Navigation Officer Cadet


The life of a navigation officer cadet or deck cadet is adventurous and rewarding. When in charge of the navigational watch one must undertake responsibilities while also being a trustworthy individual. It is undoubtedly the ideal learning experience in seafaring and marine engineering in Sri Lanka, which is an essential step in a cadet’s journey towards becoming a Ship’s Captain.

In addition to the prospect of adventure at sea, a navigation officer cadet will receive an attractive tax-free remuneration in US dollars. As work is assigned on a contractual basis, cadets taking the seaman courses can also maintain a healthy work-life balance while planning a productive retirement.

In order to fulfil your dream of becoming a Navigation Officer Cadet, with a thorough knowledge in marine engineering, you must meet these basic entry requirements to follow our seaman courses in Sri Lanka:

  • GCE O/Ls in 6 subjects, including a credit pass for English
  • GCE A/L in the streams of Maths (with 02 passes) or Bio Science (with 02 passes). It is essential to have passed Physics or Combined Maths
    "S" pass for Engineering Technology & One other “S” pass or “S” pass for Bio Technology & “S” pass for science for technology or “S” pass Science for Technology & One other “S” pass
  • Be between 18 to 24 years of age
  • Mental and physical fitness
  • 6/6 vision and colour vision

On successful completion of the training programme and the exam formulated by the ministry, cadets will hold the certificate of competency to sail as third officer on board foreign-going ships from one of the best institutes for marine training in Sri Lanka. The environment in which the training programme is conducted simulates life at sea, and helps trainees adjust to life on a ship and the challenges of seafaring. Our training facility is inspired by a German system of teaching and also ensures that trainees gain international exposure, while they follow their dream of becoming high-ranking officers and ultimately, a Ship’s Captain.

Our mentors are experienced seafarers and guide trainees along every step of the way. Their counsel motivates and inspires trainees to achieve great heights. Completion of the course gives each individual a qualification that is recognized in many countries and will enable each cadet numerous employment opportunities.


The opportunities are endless for those who follow the training programme under our navigation and marine courses and it’s simply a matter of unlocking the correct doors. Joining as a Third Officer, the final goal for most cadets is to become a Captain. This can be achieved with the right amount of experience, dedication and loyalty.

There are also plenty of opportunities ashore for those who take up navigational training. From Harbour Master to Crew Manager and Maritime Educator, there is a long list of positions that will be of great interest to those who prefer staying close to home.

Here is a detailed list of all the routes that can be explored for cadets who receive this training in Sri Lanka:

  • Ship’s Third Officers
  • Ship’s Second Officers
  • Ship’s Chief Officers
  • Ship’s Captain
  • Harbour Pilot
  • Marine Superintendent
  • Shipping Administrator
  • Port State Controller
  • Harbour Master
  • Crew Manager
  • Maritime Educator
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