If you have a sense of adventure, enjoy outdoor life and wish to pursue a career that is not your normal eight-to-five occupation, then a career at sea may be what you are looking for.

The Maritime Industry offers careers that have nationally and internationally recognised tertiary qualifications, job satisfaction, a high level of responsibility, good advancement prospects and a wide variety of career opportunities, both at sea and ashore.


Officers, Petty Officers and Ratings man ships of the merchant navy, in three departments:

Deck (Navigating), Engineering and Catering. Harbour craft are crewed with officers and ratings. Training programmes with clearly structured career paths exist for Navigating and Engineering Cadet Officers, and for Ratings. These paths lead to senior officer status and could eventually realise shore-based management positions. A high level of skill and dedication is required from applicants who must meet certain minimum requirements. A basic requirement is that all applicants can swim.



Entry Requirements

High schools which offer maritime subjects as part of their curriculum in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are: Simonstown High in the Western Cape, New Forest High in Durban, and Tisand Technical High near Richards Bay.


For more information see our LINKS page.


Addresses :

Durban University of Technology

Student Admissions, P.O.Box 953, Durban 4000.


Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Student Admissions, P.O.Box 652, Cape Town 8000