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Aquaduck Excursions and Educational Experiences

Aquaduck have been doing excursions for schools across Australia for the last 24 years. In the last few months Aquaduck has engaged Dr Gail Hager PHD, MED, HDE, BA to create curriculum aligned excursions for specific year levels to make it easier for teachers. We are very pleased to present the Aquaduck Excursion Series launching in Term 4, 2020.

Excursion #1  Grades 4/5
STEAM Discovery

This is a 2 hour excursion including
30 minutes for a snack and toilet break.

  • How engines and propulsion work
  • Buoyancy and Floatation
  • Distances (knots, kilometres, time)
  • Basic navigation and mapping
  • Historical uses of amphibious vessels
Groups & Educational Tour

Excursion #2  Grades 7/8/9
Man made environments

This is a 2 hour excursion including
30 minutes for a snack and toilet break.

  • Wave Break Island – an exciting environment
  • Waterways including structures, pipes and pumping
  • Sand Pumping Jetty
  • Canals, the Seaway, man-made islands and all things artificial
Groups & Education

Excursion #3  Grade 10
Marine safety excursion

This is a 2 hour excursion including
30 minutes for a snack and toilet break.

  • Introduction to seamanship
  • Aquatic safety and legislation, safety management systems
  • Employment opportunities and prerequisite skills
  • Weather and tides
  • Beacons and buoys

Education specific
1.5-hour tour


These tours have been designed as an excursion or education experience. They include all that the 1-hour tour offers plus additional information about boat building, engineering, Aboriginal history, geography and the environment.

  • Tours are led by our chief engineer who will show the students how the Aquaduck was built and how it runs using both an engine and a propellor.
  • Resources used include Aquaduck architectural Plans, images of the duck being built, and images of how Aquaducks are used today by the Army and the Australian Antarctic Division.
  • All students have the opportunity to Captain the Aquaduck while on the Gold Coast Broadwater and will receive a certificate and sticker to commemorate their successful captaincy.
  • Suitable for up to 31 passengers (students and teachers).

Groups & Education

Teacher excursion resources

Each excursion comes with a teacher pack and student pack. Complete with the excursion outline, curriculum links, student activity worksheets, teaching diagrams and additional topical resources list for use in class before or after the excursion. These can be printed or delivered digitally.

Times & days

Excursions are available weekdays throughout the school term. We are flexible with times to fit into the Teacher’s schedule. Anytime between 9am and 3pm.


Passenger safety is our priority. Every Aquaduck is equipped with coastal grade life jackets for every passenger and 200% vessel buoyancy.
All Aquaduck staff are trained and assessed monthly on the Safety Management System.
All excursion organisers will be provided with a Risk Management Plan in advance and schools and educators have access to the Aquaduck Safety Management Plan.

General Excursion 


What others have said

“To culminate a term of nautical studies, including the designing of boats powered by various forces and studying the local history of the timber getters, we embarked on an Aquaduck excursion.
Sarah Colgate organised a program suited to our specific fields of study. The children were taken, not just on an Aquaduck journey, but on a trip through history and shown the workings of the vessel. The members of staff were not only caring and friendly, but demonstrated expertise in their field.

Each child was given the opportunity to steer the vessel in the seaway and presented with a driving certificate. The crew explained the way the water craft worked on both land and sea and were able to explain to the children a variety of aspects of the local area. Dolphins followed the Aquaduck to the delight of the children. The staff went out of their way to make the whole excursion educational, fun and memorable in every way.”

Margaret Pickering Teacher 3/4 Lumos, Hillcrest Christian College

Teachers resources

For access to all resources regarding school excursions please call Shirley Dodt on 07 5539 0222

How to book a school excursion 

Call now and speak to Shirley Dodt for more information or to book 55390222

Where To Find Us

Shop 34 Circle On Cavill, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217