Whenever two passions come together as one, something truly amazing happens; and that’s exactly what takes place on-board the Next Wave. Joining our crew allows you to fuse your passion for sailing with your drive for pursuing Christ in the adventure of a lifetime while serving on-board.

Why Join Next Wave Crew?

As Next Wave, we aspire to live out the YWAM value of championing young people and being visionary. We encourage fresh vision and new initiatives inviting you to share your ideas and dreams with us — let’s explore the seas and bring God’s kingdom to the Middle-Eastern frontier and the world through YWAM ships!

That moment when you forget you are volunteering to help change lives, because it’s changing yours…

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Like all YWAM staff worldwide, our crew are required to have successfully completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS). All crew are encouraged to make a two-year commitment.  Additionally, all of our crew are non-paid volunteer positions.  To join YWAM as staff anywhere in the world, you need to have your own financial backing.  All of our crew members raise support to cover their expenses.

Have more questions? Please Contact Us or visit our FAQ page

Crewing Details

School of Navigation and Seamanship: 2018 | 26th March through 15th June. SONS info.

Bluewater (Sailing) Discipleship Training School: 2018 | Staff Training starting 25th June through graduation 21st December. DTS info.

  • Deck Hands
  • Engineers
  • Officers
  • Cooks
  • Hospitality
  • Purser
  • DTS or SONS Staff
  • On-Shore Administration

STCW Basic Training is required to serve on-board.  SONS certificate is recommended to staff DTS BUT is required before crewing the SONS.

The STCW is a 5-day Basic Training course that covers First Aid at Sea, Personal Sea Survival, Firefighting, and Social Responsibility. It is a standard course that can be taken anywhere in the world and is legally required to serve as crew.  The first week of both the SONS and DTS, is a STCW course in either Croatia or the U.K. for both joining staff and students (estimated cost for the all-inclusive course is £1000). 

No prior sea experience is required, but is recommended and preferred.

Please note: costs associated with the STCW course are not covered by crew fees, and are the responsibility of the crew member.

Fees vary based off of experience, qualifications, and time commitment.

Interested in joining crew?

To join our crew, please submit your application here.


Send us an email or check the FAQ page to see if your answer is there.