MTAQ Marine Teachers Association of Queensland

ABN: 70 652 509 393

P.O. Box 1258
Coolum Beach Qld 4573

Publicity Officer

Joline Lalime


Craig Reid
Meridan State College
07 5490 2666

MTAQ major achievements

The list below is a summary of publications, professional development programs, agreements, certificates, memorandums of understanding, marine curriculum exchange, workshops and conferences that we have achieved over the years.


  • Writing a 75 page Boating Schools Safety Management System for Tinnies - The first in Australia.
  • Writing, researching and developing Queensland's ONLY Queensland Studies Authority approved syllabus in Coast and Marine Education 2005 - 2010.
  • Development of Australia's only Marine Olympic and Marine Safety Day Manuals for high school students.

Professional development programs

  • Developing a NAUI Snorkelling Instructors certificate designed and implemented for Australian teachers 2000 - 2010.
  • Designing, developing and implementing an Undergraduate course at Griffith University to train marine teachers 2000 - 2008.
  • Designing and implementing a boating induction program for inexperienced teachers 2010 - 2011.

Agreements and memoranda of understanding

  • Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland to exempt schools from boat registrations in 1996, reviewing in 1998-1999 and again in 2009 to exempt schools from paying boat registration fees.
  • Establishment of a Boatsafe audit scheme with MSQ and Yachting Queensland to limit the amount of student personal data leaving a school and validating the role of marine teacher in the Boatsafe program.
  • Establishment of the right for Qld Marine Teachers to teach for a BTP and prepare students for their practical exam.
  • Establishing exemption for Qld Marine Studies teachers from additional criminal and blue card checks by Yachting Queensland.

Certificates and licences

  • Lobbying Marine Safety Queensland to design a special schools coxswain for teachers in 2004 and later in 2010 to grant exemption from coxswains qualifications for teachers who want to implement the QSA marine approved syllabi.

Curriculum exchange

  • Development of a comprehensive set of lesson plans, worksheets, QSA approved tests, excursion notes, risk assessment forms, work programs and teaching materials that members contribute to and share.

Professional development, workshops and conferences

  • Organising for teachers to visit the Australian Maritime College in 1996-1998 and later in 2003 and 2010 so they could engage with current scientific procedures and to engage in science experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Organising Vocational Education workshops and work placements ASTF for teachers and students in the marine science industry.
  • Organising regional workshops for teachers to implement the MTAQ QSA approved Junior Marine Studies Syllabus 2004 - 2009.
  • Organising and running the following marine science and marine studies conferences continually since 1994 spread evenly around Queensland.
    • Stradbroke Island - Forming the association (1994)
    • Rockhamption - Meeting the challenge (1995)
    • Mackay - Ecotourism and marine life (1996)
    • Cairns - International year of the reef (1997)
    • Hervey Bay - International year of the ocean (1998)
    • Coolangatta - Urban Oceans (1999)
    • Caloundra - Oceans (2000)
    • Townsville - Reef (2001)
    • Malanda - Rainforest to reef (2002)
    • Mackay - Building bridges (2003)
    • Noosa - Sun, surf and sea (2004)
    • Southport - Oceans alive (2005)
    • Lady Elliott - Explore the reef (2006)
    • Townsville - One ocean - our ocean (2007)
    • Stradbroke Island - Marine Parks (2008)
    • Airlie Beach - Linking estuaries, GBR and the ocean (2009)
    • Tasmania - Career pathways for students (2010)