Frequently asked Questions & Answers
When is the next Bluewater DTS?
The next Bluewater DTS starts on September 28th, 2012 and will finish April 3rd, 2013, but the Basic Sea Training (BST) will commence the week before. If you intend to do the BST, which we recommend, please contact email@example.com for details and book on the course. The lecture phase will be held on board the Next Wave and by January’s end you will have left to begin your outreach phase.
Where will the Next Wave be?
We will be starting the DTS in either Isle of Wight or Plymouth, England (Fly into London). You will spend your first orientation week here and then we will set sail to Northern France and then up to Cardiff Wales. We hope to then head to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Mann and end in Liverpool. We will be in Liverpool’s beautiful Albert docks for some of November and December before you leave for outreach. This gives us time to connect into the amazing city of Liverpool (our registered port). The Albert Dock sits in the shadow of the Liver Building and is easy walking distance into the historic city of Liverpool with its creative arts focus, and of course, home to the Beatles, Liverpool and Everton football clubs and 2 famous cathedrals. We plan to do some outreach with the many contacts we have in the Liverpool during the remainder of the lecture phase.
In October we are planning on joining up with other DTSs from around Britain and Western Europe at a YWAM DTS Gathering in Scotland where we will have a combined week of evangelism teaching and outreach opportunities.
How Much does the DTS cost?
The total cost will be £4000. Lecture phase is £2800 and outreach is £1200. There is a £25 non-refundable registration fee to be sent with your application and a deposit of £250 is due on acceptance to the school with the remainder of £2525 due by September 15th (or you can choose to pay all upfront). There are no extra fees on-board the s/y Next Wave. (Please note that our lecture phase is longer than most – 16 weeks – as we account for sailing days and fees include cost of Royal Yacht Association Day Skipper theory training & exam). There is an optional (but recommended) opportunity for a STCW Basic Sea Safety Course PRIOR to the DTS start. For this, participants will pay the BST themselves, but receive a significant discount (£350 estimated depending on the final charges from the Maritime college for the BST) in DTS lecture fees.
How do I pay?
For this next DTS we will be working in UK pounds sterling (GBP) so all fees should be paid into Next Wave’s UK account (see below) or by PayPal on line:
Sort code: 60-06-20
Account type: CBFM business current account
Account number: 31270344
Bank name: National Westminister Bank
Branch name: Crawley the Boulvd
Alis: YWAM LTD/NEXTWAVE
Short name: YWAMLTD/NEXTWAVE
What takes place during the lecture phase?
Each week we will be having a different speaker come and teach and challenge us on their specialist areas. Topics will include such things as Hearing the Voice of God, Prayer and Intercession, the Holy Spirit, Discipleship, Identity, the Father Heart of God, Evangelism, Bible Study, Outreach preparation and other topics that speakers have to bring for us. You will be part of a small group on board who will discuss issues that have been raised and pray together for each other. You will also have a one-to-one discipling relationship with one of the DTS staff members. Other aspects of the DTS include worship and prayer times, creative learning and local outreach in the communities we will be visiting. During the DTS time we encourage all students and crew to attend a local church where this is possible and fits into the school timetable (sometimes we may be at sea on a Sunday).
You will become part of the unique community of the Next Wave joining in with daily life and participate in a community who are learning to live out the gospel in all aspects of their lives.
You will also join in with the ship’s work duties so one day you may be learning to cook in our galley, painting the ship, in the engine room or be with an outreach team ashore.
Life on board is full on, but it is an adventure like you have never had before!
What is the accommodation like?
The Next Wave has 48 berths, 7 toilets & 6 showers, a large saloon and a library – people are always surprised how big the sailing vessel is once they get inside. On the main deck is the wheel house (bridge), navigation office and our Director/Captain’s office. One floor below is the crew accommodation, the galley, and our main saloon (where we can seat 50 people for a meal and have seated 60 people for a port reception). The main saloon is the main room on board, it is the lounge, dining room, hang-out place, meeting room, and where the crew meet to worship and pray. We also have a projector on board so film nights are common.
There is also a forward room which is used as a meeting room, library, hang out place if no one else is in there, or a place where you can go and shut the door to have some silence or prayer. It is also possible to turn this room into a sick bay should we need to.
On the lower deck is where you will be living. We have 5 large cabins which each have 6 berths (we only put two or three in each cabin). As we have recently changed our registration we have a limited number of students we can carry to sea. We will only put 2 or 3 students in each cabin, so you will have room on the empty bunks for you personal items. Nevertheless, we advice you to travel light, as during your outreach phase you will have to carry all your belongings and will not be able to store them on s/y Next Wave. Each room has a handbasin and minimal storage facilities. The berths have individual reading lights and a curtain so you can have some private space. There are toilets and showers on each deck of the ship.
Although there is limited personal space on board we have been amazed by comments by all who come on board who say that it is bigger than they anticipated!
Tell me about the outreach phase?
During the outreach phase you will have the opportunity to go into a cross cultural situation to put into practice all that you have been learning. We do not want to plan the outreaches too much before the start of the school so that the DTS staff and students get to be part of the planning process and to hear God together about what they should be doing. However, recent outreach locations have included, North Africa, Italy, Sicily, France and Central Europe (Romania, Bulgaria) and the Middle East. Depending on the size of the school, there will be 2 or 3 outreach teams, led by some of the DTS staff from your school. In order to build on relationships, it is likely we may return to previous outreach locations.
What is the cost of the outreach?
£1200 pounds should cover all the outreach costs, unless airfares change significantly, which we cannot control.
How can I keep in touch with what is happening on the Next Wave now?
The best place is our website as well connecting via Next Wave’s Facebook site, or by directly searching for Next Wave on Facebook. You can be part of this online community which consists of crew, former crew, former students and friends of the ministry. This can be accessed through this site. There are blogsites for our DTS when they are on outreach. You can also email us at the email address below for more details.
Where will the ship be when the DTS finishes in April 2013?
The plan is to fnish the DTS in Liverpool, England
If still have some questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer any questions you have.