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Noosa District State High School
offers both Marine Science and Aquatic Practices. Marine Science is a General subject whereas Aquatic Practices is an Applied subject and is considered more vocationally oriented. Both courses allow students to participate in activities inside and outside the classroom.

Course Content
Marine Science content includes oceanography, marine biology, marine systems, ocean issues and resource management. The Marine Systems unit which focusses on Coral Reefs and Ocean issues and the Resource Management unit which focusses on fisheries and oceans into the future are assessed internally and externally and contribute to an ATAR.
Aquatic Practices provides opportunities for students to explore, experience, and learn practical skills and knowledge valued in the workplace and other marine settings. Boating skills, ecosystem investigation with an aquarium, and snorkeling tourism are investigated in Year 11.  Oceanography, dangerous marine creatures, recreational fishing and sustainable marine food sources are the course content in Year 12.
Special Features 
Marine subjects often enable students to complete activities outside the classroom to
conduct research and perform skills. These activities can be introductory units to assist students in later gaining qualifications or activities that make learning more interactive and engaging.
Noosa High owns and runs a fleet of commercially registered vessels for training 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.
Many venues are accessed to complete course content. These locations include the Noosa River (usually the Tewantin boat ramp adjacent to the Noosa Council offices), Noosa National Park, Noosa Heads main beach (groyne car park), various aquaculture farms, and various rocky headlands.
Annual camps are an important feature of Marine subjects.  Some run in the past have included an overnight stay at North Shore where boating skills are assessed and research undertaken, an overnight trip to Moreton Island to gather data, and a five night stay at North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre where investigations conducted form the basis of assessment tasks.
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science in Tasmania – skipper, engineer, fisheries biology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science etc 
  • University of Queensland and James Cook University in Townsville – Science degrees in Marine Biology (B.Sc)
  • TAFE – Coxswains course


​Peter Collins

​Jonathon Grice

Last updated 13 March 2019
Last reviewed 13 March 2019