Have you ever sat in a classroom and wanted to be outdoors swimming in the ocean and watching all the colorful sea creatures? At Dromana College students in Year 9 have the opportunity to participate in the Snorkel Program which focuses on developing skills in snorkeling, (theory and practical), fish identification, habitat observation, survey techniques and seasonality of our local marine environment. The students also have the opportunity to swim with the seals in Port Phillip Bay.
The program works closely with the Reef Watch Team from Museum Victoria and have developed a 'sister school' arrangement with schools in Cornwall UK and Hawaii USA. In the near future our students will be able to video conference with students from the two international schools and describe their respective marine environments.
The program is led by one of our science teachers, Mr Richard Wylie, a fully qualified marine biologist who also works as a sessional lecturer at Monash University and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE teaching snorkeling skills, marine education and Molluscan Aquaculture.
The aim of the program is to increase student understanding of our local marine environment. The students’ research work will be uploaded onto a central database managed by Museum Victoria and the results will be used by marine and environmental scientists, fisheries management and community groups to increase our understanding of what is happening in our local marine environment.
We are all very excited to be part of something so extensive in marine research and study.