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Fourteen students from eight Adelaide High Schools visited the Australian Maritime College this week.

The three-day trip allowed these Years 10 and 11 students with an interest in maritime studies to explore AMC’s different course options, undertake hands-on activities in AMC facilities and visit local tourist attractions.  Students and staff stayed on campus to get the full appreciation of life as a University student.

Maritime Leader Liam Narcys from Adelaide’s dedicated maritime school, LeFevre High School, led the group which toured facilities including the Cavitation Tunnel, Model Test Basin and Main Bridge Simulator as well as the Fire Ground at Bell Bay.

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Survival Centre where students learnt the basics of surviving at sea.  Mr Narcys said the teenage students particularly enjoyed the survival exercise simulating “Abandon Ship” in a storm.

“The students really embraced the opportunity to learn some important life skills but also had the chance to warm up in the heated pool, as it was rather cool outside” he said.

“The group loved the tour of facilities but really enjoyed being able to participate in the practical activities such as the fire survival skills at the Bell Bay Fire Ground”

“There is considerable interest amongst the group to come back to the AMC for their university study”

The Adelaide schools’ visits have been going for six years. Mr Narcys said 7-8 students from past year visits had later enrolled at AMC.

“There will probably be three students from last year’s group who will consider AMC for their studies next year,” he said.

Mr Narcys said there is a lot of interest in the trip each year with 28 applicants received from across South Australia for a spot on this year’s tour.

The trip comes against a background in which Adelaide will be the hub of the Federal Government’s $90 billion naval shipbuilding program which will result in construction of 57 vessels.

Published on: 27 Jun 2019