With this RYA qualification, successful students are awarded the Day Skipper Theory Certificate and it is the basis for the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course.
No previous experience is required for anyone wishing to study the RYA Day Skipper Theory Qualification, although some experience on water is beneficial. Some boating experience is advantageous but the course is aimed at anyone wishing to learn enough to safely and confidently navigate in local waters by day. Successful students are awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate and it is the current qualification required to complete the Day Skipper Practical course and apply for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
The RYA Day Skipper Theory Qualification is applicable for both power and sail students, in both tidal and non-tidal situations.