March 2011: Marine Biology online

This week I enrolled on a marine biology distance learning course with a college in England.  Although it’s a bit daunting having to knuckle down for the next year studying an unfamiliar subject, it’ll be exciting to see what kind of challenges this is going to bring.  I have one year to complete 10 modules, with an online assessment at the end.  During the year I need to answer questions at the end of each module and submit my answers to a tutor.  The course is not as demanding as a degree, no big essays, field trips or practical work, but hopefully the certificate I get upon completion will be useful if I ever decide to pursue marine biology further.  As I nervously look through my new folder containing 280 sheets of paper, I keep reminding myself how much I enjoy diving and discovering different fish.  And that’s bound to help me along the way.

About Rising Bubbles

Bonnie Waycott is a dive master and writer focusing on Japan's scuba diving and aquaculture. She is currently taking an MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of St Andrews via distance learning and is due to graduate in December 2017. Her written work has been featured in Asian Diver, Scuba Diver AustralAsia, DIVE, Marine Biologist, The Fish Site, Fish Farmer, Hatchery International and Outdoor Japan Traveler, while for Japanese divers she writes about marine-related issues abroad for Japanese diving website Ocean+α. You can follow Bonnie on Twitter (@risingbubbles), Facebook ( and Instagram (@bonniewaycott).
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One Response to March 2011: Marine Biology online

  1. Lana says:

    Well done Sis! I really admire you for enrolling in the course! you’re an inspiration!


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