Do you have a heart for the unreached? Do you want to be involved in missions, but like to be more hands on and practical? Do you feel called to be a part of the ever expanding YWAM ships ministry? The School of Marine Engineering and Seamanship (SOMES) is designed to help you do just that by giving you a solid foundation of being a godly seafarer and serve on-board ministry vessels worldwide.

This course is SCI 221 part of the College of Science & Technology from the University of the Nations Colleges and Centres.

What is SOMES?

The aim of the SOMES is to equip YWAMers with the basic knowledge and skills to help them become qualified engineering crew 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 engineering training, both these needs can be met and allow the fleet to keep sailing and impacting the nations.


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.

The seamanship module will be followed by a four-week Engineering Course that’s designed for those who wish to progress to be a ship’s engineer or a duel deck engineer (a deckhand and engineer). Upon completion of the engineering course, you must attend a MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC). It is a four-day course (30 hours) that provides the practical basic hands-on training and theoretical knowledge of engines and associated systems. The Approved Engine Course (AEC) is the first level qualification for the MCA Engineering Officer training scheme. This four-day course is to obtain the legal certification for the knowledge you learned during your time with us.

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

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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.