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Based out of YWAM Ships Kona, we run schools every quarter.

Discover His call for your life

Get more than just education to follow Jesus whole-heartedly.

Get out there

Use your gifts, skills, and education to bring transformation to the nations.

Be part of something that counts in the world.

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What's a Ships DTS?

A ships Discipleship training schools is a life changing course where you will learn from a variety of international speakers on topics such as hearing God's voice, engaging in prayer, biblical worldview, etc...

The "ships" part comes from being held at a YWAM base that utilizes ships for ministry and outreach. It does not mean you will be on a ships necessarily, but you will get familiar and introduced to the YWAM Ships ministries.

Have you ever dreamed of doing something that counts in the world, and at the same time being part of an adventure learning new skills, developing deep relationships, and growing in your identity and relationship with God?


During the Ships DTS (Discipleship Training School), you will receive life-changing teaching from a variety of international speakers during the lecture phase. You will learn how to hear God’s voice, engage in prayer, relationships, understand a biblical worldview, and bring impact to the nations through the gospel. You will also have the opportunity to serve the community here in Kona!

You will also have the opportunity to put your learning into action as you head out to exciting locations for the outreach phase. Encounter various cultures and experience using your new knowledge to serve globally and share the love of the Lord in the nations. While we often go to one of our Ships locations (currently Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Haiti, Cambodia, or Panama), but don’t limit these options, as each school prays and asks God where he would like to send us in the world, and you never know where you could end up going!

Redeem time

The course is designed to be intensive and immersive for quick and effective results.

Grow your faith

Learn from experienced missionaries in a community-style learning environment.

Use your skills

From construction to medical work, make a difference with what's in your hands.

Get to the field

Outreach is the critical part of the course where you get hands-on cross-cultural ministry experience.

Express your passion

Share God's love to the world through creativity, art, acts of mercy, and passionate love.

Be part of a movement

Join a global movement and god's great commission.

School Details

Kona, Hawaii

Start your journey in beautiful Hawaii, in our repurposed hotel base, downtown Kona, a mile from the University of the Nations.

Every January, April, July and September.

Choose a time that fits your schedule best. 3 months of Lectures in Hawaii, and 2 months of outreach.


  • Lecture Phase , includes food, accommodation, and tuition, but not airfare
  • Outreach Phase , depends on the destination
* Does not include airfare and outreach

Want more info? Let's talk!

Doing a DTS is huge. We are here to help you throughout the way.

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