Maritime Academy Toledo educates students in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18) not only in the normal courses of study for primary and secondary school, but also in 4 (four) courses of study in the maritime industry:
- Shiphandling and navigation
- Marine engineering
- Culinary arts
- Marine environmental science
We spoke with Jerry Bauman, the Information Technology and Simulation Director at Toledo, who gave us a deeper insight into the benefits of NAUTIS simulators for their school.
Before purchasing the NAUTIS simulators from VSTEP in 2012, the school taught the maritime-oriented classes mostly from a theoretical perspective, although they had 2 boats to give the students some practical experience. Unfortunately, this truly practical experience, while beneficial, is only available on a seasonal basis and comes with the high costs of fuel, maintenance, and storage.
Achievements using NAUTIS simulators:
In purchasing the NAUTIS simulator, they have the opportunity to give their cadets hands-on experience with navigation, ship-handling, locking/docking, and emergency ship-handling all in a cost-effective and completely safe environment. The ultimate goal at The Maritime Academy is to educate their students, with the help of the NAUTIS simulators, to enter the maritime industry immediately upon graduation from the institution or to give them a solid foundation to continue their education to finally achieve a license.
Since NAUTIS allows them to meet all of these training goals at a relatively reasonable price point, it has proven to be the perfect solution for the academy. According to Jerry, with the help of NAUTIS, they consistently see their alumni going on to careers sailing in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the merchant marine.