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Marine Studies


Noosa District State High School offers both Marine Studies plus Marine and Aquatic Practices. Marine Studies is an Op subject  whereas Marine and Aquatic Practices is more vocationally

orientated. Both courses allow students to gain external qualifications.


Course Content
Marine Studies subjects included personal water skills, boatin, navigation, tourism and recreation, aquaculture, marine biology, oceanography, recreational fishing, marine communications and managing marine resources
Marine and Aquatic Practices subjects include personal water skills, first aid, boating, radio, navigation, fishing, aquariums, marine plant and animal biology, shipwrecks and marine careers.
Special Features 
Certificates have been offered in the past including:
  • Bronze medallion – ocean (Cert II in Public Safety- Aquatic Rescue) or RLSSA pool bronze (lifeguard)  
  • Recreational Marine Drivers Licence 
  • Senior First Aid (Cert II)
  • Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency – additional fee 
  • Reef Discovery certificate (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) 
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety – required to be a deckhand aboard any commercial vessel (additional fee - in conjunction with TAFE) 
  • Open water SCUBA diver (via a local dive shop for an additional fee) 
  • PWCL (jetski licence) – additional fee
The staff that teach these subjects at Noosa High are highly qualified and can deliver and assess most of the above certificates.
Noosa High owns and runs a fleet of commercially registered vessels for training and licensing purposes.  We have four 3.8m aluminium dinghies, a 4m rigid inflatable rescue boat and a 6m centre console. All vessels are in commercial 2C and 2E survey and carry the necessary safety equipment. Prior to commencing any off-campus activities, the teachers must complete a stringent risk assessment process following Education Queensland protocols.
The course format in all the senior marine subjects is the same. The theoretical components are delivered in class with a practical 3 hour class approximately every two to three weeks where skills are learned and practiced.  Venues include the Noosa River (usually the Tewantin boat ramp adjacent to the Noosa Council offices), Noosa National Park, Noosa Heads Surf Club, Main Beach (groyne car park), various aquaculture farms (Theebine and Glenview last year), boat shows (Brisbane or Gold Coast), local employers (boat builders, bait processors, etc). 
Noosa High is involved in an annual Marine Safety and Training (MAST) Day which
occurs locally and involves many students from several of the local schools. The students meet representatives from government organisations who are involved in such as policy formulation and enforcement including the DPI, Water Police and Maritime Safety Queensland. This is primarily a practical day with the students involved in several drills including righting a life raft, riding jet skis, navigating using boats, lighting flares, speed camera trials and culminating in a competitive inter-school capsized dinghy exercise.

Australian Institute of Marine Science in Tasmania – skipper, engineer, fisheries biology B.App. Sc., etc 
UQ and James Cook Uni in Townsville – science degrees in marine biology (B.Sc) 
TAFE – coxswains course