On the 24th of October, the Reef Authority’s 6th Master Reef Guide field school kicked off at Heron Island. The course included twenty exceptional individuals from eighteen different High Standard Tourism Operators across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. All attendees, including proud Meriam man from Cairns, Quinn Ross-Passi, graduated with flying colours.
The field school focused on developing the guides cultural connections, invested time in understanding the way that the Marine Park is managed and fine-tune presentation skills to share stories in a genuine and meaningful way.
The guides were trained by inspiring and dedicated staff at the Reef Authority along with legacy ambassadors of the Master Reef Guide program. The Reef Authority would like to extend our gratitude to Professor Sean Ulm from James Cook University and Uncle Mick Eggmolesse, a Byellee Traditional Owner whose Sea Country we were privileged to conduct our learning on. Uncle Mick welcomed and guided the group and was an integral part of the training, building authentic and ongoing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across their Land and Sea Country.
The Master Reef Guide Program is delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and Tourism and Events Queensland (Visit Queensland, Australia).