MTAQ Marine Teachers Association of Queensland

ABN: 70 652 509 393

P.O. Box 1258
Coolum Beach Qld 4573

Publicity Officer

Simone Baker
0407 693 681


Craig Reid
Meridan State College
07 5490 2666

MTAQ major achievements

The list below is a summary of publications, professional development programs, agreements, certificates, memorandums of understanding, marine curriculum exchange, workshops and conferences that we have achieved over the years.


  • Writing a 75 page Boating Schools Safety Management System for Tinnies - The first in Australia.
  • Writing, researching and developing Queensland's ONLY Queensland Studies Authority approved syllabus in Coast and Marine Education 2005 - 2010.
  • Development of Australia's only Marine Olympic and Marine Safety Day Manuals for high school students.

Professional development programs

  • Developing a NAUI Snorkelling Instructors certificate designed and implemented for Australian teachers 2000 - 2010.
  • Designing, developing and implementing an Undergraduate course at Griffith University to train marine teachers 2000 - 2008.
  • Designing and implementing a boating induction program for inexperienced teachers 2010 - 2011.

Agreements and memoranda of understanding

  • Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland to exempt schools from boat registrations in 1996, reviewing in 1998-1999 and again in 2009 to exempt schools from paying boat registration fees.
  • Establishment of a Boatsafe audit scheme with MSQ and Yachting Queensland to limit the amount of student personal data leaving a school and validating the role of marine teacher in the Boatsafe program.
  • Establishment of the right for Qld Marine Teachers to teach for a BTP and prepare students for their practical exam.
  • Establishing exemption for Qld Marine Studies teachers from additional criminal and blue card checks by Yachting Queensland.

Certificates and licences

  • Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland to design a special schools coxswain for teachers in 2004 and later in 2010 to grant exemption from coxswains qualifications for teachers who want to implement the QSA marine approved syllabi.

Curriculum exchange

  • Development of a comprehensive set of lesson plans, worksheets, QSA approved tests, excursion notes, risk assessment forms, work programs and teaching materials that members contribute to and share.

Professional development, workshops and conferences

  • Organising for teachers to visit the Australian Maritime College in 1996-1998 and later in 2003 and 2010 so they could engage with current scientific procedures and to engage in science experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Organising Vocational Education workshops and work placements ASTF for teachers and students in the marine science industry.
  • Organising regional workshops for teachers to implement the MTAQ QSA approved Junior Marine Studies Syllabus 2004 - 2009.
  • Organising and running the following marine science and marine studies conferences continually since 1994 spread evenly around Queensland.
    • Stradbroke Island - Forming the association (1994)
    • Rockhamption - Meeting the challenge (1995)
    • Mackay - Ecotourism and marine life (1996)
    • Cairns - International year of the reef (1997)
    • Hervey Bay - International year of the ocean (1998)
    • Coolangatta - Urban Oceans (1999)
    • Caloundra - Oceans (2000)
    • Townsville - Reef (2001)
    • Malanda - Rainforest to reef (2002)
    • Mackay - Building bridges (2003)
    • Noosa - Sun, surf and sea (2004)
    • Southport - Oceans alive (2005)
    • Lady Elliott - Explore the reef (2006)
    • Townsville - One ocean - our ocean (2007)
    • Stradbroke Island - Marine Parks (2008)
    • Airlie Beach - Linking estuaries, GBR and the ocean (2009)
    • Tasmania - Career pathways for students (2010)