• Dinghy sailing courses Have fun in the most responsive sailing vessel you can get. Get ready for some fun!
  • Yachting in Ireland Experience the rugged beauty of Ireland's western coastline with a week or weekend yachting trip.
  • Sail the Wild Atlantic Way Experience the beauty of Ireland's west coast aboard our luxury yacht as we sail the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal in the north to West Cork in the south.

Free Informative Talks

Bow Waves will be hosting a range of a range of free informative talks commencing on Monday September 21st.
The talks will take place on Monday evenings from 19:30-20:30.
A range of subjects will be covered over a 4 week period.
More information

Mayra's Blog

...Mayra completed some training with Bow Waves in Summer 2015. She is currently seeking career opportunities in the super yacht industry and will be blogging her experiences throughout. Keep an eye out for updates over the coming months...

Post 1|September 2015

How I got introduced to Yachting

My name is Mayra, I am 19 years of age and this is how I became interested in the yachting industry. Last year, I decided that I wanted to do something exciting and out of my comfort zone instead of going to college. At the end of August 2014, having graduated from school three months prior I decided to go to the Caribbean for life experience and a change from school. On the 25th of September 2014 I went to the Caribbean island of Curacao. I gained a lot of restaurant/bar-tending experience. I became very independent and developed as a person. At the end of December last, I decided to move to Sint. Maarten, I was hoping to find a job in any field as my options were open and I wanted to make the most of my Caribbean experience.

 While I spent my first few days orientating around Sint Maarten, I noticed a lot of yachts in the marina... Continue Reading


Evening Classes

Are you lacking the skills to take you further afield? Now is your opportunity to develop your skills to allow you to go with confidence to places you have only dreamt of. Bow Waves have released their comprehensive winter programme which consists of Navigation courses, Diesel Engine Courses, Radar Courses, First Aid courses, SRC Marine Radio and much more.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation

Now is your chance. If you need advice on what to do and what may be best for you. Email your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request a callback at a time that suits you.
Bow Waves working with you to achieve your goals.

Coastal Skipper Navigation - Night Class (14 Nights)

  • Tuesdays 7-10pm
  • Commences 6th October

SRC Marine Radio - Night Class (4 Nights)

  • Wednesdays 7-10pm
  • No experience necessary
  • Commences 7th October

Day Skipper Navigation - Night Class (14 Nights)

  • Thursdays 7-10pm
  • No experience Necessary
  • Commences 8th October

Diesel Engine - Night Class (2 Nights)

  • Wednesday 7-10pm
  • No Experience necessary
  • Commences 4th November

Electronic Navigation - Night Class (2 Nights)

  • Wednesday 7-10pm
  • No experience necessary
  • Commences 28th November

Enquire about this course

Commercial Yachtmaster

Commercial Skipper 200 Ton Yachtmaster Course (Sail and Motor)

Now enrolling for our next course which takes place from 1st February 2016

 The marine industry is one of the few areas that has not been affected by the current economic recession. Huge growth in the offshore industry is still underway and the yachting industry is not faring too bad either.

With this in mind Bow Waves are delighted to offer prospective candidates the opportunity to take an intensive 16 week course for Commercial Skipper’s accredited by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) recognised worldwide. The course is also run in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)


Bow Waves commercial yacht master course includes STCW'95 Basic Safety training and powerboat operations up to advanced level, upon successful completion of the course candidates will be qualified to a recognised worldwide standard that will enable them to apply for positions as Skipper, 1st Mate or Officer of the Watch on motor vessels up 200 Ton and entry level for Super Yachts.

  • Course Type: Practical and theory
  • Required Experience:.
  • Waterproofs (Optional) will be provided
  • Life jacket will be provided
  • Waterproof Deck Boots
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water confident – swimming ability not essential
  • Passport or Seafarer Discharge Book
  • Must be able to pass a medical including eye sight test.
  • RYA-ISA Membership.

Commercial Yachtmaster CourseCoastal – up to 40 miles.
Offshore – up to 150 miles.
Ocean – worldwide.

Duration: 16 weeks fulltime

Enquire about this course

STCW Basic Safety Training

Our STCW Basic Safety Training 6 day course runs monthly See dates

Bowwaves are fully certified as a training school by the Irish Sailing Association, Department of Transport and The Royal Yachting Association.

Combined Day Skipper


Day Skipper Theory and Practical Combined

We are happy to introduce this new product to our list of courses.  Receive both theory and practical day skipper training over 9 days

Maritime Blog

  • Free Informative Talks +

    Bow Waves will be hosting a range of a range of free informative talks commencing on Monday September 21st.The talks Read More
  • Mayra's Blog Page +

    ...Mayra completed some training with Bow Waves in Summer 2015. She is currently seeking career opportunities in the super yacht Read More
  • GLONASS Navigation +

    Did you know that if you have an old smart phone and you install Navonics Nautical Charts on it you Read More
  • Round Ireland Yacht Race +

    On June 28th 2014 Bow Waves and crew set off on an unforgettable voyage around Ireland The Round Ireland Yacht Read More
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Enrolling Now

Yachtmaster Sail Examinations

18th-19th September

Advanced Powerboat Examination

20th September

Personal Survival Techniques

22nd September
29th September
4th October


Powerboat Level 2

19th-20th September


STCW Basic Safety Training Week

28th September - 3rd October

  • Elementary First Aid
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsbility
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting