Marine Biology students from Falmouth Marine School celebrated the end of term with an educational trip to Madeira.
The students spent a packed full week on the Portuguese island, diving, visiting marine research laboratories, walking ecological tours, receiving talks from leading experts and spotting dolphins and whales as part of their field course and educational programme.
The trip also supported Falmouth Marine School’s Padi Dive qualifications with Kennack diving, as the students were able to increase their dive time and diving experience whilst on the trip, with Madeira offering some of the best diving conditions in the Atlantic.
Marine Biology level 3 student Jasmin Clegg, aged 18 from Penzance, received her Advanced Diver qualification a few weeks before the trip.
“It was such an amazing experience,” she said.
“To get my dive qualification and then to use it in Madeira was fantastic. I’m so grateful to Falmouth Marine School for making this possible.”
Marine Science Degree level student Josh Clarke volunteered to be the group’s photographer for the week as he wants to pursue a career in Nature and Wildlife photography once he’s graduated.
“The images Josh took of the dives and marine life in Madeira are perfect and great to add to his Instagram portfolio: @joshclarkephotos,” commented lecturer Angela Webster.
Following the trip, Josh left for Mozambique to volunteer for Love the Ocean.
“Josh met Love the Ocean at the College’s Industry Day and signed up to spend his summer volunteering with them,” Angela added.
“Students make so many industry contacts at this event and during their time studying with us and we pride ourselves in being a career college ensuring that our learners are work ready.
“Industry Day, guest speakers and trips like the one to Madeira are fundamental in helping to achieve that.”
The student trip was led by lecturer Luke Edwyn Marsh, who said Madeira is “an excellent place for marine scientists”.
“The access to such a range of marine life, big and small, gives students a unique experiences and training, as well as unforgettable memories,” he continued.
“The islands are next to productive parts of the ocean fed by the Gulf Stream and Canary Current, with mild to warm temperatures all year round. This makes it a hotspot for marine life enthusiasts and researchers alike, with some species endemic to the island chain including other rare species such as the Mediterranean monk seal.”