What is the Pass Mark for RYA Day Skipper Theory?

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First Class Sailing is one of the UK’s leading sailing schools for RYA courses including Day Skipper. This course comes in two parts: practical and theory.

One of the more common questions we get asked by students is about what the pass mark for the RYA Day Skipper Theory course is.

The answer isn’t as straight-forward as there being an actual pass mark (because there isn’t one). Instead, Day Skipper Theory has four different grades, and no percentage mark, with the two exam papers being marked as follows:

  • Good: no significant errors made.
  • Average: the student has shown that they understand the principle on which they have been tested but the work does not contain any significant errors.
  • Fair: errors in principle in up to half of the answers
  • Poor: errors in principle in over half of the answers.

If you are graded as fair or poor, we can offer you a retest using a past paper, as we want you to get the best pass possible. Here’s the details on the full syllabus.

Once you have completed Day Skipper Theory, we recommend you follow it by taking the Practical course with us. Upon completion of the practical course you will be qualified to charter and skipper a yacht and crew.

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