Marine Studies

1 unit course

Course Summary

At a time of pressure on the marine environment, there is a recognised need to deliver sound marine educational programs through formal structures within education. Australians must be aware of and understand this fragile environment and consider how to effectively manage 69 630 km of coastline, 14.8 million square kilometres of the continental shelf, 12 000 islands, 783 major estuaries and the life they contain.

Marine Studies provides an opportunity for the future custodians of this environment to study it and appreciate its value. It allows them to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to use and protect their unique ecosystems, and at the same time, communicate their appreciation to the community. It provides an opportunity to instil in students an acceptable ethical code towards the use of the marine environment, increasingly demanded by the community and their governments.

While this course is focused on oceans, it provides scope for studying the various waterways in Australia. Further, this syllabus brings a wide range of marine-based leisure experiences to students in a safe setting. Marine Studies provides practical and theoretical learning, honing students’ acquired skills to solve real-life problems. 

Course fees, including certifications and equipment, are approx $700.

Term 1 is predominately based on Snorkeling and skin diving across various locations of the Central Coast, where students complete a detailed Dive Log as their first Assessment Task. 

Term 2 is based on theoretical and practical components of Dive Science, where students complete their Open Water Course (Scuba) and Life in the Sea.

Term 3 is based on Marine Employment, Marine Environments, and students complete their First Aid course. 

Please be aware:

  • Students dive and are off campus every Tuesday afternoon for the first two terms. Students leave at the start of lunchtime (12:50 pm) and do not get back to school until about 4.00- 4:30 pm.
  • Students dive and complete the Open Water Course (scuba) during colder months.
  • It is encouraged that students get their compulsory Dive Medical from a doctor earlier in term one to ensure it is safe for them to dive and complete the course.
  • Students complete their Open Water course through Pro Dive Central Coast and are certified by DIVESSI.
What, if any, skills are needed?

Basic swimming skills - swim at least 200 meters, floating or treading water for ten minutes.

Signed Dive Medical from a doctor is compulsory to complete an open water course.

Course Units
Year 11 Units
Dive Science
Marine Safety
Marine Environment
Life in the Sea
Humans in the Water
Marine and Maritime Employment
CPR and First Aid
Learning Experiences
  • Snorkelling
  • Open Water Course (4 ocean dives to be complete)
  • Various skills sessions in the pool
  • Sydney Sea-Life Aquarium visit
Career Options

There are numerous jobs and opportunities in the marine sector. This course will give you basic skills to help with careers such as:Navy

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Marine Biologist/ Scientist
  • Marine Environment Educator/ Oceanography
  • Aquatic Veterinarian 
  • Scuba Diving Instructor/ Master
  • Underwater Filmmaker
  • Surf Lifesaving
  • Deckhand


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