Ten-day voyage of discovery for Sizwekazi Yapi

uShaka Sea World education facilitator Sizwekazi Yapi has just returned from an exciting 10-day voyage of discovery on a unique seagoing vessel.

Aboard the SA Agulhas II are University of KwaZulu-Natal students and lecturers Phile Mvulo, Bomikazi Tshingana, Babatunde Adeleke, Carlos Loureiro, Luthando Madonsela, with Sizwekazi Yapi. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

Yapi was one of a group of marine science students who were hosted as part of the SEAmester II course, an exclusive class aboard the SA Agulhas II, South Africa’s state-of-the-art research vessel.

"It was such an amazing experience," says Yapi, who departed from Cape Town with the group of marine science students.

The programme aims to introduce upcoming marine science students to applied marine science through practical deck work and lectures by experts in the field.

Students had to choose one of two marine research streams and were required to work on a mini project for presentation, as well as performing data-collection tasks. During the data-collection sampling exercise, a number of fascinating biology specimens emerged.

Yapi found the overall experience beneficial to her role as education facilitator. All in one space she was able to attend lectures, carry out practical work, collect data from sampling instruments, process data for her mini project, and interact with various scientists and students on board.

"Having this opportunity has helped to broaden my knowledge base and has provided me with practical applications for my work as a facilitator within the uShaka Sea World Education Centre," says Yapi. "The programme was a fantastic way to learn the correlation between astronomy, meteorology, biology and oceanography, and although the schedule was tight, it was worth every second spent busy."

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