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Snorkel Safari course at the Marine Biological Association

Wednesday 16th March 2011

The Marine Biological Association is running Snorkel Safari Training courses in Spring 2011.

1. Introduction

Snorkelling allows people to observe marine life at first-hand and to learn about marine conservation. It is an increasingly popular activity and a great way to engage people in marine awareness-raising projects. The Marine Biological Association in Plymouth is offering a 4-day training course, covering all aspects of planning and running safe, enjoyable and educational snorkel safari events, and including full BSAC Snorkel Instructor Training.

The Marine Biological Association is running Snorkel Safari Training courses in Spring 2011. At the end of the course, which is practical and interactive, delegates will be equipped to plan and run snorkel safari events for groups in sheltered inshore waters*.

The course covers:

  • qualification as a BSAC snorkel instructor;
  • planning and running events, and
  • marine life identification and recording.

2. Course outline

Day 1 and 2. BSAC Snorkel Instructor Training Course and Assessment (SITCA)

Includes BSAC snorkel membership, course material, all tuition and on successful completion the Snorkel Instructor Qualification Card.

Day 3. Planning and running events and marine life identification and recording

Includes legal and insurance requirements (with input and information from our insurers), safety at sea, comprehensive risk assessment, incident procedures, marshalling and staffing, event logistics etc.. A planning pack containing all this information will be provided as part of the course.

Knowledge on the part of trainers and identification resources add value and interest to snorkel safaris events. This part of the course is run in the Marine Biological Association's seawater hall and wet lab and gives an introduction to identification skills and resources for the marine life of shallow UK waters. Day 3 is rounded up with guidance on making marine life records and contributing to our knowledge of marine biodiversity.

Day 4. Run a snorkel event

Put the training into practice and run a snorkel event in the sea in Plymouth Sound!†

3. Dates

10-13th May 2011

We will try to arrange a second course if there is enough demand.

4. Cost

The course fee includes BSAC Snorkel Instructor Training Course and Assessment (SITCA) and MBA membership. Existing MBA members receive a discount on the course fee.

3 - day course (includes lunch and refreshments)

Cost per person £455

With members discount £420

4 - day course (see Day 4 above) Course content as above, plus a practical exercise running a snorkel safari event in the sea to put training into practice.

Cost per person £587

With members discount £552

5. Booking and further details

For further information and a booking form, please contact Guy Baker. Email: guba@mba.ac.uk Tel: 01752 633244

*N.B. Organisations or individuals must make their own arrangements for health & safety and insurance relating to outdoor events.

†The training snorkel safari will take place if weather conditions are suitable.


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