the yachting industry. Recreational skippers should consider gaining a Yachtmaster qualification as part of their duty of care to the crew.

Yachtmaster training

Flying Fish have been training Yachtmasters in Sydney for more than twenty years. Our customers come from many countries and  backgrounds and our graduates include round the world race skippers, charter yacht captains, deck officers on superyachts and Flying Fish instructors training the next generation. Our experienced staff are committed to providing quality training on excellent yachts in a fantastic location.

Our full time Yachtmaster Fast Track  programmes are suitable for both experienced sailors and newcomers and provide an efficient and reliable route to certification. They can also be customised to suit individual requirements.

If you are more experienced, or prefer to take things slowly, choose from a menu of Yachtmaster Short Courses and we can create a personal training plan to suit your needs. Whatever your previous experience, we can help you find the right pathway to this prestigious qualification.

Yachtmaster exams

Examinations for Yachtmaster certificates of competence are conducted on board by RYA appointed Yachtmaster Examiners.

Certificates are issued at three levels.

Yachtmaster Coastal is restricted to operations within 20 miles of port.
Yachtmaster Offshore is valid for use up to 150 miles from a safe haven.
Yachtmaster Ocean is unrestricted by distance.

Pre exam requirements

All Yachtmaster candidates require the following prior to submitting for examination.

Seatime requirements 

Required sea time and qualifying passages must be logged in the 10 years prior to examination

Yachtmaster Coastal

  • Seatime (30 days on board, two days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours)
  • For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate the seatime requirement is reduced to 20 days on board, two days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours

Yachtmaster Offshore 

  • Seatime (50 days on board, five days as skipper, 2500 miles)
  • Qualifying passages (five passages over 60 miles, including two overnight and two as skipper)

Yachtmaster commercial use

If you intend to use your Yachtmaster certificate commercially anywhere in the world you will also need.

For commercial operations in Australia you will also require

A certificate of medical fitness is also required 

Details for certificate of medical fitness in Australia

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Yachtmaster Fast Track
If you already have significant sailing experience or prefer to do things step by step we can help you design a custom Yachtmaster programme from our range of short courses.
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Yachtmaster Short Courses
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Yachtmaster Ocean Courses
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