AQWA Insider: Career Taster Programme

Gain insider knowledge into the day-to-day experiences and duties of career aquarists, marine scientists & tour guides with AQWA's new marine science & tourism Career Taster Program (CTP), designed exclusively for Year 9 - 10 students.

From only: $95

Includes AQWA Entry

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Duration: 5 Hours

Location: Hillarys, WA

What To Expect:

This full day (5 hours) career taster program is suitable for Year 9 – 10 students on their journey of exploring future careers and experiencing real workplaces. This program is sure to inspire those who have shown an interest in marine science, aquaculture, zoology, tourism and more. Students will garner insights into the roles, requirements, challenges and above all the joys of working alongside animals & the public, within a major aquarium and attraction.


Example Timetable:

10.00am – Greeting and outline of day

10.15amInsights Into: Reef conservation & roles of aquaculture. Activity: Enjoy a behind the scenes visit to our Coral Conservatory

10.30amInsights Into: Rehabilitation and release of endangered species | Working as a tour guide & public education. Activity: Meet an Ocean Guide and go behind the scenes as they deliver a public presentations while feeding our rescue turtle. Help complete the daily feed sheet.

11.00amInsights Into: Field research & human impacts. Activity: Join our guided beachwalk and sample for microplastics. Examine & record your results.

12noon Insights Into: Life of an aquarist and animal care. Activity: Get hands-on (and a bit smelly!) as you feed the fish of the Marina Bay aquarium

12.15pm – Lunch

12.30pm – Insights Into: Environmental science in action. Activity: Discover how water quality testing is used to assess turbidity and nutrient levels.

1.00pmInsights Into: A Marine Biologist in action, specialising in turtle research. Activity: Listen to presentation on the turtle species of WA then engage in turtle researcher activities (scanning for microchips, determining survivorship from nests, identifying species) to mimic the tasks of a real marine biologist.

1.45pmInsights Into: Leading public tours | Operations & safety in marine/boating settings. Activity: Experience AQWA’s glass bottom boat and glide across the main 3 million litre aquarium, discovering amazing animal facts.

2.15pm – Final questions & end of day

Excursion Package Includes:

  • General entry to all of AQWA's exhibit areas
  • Full day program of experiences, presentations & hands-on activities with AQWA marine specialists
  • Unique behind the scenes access
  • Lunch included
  • Free of charge supervising adults, as per year group ratios
  • Free bus parking & 4 hour car parking

Need To Know:

This excursion package is available Monday & Friday during school term only.

There is a minimum of 6 students to book this package.

The Career Taster Program has a duration of approx. 5 hours, commencing at 9.45am

You can arrive for your Excursion any time from 9am; please nominate your estimated arrival time in the Additional Information section of the booking process.

Before Your Excursion:

“By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish”. To help prevent this looming prediction from coming true, AQWA has teamed up with Containers for Change and we are asking every student and visitor to bring three 10c marked containers with them to donate to the AQWA Foundation.

  • Get students excited for their excursion by involving them in our Bring 3 For the Sea initiative!
  • This small challenge will support AQWA Foundation’s turtle rehabilitation program AND reduce rubbish in the ocean and in landfill.
  • Simply have each student bring 3 eligible containers to donate during your excursion and your school will receive a Certificate of Acknowledgement for helping the AQWA Foundation! When you book an AQWA excursion, we’ll even post out a Containers for Change collection bag to start gathering your containers before you visit

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