The course's modules
The Blue Planet
This Module containing a single introductory Component briefly describes the fundamental forces of nature. It provides a basic grasp of taxonomy and a brief description of evolution. Examine the ocean environment on earth, the forces at work on our coastline, describe the properties of seawater and its impact on humans, and illustrate the different habitats associated with the sea and coast.
6 Individual Components cover 6 specific zones and 9 defined habitats. These include: Coral reef, Rocky shores, Sandy beaches, Open Sea, Lagoons, Estuaries, Mangroves, Dunes and Dune Forests.
Marine Wildlife Part # 1
This is the first of 4 Modules that covers Marine animal life. In this section we look at Porifera (seas sponges), Cnidaria (jellyfish, blue bottles), Unsegmented worms, Polychaeta, Arthropoda, Crustacea, Mollusca and Brachiapoda (Lamp shells).
Marine Wildlife Part # 2
This Module explores some very diverse groups of marine invertebrates, some well known like the star fish, others so abundant they are seen on beaches and rocky shores daily, but never recognised like the Bryozoa. In all more than 100 species across several Classes are examined.
Marine Wildlife Part # 3
This module covers the Sharks and Rays as well as the fish of the rocky shore, coral reefs and pelagic zones
Marine Wildlife Part # 4
This Component will familiarize the marine guide (and enthusiast) with the most common marine Reptiles, Birds and Mammals in Southern African waters. We examine their basic structure, explain their feeding mechanisms, recount their reproductive processes and discuss their economical and ecological aspects.
This Module contains a single concise Component and examines the oceans most prolific plants - the seaweeds.
This module takes the Field Guide into the sea and coastal regions. It looks at the natural forces and environments that shape this coastline and how it influences our survival in it. Reflect on the marine wildlife, their threats and dangers and how we can make use of them. The focus is always on safety and the last component looks at sea and coastal afflictions like motion sickness and drowning.
This Modules examines marine Food Chains and Food Webs, Biodiversity in the marie environment in addition to Community Ecology in the marine perspective.
Humankind and the Oceans
This Module looks principally at Coastal Management and the Sustainability of the South African coasts given the current demands imposed upon them commercially and recreationally.
Marine Guiding Skills
This module advises and teaches how to plan, construct, and execute a professional marine outing in the following components: The marine guiding plan; Dive and snorkel guiding; Boat based marine guiding; Land based marine guiding. On conclusion of the module, the prospective guide should be well equipped to offer professional service.
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