OSPREY stands for Ocean Science Program in Recruitment and Education for Youth. The mission of this program is to inspire young students to explore the potential of ocean science and possibly pursue it in higher educations. This is done through project based learning that will forge practical minded future scientists that is ready for challenges in the field. The program fulfills the learning of fundamental subjects in ocean science required by young students. This is parallel with our mission to make ocean sciences available to all sectors of the community. In this program the students will go on exploratory field trips to gain knowledge and experience in ocean sciences. The program includes making tests and observations which help them explain man-made and natural phenomenon in marine habitats and their impact on marine life. The program is supported with a complete array of test kits and instrumentation. Students shall be guided by the instructor through the entire process. The students are also required to study the field handbook and perform necessary test needed to complete their workbook. Upon completion of their work the student are required to present their findings to the team and/or to their school. They also make recommendation for actions to save the environment from destruction.
Teaching your child to appreciate the marine environment has never been easier than through this Ocean Quest's OSPREY Expeditions. During a tour to one of the five selected locations around Malaysia the students embark in learning ocean science from one or several of the eight disciplines of oceanography. The two days expedition is conducted by marine guides, educators who will guide the students through discovering marine life and habitats with educational materials and project based activities.
Your children may also join the Marine Exploration Team on a one hour tour where they are guided through snorkeling experience to discover the underwater world. Other options may also include a Discover Scuba experience with certified instructors.
OSPREY Expedition is best during school holidays or in conjunction with school field trips. Many parents seek educational holidays with their children enrolled in the program during holidays. Ocean Quest also send out invitations to schools and higher learning institutions to take part during special occasions like the World Oceans Day celebration. The OSPREY program is not affected by seasonal changes as most part of the program is done on shore. Considering weather patterns and seasons best times to visit the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is between April and September. This is considered the dry months of the year in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and east coast of Johor. Dry season in the west coast begins in November and it lasts till February.
PROGRESSION OF TRAINING
The OSPREY education program did not end just with the children's ocean science expeditions. OSPREY has it own training program for youth to build a career in marine conservation. Beginning with the Marine Guides training courses where youth age between 18 and 24 can learn the fundamentals of oceanography and function as nature guides in the OSPREY children programs. After earning the marine guides certification they can enrol into the continuing education program to reach the OSPREY expedition instructor level. OSPREY expedition instructors are trained in expedition planning and safety and they act as the expedition marshal during explorations. On the other side of the OSPREY progression of training there is also the OSPREY research team. This research team is trained in underwater survey methodology. They also conduct quantitative and qualitative surveys for purpose of coral reef restoration.
Ocean science begins from shore. This program introduces the science of inter-relations of the ocean environments and the phenomenon surrounding it. To accomplish this, the students are shown the method and techniques of sampling and testing. The significance of their tests to the ocean environments is explained and their finding is recorded as relevant data for furtherance of actual research. The most significant part of this program is the simplification of its learning processes. The program is almost entirely embracing project based learning. This simplifications has two major advantage. First, more people are able to take part in the learning which directly translate to building a population which is capable in lending a hand for coral reef restorations. Second the program can be taught to all levels of the community and making it beneficial to all.