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 with obtaining the STCW Basic Training and being orentated to DTS life in Split, Croatia, then continuing to Lesvos, Greece to board the S/Y Next Wave. While sailing around the Greek islands and Turkish coast, you will be studying and growing deeper in your relationship with God, then, finish back in Lesvos before sending your team to the nations on outreach.

This course is part of the University of the Nations: Centre for Discipleship Training Schools

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:

  • Introduction to Seamanship and Sailing
  • Personality and Team Building
  • Christian Foundations
  • Prayer & Intercession
  • Father Heart of God
  • Spiritual Awareness
  • Jesus and the Cross
  • Holy Spirit
  • Identity in Christ
  • Bible Overview
  • God Honoring Relationships
  • Christian Worldview
  • Evangelism & Missions
  • The Great Commission 

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.

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
9th July through 21st December

2019 | Spring School
8th April through 25th September

2018 | Summer School
Lecture Phase: 13 Weeks
Outreach Phase: 10 Weeks
Debrief and Graduation: 1 week
Total: 24 Weeks

2019 | Spring School
Lecture Phase: 14 Weeks
Outreach Phase: 9 Weeks
Debrief and Graduation: 1.5 week
Total: 24.5 Weeks

  • Application Fee: £35
  • All-Inclusive Lecture Phase: £3000 + £500 Deposit
  • Outreach Phase: £1400 – £2400
  • Discount: £300 to those with a valid STCW Basic Training certificate

18 years old or older when program starts and high school graduate or equivalent.

No prior sea experience is required.

Lecture phase fees include: STCW Basic Training during the first week of lecture phase, flight from Croatia to Lesvos, food, accommodation, and school specific necessities.  Fees do NOT include flights, personal transportation, individual travel to or from DTS, immigration, or visa fees.

Outreach fees are dependant on location, to be announced during lecture phase.  Fees will include travel to and from location, accommodation, food, and ministry expenses.  Our outreach estimates are £1400-2400.

Once your application is received and you are accepted to the course, the deposit will be required for holding STCW place and other reservations.

Dates are chosen to ensure that the free Schengen Visa will be enough to cover MOST trainees through the school.  If you have traveled in europe prior to the school, please inform us at, as your visa situation may vary.

STCW Basic Training
The STCW BT 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.  For more info on the course, click here.




DTS Staff

I love school and singing to Les Misérables. I completed my DTS in 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. I love the Next Wave, and am so thankful to continue being a part of its mission and ministry.

Favorite scripture: Micah 6:8
It showed me that all we need to do in life can be summed up into one sentence.




DTS Leader

I have been with YWAM since my DTS in Kona, Hawaii, 2007.  I love watching movies, hanging out, cookies, and pugs.  My heart is for reconciliation, justice, and missions.

Favorite scripture: Psalms 23 
It is the scripture that brings me the most peace and a deeper understanding of God’s character.




DTS Staff

I have been involved on and off with YWAM since my DTS in Colorado in 2014 and have been studying International Development in England. I enjoy music, warm climates, and eating Asian food. 

Favorite scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Learning to depend on God’s grace to perfect my own weaknesses brings so much freedom!



DTS Staff

I am from the Netherlands and have been in YWAM since 2016.  I love walking around in nature, especially in the mountains, to admire God’s beauty.  You can almost always find me where people are, doing something random.  I have a real passion for people, and to see the spark of God’s love in people’s lives expand into a blazing fire.

Favorite scripture: 1 Peter 4:11



DTS Coordinator

I love hiking, traveling, and meeting new people.  Working with YWAM Ships Training, my mission is to see all peoples reached with the gospel, and discipled in their relationship with Christ.

Favorite scripture: Matt 6:25-34
A great reminder that we don’t have to depend on our own success in life, but God’s provision.




DTS Staff

I love running.  I really LOVE running.  I live for Jesus and running.  See my photo?  I am running.  JESUS!

Favorite scripture: Hebrews 12:1 
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.



Submit your application here and let the adventure begin!


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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!