Do you have a heart for adventure and serving the unreached? Do you feel called to be a part of the ever expanding YWAM ships ministry? The School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) is designed to help you do just that by giving you a solid foundation of being a godly seafarers to serve on-board ministry vessels worldwide.

This course is part of the the University of the Nations: College of Science & Technology

What is SONS?

The aim of the SONS is to equip YWAMers with the basic knowledge and skills to help them become qualified crew in order to serve God and bless the needy through YWAM Ships globally. Our vessels need both qualified seafarers and passionate missionaries to meet the great task before us and embrace the opportunities God has given us in this age. Though this marine training, both these needs can be met and allow blessings to set sail.

Seamanship

The first 5-weeks of the course will focus on the seamanship module. We will launch the first two-weeks at YWAM Croatia for the STCW Basic Training course and team building, then continuing the rest of the course in Lesvos, Greece on-board the YWAM vessel S/Y Next Wave.  The seamanship weeks will provide you with the basic knowledge and practical experience to being a quality deckhand on-board any ship, and will be a step in the direction of becoming a certified Able Seafarer. Seamanship will include: vessel familiarization, basic sailing theory, safety, deck work, and practical sailing service.  Students will have the option to end their training after the end of the seamanship module and begin practical service, or continue the course and learn navigational skills. 

Following the seamanship module will be, a seven-week intensive navigational course that is designed for those who wish to progress to be a ship’s deck officer.  The course will focus on chart work, tidal theory, meteorology, and passage planning. Those who complete this full SONS will sit the RYA Day Skipper theory examination at the end of the lecture phase. Upon passing your exams at the end of the lecture phase, you will receive the following: RYA/MCA Day Skipper/Watch Leader Theory Certificate, RYA Radar Course Certificate, you will meet the qualifications to apply for a Malta Seafarer’s Book, you will also be on your way towards the International Shipping Federation (ISF) Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch certificate, and will be set to pursue higher legal certifications in the maritime field.

This school is offered in partnership with YWAM Harpenden

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wilder seas Where storms will show Your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars.

Sir Francis Drake

See the Adventure

School Details

2019 | Spring SONS
8th April through 5th July

2019 | Spring Seamanship
8th April through 10th May

Optional | PADI Open Water SCUBA Week
7th July through 12th July

2019 | Spring SONS
STCW: 1 Week
Seamanship: 5 Weeks
Navigation: 7 Weeks
Optional – PADI Open Water SCUBA: 1 Weeks
Total: 13+1 Weeks

2019 | Spring Seamanship
STCW: 1 Week
Seamanship: 5 Weeks
Total: 6 Weeks

Upon passing your exams at the end of the full School of Navigation and Seamanship lecture phase, you will receive the following certifications:

  • STCW Basic Training (STCW 95/2010)
  • RYA/MCA Day Skipper/Watch Leader Theory Certificate
  • RYA Radar Course Certificate
  • Malta Seafarer’s Book
  • On your way to the International Shipping Federation (ISF) Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch certificate, and will be set to pursue higher legal certifications in the maritime field.
  • Optional – PADI Open Water SCUBA certification (extra fee)

University of the Nations: College of Science and Technology credits:
1 extension credit for STCW Basic Training (included in course)
12 credits for the full SONS course 
1 extension credit for PADI Open Water SCUBA certification (optional and extra fee)
Total: 14-credits

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Upon finishing the syllabus for the Seamanship lecture phase, you will receive the following certifications:

  • STCW Basic Training (STCW 95/2010)
  • Malta Seafarer’s Book
  • On your way to the International Shipping Federation (ISF) Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch certificate, and will be set to pursue higher legal certifications in the maritime field.

University of the Nations: College of Science and Technology credits:
1 extension credit for STCW Basic Training (included in course)
4 credits for the Seamanship course
Total: 5-credits

Application Fee: £35
All-Inclusive SONS: £2200 + £800 Deposit
All-Inclusive Seamanship: £1200 + £800 Deposit
Optional – PADI Open Water SCUBA Week: TBA
Discount: £300 to those with a valid STCW Basic Training certificate

18 years old or older when program starts, high school graduate or equivalent, and perfered, a DTS completion certificate.

No prior sea experience is required.

Fees
Included: STCW Basic Training during the first week of lecture phase, food, accommodation, and school specific necessities.  Fees do NOT include flights, personal transportation, immigration, or visa fees.  Fees also do NOT cover flight costs from the STCW Basic Training location to Lesvos, Greece.  Estimated cost for flight, £200-400.

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

Visas
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 sons@ywamnextwave.org, 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.

Please note: the STCW Basic Training is not a YWAM course, but a legal requirement to serve as crew aboard any of YWAM’s ships.

PADI Open Water SCUBA
More info about certification can be found, here.

2018 SONS Documents
Seamanship Syllabus
Navigation Syllabus
Course Breakdown

Interested?

Submit your application here and let the adventure begin!

Questions?

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

First things first

Discipleship Training School 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. It is the entry level YWAM course that includes a 3 month Bible school and a 3 month mission trip. DTS is mandatory before any staffing or secondary schools. Click here to learn more about the Bluewater DTS aboard the Next Wave.