PrimeSCI! is excited to announce the launch of the DiveSCI! Marine Science Education Program!
DiveSCI! was developed and is hosted by Dive2U in partnership with PrimeSCI!, and will deliver topical marine science lessons in: Human Impacts, Aquatic Ecology, Conservation Biology and Oceanography in a new and exciting way. The program lessons can be delivered as classroom based incursions or through a variety of excursion based activities that cater for all seasons, weather conditions, budget constraints, class sizes and student abilities.
The youth of today are our marine ambassadors of tomorrow. Through education and information, DiveSCI! aims to develop leaders in marine conservation to generate a healthier future for generations to come.
There is no better way to connect students with their education than through direct hands on activities and DiveSCI’s Marine Science Programs achieve this.
School Holiday Lessons
Want to go diving without getting wet? Take part in Melbourne's first DryDive experience as part of the world's largest sponge conservation project these school holidays at Blairgowrie Pier!
For more information, visit: http://www.monash.edu/science/schools/earth-atmosphere-environment/primesci/school-holiday-programs#divesci
Marine Science Lessons
Human Impact lessons incorporate sustainability concepts whilst discussing the links between, and impacts of, local and global human activities. Topics include but are not limited to; Climate Change (i.e. global warming, species translocation, ocean acidification), Tourism, and Population Growth (i.e. marine debris, fishing, shipping, coastal hardening, invasive species, aquaculture).
In the Aquatic Ecology lessons we explore the amazing diversity of life in our oceans and other waterways, ecosystem services, relationships between organisms, factors affecting the distribution and abundance of living and non-living species, just to name a few.
Conservation biology lessons highly focus on environmental sustainability at local and global scales and also include; biodiversity concepts, marine park classification and management, and innovations paving the way for improving marine protection measures.
Oceanography lessons include ocean circulation and ecosystems, plate tectonics, sea floor geology, and the chemical and physical ocean properties, and how these contribute to the abundance and distribution of indigenous and non-indigenous marine organisms.
Lesson Delivery Methods
Incursions include a regularly updated audio/visual presentation and pre-selected, topic relevant, fun and engaging activities including marine displays, interactive touch tanks, SCUBA close-up tank and equipment demonstrations. The Marine Science Presentation is a great option as a stand-alone marine science lesson, or used in support of excursion based activities to formatively/ summatively assess topic knowledge pre/post excursions.
During the SCUBA Safari excursion students are provided with a thorough equipment and safety briefing, a basic SCUBA diving skills session with fully qualified and experienced PADI instructors followed by a guided dive (minimum age required). This provides a life changing opportunity for students to engage directly with the marine environment to either simply observe the environment, quantitatively monitor or identify marine species, or investigate human impacts such as marine debris and sediment flow.
Dry SCUBA is a pier or boat based experience where students can interact with a SCUBA diver and the marine environment without getting wet! Students interact directly with a SCUBA diver via an intercom & video system. Dry SCUBA enables students the ability to interact with their local environment through direct audio and visual engagement without submerging but still enable participation in activities such as marine surveys, marine debris clean up or simple exploration. This excursion is suited to all ages, particularly to students who may have limited in water abilities.
The Snorkel Safari is a hands on, in-water, interpretative learning experience offering students with a direct application of education in their local marine environment. Students partake in a pre-snorkel equipment and skills briefing, a basic snorkel skills session before participating in a marine survey. Survey topics can include Native/Invasive Species, Marine Debris Identification, or marine life stock quantitative data collection. This excursion is suited to late Primary ages and onwards and only requires minimal aquatic confidence.
Walk & Talk
The Walk & Talk is a great opportunity for kids to actively engage with their local environment, whether it be a bay, peninsula, river, rock pool, sandy beach or mangrove forest. This interpretative learning activity provides interactive delivery of any of the marine science lessons, and can be adapted to suit any location and weather condition.
For expressions of interest for DiveSCI! science incursion bookings, please contact the PrimeSCI! Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 03 9905 1370)
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Introducing the Dive2U Team
The DiveSCI! program was developed by the passionate dedication of Jacqui Younger, our Marine Scientist, Educator and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor; Nicole Morton our Geologist, Palaeontologist, Educator and Advanced Open Water diver and AJ Morton our founder, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Specialty Instructor.
The Dive2U team aim to educate today’s youth about the marine environment, its sensitivity to human impacts, local and global challengers and deliver education and information through modern and state of the art technologies.
“If you don’t do, you won’t be.” Unknown