Marine biogeochemistry boat trip
Health and wellbeing
Look after yourself: sea-sickness and other boating risks
During the boat trip, we may experience rough weather conditions that may cause some students to experience sea-sickness. Students are encouraged to talk to their doctor or pharmacist about sea-sickness medication and students who know they experience severe sea-sickness should think about whether participating in this trip is the best option for them. Rough conditions may also cause students to stumble on the boat, potentially leading to minor scrapes and bruises.
For some students, staying overnight away from support networks can be an issue and students are strongly encouraged to think about how they will manage their physical and mental health while on the trip. First aid officers can assist by arranging storage for medical equipment/medicine and arranging transport to medical facilities if needed. Students should be aware that the university's insurance policy does not cover pre-existing conditions.
Field trips typically involve extended periods of work and leisure time spent with other people, resulting in limited time alone or privacy. Students who feel they would benefit from time alone or in quiet locations should discuss the options with the course convener.
During the trips you will work alongside other students for extended periods of time, including during non-academic time. It is essential that you understand and respect the varying needs of other members of the group during the trip. If this might be an issue for you, please talk to the course convener. We can talk through the issues, suggest strategies to improve the situation and facilitate discussions with other group members.
The group will leave from the Research School of Earth Science on Saturday and travel to Narooma by mini-bus. The trip out to sea will be on Sunday morning, leaving from the wharf at 7:30 am.
You will need waterproof clothing and closed-toe shoes/boots for safety reasons. You will also need to be prepared for a range of weather conditions including hats and sunscreen for hot weather and warm clothes for cold weather.
Tasks and activities
Collecting sea water samples
Students are typically required to contribute to collecting the water samples, including reaching to collect samples and carrying equipment. If you may be unable to contribute to some of these tasks, please discuss this with the course convenor prior to signing up for the boat trip.
During the boat trip, you will need to follow instructions relating to collecting samples and be involved in discussions explaining the collection methods used. These may take place in noisy or windy conditions. If this may cause an issue for you, please discuss with the course convenor prior to signing up for the trip.