This category of courses encompasses activities associated with either the Inland, Marine or the Coastal Environments (or a combination), as well as other factors that have an influence.
Inland: means the courses and subjects are aimed at creating an awareness of things directly associated with land areas and landscapes, including tropical, sub-tropical and temperate areas, rivers and lakes and the animal, bird, insects and plant species associated with them.
Marine: means the courses and subjects are aimed at creating an awareness of things directly associated with the sea and ocean environment, including animal, bird, fish and plant species associated with them. The definition of marine includes the offshore as well as inshore areas, up to the low tide mark.
Coastal: means the courses and subjects are aimed at creating an awareness of things directly associated with the coastline and land areas only, including sandy and rocky shores, cliffs, river mouths, deltas, mangroves etc. In other words, the coastal land area strip down to the low sea tide mark.
Scope: It is planned that this section will eventually contain ±40 different modules on the subject matter, depending on demand.
Target Audience: The material contained in these courses is aimed at all people who live and work at the coast. This includes employees in the hospitality industry (hotels, guest houses, operators, tour companies and so on), members of local coastal communities, fishermen involved in both inshore and deep water fishing, students and school leavers, and even tourist guides, tour operators and info centre personnel.
The courses are designed mainly as training and awareness programmes using pictures, slides, graphics and audio and visual media where appropriate. Also included may be some assignments the student needs to complete to stimulate in-depth awareness of the local area.