MARINE AWARENESS

MARINE EDUCATION & MARINE AWARENESS LEARNING ADVENTURE HUB

The African Edu-Eco Wizard team of professionals have devised a number of exciting and innovative Marine Education Adventures and Marine Education Awareness learning programs which not only focuses on formal training but also caters for individuals with enquiring minds and an innate desire to learn more about the Marine Environment and Marine biodiversity. Learn about the Marine and Coastal ecosystem, the various relationships in the Marine and coastal systems and the role, form and function of iconic animals we have identified as core to our programs. Scuba dive training is employed as an integral part of one of our trademark and iconic 12-week marine awareness programs.

Our primary focus is on experiential adventure, wildlife and conservation education supported by measurable and tangible practically applicable skills development. On any one of our specifically designed programs, notebooks, enquiring minds and pens are as vital as safety, responsibility and life skills development through marine wilderness and marine wildlife conservation awareness. Every experience includes our core curriculum where the skills and knowledge essential to perpetuate marine wilderness, marine conservation and responsible marine adventure ethics are taught and encouraged in a participative, fun learning environment. Participants are taught to be professional, ethical, responsible and safe users of the environment. Our innovative sustainable education and teaching philosophy is mirrored in the Chinese proverb; “What I hear I forget; What I see, I remember; What I do I know”. Education is our primary objective and we believe that the best marine wildlife, marine conservation and marine adventure learning comes through an experiential ‘hands-on’ approach to learning and ‘first-hand’ outcome-based adventure experiences. Join us as we venture out on an unparalleled Exploratory Ocean-Sea-fari Learning Program.

We use Observation, Interpretation, Deduction, Collection, Research and Presentation as Outcome-based learning objectives. Each program has a number of fun and informative activity sessions where participants provide group feedback and presentations. Our programs are designed to facilitate tangible and measurable outcome-based learning with applicable skills being absorbed which can be applied in ones daily life. As you become more and more immersed in the programs so your knowledge and excitement grows and expands.

All programs are presented along the Garden Route between Mossel Bay and Addo Elephant National Park. Our training base for all marine programs is centrally located in Plettenberg Bay. Our programs have a 1:10 facilitator to participant ratio. Our instructors are very highly qualified, educators and teachers who love sharing and teaching what they know. Join us on a Marine Adventure Learning Experience of a Lifetime now. Browse through the various programs which we offer and see which of the programs attract your interest. Enquire now to fulfill your passion and desire to be more informed and in-tune with the Marine and Coastal Environment of Africa and the associated biodiversity

MARINE EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURE & MARINE AWARENESS LEARNING PROGRAMS

flagship2 The 14-Day Introduction to Marine Guiding as a Career Guidance Learning Program has been designed to offer prospective participants with an intense yet very informative learning experience whether it be from an interest perspective or a knowledge gathering perspective or for people wishing to pursue a career as a professional Marine GUIDE. This program provides the basis for a career decision to be made. The program is designed to provide a complete overview of the Coastal and Marine environments along the South African Coastline.

This program has a specific focus to expose students to the realities of Marine Guiding – the good and the bad. Throughout this program we evaluate each participant as to their specific personal suitability to Marine Guiding as a Career. Should a participant not have the suitability ‘factor’ we advise him or her on possible Marine career options or alternative study directions. African Edu-Eco Wizard has provided interested participants with a gauge as to whether or not to pursue a marine career without going to a huge and unnecessary monetary expense and waste of valuable time. Should a student exhibit promise as a Marine Guide we will then advise accordingly and invite them to attend our formally accredited 10-Week FGASA Marine Interpretive Guide Level 1 Skills Development Awareness Training Program.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

Prospective participants in this program are advised that this program is designed as a Career Guidance Program and not as a formal qualification to seek employment. Government regulations state that a minimum of 50 training days are to be given prior to accrediting any individual as a formally qualified FGASA Marine Guide level 1

Introduction to Marine & Coastal Guiding Creating a Guided Coastal Marine Experience Coastal Marine Environment & Two Oceans
Geology and the Coastal Environment Marine Coastal Conservation Management Astronomy, Weather and Climate
Basic Marine Ecology & Ecosystems Iconic Marine Animals in Perspective Coastal and Sea Plant Bio-Diversity
Coastal and Marine Invertebrates Coastal and Marine Reptiles & Amphibians Marine Fish – Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Coastal Marine & Pelagic Birds Marine Mammals Animal Behavior & Interpretation

flagship2 The 8-Week FGASA Marine Interpretive Guide Level 1 Skills Development Awareness Training Program has been designed to provide professional accredited training for people wishing to pursue a career as a professional Marine GUIDE. The program is designed to provide a complete overview of the Coastal and Marine environments along the South African Coastline.

The aim of the program is to ensure that the Marine guide will be able to present a well-informed interpretation of general aspects of the South African Coastal Marine environment and specific aspects of the natural phenomena and life on the Marine Training site in an entertaining manner to clients and guests alike. He or she will also be able to point out and explain interesting features of the living components encountered in the coastal marine environment and associated ecosystems pertinent to the Marine and Coastal environment.

This is one of our Flagship Programs and presents candidates with a real opportunity to become a Professional Marine Guide.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

The Training Syllabus is sub-divided into 18 Modules which all conform to the syllabus presented by FGASA. The whole focus of this training course is to enable aspirant guides to attain a formally recognized qualification as a FGASA MARINE GUIDE LEVEL 1.

Introduction to Marine Guiding Creating a Guided Coastal Marine Experience Coastal Marine Environment & Two Oceans
Geology and the Coastal Environment Marine Coastal Conservation Management Astronomy, Weather and Climate
Basic Marine Ecology Basic Taxonomy Coastal and Sea Plant Bio-Diversity
Coastal and Marine Invertebrates Coastal and Marine Reptiles & Amphibians Marine Fish – Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Coastal Marine & Pelagic Birds Marine Mammals Animal Behavior & Interpretation
Iconic Marine Animals in Perspective The Marine Reef Ecosystem & Reef Ecology Historical Coastal Habitation & Features

All aspirant Marine Guides will undergo a First Aid Level 1 Training program during the 8-week program which is a legal requirement for registration with FGASA and CATTHSETA.

flagship2 The 12-Week Ocean Explorer SSI SCUBA and FGASA Marine Guide Level 1 Combination Awareness Learning Program has been designed to provide interested participants with the mechanism through experiential learning to become familiar with the marine environment in its entirety. From above and from below, the skills, knowledge and know-how will be developed to pursue a career as a professional Marine Interpretive Guide as well as have the foundation set through the SSI Scuba program to pursue further Internationally recognized Scuba Dive related qualifications enabling participants to become dive leaders in their own right should they so choose.

The Marine Environment is a very diverse and an interesting environment for knowledge gathering, interpretation and facilitation of Interpretive experiences. It is often said that we know more about Space than we do of our oceans. Every opportunity whether coastal or surface-marine or scuba-marine provides participants with a Sea-fari like no other as we explore this diversity through learning eyes.

Both programs are formally accredited and recognised. The Scuba Program as outlined below is Internationally recognized and formal certification is provided for by Scuba School International (SSI) through our associate operator Pro-Dive. The FGASA Marine Guide Level 1 is formally accredited by FGASA (The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa). Both programs lay the foundation for participants to become Professional Marine Interpretive Guides whether above or below the water.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

SSI SCUBA DIVING COMPONENT
The Training Course is divided into 5 (Five) Certifiable components of training. This component of the Course Program is offered in association with Pro Divers in Plettenberg Bay and monitored by the African Edu-Eco Wizard Director of training.

The SCUBA program comprises the following components:

  • Open Water Diver
    Knowledge development, pool sessions and 6 Ocean Dives. Internationally recognized and qualifies you to a maximum depth of 18m
  • Advanced Adventurer
    Complete 1 Dive in 5 specialty areas to be certified as an Advanced Adventurer. Diver is trained to dive to a max depth of 30m
  • Specialty Diver
    The Programme includes two specialty Courses. These include Deep Diver (3 Boat Dives) and Night/Limited Visibility Diving (2 Dives) Diver will be trained to dive to a maximum depth of 40m
  • Diver Stress and Rescue Course
    The Diver Stress and Rescue Specialty Program is designed to recognize, handle and prevent stress issues whilst diving. The course includes Basic First Aid/CPR and the Oxygen Provider Course
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
    Complete four specialty diver programs from the complete list of specialties which will be discussed and based on group consensus will be completed.

NOTE: Certifications will be awarded for each level of training undertaken during the program. Please note that Scuba Dive training will not operate concurrently back-to-back but will be completed over the duration of your 12-week Marine Learning Experience.

All Certifications are Internationally recognized FGASA MARINE GUIDE LEVEL 1 COMPONENT

The Training Syllabus is sub-divided into 18 Modules which all conform to the syllabus presented by FGASA. The whole focus of this training course is to enable aspirant guides to attain a formally recognized qualification as a FGASA MARINE GUIDE LEVEL 1.

Introduction to Marine Guiding Creating a Guided Coastal Marine Experience Coastal Marine Environment & Two Oceans
Geology and the Coastal Environment Marine Coastal Conservation Management Astronomy, Weather and Climate
Basic Marine Ecology Basic Taxonomy Coastal and Sea Plant Bio-Diversity
Coastal and Marine Invertebrates Coastal and Marine Reptiles & Amphibians Marine Fish – Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Coastal Marine & Pelagic Birds Marine Mammals Animal Behavior & Interpretation
Iconic Marine Animals in Perspective The Marine Reef Ecosystem & Reef Ecology Historical Coastal Habitation & Features

 All aspirant Marine Guides will undergo a First Aid Level 1 Training program during the 12-week program which is a legal requirement for registration with FGASA and CATHSSETA.

SPECIAL INTEREST: MARINE EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS LEARNING PROGRAMS

The 5-Day Seal Awareness Learning Program has been designed with the specific intent of exposing program participants to the delicate and balanced existence that Seals have in the Ocean. The seals encountered in Plettenberg Bay are the Cape Fur Seal although from time-to-time an Elephant Seal bull makes an appearance at the Robberg colony.

During the course of this learning program we delve into the life history of Seals, their biology, anatomy and physiology as key predators of the sea. We also look at mating and breeding strategies, feeding strategies and behaviors and the social structures inherent in a colony-style existence. We will look into the threats to seals on a global scale and how climate change may affect global seal populations.

Participants will have the opportunity to observe these animals from a boat-based position. In addition to this boat-based observation platform, the group will trek to an aerial vantage point on Robberg where the group observes and interprets the behaviors of the seals at particular times from above the colony. All participants will also have the opportunity to swim with the seals during this program under the expert guidance of our associate operator, Offshore Adventures. We would like your Seal-of-Approval. So join us now.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

Seal Biology – Form & Function Cape Fur Seal Feeding Behaviors Cape Fur Seal Breeding Strategies
Cape Fur Seal Anatomy Seal Colony Social Structures & Behaviors Seal Conflicts with Human
Reproduction & Development Global Seal Species Accounts Seal Adaptability to Marine Environments

During the course of this program we will do daily practical spotting field trips – boat-based and land-based. During the program we embark on Sea-fari Observation Adventures to explore and observe the realm of the seal and the Seal Colony off Robberg. We will have expert presentations by regional Seal Behavior researchers resident in Plettenberg Bay.

Each specific component of the syllabus is presented as FACT SHEETS detailing interesting, informative and interpretive information.

The 5-Day Whale and Dolphin Awareness Learning Program has been designed to create a better understanding of Cetaceans, their behaviors and specific adaptations as animals of the vast oceans. We delve deep into the life of whales and dolphins. We explore the species composition which occurs off Plettenberg Bay and the specific pelagic habits of not often seen species.

During this learning program we dig deep into the evolutionary evolution of whales and dolphins, their specific adaptations as one of the most adaptable mammals of the ocean and the specific form and function that they as a species have evolved to be highly successful ocean-goers. The life of these animals beneath the sea surface has been a secret one and their hidden life in the vast expanses of the ocean has given birth to myths and legends which we seek to uncover. Our aim is to create a positive and enlightened awareness of whales and dolphins through this highly informative and interesting program of discovery.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

Evolution of Whales & Dolphins Kinds of Whales & Dolphins Comparison: Baleen & Toothed Whales
Cetacean Ecology Cetacean Anatomy Adaptations for Life in the Ocean
Cetacean Senses Reproduction & Development Cetacean Social Behavior
Cetacean Intelligence Specific Species Fact Profiles History of Whaling

During the course of this program we will do daily practical spotting field trips. During the program we embark on a Sea-fari Adventure into the deep ocean to discover the Cetacean species that occur off the Plettenberg Bay coastline. We will have expert presentations by regional Cetacean researchers resident in Plettenberg Bay.

Each specific component of the syllabus is presented as FACT SHEETS detailing interesting, informative and interpretive information.

The 5-Day In-Shore Shark and Pelagic Shark Awareness Learning Program has been designed to create a better understanding of sharks, their behaviors and specific adaptations as peak predators of the oceans. We delve deep into the life of sharks. We explore the species composition which occurs off Plettenberg Bay and the specific pelagic habits of not often seen species.

During this learning program we dig deep into the evolutionary evolution of sharks, their specific adaptations as one of the apex predators of the ocean and the specific form and function that they as a species have evolved to be highly successful predators. We also dispel many a myth which is backed up by fact.

Sharks have always evoked emotional reactions from man as the perceived monsters of the deep with insatiable appetites and ferocious attacks on and which prey on humans. This perception has however shifted in the last couple of years from subjective speculations to objective facts. We use this learning program to introduce participants to the wonderful world of the shark.

Our aim is to create a positive and enlightened awareness of sharks through this highly informative and interesting program of discovery.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

Sharks in History Basic Shark Biology and Anatomy Shark Physiology – Form & Function
Shark Environmental Adaptations Shark Facts and Speculations Shark Behavior and Behavioral Analysis
Specific Shark Specie Profiles Sharks and Man Pelagic Sharks

During the course of this program we will do practical spotting field trips. During the program we embark on Sea-fari Adventures into the deep ocean to discover the pelagic shark species that occur off the Plettenberg Bay coastline.

Each specific component of the syllabus is presented as FACT SHEETS detailing interesting, informative and interpretive information.

The 5-Day Penguin, Coastal and Pelagic Bird Awareness Learning Program has been designed to encourage a better understanding of birds in a Coastal and Marine context along the South African Coastline and more specifically the Plettenberg Bay coastal areas with diverse lagoon, wetland and Marine protected Area habitats and species available in our study area. We focus on the Bitou wetlands, the Keurbooms Lagoon and surrounds and take to the high seas once during the program to explore the pelagic realm and the bird species we may encounter. All practical sessions are interactive and interpretive in nature where outcomes are specific and defined.

During the course of this program we identify numerous coastal birds and pelagic (deep ocean going) birds which have adapted to the ocean realm which is at times hostile and dangerous. We focus our studies on identification, identification features, behavior, feeding behavior, breeding behavior, specific adaptations physiologically to the marine habitat, threats to Coastal and Marine Bird populations, and interesting facts and points of interest pertaining to the amazing species and families of birds encountered.

TRAINING SYLLABUS

Bird Identification – Features & Form Bird Anatomy – Form and Function Bird Physiology – Specific Adaptabilities
Coastal Bird Feeding Strategies Coastal & Marine Bird Breeding Strategies The Birds of the High Ocean (Pelagics)
Pelagic Bird Feeding Behaviors Coastal Bird Mating Behaviors & Strategies Modern Threats to Coastal & Pelagic Birds

During the course of this program we will do daily practical field trips to wetland, lagoon and coastal habitats. During the program we embark on a Sea-fari Adventure into the deep ocean to discover the pelagic bird species that occur off the Plettenberg Bay coastline. We will visit a Penguin rehabilitation facility during the course of the program and have expert presentations by regional bird researchers.

Each specific component of the syllabus is presented as FACT SHEETS detailing interesting, informative and interpretive information.