The Yachtmaster Coastal Course is the first of three Yachtmaster Training Courses delivered by Flying Fish, all designed to take a novice sailor through a structured training programme to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal. The Yachtmaster Coastal Course is for crew or skippers who want to venture out of sheltered waters and explore further afield.

Why Yachtmaster Coastal?

Yachtmaster Coastal is the entry-level certificate into the commercial world. Customers choose to complete Yachtmaster Coastal if the intention is to work in Coastal waters no further than 20 miles from a safe haven. Yachtmaster Coastal is a shorter course and requires fewer sea miles (800) than the Yachtmaster Offshore (2,500 miles).

The Yachtmaster Coastal course is the preferred option for customers who do not intend to work as professional skipper but would like to consolidate what has been learned.

Course Overview

The Yachtmaster Coastal Course is divided between live-aboard passages and shore-based day sailing or theory classes. 

You start with Dingy sailing to home wind awareness and key sailing skills before moving onto the yachts to put those skills into practice. You will complete a few weeks in Sydney harbour and a week of Day Skipper Theory, First Aid, and marine radio and powerboat level 2. You are then back on our 40.7s, perfecting the basic skills before going on a short offshore passage offshore to learn how to skipper a yacht offshore. 

We mix in a two-day, learn-to-race package to understand how to use spinnakers and the art of yacht racing.

We have a great fleet of boats, dinghies, and RIBs for you to use. Arctos, the flagship of our Sydney fleet, is loved by all.


Yachtmaster Coastal Course

Why Train in Australia?

Sydney has so much to offer when it comes to sailing. You have the stunning Sydney harbour, warm water, and plenty of sunshine, plus Australia has some of the best sailing conditions in the world. The East Coast of Australia is a perfect destination for long offshore passages; you will find yourself sailing from Sydney up and down the beautiful East Coast to some amazing destinations.

Many customers chill on the beach or enjoy Sydney’s hospitality when not sailing. Weekends are usually free, but customers are encouraged to join the local yacht racing scene with yacht owners at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

Key facts

What our previous customers have to say

What an absolute honour and pleasure it was being a part of Flying Fish family for the 2 weeks I completed with them! From the professional, helpful and attentive staff to fun, laughter and memories.

Monika B

Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.

Ossia M

Book Yachtmaster Coastal Course today!

Our Yachtmaster Coastal course takes you from novice sailor to RYA Yachtmaster Coastal in 9 weeks

61 day(s)


Sydney, Australia


9 weeks accommodation, twin or triple room in a shared apartment

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From training to career advise we’ll be happy to sit down and give you the guidance you need!

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