Marine Safety and First Aid have been the focus for Year 11 Marine Studies students this term. In conjunction with completing their First Aid qualification, students have plunged into the practical components of surf safety at Flynn’s Beach and demonstrated in-water skills at the pool. Whilst at the beach, students had the opportunity to identify rips and hazards, practice rescues with rescue tubes, swim out through the surf break, tread water and body surf back to shore.
Whilst cyclone Uesi gave us some welcomed rain and a wild ocean, we investigated the marine debris on our beaches and the pool was also a good place to be. At the pool, students completed many water skills including a 200-metre swim and snorkel and 10-minute tread water.
The Year 12 students have started a Diving and Dive Science unit. The focus of the unit is to introduce various forms of diving, dive equipment and dive safety. The highlight was experiencing and using the Hookah which is an underwater breathing apparatus.
We have a few more weeks left to finish the in-water skills before we immerse ourselves into some snorkeling and exploration of the complex ecosystem at Shelly Lagoon.
Congratulations and thank you to all of the students who have satisfied the course requirements by remembering their practical gear each week and engaged with interest and skill development in the water activities.