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Marine Biology for Guides, Divers and Enthusiasts Course
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The Blue Planet The Blue Planet Welcome to the WLC Marine Biology Course! This introductory module describes the fundamental forces of nature. It provides a basic grasp of taxonomy and a brief description of evolution. We examine the ocean environment on earth, 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.
The Habitats The Habitats In this module, 6 Individual components cover 6 specific zones and 9 defined habitats. These include: Coral reefs, Rocky shores, Sandy beaches, Open Sea, Lagoons, Estuaries, Mangroves, Dunes and Dune Forests.
Marine Wildlife Part # 1 Marine Wildlife Part # 1 This is the first of 4 modules that cover Marine animal life. In this module, we look at Porifera (Sponges), Cnidaria (Jellyfish, Anemones, Hydra and Corals), Unsegmented Worms, Polychaeta (Cylindrical, Segmented Worms), Arthropoda and Crustacea, Mollusca and Brachiopoda.
Marine Wildlife Part # 2 Marine Wildlife Part # 2 This module explores some very diverse groups of marine invertebrates, some well known like the starfish, 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 Marine Wildlife Part # 3 This module covers the Sharks and Rays as well as the fish of the rocky shores, coral reefs and pelagic zones.
Marine Wildlife Part # 4 Marine Wildlife Part # 4 This module 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.
Marine Plants Marine Plants This module contains a single concise component and examines the oceans most prolific plants - the seaweeds.
Marine Survival Marine Survival This module takes the student into the sea and coastal regions. It looks at the natural forces and environments that shape the 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.
Marine Ecology Marine Ecology This module examines marine Food Chains and Food Webs, Biodiversity in the marine environment, as well as Community Ecology.
Humankind and the Oceans Humankind and the Oceans This module looks principally at Coastal Management and the Sustainability of the South African coast, given the current demands imposed upon it - commercially and recreationally.
Marine Guiding Skills 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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