Are you wanting to get more experience in marine education but don’t know where to start? This guest blog from Sea Synergy is an excellent insight into life on an internship programme and the many excellent opportunities and activities you can get to participate in. Check out Sea Synergy’s job opportunities here and their internship programmes here.
When I first arrived I was nervous, it felt like starting college again! All I could think was a new place, new people, new life. However, I didn’t have to worry, the Sea Synergy team were very welcoming! On only my second night in Kerry, we ate Seaweed (!) with John and Kerry-Anne Fitzgerald from Atlantic Irish Seaweed. I was apprehensive but it was actually delicious. It was definitely a strange start to my internship, but I was beginning to enjoy it!
Over the following weeks I had so many insanely cool experiences;
We did a Sea Search Course which really helped my Irish Marine Identification skills. After the course we went snorkeling in Derrynane, next to the ruins of an old graveyard, which had sunken into the sea, it was incredible. We saw so many fascinating creatures and were able to help Biodiversity Ireland through this citizen science initiative.
Travelling to Cork for SeaFest (Ireland’s biggest Maritime Festival) on behalf of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), was an exciting new experience. We managed small huts exhibiting crustaceans and molluscs, teaching all ages about the different animals as curious onlookers passed by. We even got to go on a tour of Ireland’s Research Vessel the Celtic Explorer whilst we were there.
Another intern and I were also able to go to the Carnival of Science to help with the Marine Explorers Education tent and got to work with some very lovely people from Galway Atlantiquaria. We managed a tank of 2 Lesser-spotted dogfish and 2 Thornback rays, and were able to teach people about Irish Marine life and how long it takes for litter to degrade through a Leave No Trace Game.
We were also given the chance to do a course in teaching Stand Up Paddleboarding. I gave Eco and Heritage tours of the local lake; Lough Currane. We would meet on Mondays to do SUP Fit, which is kind of like Pilates on a Paddleboard. It’s actually not as hard as it sounds, but it’s definitely still a workout! We also went SUPing to Carraig Eanna (A small rock formation just off the coast of Waterville) and saw about 10 seals and a seal pup!
If you’re interested in marine life, the environment, adventure, water sports and getting to know lots of new people, working with Sea Synergy in Waterville Co. Kerry Ireland is definitely worth applying for! Check out their opportunities here!