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School Snorkel days 2017 - 2018 - Nominate your school - first 5 FREE

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Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries Inc. (EMS) is excited to offer five schools in Adelaide Metro and regional SA the opportunity for educators and students to get involved in our school program and experience our unique marine life first hand in late 2017 and early 2018.

What we do:

EMS aims to raise awareness, understanding and involvement in marine conservation by providing a of safe and supervised in water environmental education opportunities.

What we offer:

EMS coordinators offer guidance, direction and coordination of classroom exercises and field trips for students to experience in safety and under supervision, what it’s like to go snorkeling.. We provide all the snorkel equipment, instruction, resources and snorkel risk management. For many students, it will be their first time using snorkel gear.

Sign your school up:

If your school would like to be considered for the program between September 2017 - May 2018, then please send an expression of interest with the name of your school, year level, your contact details and contact details of staff leader at your school with 100 words why you’d like your students to participate, to: school@emsau.org For further information have a look at our website www.emsau.org

School Education Program - INFORMATION – EXPERIENCE– ACTION!

  • Introduction to marine biodiversity
  • Investigation of local marine area
  • Marine Park experience
  • Comparisons between a unprotected (local if possible) area and a fully protected area
  • Action for the marine environment (outreach to community e.g. posters, talks, multimedia)

Learning Outcomes for students:

  • Explain what a marine sanctuary is
  • Be able to provide at least 3 examples of South Australian marine biodiversity
  • Explain & use snorkel equipment
  • Describe their local marine area and what lives there.
  • Identify & classify some of the marine creatures that are seen.
  • Make comparisons between the marine sanctuary and (local) unprotected marine area.
  • Base their opinions about the value of marine sanctuary on their personal experiences and action what they have learnt in their community.
  • Link opinions about the value of marine sanctuaries with personal experiences and actions in the community.
  • Complete Action projects Component. The Action projects component of the EMS program is an essential factor in the students learning process and one that helps us to assess the effectiveness of the program at meeting the projected learning and conservation outcomes. By encouraging students to undertake action that is based on their own experience EMS aims to empower students and encourage support for marine conservation.

Examples of Curriculum Links:

  • Biological Sciences (including new Stage 1&2 Biology and Marine Studies.)
  • Sustainability (Cross Curriculum Priority).
  • HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Health & PE
  • Arts
  • English

What we do (for free)*:

  • Support for teachers/students to complete action projects in their school & community
  • Provide links to existing marine education resources
  • Deliver a marine biodiversity and conservation presentation to the class.
  • Work in partnership with you to coordinate and organize field trips.
  • Provide safety management and briefings/leadership on field trips.
  • Provide snorkeling equipment and instruction for water activities.
  • Provide Risk Assessment and Management Systems forms for snorkeling water activities.
  • Provide emergency procedures template for water activity.
  • Provide oxygen kit and first aid kit
  • Provide DECD required (yr. 8 and above) ratio of 1:12 qualified snorkel instructor/student

*subject to funding availability

What you do:

  • Explain how the intended learning outcomes are based on the achievement objectives in the relevant curriculum areas
  • Provide adequate parental/community supervision for field activities. EMS recommends 1:2 ratio (Year 8 and below) 1:4 (Year 9 and above), and can help identify community support for supervision on request
  • Provide student participation consents, swimming ability, medical conditions and where required, permission for EMS use of student images/footage
  • Provide appropriate support for students with special needs
  • Review the snorkeling risk management template provided and seek approval from your schools governing Board
  • Risk management planning for all activities other than snorkeling
  • Provide second first aid kit
  • Cover costs associated with transport, food and accommodation. EMS requires $1 per student per field trip to cover repair/replacement of snorkel equipment.

To have a look at what our sister program has offered schools for past 14 years click here


EMS coordinators offer guidance, direction and coordination of classroom exercises and field trips to the ocean. We also provide snorkel equipment, instruction, resources and snorkel risk management.

The school is required to cover the cost of transport and any other associated expenses with regard to field trips, such as food or overnight accommodation if necessary. Gear hire is provided by EMS free. We rely on the school’s ability to provide in-water adult/parent ‘supervisors’ to ensure adequate ratio of 1:4 (1:2 for year 8 and below).

Classes can be broken up into two groups with one group in water at a time. This reduces number of adults required to supervise. e.g. a group of 12 year 9 students would require 3 adult (parent) supervisors.

All EMS snorkelling, including ‘once off’ snorkel experiences are run in accordance with the EMS Safety & Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's for snorkelling).

Supported and funded by SA Govt. Natural resources, Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board and DEWNR Marine Parks.

More information and contact details on our website here


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