15-Mar-2017

Outdoor Ed

Dolphins

On the 14th February the Outdoor Ed class went swimming with the dolphins. When we got there we changed into our dive wetsuit and grabbed our mask and flippers. After running through safety procedures and basic techniques on the boat we had arrived at Popes Island where we snorkeled. Above water there were hundreds of huge Australasian Garnet birds and below the water’s surface there was lots of marine plant life and fish.

Along the way we learnt many interesting facts, Blue Stone is Australia’s oldest marine park and the Blue Stone Fort was for the cannons.

Finally, we were delighted to see the structure of China Mans hat and what was even more exciting was the sight of about one hundred Australian Fur seals that were part of a bachelor herd. China Man’s hat had more of a purpose in the war. It shot a beam of light and whenever any unauthorised ships went through it signaled to the soldiers. The problem was the birds would also fly past and set off the warning light, it was then shut down.

On the starboard side of the boat was a hammock/net and we were able to hang off it as the boat was moving. It was great fun.

We were about to head back to Portsea Pier when we got a radio signal saying that dolphins were ahead. We all strapped our gear on and prepared to jump in the water. We got the signal from our Captain, Seamus and dived in. The view was amazing, almost as soon as I jumped in three Bottle-nose Dolphins swam right underneath me. While on deck we saw the dolphins surface and there were lots of them. We learnt many facts about dolphins: there are approximately 150 Bottle-nose Dolphins in the bay and even while they sleep they are half awake and still come up to breathe every five or so minutes.

Unfortunately our trip had to come to an end, it was a great day.

Rimo
College Leader

Sailing

On Tuesday 14th March, it was a warm sunny day the Outdoor Ed class got on a bus to go to the Sandringham Yacht Club as part of our outdoor education sailing activity. When we arrived we went inside and met our two instructors who first told us about the best weather conditions for sailing and safety instructions.

It was time to get our life jackets and equipment and go through some sailing instructions. In these instructions we were taught how to set up a sailing boat, as well as how to steer and where to sit while sailing. Also we learnt what all of the equipment was called such as the Rudder which steers the boat, the bow which is the front of the boat, the keel which stabilises the boat as well as many more.

Once we finished the instructions we got into groups of three and got in our pacer (sailboat) as the instructors towed us out to sea. It was now time for us to start sailing, the activity that we were instructed to complete was to go round buoys in a figure eight. Unfortunately once we finished a few laps it was time to head back to shore. Once we made it to shore we had a quick shower and hopped back into the bus and arrived back ready for school.

All up sailing was a great experience which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Austin
Year 10 Miguel

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