Ocean Discovery Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re just stepping into our marine world or have been apart of the adventure before, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of inquiries to ensure you’re well-informed. From understanding our ethical commitments, staff qualifications, safety precautions and program information, our FAQ’s cover a wide spectrum of common queries. If your questions are not addressed here, feel free to reach out and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Does an educator/teacher need to be present during a session?

Yes. Educators/teachers are required to stay in the room during the session to supervise children and monitor behaviour. The number needed should be proportionate to the number of children. Educators/teachers may be asked to assist with the use of some resources while the presenter is handling the animals. 

Are the staff experienced and qualified in marine education?

Absolutely! Charlotte is our lead marine educator and has a deep understanding of education, marine biology, ecology and conservation. She possesses undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and has extensive experience in delivering engaging and informative sessions to students of all ages. A valid Working with Children check has been acquired. 

Are there any safety concerns associated with student interaction with the marine animals?

No, the safety of students and the wellbeing of our animals are our top priorities. All marine animals are handled by trained professionals following strict ethical guidelines and welfare standards. Children can interact with the animals under supervised and controlled conditions. Instructions for animal interactions will be outlined during the session. 

Are the animals sustainably sourced?

Yes. The marine invertebrates featured in our programs are responsibly acquired from reputable suppliers who sustainably collect specimens from WA waters. We maintain a strong commitment to the welfare and protection of our animals and abide by the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 and the Nature Conservation Act 1992. To minimise handling times and transportation stresses, we implement a rotational system amongst our animals. 

Are any hygiene practices put in place?

Yes, all children are required to rinse their hands with normal water before interacting with the animals, artefacts and equipment. We recommend washing their hands with soap after they touch the animals. 

Can the incursion programs be customised?

Yes. In the event that our existing programs do not meet your requirements, we encourage educators to reach out and collaborate on a tailored program that meets your specific learning objectives and student needs. 

How long does a session usually last?

The duration of the sessions vary depending on the age of the children, the chosen program or the needs of your group. Generally, sessions range from 30 to 60 minutes. We can customise the length to fit within your schedule. Please visit our Programs & Pricing page for more information.

How much does a session cost?

Pricing for our sessions varies based on the age group of the children and the specific program you select. Please visit our Programs & Pricing page for more information.

Will Ocean Discovery Education attend my event?

We’re happy to attend events, ranging from environmental festivals to open days, school functions, birthday celebrations and science events. Pricing is customisable to your requirements, schedule and whether it takes place on a weekday or weekend. Feel free to reach out to us directly for a specific quote. 

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