Award-winning sailor Lisa McPhee hasn't had much time to sail since moving from Tasmania to Wollongong in 2017.
She's been too busy completing a Certificate IV in Hospitality with TAFE Digital, while studying a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the University of Wollongong.
Nevertheless the 24-year-old, who has been part of two winning regatta teams is well on her way to becoming a skipper.
"I've not been part of the Sydney to Hobart yet, but check in with me in five years and we'll see if that's changed," she said.
For the time being though securing industry-recognised hospitality qualifications is Ms McPhee's main aim.
"I chose this course because I wanted to formalise my skills after working in this industry for 10 years on every front, from fast food to silver service at the BAFTA Awards in London," she said.
Ms McPhee worked at the popular Customs House Hotel in Hobart prior to studying hospitality.
"This course cemented that we were doing a good job all along and gave me insight into more senior management roles and responsibilities," she said.
Ms McPhee particularly enjoyed learning about behind the scenes social media aspects.
"Being from the digital era, it's interesting to see how what we post online can have a positive or negative impact on business, depending on when and what is posted," she said
"I know I'll enjoy the benefits of my TAFE Digital studies when I graduate, as my ultimate aim is to be an inspirational hospitality high school teacher who incorporates leading edutech developments into lessons."
The flexibility of studying online was especially beneficial.
"I loved that I was not confined to specific times and could do assignments in my pyjamas at midnight if I wanted to," she said.
"I was juggling work, moving between two states (TAS and NSW), ensuring I met my course deadlines, and also started studying at university."
Ms McPhee also does part time work with St John's Ambulance.
"It's amazing how people-oriented hospitality skills are useful in all aspects of my work, whether it be serving people in a hotel, teaching or emergency services."