Futura High's School of Marine Sciences aims to prepare young people for post-school employment in the maritime industry by providing students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 with access to two specialist subjects, Maritime Economics and Nautical Science. Durban is South Africa's main port city and offers many opportunities for careers in the marine sciences. Futura is offering high school students the opportunity to complete Maritime Economics and Nautical Science subjects while attending high school at their Durban campus.
Futura High offers an Oceanography Club providing a forum for students to discuss debate, socialize, and perform community service relating to the ocean and marine science. Activities include visiting Ushaka Marine World, the Sharks Board and maintaining a marine fish tank at Futura. Maritime students at Futura may also join the Futura Sailing Club and learn to sail, receive yacht club membership during their studies and even obtain a skippers ticket.
MARITIME ECONOMICS prepares students for careers in the maritime industry ashore and deals with maritime geography, port studies, maritime trade patterns, the structure of the local shipping industry, ship operation and chartering, the bunker trade, ships’ agencies, ship-broking, cargo clearing, and maritime ecology.
Career opportunities for Maritime Economics exist within the shore-based sector of the maritime industry. These include shipping companies, port agency, stevedoring, clearing and forwarding, import and export, surveying, warehousing, project management and terminal management.
NAUTICAL SCIENCE prepares students for a career at sea and covers seamanship, coastal and ocean navigation (including astro-navigation), maritime communications, weather systems at sea, electronic aids to navigation, international regulations and ship stability.
Career opportunities for Nautical Science may lie within a shipping company or with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), where the graduate will enter the industry as a Deck Cadet, and on completion of the requisite sea-time, further study/training and ancillary courses, could one day aspire to the command of an ocean-going vessel or work in a number of divisions within TNPA (including tugs, pilotage, dredging and vessel traffic services). Opportunities also exist with the South African Navy (SAN).