Messing about on the water
FALMOUTH Marine School welcomed the new cohort of students this week with a full programme of activities.
The water sports students spent their time kayaking, sailing and windsurfing in the Fal Estuary and ended the week with a barbecue on Maenporth beach.
Joe Bradshaw, 17, relocated from Liverpool for the course.
He said: "I have had a great week. The highlight for me this week was doing my first roll in a kayak, it gave me such a sense of achievement."
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Students studying yacht fit out and composites spent the week building and sailing one-man plywood Dories.
The students were introduced to some basic boatbuilding techniques and tasked to work in groups to build the small boats that they would be sailing at the end of the week.
David Martin, course manager, said: "The aim is to get the students making something in their first week and working together as a team."
The marine biology and ecology students conducted surveys on Falmouth's beaches and produced identification guides for the species they discovered.
Treveyne Coombes, 16, previously from Cape Cornwall School, said: "I have had an awesome week. I came here for a taster day in Year 9 and fell in love with the place. I'm so excited to start my journey as a marine biology student."
Meanwhile, the marine engineering students conducted a marshmallow challenge. In teams they were required to build the tallest freestanding structure using 20 sticks of spaghetti, tape and string, with the marshmallow on the top.
Lecturer Pete Thorp said: "Not only does it aid in communication and teamworking, it teaches the students about the importance of building prototypes and refining their models."