• 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.
  • 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.

MCA GMDSS General Operators Certificate

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, General Operators Certificate (GMDSS GOC) is intended to equip people who go to sea professionally and have primary responsibility for radio communications during distress incidents.

Now enrolling for our next courses:

  • ROC (Dublin):    19th - 22nd May 
  • GOC (Galway):   15th - 26th June

The General Operator's Certificate of Competence (GOC) will be awarded to learners who have, successfully passed the written and practical exam.

The course will cover knowledge and use of The Maritime Mobile (Terrestrial Radio and Satellite ) Service

Detailed practical knowledge and ability to use the basic equipment of a ship station, Digital Selective Calling (DSC),  ship’s Inmarsat satellite systems, Navtex, EPIRBs, SARTs , Distress, urgency and safety communication procedures in the GMDSS, Search and Rescue operation

Course entry requirements

  • Ability to use English language, both written and spoken, for the satisfactory exchange of communications relevant to the safety of life at sea.

 The GMDSS GOC examination consists of three parts as follows:

  • General Knowledge written examination on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and Radio Regulation
  • Radiotelephone Communication (R/T) exercise simulating a Distress situation
  • Operation of Equipment

Commercial Yachtmaster

Commercial Skipper 200 Ton Yachtmaster Course (Sail and Motor)

Now enrolling for our next course which takes place from 7th September

 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
Start Date: March 2nd 2015

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RYA Day Skipper

Cruise the west coast of Ireland. Explore some of the unspoilt bays and harbours on the Galway and Clare coastline, some of the best the west has to offer. In the evening venture ashore to enjoy the music, fun and craic that some of the destinations have to offer. Sipping a nice cool pint of Guinness as you watch the sun go down on Galway Bay.

Learn to plot your course for your destination. Skills that will take you around the world and back again

Now is your chance to get out there and do it.

An experience of a lifetime.

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Mediterranean Cruising

Mediterranean Cruising

Join us for a trip of a lifetime, sailing from Barcelona on April 13th we will be stopping off in Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.

New Course!

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

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.

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

Enrolling Now

SRC Marine Radio Course

  • Friday 10th April
  • Saturday 11th April

April Cruise

  • Monday 13th  - Sunday 19th April

STCW'95 Basic Safety Training

  • EFA Monday 27th April
  • PST Tuesday 28th April
  • PSSR Wednesday 29th April


  • EFA Sunday 19th April
  • PST Monday 20th April

Powerboat Level 2

  • Sat - Sunday 18th and 19th April