Specialised Maritime Studies has been an integral part of Rockingham Senior High School since 1991. The Centre for Maritime Studies is unique in the educational system of Western Australia and throughout Australia. Students are engaged in a variety of learning situations and contexts which not only lead to improved learning outcomes across the curriculum, but to higher levels of self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork among the student body.
Students seeking entry to this Specialist Program must pass a rigorous selection process including a swim test. Candidates with sound levels of academic achievement in past reports and demonstrated evidence of involvement in extra curricular activities (or membership in community groups such as cadets) would be well placed to gain acceptance.
Students are contracted to benchmarked academic and behavioural standards which clarify the conditions for maintaining a competitive standing in the Program. The progress of individual students is subject to regular review by the Program Manager in consultation with staff. Further post compulsory Courses of Study such as Marine and Maritime Technology are available to students which lead them to University, TAFE and direct industry employment
Specialised Maritime Studies aims to provide suitably interested and capable students with a springboard to explore aspects of the marine environment which link into an understanding of maritime related vocations. Students will complete a sound comprehensive secondary education whilst simultaneously gaining national and internationally recognised certification in a variety of maritime pursuits. Details of the compulsory Maritime Training Modules are listed below.
Middle School Maritime Training Modules
These courses provide the first of several opportunities for students to develop skills to enhance their understanding of - and interaction with - the marine environment. Snorkeling and Aquatics modules enable students an immediate means of entering the marine world with safety and confidence; whilst Preliminary First Aid provides students with a capacity to deal effectively with an emergency should one arise in the outdoors.
- Aquatics RLSS Senior Swim and Survive
- Snorkeling (PADI/SSI)
- Preliminary First Aid (St John)
These courses are designed to build upon students understanding and experiences from Year 8 and ready them for further training opportunities in Year 10. Boating courses in Year 9 include the Yachting Australia (GISBS) qualification and the Aquatics course prepares students for their Basic Lifesaving Award in Year 10.
- Boating 1: Nautical Knowledge (studies towards the YA National Powercraft Course) Scheme
- Boating 2: Yachting Australia (GISBS) Course
- Aquatics RLSS Bronze Star
- Basic Kyaking
These modules represent the culmination of all lower school Maritime Training courses and provide a array of opportunities for certification as well as enhanced employment prospects, self-discipline and preparedness for many post compulsory educational options. Students can demonstrate their capacity to be fully independent in the out of doors and in situations requiring an adult level of maturity and cooperation.
- Senior First Aid (RLSS/St John)
- Open Water Scuba Diving (PADI/SSI)
- Aquatics RLSS Bronze Medallion
- Boating 3: Powercraft Yachting Australia (NPC) Scheme
Specialist Maritime Studies Program brochure