The Marine and Maritime Studies ATAR course provides students with opportunities to engage in unique theoretical and practical learning experiences, and to equip them with a broad range of skills and knowledge. Students study oceanography concepts to develop a strong understanding of the interdependence between components of the marine environment, conduct research into the safe and sustainable management of the oceans’ resources, and are also introduced to the world of maritime archaeology. As well as nautical craft and hull design, students are given the opportunity to develop responsible and competent boat-handling and navigation skills under power, and in doing so, demonstrate an understanding of nautical concepts. They develop knowledge of the properties inherent in seaworthy craft and the basics of good boat design, construction and maintenance. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to develop personal water-based skills (swimming/snorkelling/scuba), to allow them to engage directly with the marine environment.