Special courses

Learning to identify fish species

In addition to working with school groups, the Sea World Education Centre offers a number of more specialised courses for learners interested in marine careers, for tertiary education institutions, for resource users, marine conservation agencies and other special interest groups.

Marine careers

The uShaka Sea World Education Centre runs two programmes for learners from Grade 9 upwards to expose them to a range of potential marine careers and the formal qualifications that are required.

Marine Careers Course

Our Marine Careers Course is a programme in which a limited number of learners get to interact with scientists, aquarists and animal behaviourists over a four-day period during the school holidays. This course requires an application and motivation to attend, and only 60 learners will be selected for the year. Applications and motivations open in November of the year prior to the course. Learners will be notified regarding their application in the February of the course year.

Marine Careers Workshop

The Marine Careers Workshop is a four-hour programme held once a term on a Saturday morning. This programme includes a talk on the formal qualifications required in the marine field as well as a back-of-house walkabout focused on highlighting some of the marine professions mentioned during the talk. Space is limited to 60 learners per workshop.

For more information on either of these programmes email education@seaworld.org.za. Please note that these workshops are for school learners only.

For more information on a variety of marine careers download our brochure below.

Marine Careers booklet – 2017

Introduction to marine biology

Many SCUBA divers undergo their initial training to obtain their qualification and once they are comfortable with diving, want to learn more about the living environment they are experiencing. A number of beach recreationalists are also keen to learn more about the environment under the big, blue blanket of the sea.

Courses are presented to groups at different times of the year and usually take the form of a set of five modules presented once a week in the evening. Two-day courses for groups during the day can be arranged with prior notice. The course covers an introduction to oceanography, biodiversity, classification, more on fish families and an extensive guided tour of the ecosystems of the aquarium.

Tertiary education students – resource management and classification

A specific course in marine fisheries management has been designed for these students. The main topics covered include population dynamics, diversity of fish lifestyles and different ecosystems, as well as management options available to ensure sustainable use. The ideas presented include the latest scientific understanding as a result of input from some of our senior scientific staff in the Oceanographic Research Institute.

The Education Centre also has the facilities to provide a hands-on introduction to classification based on marine species.

Resource users

Subsistence anglers

Courses in basic marine biology and the sustainable use of marine resources have been specially prepared for rural subsistence fishermen to assist with capacity building of administrative committees for each of the fisheries along the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape coastlines.

Recreational anglers

We also give presentations to recreational angling clubs on request.

Conservation organisations

A number of courses are offered:

  • Marine fish identification and life history (skiboat and/or shore catches)
  • Marine resource management
  • Marine ecosystems
  • Estuarine ecology
  • Beach dynamics

These courses are adapted for management and/or field staff.

Sustainable seafood

Courses for restaurants and fishmongers.

For more information access the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative website.