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.
- 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)