Field trip | Levels: 3-4: Learn about marine life, species identification and carry out a marine survey. This resource also includes swimming pool snorkel training.

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Rocky reef snorkel survey teaching guide and activity sets (PDF, 4,054K)

The kit and teaching guide has a teaching and learning resource (including a range of learning activities), PowerPoint slides, spreadsheets, templates, identification aids and a MarineWatch certificate.

Learning activities slide shows:

Species identification slide shows:

Species identification slates:

Underwater slate template:

Data entry spreadsheets:



This is one of several MarineWatch programmes, which are about building relationships between people and the sea.

The Rocky reef snorkel survey involves the following:

  • Learning about marine life, species identification and survey methodology
  • Swimming pool snorkel training and survey practice
  • A marine survey in the field of the local rocky reef environment
  • Learning about data entry and data manipulation
  • Presentation to the school or local community about what has been learnt – including a plan of action for protecting the local environment

The teaching and learning resources have been divided into individual activities to allow teachers to determine which aspects of the programme they wish to deliver.

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary


  • Marine and coastal
  • Native animals
  • Native plants

Curriculum learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science

Publication information

Produced by Rika Milne for the Department of Conservation and MarineWatch

ISBN: 978-0-478-14230-3


Education advisor

Whare Kaupapa Atawhai / Conservation House Head Office
Phone:   +64 4 471 0726
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 Manners Street
Wellington 6011
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143

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