Parkland Marine offers a number of courses with a marine focus. All Parkland students are able to select marine courses as part of their program at Parkland.
Marine Science/PE 9
Students will take Science 9 and PE 9 in the same semester. The courses will be taught with a marine focus in an interdisciplinary, project-based way that will take students from the classroom into the marine environment. Students will be taken on the water in sail boats in the Fall and Spring. There will be a variety of local field trips during the year. Students who want to spend more time learning to sail can join the Sailing Academy. Sign up for this pathway on the Course Selection sheet.
Marine Science/PE 10
Students will take Science 10 as a linear class paired with Physical Education 10 and will receive credit for both courses. The courses will be taught with a marine focus in an interdisciplinary, project-based way that will take students from the classroom into the marine environment. Students will earn their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, have the option to complete their Open Water Diver Course and will gain experience on the water by learning to canoe during the PE portion of the class. There may be a cost to students who choose to participate in a variety of local field trips that occur throughout the year.
Marine Biology 11
The Marine Biology 11 course is a single semester with students earning credit for Biology 11. This will be a very different experience from a regular Biology 11 course as it is taught with a marine theme and has a much larger lab and outdoor component. Students successfully completing this course are encouraged to continue to Biology 12, Geography 12, and Oceanography 12.
Experiential lab work will include:
kayak trips in local waters to experience hands-on marine biology,
field trips to the Vancouver Aquarium, Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC, and Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre,
an optional 4 day marine biology field trip to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre,
an emphasis on current climate change research,
understanding local forests as part of marine ecosystems,
measurement of oxygen production in kelp forests,
analysis of satellite data to measure changes in ocean salinity,
Expert guest speakers from biology and climate change fields both in the classroom and with a visit to the University of Victoria Biology Department.
Through these kinds of local, experiential activities, students will have a better understanding of marine environments as interconnected systems and responsible ocean stewardship.
Marine Science 12 (subject to enrolment)
This course is intended to introduce the dominant themes and concepts of physics, chemistry and biology as they relate to the marine environment. It covers the basic science behind Oceanography using an inquiry-based approach.
Students will have the option to earn their PADI Open Water Diving Certificate through Rockfish Divers in Brentwood Bay. If already certified, they may enhance their certification, or pursue their Advanced Open Water course or their Rescue Diver course.
Activities and excursions may include:
- Bottle Drop Experiment
- IOS tour
- Open Water Diver Course/Rescue & Scientific Diver prep
- Uvic Ocean Symposium
- Intertidal Study