Our enrichment courses are on offer from grades 6 to 12 and are structured to build upon each other. Introductory courses 101 to 104 provide the foundation for course 201, enabling its participants to qualify as volunteers at the Aquarium and will pave the way to the final 301 and 302 courses, open to grade 11 and 12 pupils who are interested in studying oceanography and/or marine biology at a tertiary level.

Marine Sciences Academy 101

Junior Biologist: grade 6

Our Junior Biologist (JB) course is a free, entry-level course to our Marine Sciences Academy. Aimed at grade 6s, we are looking for youngsters with a keen interest in marine life and conservation. This three-day course introduces Marine life found along our coastline, as well as introductory concepts relating to coastal and ocean ecology and oceanography. The course is informative and interactive, with various outings included.

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • Dates: 18 & 25 February and 4 March 2017
  • Application deadline: 27 January 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 102

Junior Smart Living: grade 7

In addition to topics around human impacts on the environment and sustainable living in a modern society, this free course introduces ecological concepts, mrine ecosystems and sustainable use of the ocean as a source of food, energy, minerals, tourism opportunities and recreation. Field trips are arranged to provide practical insight, where possible.

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • Course dates: 6, 13, 20 & 27 May and 3 June 2017
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 103

Marine Science Discoverer: grade 8

A free, introductory course to marine biology and marine careers, this course is ideally suited for grade 8s who have an interest in marine life and science and who are considering this as a career path. The course runs over five days, covering various aspects of the oceans, with a few animal examples added to the mix. We ensure that the course is as hands-on as possible, with various activities and outings included. 

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • Course dates: 3-7 July 2017
  • Application deadline: 9 June 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 104

Marine Science Explorer: grade 9

The Marine Sciences Explorer course introduces students to some basic principles of oceanography, ecology and marine biology. Theory mixed with hands-on activities will specifically expose students to marine research and the scientific method. This approach to marine sciences seeks to guide grade 9s in their choice of grade 10 subjects and to assist those keen on pursuing a career in this field.

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • Course dates: 17-21 July 2017
  • Application deadline: 23 June 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 201

High School Volunteer Course: grade 10

Formerly our very popular Young Biologist (YB) course, this course is aimed at grade 10s who are passionate about the marine environment and committed to positive action. The applicants will spend four days at the Two Oceans Aquarium covering theory vital for volunteering, initially as presenters at our Microscope and Touch Pool exhibits. The remaining three days of the course are spent at a local environmental education campsite, where they will focus on practical course work and team building. Upon the completion of the programme, the new candidates have the option of becoming volunteers at the Two Oceans Aquarium, by completing a further module on a Saturday. All are required to facilitate an environmental cleanup as well as an eco-activity at their respective schools. An official graduation takes place, six months after the completion of the course.

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

Please note that there are two courses happening this year, with different application deadlines:

  • Course 1: 1 to 7 April 2017
  • Application deadline: 3 March 2017
  • Course 2: 2 to 8 October 2017
  • Application deadline: 1 September 2017

Marine Sciences Academy 301 and 302

Oceanography FET and Zoology FET: grade 11 and 12 

The high school Life Science and Physical Science curricula may provide a broad base in many aspects of these sciences, but leave students wishing to go on to tertiary studies in marine biology and oceanography with a very poor foundation in these topics. Our Oceanography and Zoology courses seek to bridge this gap.

The course is being offered, at no charge, to 50 grade 11s and 12s who show a keen interest in marine sciences and who may wish to pursue a career in this field. The purpose of this course is to provide important basic principles and terminology in the marine sciences, while also adding to their existing knowledge in the Physical Science and Life Science.

Examples of course content include:

  • Introduction to oceanography
  • Ocean geology
  • Ocean chemistry
  • Classification and characteristics of major marine phyla
  • Levels of organisation in living organisms
  • Comparative life processes and physiology

While many of our candidates may not go on to pursue a career in marine science, they leave our Marine Sciences Academy proudly ocean-literate and able to contribute positive actions towards the wellbeing of our two oceans.

To apply, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za for application forms or call 021 814 4555 for more information.

  • 302 Zoology: 10 to 14 July 2017
  • 301 Oceanography: 7 & 8 December and 11 to 13 December 2017
  • Students need to do both parts to get the full benefit of this course.
  • Application deadline: 15 June 2017