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Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Article by: The Department of Fisheries

What better way to encourage teachers to teach their students about the marine environment than getting under water! The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and the Ministry of Education conducted a five-day training exercise for teachers, aimed at raising their awareness and understanding of the marine environment. Sixteen (16) primary school teachers, secondary school science teachers and social science teachers benefited from the training, which ended on February 24th 2012, but more was to come! Through the generous support of Scuba St. Lucia at Anse Chastnet Resort in Soufriere; the Sandals Dive Center and Sea Adventures Inc. in Gros Islet, the teachers were treated with the opportunity to do “Discover SCUBA” or to engage in SNUBA.

 The teachers who took the plunge for Discover SCUBA diving got an introduction on how to use SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) and those who opted to do SNUBA bridged the gap between snorkeling and SCUBA. They all got the opportunity to breathe underwater and get face-to-face with some of the most beautiful marine life in the underwater world.

After the training and first-hand experience of the marine life underwater, the teachers will be more enthusiastic and equipped to develop lessons that include a variety of interactive activities to engage their students on the importance of the marine environment.  

Here’s to new and exciting learning experiences!