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Marine Studies

The Marine Studies program at Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a school-wide program for students in PK3 - grade 12, focusing on all aspects of marine science and environmental education.

Canterbury has a dedicated 2,800 sq. ft facility--The Cousteau Center for Marine Studies learning laboratory--to engage students in interactive learning through 3 touch tanks, a tilapia tank, state-of-the-art technology, a laptop lab and interactive SMART Board. Because wildlife is abundant and diverse in our St. Petersburg, Fla., backyard our marine studies program also features a kayak fleet and a 23-foot Sea-Pro bay boat.

New Dive School

Canterbury is the first Cousteau Divers partner school in the world, as announced by Pierre-Yves Cousteau, son of legendary explorer, Jacques Cousteau in January of 2012.

Cousteau Divers is an international not-for-profit organization designed to increase students' awareness of the marine sciences through scientific programs that monitor and conserve marine biodiversity around the world.

Pierre-Yves Cousteau maintains an active role in the program and has flown in from France to visit Canterbury several times to meet our students and faculty. Most recently he went on a SCUBA dive with 14 Canterbury Upper School students at the St. Pete Beach reef. 

In November 2015, Canterbury alumnus Preston Buchanan ('14) won FIRST PLACE in the Student Film category at the Blue Ocean International Film Festival for his film about the plauge of lionfish in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf. 

Preston (pictured center in blue tux) accepted his award at the ceremony
in Monaco on November 7, 2015.

Interactive Learning at its Best

Students enrolled in the diving school catalog and track biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico, create wildlife guide books for the Gulf and monitor water quality through data loggers. 

For more information on our unique marine studies program in St. Petersburg, Fla., contact Jenna LoDico, Director of Marine Studies at (727) 521-5921 or Jeanne Jones, Lower School Science Specialist at (727) 521-5927. You may also request more information here and someone will get back to you shortly.


Cousteau Center for Marine Studies (CCMS) is a stand-alone building on the Knowlton Campus dedicated to marine studies:

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