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Training professionals since 1993 At Flying Fish you can become a Yachtmaster, conquer the ski slopes, surf Sydney’s best breaks or win at windsurfing. Learn the basics of sailing, dive the Barrier Reef or enter the Fastnet Race. With over 18 years’ experience in the UK, Australia, Canada and Greece, Flying Fish promises you expert coaching and real adventure. Come to us to start an action-packed career, plan a gap year or enjoy some time out from work. Learn new skills, gain professional qualifications and meet new friends. Whatever your reason for joining Flying Fish, we guarantee you an experience you will remember forever. We go to faraway places for sunshine, warm water, reliable wind and powder snow – but most of all for the world’s best training locations. The secret of our success is your success. Flying Fish graduates are working all round the world, forming an influential network. And job prospects are good. Our sports attract more and more participants each year and the demand for professional skippers, managers and instructors is growing all the time. Training at professional level makes a challenging recreational course too. Many people join Flying Fish for a holiday, with expert tuition available. Our course members are aged 18 to 60-plus, from all over the world, and we attract equal numbers of men and women. We think we offer the best education and employment opportunities in our sports - and we believe in having fun!

Your adventure starts here.


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New jobs, new lives The Chinese philosopher Confucius said ‘Find a job you enjoy and you’ll never work a day in your life’ Travel, team spirit, a personal challenge and great job satisfaction - that’s everyday life after Flying Fish. For some it’s a first career, while others are changing direction later in life. If you don’t want to enter the rat-race or you’re trying to escape from it, you are facing a problem we can solve.

Peter & Jane


Peter and Jane Craggs spent 30 years inland in North Yorkshire, Peter as a dairy farmer and Jane a business manager at NatWest.

At 27 Natasha Wakefield discovered windsurfing in the UK and after a few months was completely hooked.

“We decided when we hit 50 to make changes,” recalls Jane. “We wanted a hobby we could enjoy together when we retired and thought learning to sail would be fun.”

“By the end of the year I had decided that my ambition was to become a windsurf instructor and work overseas.”

“We enjoyed it so much we decided to take it to a professional level,” explained Peter. “I signed up for a Yachtmaster course with Flying Fish and Jane for Coastal Skipper.” A year later, they were cruising the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, as skipper and first mate on a private yacht. They are now just starting their fourth season out in the BVI’s running a 46ft Catamaran called Heartbeat 111. “We initially sailed monohulls - then progressed to catamarans which seem to be really popular out here, explains Peter. “They are certainly much easier to work on as you are not constantly running up and down the steps in the companionway….” “We’re combining our love of entertaining with our love of sailing – the perfect life,” says Jane.

Gordon Aged 22, Gordon Young from Scotland had always loved sailing and wanted to make his passion his career. Four years after completing a Yachtmaster course with Flying Fish he is captain of a 72ft performance yacht based in the Med. “I would definitely recommend working on yachts full time as I love it. You get to see some of the world’s most beautiful places. The Galapagos, Tahiti and Croatia are my favourite so far. I get to go sailing a lot and I enjoy the technical challenge of looking after such a complicated boat. Also, no day is the same so there is no chance of getting bored. The money is also very good and you should be able to save a large amount if you are sensible…..”


Three months later, she ditched in her job as an art gallery curator in Sussex and joined a Windsurf Instructor Professional Traineeship with Flying Fish in Sydney and Greece. Tasha now enjoys endless summer, teaching in Lefkas from April to September and in Margarita from November to March. “Working as a windsurf instructor is everything that I thought it would be and more. It’s so rewarding watching the smiles on people’s faces as they progress and enjoy windsurfing. My dream has become reality – life is awesome!”

Nicky Having finished her A-levels in England, Nicky Parmee was looking for a good reason to spend a year in Australia before going to university. She qualified as a dive instructor on a Flying Fish Traineeship in Sydney and spent the next six months working on the Great Barrier Reef. “While I was doing my degree I taught diving at the university and was lucky to get the opportunity to work in Hawaii during one of my summer holidays. I spent four months working out of Waikiki beach diving with the turtles, tiger sharks and seals. “I tried working in an office after graduating, but nothing compares to the lifestyle of working as an instructor. Four years on, I’m back in Sydney where the ocean starts at the bottom of my road, the beach is where I do most of my business and I get to do a sport that I love almost every day of the week.”

Dane 23 year old Dane Kearney grew up on Australia’s Gold Coast and has always had a passion for watersports. He finished school, gained entry to university and decided to defer his studies and plan a gap year. He trained as a dinghy sailing instructor with Flying Fish and has now been teaching for the last four years! “I had two options. One was to go to uni and study and the other was to train with Flying Fish and go for a job overseas, maybe in the Mediterranean, teaching sailing. For me it was a pretty straightforward decision.” He now divides his time between both hemispheres, teaching at high performance RYA sailing centres in Greece and Sydney. “My gap year(s) have been awesome. I’ve not only greatly improved my sailing and instructing skills but also learnt so many life skills. I can’t say I’m ready to give up the endless summer just yet, though Mum says I’m developing a bit of a Pommie accent ....”

Dean 29 year Dean McCann had been based in London, working in corporate IT for four years. He was finding the city lifestyle beginning to wear thin. A keen recreational skier, Dean decided to ‘go pro’ and he enrolled on the Fish Ski Instructor course, heading off for Vancouver and the mountains of Whistler & Blackcomb. After graduating, Dean worked for the rest of the season as a ski instructor at the Kosciusko Thredbo snow sports school in Australia. Dean now balances his time between living in Holland, working back in IT and running his own ski holiday company in Slovakia, Blue Snow Adventures, where he spends the winter. “With more and more of my time being spent on Blue Snow, it looks like it won’t be too long before I completely give up the desk job (again!)” 5

Time out for a gap year A gap year or career break is your chance to do something new and exciting. At Flying Fish you get qualified as a professional yacht skipper or as an instructor of water sports or winter sports, then our online recruitment service introduces you to a wide range of jobs. Time out with Flying Fish is a great way to develop new skills, to earn money on your travels and to add some challenging experiences to your CV or resume. Imagine swapping the European or North American winter for summer in Sydney. You improve your sailing skills, then fly off to Greece to work as a Yachtmaster. Sounds exciting? It is! Working in the sailing industry means getting paid to enjoy endless summer in your favourite sport. Prefer winter? Then miss the Australian summer and go to Canada to train as a snow sports instructor in Whistler. Teaching windsurfing in Greece, sailing the Caribbean, surfing Australia, diving in Fiji or snowboarding in Canada are all regular jobs for Flying Fish graduates. All you need is professional certification and a can-do attitude. Not only do you gain an impressive list of qualifications, but working as a yacht skipper or sports instructor gives you some valuable soft skills. Universities prefer students who have a wide range of interests and life experience, and employers recognise the value of leadership skills and a sense of responsibility. Just choose your sport and Flying Fish promises you the adventure of a lifetime.

Teaching windsurfing in Greece



Getting the job of your dreams There’s a lot of Flying Fish chat about working in fabulous locations, travelling the world and getting paid to teach the sport you love. So, how do we help you get there? When you join Flying Fish, you become part of a growing professional network. Thousands of jobs in sailing, diving, surfing, windsurfing, skiing and snowboarding are advertised on every year - and your free membership of the Flying Fish online recruitment service means you get to hear about them first. Our aim is to make sure that everyone who wants a job can get one. We make this happen by helping you put together an impressive CV or resume or by setting up pre-season interviews for you. All you have to do is wow the employer!

Logan Haggerston of Coal Point, NSW

“As soon as I finished the course I sent my resume to Flying Fish who sent it back with some ideas to improve it. I then went on to the Fish website and applied for a number of positions with various employers in Europe. I quickly had an interview and then a job as a windsurfing instructor on the Greek island of Zante!”

Pete Firth of Shoreham, West Sussex

“After I qualified, I went to work for Neilson Active in Greece as flotilla engineer and yacht trainer. This was my preferred choice of three job offers I got from attending the Flying Fish job seminar at the London Boat Show.”

Toni Westlake of Pymble, NSW

“Flying Fish gave me an opportunity to discover the meaning of being a true Whistler local as I took advantage of the free recruitment service and got a job on the mountain straight after my course finished”

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From career to career Flying Fish is approved by the UK’s Ministry of Defence Career Transition Partnership as a supplier of resettlement training to service leavers from the British armed forces. If you are entitled to resettlement funding as part of your transition to civilian life, you can use it towards most vocational training programmes with Flying Fish. For many courses you will be entitled to both an Individual Resettlement Training Costs grant and Enhanced Learning Credits – as long as you make a personal contribution of at least 20% of the fees. Flying Fish has worked with Resettlement Officers for more than 10 years. We can design individual training packages to suit most service leavers and we aim to ensure you get the maximum benefit from the allowances available. Whatever your service background, Flying Fish will tailor a programme to suit you and your future goals. We recognise that many candidates for resettlement courses come to us with well developed training skills. Adapting them to the civilian world is our speciality. Your service experience and qualifications will be translated into vocational qualifications that are recognised internationally. With civilian certificates and the Flying Fish online recruitment service you will soon make the transition from career to career.

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) ELC funding is available for Flying Fish windsurfing and yachting courses at NQF Level 3 and above.

Brandon said …

“I chose a Flying Fish Yachtmaster Ocean Traineeship to provide my stepping stone from a job in the military towards my dream: starting an adventure travel business. The experience allowed me to see the industry, improve my sailing skills, sail in some of the most beautiful spots I can think of, meet some fascinating people, and have a great time.” 9

Yachting: the ultimate adventure A yacht course or race event with Flying Fish is a professional sailing programme packed with training and adventure. You meet great people, sail to great places, learn a great deal and have a great time. Flying Fish specialises in commercial Yachtmaster training - and if you are looking for work we help you find a job, too. We run courses at two of the world’s best sailing locations: Sydney, Australia, and Cowes in the UK. Professional crew need STCW 95 certificates. We have a range of crew training programmes which are STCW-compliant and validated by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from one day safety courses to a six-week residential Pro Crew Training course. We also offer RYA and YA recreational courses, for everyone from beginner to experienced sailor. Learn the ropes on a Start Yachting weekend or take command on a Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper course. Whether you are training up to professional level or just dipping your toe into the water with a beginner’s course, you can expect fantastic sailing in a safe but challenging environment. We go racing too. Join us to train and race as an individual crew member or charter your own yacht for racing or corporate entertaining. Our calendar of events in Europe and Australia includes the Fastnet, Cowes Week, Cork Week, Hamilton Island Race Week, the Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Series, and one of the world’s greatest sailing challenges, the Sydney Hobart Race.



For more information on training, racing, yacht charter and becoming a professional Yachtmaster, see

Welcome to Cowes Flying Fish UK is based in Cowes and we love it. Flying Fish has chosen the world’s best training locations – and for sailing the Isle of Wight is certainly one of them. Our yachts are berthed at Shepard’s Wharf, with direct access to the Solent and the English Channel. The Solent is a broad stretch of sheltered water between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. It is the country’s busiest waterway, with a complex tidal regime which offers a navigational challenge to all who sail here. Cowes has six yacht clubs and the most famous is the world’s oldest: the Royal Yacht Squadron. In August all six join forces to host the Cowes Week Regatta, one of the world’s most exciting events for the recreational sailor. Accommodation ashore with Flying Fish is at Point Cottages, right beside the water with fine harbour views. These three properties are simply but comfortably furnished, with balconies, an enclosed courtyard and a riverside terrace. Across the courtyard you’ll find the Flying Fish training rooms where we teach navigation theory, yacht maintenance and safety courses. In the summer this is a very active town, with a busy calendar of sailing events. Out of season Cowes is quiet but the Island offers surfing, bike trails, horse riding and beautiful country walks. And all this is only two hours from London by train and passenger ferry. Join Flying Fish for a sailing course in Cowes and we promise you an absolute adventure.

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G’day from Sydney

Sydney is home to the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. You know you’re at the right venue as this is also the base for the Australian Olympic sailing team. With Flying Fish you’ll soon be cruising past the Sydney Opera House and under the famous bridge. Middle Harbour has an active racing scene. Newcomers will learn the excitement of competition and experienced racers are always in demand to join a crew.


Manly is Sydney’s premier beach resort, with great dining, entertainment and nightlife. What’s more it is only 15 minutes by high speed ferry to Circular Quay and all the attractions of central Sydney. In the winter month of August, we sail north to the tropical Whitsunday Islands of Queensland for Hamilton Island Race Week. Join us at the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Sydney for the adventure of a lifetime.

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Leave the harbour and the ocean sailing is magnificent. On a Flying Fish course you explore the New South Wales coast, heading south along the route of the Sydney Hobart race or north towards Seal Rocks and Coffs Harbour. Wind conditions vary from warm north-easterly sea breezes to strong southerly busters. This is offshore passage-making at its best. You will see dolphins, maybe whales and, of course, flying fish.

While living ashore in Sydney you stay in our crew apartments at Queenscliff. They are simply furnished but well equipped – and just a few minutes walk from the surf beach at Manly.

Train as a professional Yachtmaster It’s Sunday in the south of England. 15 would-be Yachtmasters have travelled to Flying Fish at Cowes. The six women and nine men range in ages from 18 to 53. Some are newcomers to yachting, others are aiming to improve skills first learnt years ago. They move into their new waterside home to start an adventure that will see them sailing in the Solent, crossing the English Channel to France, and gaining an impressive list of certificates. Six weeks later 15 qualified Day Skippers are packing bags for a flight to Sydney. The second part of their course is designed to give them the skills to take command on offshore passages along the East Australia coast. Twice a year the programme also runs entirely from Cowes, although UK Director Andy Hunt recommends the combined course including Sydney. “Passage making in the Pacific beats the English Channel,” he explains, “but if you want the quickest, best-value route to Yachtmaster, you should train with Flying Fish in the UK.” Whether UK or Australia-trained, at the end of Part 2 our candidates have reached Coastal Skipper standard, with over 2,000 logged miles and all the experience needed to enter a Yachtmaster Offshore assessment with confidence. Next comes a choice – to go straight into Part 3 for final exams, take time out to travel or, most exciting, join the crew training for a Yachtmaster Ocean certificate. Flying Fish Yachtmaster courses are designed to suit every sailor. They all lead to a commercial qualification, issued either as an Offshore certificate, for charter and sailing school work, or as an Ocean certificate, for long distance deliveries.

Yachtmaster/Master of Yachts Pro Traineeship – 14 weeks Yachtmaster /Master of Yachts Ocean Traineeship – 18 weeks Yachtmaster/Master of Yachts Fast-track – 9 weeks Yachtmaster Commercial – 12 weeks


Dates, prices and full course details at

We offer training and assessment for professional certificates of competence from the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Yachting Australia (YA). Our commercial training complies with the internationally recognised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95). 13

Launch your career on yachts and superyachts Sunshine, travel, beautiful places and happy faces. There are worldwide job opportunities for yacht captains and crew, stewards and stewardesses, engineers, sailing instructors, delivery skippers and a range of related shore based staff in sales, operations management and technical support.

Mediterranean flotilla skipper is a great option for newly qualified Yachtmasters and charter skipper and mate/hostess is ideal for couples. Yacht delivery skippers can earn good money and yacht instructors are much in demand at RYA sailing schools around the world.

Yachtmaster Offshore/Master of Yachts 200gt is the qualification you need as a professional yacht skipper and Flying Fish training is widely recognised as an excellent launch pad.

Before you start training, prepare a CV/resume with the qualifications you expect to achieve. Apply for jobs advertised on and start networking as soon as you begin your course.

Superyachts, so called because they are bigger than 24m in length, are magnificent with no expense spared and their owners expect high standards of presentation and customer service on board. There is currently a big demand for skilled and qualified crew on superyachts. Generally bigger yachts mean more responsibility and better pay.

Superyacht crew positions are well paid and you have virtually no living expenses to worry about. The bigger the boat the better the starting salary: Deckhand: $30,000– 45,000 a year, First mate: $48,000–80,000 a year, Captain: $60,000–150,000 a year.

STCW 95 Basic Safety training is required by all crew working on a superyacht. If you’re looking to step on board as a deckhand, you should also have an RYA Powerboat level 2 certificate for driving tenders, a marine radio operator’s license and a Competent Crew certificate. Superyacht officers including captain, mate and officer of the watch all require Yachtmaster/Master of Yachts 200gt certification to start.

Mediterranean flotilla work is less well paid but the lifestyle is great. You will earn £120–180 a week as a flotilla skipper. Delivery skippers earn $3,000–5,000 a month plus travel costs to and from the delivery. A couple working together on a busy charter boat in the Caribbean will have joint earnings in the range $50,000– 80,000 a year, and you can expect to add to this with tips. If you skipper for charter companies or RYA sailing schools, you will earn £85–140 a day in the UK or $200–300 a day in Australia. As a full time RYA yachting instructor you can expect £17,000–24,000 a year in the UK or $40,000–55,000 in Australia.

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Meet Gary 38 year old professional Rugby League player Gary Christie hung up his boots and donned a pair of deckies when he signed up for a Yachtmaster Traineeship with Flying Fish. “I was looking to re-train for a career in the sailing industry and wanted to combine the Yachtmaster qualification with a trip to Oz, so Flying Fish provided the perfect solution.” He sailed through his exams and the online careers service at Flying Fish set up some interviews for him. He was offered several jobs in the industry and went straight into work as a flotilla skipper in the Sporades Islands, Greece. Once the Med season was over Gary did a delivery to the Caribbean then started checking the jobs at The one that caught his eye was back in the UK, working for Flying Fish no less. He went on to complete two years teaching and racing out of Cowes which ‘was great fun with great people and an important learning curve’. Ready for a new challenge, and looking for some winter sunshine, Gary decided to enter the luxury charter market and quickly landed a job as skipper on a stunning Oyster 655 with girlfriend and fellow Fish graduate, Dee Hudson. “The greatest challenge was learning how to fix all the systems on board a large luxury yacht. There’s no help when you are 1000 miles out to sea! You start off thinking you’re never going to learn it all and then one day you realise that you know the yacht pretty well. That’s a really fulfilling experience - it’s also when you decide to go bigger and the learning curve starts all over again…” Now he spends his summers in the Med and winters in the Caribbean, and has plenty of time and some great locations to indulge his great passion for kitesurfing. “I’ve been working in the sailing industry now for four years and have seen some beautiful places. My favourite cruising area is Montenegro and Croatia because of the many secluded anchorages and beautiful scenery. “Another great aspect of this lifestyle is that you make a lot of friends doing the same kind of thing and get to meet up in different places all over the world. One friend Rupert, who is actually an ex-student of mine from Flying Fish, keeps popping up in the most unlikely of places. The funniest was when I walked in to a bar in Antigua and he was playing the piano!” 15

Training on board


Short courses for recreational sailors and professional crew Learn to sail or improve your skills and qualifications with Flying Fish in Cowes and Sydney. You’ll train on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 yachts - comfortable cruiser/racers, ideal for learning the basics and improving sailing techniques. We run lots of practical and theory courses throughout the year, and have something for everyone. Here are just a few of the short courses you can join: RYA Start Yachting A relaxed, live-aboard weekend for beginners

Become a useful crew member

RYA Competent Crew Become a useful and knowledgeable crew member RYA Day Skipper Theory Learn to navigate RYA Day Skipper (Sail)/YA Inshore Skipper Learn how to take charge with confidence

STCW95 Basic Safety Training

RYA Yachtmaster Theory Advanced navigation and meteorology STCW95 Basic Safety Training An intensive six-day course leading to commercial certificates essential to the professional sailor and all superyacht crew RYA Diesel Engine Introduction to the marine diesel engine RYA Powerboat Level 2 The RYA driving licence for small powered craft RYA VHF Short Range Radio Radio protocol and emergency procedures

Powerboat Level 2

Yachting Milebuilders 5 and 12 day passages Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Prepares experienced sailors for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore certificate

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Race to win Join a Flying Fish race event if you are looking for a personal challenge and want to be part of a team competing in one of the world’s great sailing events. All our race programmes include a period of training in spinnaker handling, crew roles, tactics and strategy before the event itself. We race to win but we always have fun too. In the UK Cowes Week is the highlight of the sailing calendar and the oldest established regatta in the world. Today, Cowes Week is an enormous event with 40 different classes and up to 1,000 boats taking part. The Fastnet Race is one of the world’s great offshore events. The 608 mile course starts in Cowes, rounds the Fastnet Rock in southern Ireland and finishes in Plymouth. In Australia we love the ‘Hamo’ for its mix of beautiful courses around the picturesque Whitsundays, top quality race management and great shoreside partying - all in a superb tropical Queensland setting.


The Coffs Race starts with inshore racing round the cans at Pittwater, near Sydney, followed by an offshore ocean dash along 226 nautical miles of New South Wales coastline and a final sprint around the beautiful Solitary Islands. For a gentle introduction to long distance racing, join the annual Round The Island Race, starting at Cowes and making a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. The Sydney Hobart is the Mount Everest of yacht racing. It is a test of seamanship, skill, tactics and endurance. The race itself starts in spectacular style in Sydney Harbour, and finishes with a great celebration in the historic port of Hobart.

Sail away on a charter yacht Flying Fish yachts are available for skippered or bareboat charter from the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney and from Cowes and Hamble in the UK. Turn up and take off. Charter a yacht for some adrenaline packed racing or impress your clients with a day of corporate entertaining in style. Spend a weekend cruising around the Solent or Sydney Harbour, or book a sailing adventure with family and friends. We have a fleet of Beneteau First 40.7s for charter in the UK and Sydney. The 40.7 is a very successful cruiser/racer and the winner of many prestigious events. Big enough for comfort and speed offshore, the 40.7 has clean lines and a high-aspect ratio rig. Fully race equipped, these yachts are a joy to sail or race. In Sydney we also have a McIntyre 55 available for charter. ARCTOS is a cutter rigged ocean racer, built for sailing the Southern Ocean. She is strong, fast and fully set up with Category 1 safety and communications equipment - ideal for a Sydney to Hobart charter.


For full specifications and to check availability go to 19

Where all the best instructors go! Stunning beach resorts, long sunny summers and heaps of cool kit – that’s why so many good instructors head for Mark Warner! So, once you’ve made the grade, your new qualification could open the door to a job with our lively team of instructors teaching watersports at a host of locations in the Mediterranean and beyond.

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To apply, or for more information on our vacancies, please visit or Call 0871 703 3955 Sailing



Scuba diving

Kite Surfing


Water sports: surf, sail, dive, windsurf Flying Fish follows the sun and the wind around the world, to sail, dive, surf and windsurf. Our water sports instructor courses give you the chance to experience high level coaching, gain good technical knowledge and obtain a wide range of professional qualifications. And of course, you get to play with some top class equipment! Dinghy sailing is a real adrenaline sport, especially when you’re racing. At Flying Fish you’ll get massive personal satisfaction on the water, while you learn the techniques to pass on your knowledge and inspire others. The basics of windsurfing can be mastered in just a few hours. After a day or two of good instruction you will be confident in light winds. The buzz comes soon after, when you get the board planing at high speed. Flying Fish guarantees to train you up to a personal best and to show you how to become an effective instructor. Just you, your surf board and the wave. Once mastered, there is nothing to equal surfing. To some it is the thrill of cutting back into the barrel of a tubing wave. To others it is simply sitting astride the board watching the dolphins and the sunrise with the dawn patrol. Scuba diving is one of those rare occupations in which you get paid to do something you love in some of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s a lifestyle most people can only dream about - and Flying Fish will help you turn the dream into reality.


For more information on water sports and becoming a professional instructor, see 21

Train as an instructor in Greece and Australia

The Greek island of Lefkas is in the Ionian Sea. Near its southern point lies Vassiliki, the home of Flying Fish from May to September. Windsurfing and mountain biking take place here at Club Vass, the best equipped windsurf centre in Europe. Dinghy sailing is next door at Wildwind on an impressive fleet. The warm water in the bay is usually calm until mid-morning, when the sea breeze starts. In the afternoon the wind accelerates, producing excellent cross-shore conditions from Force 4 up to very, very windy! Scuba divers train here with Nautilus Diving and there are some spectacular sites to visit. In Greece you stay in our student accommodation, the Fish House. This is a large village property with twin rooms, with en suite showers, shared kitchens, balconies and a big yard for open air dining.


Australia is simply the greatest Pacific island of them all, with a climate for sailing, surfing and diving all year round. Dinghy sailing in Sydney is at the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the training base for the Australian Olympic sailing team. The surf breaks of Sydney’s Northern Beaches are worldfamous, while windsurfing at Balmoral makes use of the warm north-easterlies which blow across the harbour. Diving in Sydney is at the Pro Dive Academy. Sites include the Central New South Wales, Jervis Bay and of course Sydney’s coastline. While in Sydney you stay in our Queenscliff crew apartments just a few minutes walk from two of Sydney’s best surf beaches.

There is great demand for qualified instructors, with job opportunities all over the world, and the lifestyle is unbeatable. You work in the sunshine and have plenty of time to improve your own skills and enjoy your favourite sport. This is the life. You need professional qualifications to be an instructor, and that's where Flying Fish comes in. Whether you are a beginner wanting to learn fast or an expert looking for high level coaching tips, Flying Fish guarantees to improve your technique. Our Traineeships are designed to take you from beginner to expert, and give you lots of time on the water to develop your personal skills. They lead to a well-respected coaching qualification and include a period of supervised teaching practice. You can qualify as an instructor in as little as six weeks. You benefit from using the latest high-performance kit, as well as more traditional equipment to develop your instructional skills. If you’re already an expert, we guarantee to improve your skills. You can join one of our fast-track programmes to take you up to instructor level. If you are already qualified, jump on to one of our short upgrade courses. Most companies prefer staff who are multi-qualified, so we recommend combining two sports for the most reliable route into the industry. If you add windsurfing to surfing or dinghy sailing you are destined for the best instructor jobs available. Of course, not everyone wants to train as an instructor. If you’re looking for an introduction to the exciting world of sailing or windsurfing, join one of our learn to sail or windsurf courses. These short programmes are a great way of getting into the sport and ideal if you are thinking of taking your skills up to instructor level in the future.


Dates, prices and full course details at

Windsurf, Dinghy Sail and Surf Instructor Basic Traineeships – 6 weeks Windsurf or Dinghy Sail Pro Traineeships – 12 weeks Windsurf, Dinghy Sail and Surf Fast-tracks – 4 weeks Dinghy Sail and Windsurf Instructor upgrades – 2 weeks Learn to Dinghy Sail or Windsurf – 2 weeks Divemaster – 8 weeks Dive Instructor – 14 weeks Mountain Bike Leader/Instructor – 2 weeks

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We offer training and assessment for professional certificates of competence from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Yachting Australia, Surfing Australia, PADI and Mountain Bike Instructors Award Scheme Awesome windsurfing at Club Vass 23

Race training in Vassiliki


Get a job in water sports

Flying Fish finds job opportunities all over the world for sailors, divers, surfers and windsurfers to work as instructors. Imagine earning money in a glamorous location where the climate suits your outdoor lifestyle. You could soon be getting paid to introduce people to your favourite sport, with plenty of time to improve your own skills too. To work as an instructor you need good communication skills and professional qualifications. That’s where Flying Fish comes in, running instructor courses in Greece and Australia for the Royal Yachting Association, Yachting Australia, Surfing Australia and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Before you start training, you should prepare a CV or resume with the qualifications you expect to achieve. Apply for instructor jobs listed at - and start networking! There are usually more instructor jobs than applicants so there is no excuse not to get hired.

Most people start with a Mediterranean summer season, where you should expect a weekly wage of no more than £100 at first, approximately $165. Your living expenses are minimal, though, and accommodation is provided. In many places you get free meals as well. If you start work in Australia as a surf instructor you will earn $25 an hour. That’s about £15. If you get qualified as a PADI dive instructor and work as a deckhand on a luxury superyacht you can expect to collect $4,000 a month plus tips.


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Meet James 19 year old James Furnell from Chepstow spent his gap year on the beach, getting paid to windsurf. “After windsurfing on holiday I thought it would be fun to become an instructor during my gap year. The Flying Fish course in Sydney was particularly appealing as it gave me the chance to do much more than just windsurf. I had maybe four week’s windsurfing experience when I joined the course, although several people in my group had never windsurfed before and still passed. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any experience, although I would recommend you try the sport first to make sure you like it! Living in Manly was awesome. We were really close to the Fish centre where we were training, it was only a 15 minute ferry ride to Sydney city centre and a short walk to one of the top surfing beaches in Sydney. The people I was staying with were also really cool, there was a great mix of people from gappers like me to folk considering a career change after working in the City for a few years. Windsurfing around Sydney Harbour was amazing. Learning to drive a powerboat past the Sydney Opera House and under Sydney Harbour Bridge and then having lunch opposite the Opera House on our own beach are moments I don't think I will ever forget. Obviously the qualification was valuable to my CV and employability but the experience of windsurfing and surfing every day with a brilliant group of people in one of the greatest cities in the world has to really be the most valuable thing I gained.

After I qualified, I applied for a job through the Flying Fish website, and immediately received an email asking me to come to an interview. I was offered the job with Mark Warner as a windsurfing instructor and given a choice of where I wanted to go. Having spent a brilliant summer in Greece, I have come back to the UK to read Economics at the University of Birmingham. Next summer I plan to work in Egypt or Vass as a windsurfing instructor - or start an internship in the City. I think the internship may have to wait for another year!”

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Snow sports at Whistler: the adventure of a lifetime It’s crisp and clear and bright with sunshine. A perfect piste rolls away through the trees. We’re at work on Whistler Mountain surrounded by spectacular scenery. Grab your skis or board and head to the slopes. Skiing and boarding are exhilarating and very addictive sports. Millions of people take to the winter slopes each year to get the buzz - and to enjoy the sociable après-ski scene. Are you ready to go pro? Flying Fish offers ski and snowboard instructor training courses at Canada’s top instructor academy. Based at Whistler for the ultimate in winter sports training, our team is known for its advanced teaching ability, passion for the sport, superb skiing and riding skills, and top-level qualifications. Simply the best in the business! Whether you want to become an instructor, or simply get really good on the mountain, Flying Fish delivers that extra edge to make sure you achieve your goal. Our experienced coaches guarantee to improve your technique in a safe but challenging environment. We develop your skills in varying terrains to suit your ability. You quickly become more proficient, skiing or boarding in powder, through moguls, off-piste and of course on the groomed slopes. Instruction is in small groups, ensuring you progress at your own pace. We offer video analysis and lift line priority to maximise your improvement and promise you fun. If you’re looking to improve your skiing or snowboarding while getting a ticket to the best jobs on the mountain, join a Flying Fish Ski or Snowboard Instructor Traineeship.

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Big air in Whistler

Flying Fish winter sports training takes place at Canada’s top snow academy, run by YES Tours at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. The twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains have more than 7,000 acres of slopes, including 12 alpine bowls and more than 200 marked trails – from smooth cruising runs to untamed mogul fields. Each mountain has its own terrain park, complete with hip jumps, spines, step-up jumps, rollers, banks, rails and fun boxes. For free-riders there is perfect powder, as well as groomed pistes for shredding, ripping and slashing. Blackcomb free-stylers can charge the double black diamond high level park, brave some of the largest table tops and spines, or tackle the World Cup half pipe. Extremists can heli-ski more than 5,300 feet of powder snow. Lower down there are 17 miles of cross country trails on the valley floor. Still buzzing at the end of the day? There’s rock climbing, racquet sports or a trip to the NHL hockey game. We offer two types of apartment in prime locations just a short walk from the Whistler Creekside lift. 2-star condos have that authentic ‘ski chalet’ atmosphere, housing 10 people, with up to four to a room. 3-star condos are more spacious, with three or four twin rooms. All have well equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and cable TV. With snowfall averaging more than nine metres a year, good facilities and a great choice of bars, clubs and restaurants, where better to become a snow pro? 29

Train as a snow pro and work on the mountain It may surprise you to learn that you can start as a keen intermediate skier or boarder and progress to qualified instructor in just three weeks. At the end of November each year a keen bunch of snow enthusiasts flies in to Vancouver from London, Sydney and all points south – destination Whistler. An international mix of all ages, some are on a gap year, others are starting a first career and a third group are training for a career change. Some of the gang are on short courses, leading to an entry-level instructor ticket after just three weeks. Those with a work visa stand a good chance of going straight into a job, teaching for the Christmas holidays. Course members who are serious about a career on the mountain will have chosen one of the 11week Pro Traineeships, aiming for higherlevel qualifications. These courses include extra training and a long list of supporting qualifications, vital to the ambitious professional. Whichever sport or length of course you choose, you will see dramatic improvement in your technical knowledge and your ability on the slopes. You will learn methods of detection and correction and we help you to apply these to yourself as you learn the latest techniques. With your new found skills and our internationally recognised certificates you will be eligible for worldwide employment opportunities. All you need now is a little help from the Flying Fish online recruitment service, free to all our students and graduates.

Ski Instructor Level 1 & 2 (Pro Traineeship) – 11 weeks Ski Instructor Level 1 & 2 (Intermediate) – 6 weeks Ski Instructor Level 1 Entry – 3 weeks Snowboard Instructor Level 1 & 2 (Pro Traineeship) – 11 weeks Snowboard Instructor Level 1 & Freestyle (Intermediate) – 6weeks Snowboard Instructor Level 1 (Entry) – 3 weeks We offer training and assessment for professional certificates of competence from The Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) and the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI)



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Bart Barczynski grew up in Toronto where he started skiing at 15. He realised that the better he got the more he enjoyed it and by the time he entered university he was a qualified instructor. After graduation Bart moved to Whistler to work with Flying Fish training partner, YES Tours. “I spent three seasons training new ski pros,” he explains, “and I decided that this was to be my career.” Bart is now a Senior Level 4 Examiner and General Manager for Intrawest, the company that employs all instructors at Whistler Blackcomb. As well as running instructor courses, he is responsible for recruiting a team of 1,400 staff. Flying Fish candidates who have a work visa are guaranteed an interview to join Bart’s team - and every year many of them make the grade. Bart described what he looks for when he’s hiring. “Teaching is first about enthusiasm,” he said, “and then it’s about technical ability. The passion that you bring to your lessons will make or break your career. You need a sense of humour, good stamina and great communication skills.” Bart insists that to be a success you must keep on learning yourself. “The best advice I can give to anyone making a career on the mountain is to keep your love of the sport alive. If you are always aiming for the next level, that rubs off on your students. Your enthusiasm is the best possible motivator, and that will make you a really great coach.” Many graduates stay on after the early-season courses to join the professionals working for Whistler Mountain. Others work their way across Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia and Spain before heading to the USA and Japan or down to Australia and New Zealand.

Wages for ski and snowboard range from $11 an hour in Whistler to $1,700 a month in Japan. In North America your wage packet will be small but you can expect good tips. In Europe you may be paid as little as ¤125 a week as a ski rep for Mark Warner or Neilson (accommodation and food provided) or ¤20–40 an hour working for a ski school. 31

Meet Kate

At the age of 32, Kate Gray decided she desperately needed a career break. She worked in the marine industry in Scotland and wanted to get a few more qualifications to further her career. “After a lot of research, I decided to use Flying Fish to achieve these goals over a four month timeframe. However, when I saw they also offered a Ski Instructor Course in Whistler through their partnership with Yes Tours, I decided two more months wouldn’t hurt! I arrived in Vancouver in late November and had an amazing first day in the most spectacular mountains I’ve ever experienced. Under the watchful eyes of the instructors we were sized up in terms of stance, dedication, attitude, flair, confidence and gear. And for our ability to shake off impressive face-plants, edge clips and wipe-outs without embarrassment … Thanks to incredible teaching and support, we quickly found we had the confidence and skills to tackle not just the techniques of skiing but more importantly the dynamics of teaching and presenting to groups of people. Evening workshops and extra guided skiing days are always available. The instructor exam weeks are tough but so worth the effort. When your name is called and you haul your exhausted body up to receive your qualification at the end of the week – it’s the greatest feeling of pride. There are lots of other activities too, such as snowmobiling, ziptrek, games nights and local walks. Creekside is a great base for the course with a good variety of bars, restaurants, shops and services. The gondola takes you straight up to the slopes every morning without huge queues – it really is a breathtaking commute! The facilities and atmosphere are incredible throughout your time in Whistler and you sometimes have to pinch yourself (or one of your many bruises) to remind yourself you aren’t actually dreaming. I look back on my time in Whistler as the best decision I have made in years. I will definitely be back to do more in the future.”


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