The Bluewater (Sailing) DTS is unlike any other – namely because it takes place on-board a sailing yacht! 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 on-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

Why the Bluewater DTS?

This DTS is one-of-a-kind, as it is geared to equip you with the skills, experience, and knowledge to serve on-board any of the YWAM ships internationally, while sailing through the islands of the Aegean Sea.  You will graduate, not only with a UofN certificate, but on track to gaining internationally recognised certificates to serve as crew on vessels world-wide. 

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.

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

Hudson Taylor

This school is offered in partnership with YWAM Harpenden

Why a DTS?

School Details




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.


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!