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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.


The marine studies program is open to all students at Canterbury, PK3 - grade 12. The CCMS learning laboratory contains classroom and laboratory space. Students are engaged in interactive learning through touch tanks, a tilapia tank, state-of-the-art technology, a laptop lab and an interactive SMART Board. In and around St. Petersburg, Fla., ocean wildlife is abundant and diverse. Our marine studies program features a kayak fleet, 23-foot Sea-Pro bay boat, and three aquarium touch tanks filled with crabs, sea stars, fish, shrimp and tunicates inspire an appreciation of the local marine environment.

New Dive School

Our Cousteau Center for Marine Studies is a state-of-the-art 2,800 sq. ft. marine studies facility at our St. Petersburg, Fla. campus. It features 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. Read more about the dive here.

Interactive Learning at its Best

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

For more information on our unique marine studies program in St. Petersburg, Fla., contact Jenna Cummings, director of marine studies at (727) 521-5921, Sean Murphy, assistant director of marine studies at (727) 521-5922 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.

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

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