The Bluewater DTS is unlike any other – namely because it takes place on a sailing tall ship! You will have the opportunity to strive after God and seek His plan for your life on the high seas of the Aegean while learning the basics of seamanship aboard the Next Wave. The journey begins at YWAM Harpenden to begin team building, then continues to Lesvos, Greece as we set sail through the Greek and Turkish Isles, finishing back in Lesvos before sending you to the nations on outreach.

This course is part of the International Centres from the University of the Nations Colleges and Centres.

What is a DTS?

Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a six-month adventure that will deepen your faith and challenge you to live a life worthy of the calling God has given you. This intensive program fuels inward transformation and outward application through worship, teachings, prayer, evangelism, service, and compassion. It is split into two sections; a lecture phase with a focus to know God and an outreach phase with a mission to make God known.

During lecture phase, you will hear daily teaching about who God is and how we can listen to His voice. Our emphasis is on personal application, not just head knowledge. Every week of lecture phase features a new international speaker, YWAM leader, or other member of staff who is experienced in the given focus. You can expect topics such as:

  • Nature and Character of God
  • Introduction to Seamanship and Sailing
  • Personality and Team Building
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Father Heart of God
  • Prayer & Intercession
  • Identity in Christ
  • Apologetics
  • Relationships
  • Evangelism & Missions
  • Holy Spirit
  • Hearing the Voice of God
  • Bible Overview
  • Christian Foundations

Additionally, you will engage in worship and intercession, be mentored by a member of staff, participate in small groups, and serve on board and in the local community.

Outreach phase focuses in on answering the call of the Great Commission: To make Him known. It’s a time of activating the knowledge you gained and the gifts you realized in the context of another country in need of the life-giving love of our Savior. This practically takes on many different shapes, such as: housing new arrivals in a refugee camp in Greece, running a children’s program at an orphanage in the Ukraine, or praying for someone on the streets Albania. Outreach locations are determined through times of prayer and intercession focusing in on God’s heart for the nations. In the past, outreach teams have been sent to Albania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, and Greece.

This school is offered in partnership with YWAM Harpenden

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.

Hudson Taylor

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School Details

2018 | Summer School July 9th through December 21st
Lecture Phase: 13 Weeks
Outreach Phase: 11 Weeks
Total: 24 Weeks
18 years old or older when program starts and high school graduate or equivalent.

There is a £500 discount to applicants with a STCW Basic Training certificate, BUT it is NOT required and is NOT covered by tuition fees.

STCW Basic Training: The STCW is a 5-day Basic Training course that covers First Aid at Sea, Personal Sea Survival, Firefighting, and other essential safety training. It is a standard course that can be taken anywhere in the world and is legally required to serve as crew onboard any of YWAM’s vessels.

No prior sea experience is required.

All fees include accommodation, food, and required study material for the school.

  • Registration Fee: £35
  • *Lecture Phase: £3000
  • Outreach Phase: £1200 – £1800 (Cost dependant on location to be decided during lecture phase)

*£500 discount available for those who have STCW Basic Training certificate.

The STCW Basic Training is NOT covered by tuition fees.  If you are interested in taking the STCW Basic Training course before starting the DTS and you have trouble finding an STCW close to you, please contact us and we can help make arrangements in the U.S. or in the U.K. Also, if we receive enough enquires to do the Basic Training prior to the DTS, we will coordinate a course for all trainees to become certified together at a location in the U.K. a week before starting the DTS. If enough are interested, a group rate may be available.

Fees do NOT include flights, transportation, individual travel to or from training, immigration, or visa fees.  Dates are chosen to ensure that the free Schengen Visa will be enough to cover MOST trainees through the school.  If you are a non-EU citizen of a country honored by the Schengen visa agreement and are in the Schengen area before or want to stay after the course, you may be required to apply for different visa, NOT included in fees.


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the Next Step

Outreach will end with a week of debrief reflecting all that God has done in you and through you over the past six-months. It’s also a time of equipping for the future and praying into what adventure God has for you next! DTS is just the beginning, it opens the door to further training and ministry. The opportunities, both in YWAM and beyond, are endless! Next Wave is a vessel dedicated to training and releasing the Next Wave of missionaries, which includes you! Prayerfully consider returning to further your skills as a sailor through the School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) or joining Crew. You will be amazed at where God can take you, and we’d love to help you get there!