March 15 – 17 saw all Year 12 Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies undertake their first camp for the year at Portsea. The purpose of camp was to allow students to investigate relationships with marine and coastal environments.
Day 1, the tides, and the wind were in our favor, so we jumped into sea kayaks and followed the coastline for 8km from Sorrento to the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean. Day 2, we learned to scuba dive. We spent the morning in a specially designed pool with our instructors to learn the basics. We learned how to clear and retrieve our breathing regulator, how to achieve neutral bouncy and how to clear your mask if it filled with water. In the afternoon we dived at Blairgowrie pier. This location is known for its colourful sponges and ascidians, sea horses, pygmy leatherjackets, mosaic leatherjackets, angler fish, globe fish, biscuit stars, eleven-armed sea stars, blue ringed octopus, anemone cones, decorator crabs, star gazers and delicate colourful nudibranchs. Day 3 we stayed on land. We took to cruiser bikes and were guided around Point Nepean where we learned about the history of early settlement in the area and the defence of Victoria. We visited military forts and tunnels and viewed the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing.
Our next adventure will be a canoe expedition along the Murray River in May.