• Yachting in Ireland Experience the rugged beauty of Ireland's western coastline with a week or weekend yachting trip.
  • Dinghy sailing courses Have fun in the most responsive sailing vessel you can get. Get ready for some fun!
  • 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.

Round Ireland Yacht Race

Join us for an experience of a lifetime as you race around Ireland on a 57' yacht. Be an important member of the crew as you race for fame and glory. This is an offshore endurance race which brings a huge sense of accomplishment.

The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland’s premier offshore sailing race and is held every two years by Wicklow Sailing Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The 704 nautical mile race was first held in 1980 and still retains the original course; “leave Ireland and all its islands excluding Rockall to starboard.”  The next edition of the race will take place on 28th June 2014.

To sign up contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an information pack on this programme. The package will allow you to also gain over 1,000 sea miles and is great for increasing you mileage and gaining valuable watch keeping experience


Kayaking on Galway BayKayaking

Bow Waves run 3 hour kayaking sessions. This a great opportunity to have fun while also learning how to kayak. This is ideal for those special occasions such as birthday parties, holy communion, confirmation or to have some fun with family or friends. Both adults or children can attend and each session is structured to the groups needs. These kayaking activity sessions involve skills, games and taking a trip along the shoreline. This a great chance to explore Galway Bay.


Kayaking session running on April 20th and April 27th from 10am to 1pm

Price is €29 per person or €49 for a couple


Book now to avoid disappointment

Commercial Yachtmaster

Commercial Skipper 200 Ton Yachtmaster Course (Sail and Motor)

Commercial Yachtmaster CourseThe 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)

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.

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Those completing the Yachtmaster program will receive the following:

  1. MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence (Coastal or Offshore)
  2. Medical First Aid (Optional)
  3. STCW’95 Radio Communications Certificate (Optional)
  4. STCW’95 Personal Survival Techniques Certificate
  5. STCW’95 Fire Prevention and fire Fighting Certificate
  6. Commercial Yachtmaster CourseSTCW’95 Elementary First Aid Certificate
  7. STCW’95 Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  8. RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
  9. RYA/ISA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
  10. RYA Powerboat Intermediate Certificate
  11. RYA/ISA Advanced Powerboat Certificate
  12. RYA Short Range Certificate
  13. RYA Radar Certificate
  14. RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance Certificate
  15. Over 2,500 Nautical Miles


  • 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.

Assumed Knowledge: Basic knowledge and experience of general boating is desirable

Course Content: Skippers Responsibilities, Navigation, Boat Handling, running a vessel and looking after the needs of crew, Maintenance programs, Radar operation, Diesel engine maintenance, Marine Radio Communications, Medical training, Electrics and electronics, Fire Prevention and fire fighting, Powerboat operations, Sailing techniques and sea survival.
Ability After Course: Commercial Certificate of Competence - To be able to skipper vessels up to 200 ton and up to 24metres in coastal, offshore or ocean waters.

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

Duration: 16 weeks fulltime
Start Date: April 21st 2014

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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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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, Sea Survival 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 and request a callback at a time that suits you.

Bow Waves working with you to achieve your goals.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation Night Classes Thursday evenings.

RYA Day Skipper Navigation Night Classes Tuesday Evenings.

RYA Diesel Engine Night Class Wednesday Evening

SRC Marine Radio Night Class Wednesday Evening

RYA Radar Night Class Wednesday Evening

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Sailing Holidays

Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way Sailing Cruises

Wild Atlantic Way Sailing Cruises

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.

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Canaries Cruise

Canaries Sailing Holiday Cruise

Canary Islands Sailing Holiday 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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Sailing Holidays

Easter Cruise West of Ireland
This is a 10 day cruise venturing into harbours and Islands on the west of Ireland. An experience of a lifetime.
Spain - Portugal Cruise
Ideal for the sailor who is making their first trip abroad. Foreign port protocols and requirements, while enjoying the culture and ways of life of the Spanish and Portuguese.
Mileage Building Cruise
Mileage building cruises capable of getting a certified passage logged for your ISA Yachtmaster Ocean or RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence.

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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.

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Yachtmaster Intensive

RYA/MCA Commercial Skipper 200 Ton Yachtmaster

200ton Commercial Skipper

A 16 week Intensive Course. It runs Monday - Friday, 9am-6pm starting October 2013.


RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Power Prep. & Exam: 26th May - 28th May 2013 Sun - Tue (1 Day Prep & Exam)


Shorebased Courses

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation Intensive Course

Suitable for wind farm and Superyacht crew

5 Days Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 6pm.

RYA Approved Training Centre2013

  • 4th - 8th September



Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation Intensive Course YMN 22


Day Skipper Navigation Intensive Course over Two Weekends


Day Skipper Navigation Evening Course DSN19

16 Evenings on Tuesday evenings from 7pm - 10pm.

RYA Approved Training Centre2013

  • 15th, 22nd October
  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November
  • 3rd, 10th December


  • 14th, 21st, 28th January
  • 4th, 18th, 25th February
  • 4th, 11th March


Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation Evening Course YMN 21

16 Evenings on Thursday evenings from 7pm - 10pm.

IsA Approved Training Centre2013

  • 17th, 24th October
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November
  • 6th, 12th December


  • 16th, 23th, 30th January
  • 6th, 20th, 27th February
  • 6th, 13th March