SeaKeepers Asia supported an educational outreach opportunity with students from Serangoon Gardens Secondary School aboard two DISCOVERY Yachts. The students participated in a floating classroom session at the Marina at Keppel Bay on board D/Y The Admiral. Scientists from the Tropical Marine Science Institute of the National University of Singapore presented on Singapore’s marine biodiversity and the current challenges faced. A plankton trawl was completed and students practiced identification of marine organisms using charts. Then, Marina at Keppel Bay presented on its initiatives to support environmental sustainability and marine conservation efforts showing their award-winning efforts of creating a Coral Reef at Keppel Bay. To round off the unique learning experience and practical content, the students boarded the D/Y Advisors Alliance and after a safety briefing, set out to the nearby islands before turning back to shore. For many of the students this was the first time sailing on board a yacht and they were fully immersed in the impression.
In preparation for the floating classroom, the students joined an Introductory Lesson which was specially crafted and facilitated by the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, Outreach and Education team, at the Serangoon Gardens Secondary School premises. Highlights of that lecture session included information on the research and marine conservation efforts currently being undertaken at the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory as well as material on the SeaKeepers Drifters.
A special thanks to our Program Partners: Rolls Royce and Marina at Keppel Bay.