All pilots are ex Captains with many years of seagoing experience. To become a pilot there is comprehensive exam process followed by a long apprenticeship. Throughout a pilots career training is an ongoing feature that includes various types of simulator work.
Manned model facility in Port Revel France​:
Large ship with tetherd tug escort                                                                              LNG in Suez Canal
Cruize ship with azipod propulsion                                                                                     
Group class on deep draft ship exploring​​
shallow water effects
Full mission bridge simulator in Vancouver