Bluewater DTS

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Sail the Aegean Sea

A voyage to know God 

The Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS) is unlike any other!  You will have the opportunity to strive after God and seek His plan for your life while sailing the Aegean and learning the basics of seamanship on-board the Next Wave sailing yacht.  During the journey around the Greek islands and Turkish coast, you will be studying and growing deeper in your relationship with God, then, be sent to the nations to make God known on outreach.

Why the Bluewater DTS?

This DTS 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. 

From day one I quickly grew to love everyone on our team so much. We still feel like a big happy family!  There's something really special about doing life together, especially on a ship. The Bluewater DTS has been one of the most impactful times of my life.  God moved, spoke, and worked in my heart in ways I have never experienced before. I'm beyond thankful that He has made a way for me to enter this season of learning and growth with the Bluewater DTS.

Shelby Henriksen
Bluewater DTS Student - 2018


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.

Lecture Phase

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.  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.

Outreach Phase

Outreach phase focuses in on answering the call of the Great Commission: to make Him known.  It’s a time of activating the knowledge you gained and the gifts you realized in the context of another country in need of the life-giving love of our Savior.  This practically takes on many different shapes, ranging from: serving in a refugee camp in Greece to running a children’s program at an orphanage in the Ukraine. Outreach locations are determined through times of prayer and intercession focusing in on God’s heart for the nations. 


This course is offered by YWAM Harpenden in partnership with YWAM Next Wave


Over 18-years old
STCW certificate

2020 Dates


Course fees


UofN Credits

12 + 11

Course prices include: STCW Basic Training, all meals, course materials, lectures, and accommodation.  They do not include flights or personal transportation.

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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 any of our other training programs or by joining Crew. You will be amazed at where God can take you, and we’d love to help you get there!