Part of:
Simon's Town School

The Maritime-Related Subjects

The Lawhill Maritime Centre offers two specialised subjects (Maritime Economics and Nautical Science) for learners in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

MARITIME ECONOMICS is designed for learners to proceed into the maritime industry ashore and deals with topics such as maritime geography, port studies, maritime trade patterns, the structure of the local shipping industry, various aspects of ship operation, the bunker trade, ships’ agency procedures, ship-broking, cargo clearing, and maritime ecology.


NAUTICAL SCIENCE prepares learners directly for a career at sea and covers seamanship, coastal and astro-navigation, ship construction, cargo stowage, and various other aspects of marine science.


Forming an integral part of the school curriculum, the syllabi for these subjects were approved by the South African education authority as full subjects for the national and provincial Senior Certificate examinations from 1998. 
The courses can also taken by day-learners at the school.
To take the subjects, a learner must have a good pass in Grade 9 and if he/she wishes to take Nautical Science, he/she must gain 60% in Mathematics and Natural Sciences in Grade 9 as both of these subjects are compulsory for Nautical Science.

Usual subject choice for Learners following the Maritime Courses

Two Languages; Mathematics; Physical Science; Maritime Economics; Nautical Science; Life Orientation.  We also recommend Geography as an extra subject, especially if the learner wishes to enrol later at a university.

Employment Prospects in the Maritime Family

As all our learners have a considerable body of knowledge and skills pertinent to the shipping industry, the majority of our successful learners enter careers within the maritime family, either at sea (cadets or ratings on merchant vessels or in the fishing industry) or in the Navy, or in the shipping industry ashore (e.g. trainee ships' agents; trainee shipbrokers; trainees in the clearing & forwarding industry, or bunkering, etc.).
Our record of placement in maritime-related careers is good and we have an excellent working relationship with the industry.  However, we cannot guarantee employment after the completion of our courses and the onus rests entirely on the learner to apply for and obtain employment.


The value of sea-training to augment theoretical teaching has been very evident.  We have been able to place some of our top learners on Safmarine containerships for sea-training during the ships’ the coastal passages to Durban.
Nine learners went to Antarctica aboard the South African polar supply vessel, S.A. Agulhas, thus providing a specially interesting training voyage. 
Learners have also done sea training aboard Unicorn Tankers. 
Visits to ships in port have also formed a significant part of our training.




Applications are welcome from Grade 9 learners, but please note the following : for details about the careers available at sea, and the process of entering those careers.