Students dive into marine biology study
THE Coffs Coast will act as the world's biggest classroom this weekend, when a dozen school students take part in Rymarine, the Rotary Youth Marine program.
Students from Port Macquarie, Armidale and other regional centres are taking specialist tours of organisations such as the National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour Fishing Co-operative, Solitary Island Marine Park and the Water Police.
The event is being run by Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak, and New Generations director Mark Spencer said Rymarine was about raising awareness. “The purpose is to provide some educational background to marine biology and also some exposure to career possibilities such as those provided by the organisations the students will visit,” Mr Spencer said.
Some of the activities students will undertake include snorkelling, training with seals at the Pet Porpoise Pool, a canoe trip through Bongil Bongil National Park and talks on deep diving and shipwreck exploration.