(Pre Sea Deck Cadet Training Program)


This is a career development programme that prepares Singaporeans to join the maritime industry and pursue their aspirations as Nautical Officers onboard ocean-going ships.

The cadets will be attending full-time classroom-based training and practical lessons for 6 months as part of the pre-sea training, covering a series of modules listed below. 

The cadets will be prepared for their shipboard training, which will mark the beginning of their professional careers.  They will learn through a series of lessons, conducted by specialists who are also former seafaring professionals and industry practitioners.  The average trainer-cadet ratio is presently 1:17. Knowledge is disseminated via multimodal inputs, so that cadets learn through slide presentations, videos, group presentations, notes and textbooks, and tutorials.  Hands-on sessions add pedagogical holism, where cadets learn ropework as part of their Seamanship training and chartwork as part of the Navigation module.  The course also leverages on the use of technology for teaching involving the Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator, where cadets learn the use of various Electronic Aids to Navigation.  In addition, learning and assessment is also conducted via online learning platforms. 

Most modules include a Computer-Based Training (CBT) component which comprises 15% of the final examination results.  The students learn using the notes provided in the CBT and complete an assessment, which they have to pass with a minimum mark of 70%.This form of learning allows for repeated attempts.  Some modules would require the cadets to submit group assignments and presentations.  There will be final summative written examinations at the end of each module.  The summative examination shall consist of Multiple-Choice questions (MCQ) and/or True/False questions as well as short descriptive essay type questions to assess knowledge.  Only one attempt is allowed for summative examinations. 

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Six months are spent in class completing the following modules during the Pre Sea Training:

1. Ocean Navigation (Core Module)

2. Coastal Navigation (Core Module)

3. Collision Regulations (Core Module)

4. Meteorology (Core Module)

5. Electronic Navigational Aids (Core Module)

6. Ship Construction and Stability (Core Module)

7. MLC 2006 Awareness Program (Non Examinable)

8. Maritime English (Non Core Module)

9. Legislative Requirements (Non Core Module)

10. Seamanship (Non Core Module)

11. Personal Safety & Shipboard Emergencies (Non Core Module)

12. Mathematics (Non Core Module)



·Min GCE ‘N’ level passes in English, Mathematics and Science

· Post-NS (if applicable), for ability of extended overseas travel

· Medically Fit, no night and colour blindness (medical results required)

·Highly disciplined and motivated

·Prepared to work shifts when at sea (6-9 months onboard)

·Able to commit to at least 3 years of training



To successfully complete the training, cadets must pass all core modules, with a passing mark of 70% for Navigation and Collision Regulations, and a passing mark of 60% for the rest of the modules.

Upon successful completion of the training, the cadets will be issued with the following documents from WMI: 

· Certificate in Nautical Studies (Pre Sea Deck Cadet Training Programme)

· Examination Results

· Discharge Letter 


The cadets may also require the following documents before being able to commence their sea service (18 months), subject to the respective requirements of the different shipping companies: 

· Company Supporting Letter for US Visa applications 

· Successful medical and Drug & Alcohol checks