The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is a UK based sailing and boating training organization. They have schools all over the world however very few in North America. The UK government has authorized the RYA to issue the ICC which is the United Nations created recreational sailing license.In the USA, no organization including ASA, US Sailing can issue the United Nations ICC because the USA or Canada did not sign the resolution with the United Nations. North Americans can get the ICC if done through the RYA. NauticEd does help facilitate this through the RYA Schools in North America (one in Florida, one in Connecticut, one in Toronto and 2 in Halifax). A person who has the RYA Day Skipper certificate is automatically eligible for the ICC. To gain the RYA Day Skipper certificate a person must complete the RYA Day Skipper theory course and the RYA Day Skipper 5-day on the water practical. With the RYA Day Skipper Course and a decent sailing resume, most yacht charter companies in the Mediterranean will allow you to skipper a bareboat yacht on a sailing vacation.


NauticEd offers the RYA Day skipper theory course here. It is written by the team at NauticEd and approved by the RYA. It has the same hi-tech multimedia content as the NauticEd Skipper course and the NauticEd Coastal Navigation Course combined. However, the exam is significantly different; it requires type in answers to the questions rather than multi-choice. Since the content is the same, a person who passes the RYA Day Skipper theory course online with NauticEd is automatically awarded a pass online for the NauticEd Skipper and Coastal Navigation courses (but not the other way around since the exam is different).


The RYA Day skipper theory course is listed at $294 plus $95 for the chart pack with plotter and dividers. 


RYA Day Skipper theory = NauticEd Skipper and NauticEd Coastal Navigation
Pass the RYA Day Skipper theory course with NauticEd and you gain the official RYA Day Skipper Theory Passed certificate and an automatic pass for the NauticEd Skipper and Coastal Navigation.


The NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master ($175) (BBCM) contains the following courses:


  • NauticEd Skipper
  • Maneuvering Under Power
  • Bareboat Chartering
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Anchoring

The a-la-carte cost of NauticEd Skipper plus Coastal Navigation is $95. So you receive this much credit towards Bareboat Charter Master if you have purchased NauticEd RYA Day Skipper. The price of BBCM will be reduced automatically by $95 at purchase time. Similarly in reverse; if you have NauticEd Skipper and NauticEd Coastal Navigation in your curriculum already and if you want to purchase the RYA Day Skipper Course then you will get $95 credit.


North Americans opt mostly to do the SLC which is an equivalent license for sailing in the Mediterranean as the ICC. Equivalent meaning that All yacht charter companies accept it as an acceptable legal license. The difference being that the SLC, by its own requirements nature, has a built in acceptable sailing resume (experience plus knowledge plus assessment). So once you have the SLC, you are good to go.


The NauticEd SLC process is significantly simpler and more accessible for North Americans to gain than the ICC. However, the knowledge and skill standards for the SLC are similar but slightly higher.


The NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master bundle of courses is a prerequisite for gaining the NauticEd SLC. See all the requirements for the SLC here.


The SLC assessment for practical competency can be performed at dozens of NauticEd sailing schools across North America. Look for the SLC logo against each NauticEd school.


If you already have the RYA Day Skipper Certificate (theory and practical) then you can upload the certificate into your NauticEd resume page under Government licenses. This then will be shown on your NauticEd resume.