Year 11 and 12 Aquatic Practices





N/A ​​​​

Subject Desc​​​ription

Aquatic Practices provides opportunities for students to explore, experience and learn practical skills and knowledge valued in aquatic workplaces and other settings. Students gain insight into the management of aquatic regions and t​heir ecological and environmental systems, helping the​m to position themselves within a long and sustainable tradition of custodianship.

Weekly work​load in h​ours​​​

4+ hours


Module 1: Safety on our coastlines

This module explores the​ fundamentals of water safety, specifically on our beaches and in the surf zone, physical oceanography (costal erosion, waves, currents and ocean processes) and first aid and rescue responses. ​​

Module 3: Sustainable recreational fishing​

This module introduces ​students to the fundamentals of recreational fishing equipment and techniques. Students explore Queensland regulations on catch and gear, plan activities to target species of their choice. And learn about and take part in sustainable fishing practices. Students will investigate indigenous fishing practices that have existed and continue to exist in that local area and across Australia. ​
Module 5: Aquariums and Aquaculture

This module investigates biotic ​and abiotic factors affecting aquatic ecosystems, and builds an understanding of setting up an aquaculture, aquaponics or mariculture system, including regulation of aquaculture activities by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Students will explore career and business opportunities relating to aquatic ecosystems, and the importance of water quality and nutrition in aquaculture enterprises.
​Module 7 and 8: Navigation and boating

This module investigates fundamentals of working safely on water (pre-departure checks, maneuvering vessels, emergency communication, using safety equipment), monitoring weather and tides, equipment maintenance and navigation skills (pilotage, navigation equipment, charts, position fixing, GPS systems and charting courses). ​
​​​Module 2: Marine Biology

​This module involves hands on laboratory and fieldwork experiences to discover the diversity that exists in the local coastal and ocean ecosystems. Students investigate the adaptations of aquatic organisms and the classification, and the traditional collection of species by aboriginal and TSI peoples. Students use technology (databases, virtual simulations, cameras) to help identify and classify organisms and participates in the coral watch citizens science programme to contribute coral bleaching data for their local area​
​​Module 4: Snorkeling in Australia’s aquatic ecosystems

This module investigates hazards and risks in aquatic environments (including dangerous marine creatures), safe snorkeling techniques and equipment maintenance. It includes an introduction to aquatic ecosystems, including threats to the environment, environment management and protection, and a review of eco-tourism practices in the aquatic context.​
Module 6: Food from the sea

This module explores the management, conservation and use of aquatic resources such as food sources, including the commercial collection and rearing of different species. Students will be introduced to the career opportunities in fishing and seafood collection and preparation and handling techniques. This module will include an overview of traditional methods for gathering, preparing and cooking foods from the sea.


​Unit 1
Unit 2​​
​Unit 3
​​Unit 4​
​​Module 1: Project

Performance - Demo straight first aid/ CPR and rescue skills in an aquatic​ environment.

Written - 2 page magazine spread about how to have a safe day at the beach or on the water.
Module 3:

Demonstrate the rigging of fishing gear, the selection of bait and the catch and release of a target species, using three different fishing methods. Teacher annotations on the instrument- specific standards matrix and ​a checklist of assessable skills will be provided to guide the task. Continuous class time will be given for the demonstration of skills. ​​​
​Module 5: Project

Design, develop and maintain a small aquarium, or model aquaculture facility, taking into ​consideration water quality, feeding requirements and nutrition sources.​

Module 7 & 8:

Respond to short response questions, assessing boating and navigation knowledge, concepts and skills.

Project - Plan and evaluate a boating field trip, including demonstration of boating skills and safety.
​​​Module 2:

Respond to short response questions relating to the marine biology module.​
​Module 4:

Create a plan and presentation for an eco-tourism snorkeling business in an Australian location. Evaluate the factors that make it ‘eco- friendly’.​
Module 6:

Choose an Australian commercial fishery and investigate the species they target, its fishing methods, its sustainability management practices and current status, and track the catch from ocean to plate.

Last reviewed 21 June 2022
Last updated 21 June 2022