Marine courses for ocean enthusiasts

Calling all ocean enthusiasts – whether you're a surfer, paddler, beachcomber, fisherman, diver or someone who simply enjoys sitting and reflecting on the ocean and its wonderful creatures, uShaka Sea World has two exciting marine courses planned for 2014, under the banner "Understanding Our Oceans".

The courses will start on 8 May and 14 August at the uShaka Sea World Education Centre, and continue on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. There are five modules presented over a five-week period.  

Each course includes slide presentations, lectures, hands-on identification practice, detailed course notes and a guided tour of the uShaka Sea World Aquarium.

You will learn:

  • How to distinguish fish species
  • How to identify common and reef fish families
  • Classification and characteristics of invertebrates
  • Ocean currents
  • Underwater geology
  • Beach dynamics
  • South Africa’s marine biodiversity threats
  • How abiotic and biotic factors impact on threatened species
  • Some of South Africa's management successes

The course ends with a guided night tour of the Aquarium, on which students can enjoy a rare insight into night-time activities and adaptations of various marine creatures not generally seen during the day.

This course was fully subscribed in 2012 and 2013, so book today by calling Eltina Stenhouse on +27 (0)31 201 5387 or emailing her at eltinastenhouse@mweb.co.za.

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