• 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.
  • 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!

Careers At Sea Talk

Many areas of the Marine Industry have proven to be  unaffected by the economic downturn. As a result, there is a worldwide demand and career opportunities for  qualified marine personnel.

The event will be invaluable for anyone considering a career change or even working abroad. Having previous experience of the marine sector or the boating sector is not required to attend this event. The Careers at Sea Expo is open to the public and all are welcome.

To reserve your place at the event Contact Aoife on 091 560560 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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.

Day Skipper Navigation - Night Class (14 Nights)

  • Every Tuesday 7-10pm
  • No experience Necessary
  • Commences 8th September

Coastal Skipper Navigation - Night Class (14 Nights)

  • Every Thursday 7-10pm
  • Commences 10th September

Diesel Engine - Night Class (2 Nights)

  • Monday 21st and 28th September

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.

Upcoming Dates 2015

  • 6th - 10th July (Kilrush to Galway)
  • 13 - 17th July (Galway)
  • 3rd - 7th August (Galway)
  • 17th - 21st August (Galway)

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 7th September 2015

 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

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STCW Basic Safety Training

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

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 August 15-23rd 2015

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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

STCW Basic Safety Training

Elementary First Aid

  • Wednesday 8th July
  • Monday 27th July

Personal Survival Techniques

  • Tuesday 28th July

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

  • Wednesday 29th July

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

  • Thursday 30th - Saturday 1st August