Looking for maritime collages for cruise liners

Hey guys. this seems like a dumb question, but I’m a software developer and 21 years old, but I don’t really like what I’m doing now and really don’t want to settle in it, so I’m looking to pivot while I’m still young enough. My dad is a medical officer on cruise liners and told me about maritime courses and being a deck officer (I think that’s what he called it) for the cruise liners. The thing is, I know next to nothing about it or where to begin finding out.

My dad asked a few people he worked with in the past about it and they said I would look into Maritime colleges and start there. but what course do I look at? and most importantly I live in South Africa with no money to leave the country whatsoever so I can’t study abroad unless there’s some service that will fund me getting there. And from what little I could find there doesn’t seem to be an institute in South Africa that provides that training.

from what I’ve heard so far it sounds like the stuff I’m interested in for my job and I’d love to explore more about it. Where do I start? what institutes to I look at? Is there some way of funding studying abroad?

Thanks, guys!



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5 thoughts on “Looking for maritime collages for cruise liners

  • July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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    A quick look into the available colleges in SA from wikipedia;

    * [School of Shipping](https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=School_of_Shipping&action=edit&redlink=1), accredited trainers in international maritime dangerous goods code, freight forwarding, customs clearance and FIATA diploma
    * Governmental – [Cape Peninsula University of Technology](https://www.cput.ac.za/academic/faculties/engineering/prospectus/course?i=233&seo=TkQ6IE1BUklUSU1FIFNUVURJRVM=), Cape Town
    * Governmental – [Durban University of Technology](http://www.dut.ac.za/faculty/applied_sciences/maritime_studies/), Durban
    * Governmental – [Nelson Mandela University](https://www.mandela.ac.za/), Port Elizabeth (Marine Engineering being established)
    * Private – [Sea Safety Training Group](https://www.sstg.co.za/), Cape Town

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    As for funding, there’s usually scholarships/sponsorships available but not always for all overseas students, it helps if you narrow down which country you’d prefer and then look into sponsorships. I remember there were maritime SA students in the Netherlands and it wouldn’t surprise me if there were some in the UK too.

    No matter where you go, you’re looking at roughly 3-4 years of school all over again.

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  • July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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    Stay in software development. First world maritime professionals are a dying breed, especially deck officers.

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  • July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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    It depends where you are, the US has 5 state maritime academies, and one federal academy. Also you may want to consider if you want to go into the cruise industry or work cargo, as cargo tends to pay quite a bit more.

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  • July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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    If you’re looking to become a deck officer on any large vessel your 3 best options would be DUT, CPUT, and SSTG.
    That last one is a private maritime institution in cape town, they fall under the department of transportation, not education, so you won’t be getting a diploma or anything, but you’ll still get an internationally recognized certification with which you can complete your cadetship and then hopefully pass your exam with SAMSA.

    The course you’ll be looking to do is an OOW course (officer in charge of navigational watch). Its about 10 months plus a few additional ancillary courses which your institute will likely organize. They may also be able to assist with placements for your cadetship, although there is the national cadet program in which various companies volunteer to take on cadets for their year of onboard training.

    Now if you’re looking to specifically sail on cruise liners then the process is all the same, though you will be required to take one or two additional ancillary courses, such as crowd management. But first look at enrolling before you worry too much about specialising, the maritime field is wide and full of great options

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