• 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.
  • Dinghy sailing courses Have fun in the most responsive sailing vessel you can get. Get ready for some fun!

Commercial Yachtmaster

Commercial Skipper 200 Ton Yachtmaster Course (Sail and Motor)

Now enrolling for our next course which takes place from February 2nd

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: February 2nd 2015

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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 Aoife on 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.

Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation Night Classes

Mon and Wed (20) evenings from 19:00 - 22:00

  • Commences July 6th to September 9th

Day Skipper Navigation Night Classes

Mon and Wed (20) evenings from 19:00 - 22:00

  • February 2nd to April 13th

SRC Marine Radio Night Class

Tuesday and Thursday (4) evenings from 19:00 - 22:00

  • February 10th to 19th
  • April 7th to 16th
  • June 9th to 18th
  • August 4th to 13th
  • October 6th to 15th
  • December 8th to 17th

Diesel Engine Night Class

Tues and Thurs (3) evenings from 19:00 - 22:00

  • March 10th to 17th
  • July 7th to 14th

Radar Night Class

Tuesday and Thursday (3) evening from 19:00 - 22:00

  • May 5th to 12th
  • September 8th to 10th

Elementary First Aid

Wed and Frid (3) evenings from 19:00 - 22:00

  • April 15th to 22nd
  • September 9th to 16th
  • November 3rd to 10th


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.

Next Course:

Early 2014

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

Sailing Holidays

Wild Atlantic Way

Experience the beauty of Ireland's west coast aboard our luxury yacht as we sail the Wild Atlantic Way from Buncranna in County Donegal in the north, through Sligo, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Dingle, Baltimore and Cork in the south.

Learn more

Canaries Cruise


Canaries Cruise
Cruise the canaries in the new year. Get some winter sun and enjoy life on board as you hop from Island to Island.

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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

Yacht Master Examinations (Sail & Power)

  • Wednesday December 17th
  • Thursday December 28th
  • Friday December 29th

Yacht master Ocean Navigation

  • Monday January 5th to Friday January 9th

STCW'95 Basic Safety Training

  • EFA Monday January 5th

  • PST Tuesday January 6th

  • PSSR Wednesday January 7th

  • FPFF Thursday January 8th to Saturday 10th

Powerboat Level 2
  • Saturday January 17th
  • Sunday January 18th


Powerboat Instructor Course

  • Friday December 19th to Monday December 22nd (4 Days)