Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning available for free online

Dive deep into an ocean of online activities and resources available from the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. With over 130 resources available at everyone can now engage with our ocean from anywhere.


The Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series offers free videos, interactive activities and downloadable resources exploring Ireland’s marine resource – from the food provided by our ocean, our rich marine biodiversity, changing ocean climate, ports and shipping, coastal communities as well as the impact the ocean has on our health and wellbeing.

Dr Paul Connolly, CEO of the Marine Institute said, “Our Oceans of Leaning series highlights how the ocean has an impact on our lives every day. From providing food, transport and employment to the influence it has on our climate and weather, as well as our health and wellbeing. In a challenging time, our online learning resources make it easier for those of all ages to learn about our ocean from home.”

Discover more about Ireland’s marine research vessels and jump aboard the RV Celtic Explorer and take a virtual 3D virtual tour. Dive below the ocean surface and discover what lies beneath with the SmartBay Observatory, find out how the Irish Marine Data Buoy Observation Network provides crucial data to improve weather forecasts, and explore the science behind Irish seafood.

A highlight of the Oceans of Learning series is an exclusive Irish interview with Kathy Sullivan – the first person to ever experience travelling to both deep space and the oceans deep. Kathy shares her remarkable history-making story, offering unique insights into her exploration at the extreme frontiers, recalling the experiences of walking in space and charting oceans.

The Marine Institute’s Explorers Education Programme also offers lesson plans about the ocean, for teachers, parents and primary school children to use while they are doing their school work from home.

For second level students the documentary series Ireland’s Deep Atlantic, supported by the Marine Institute, features in online classroom resources for Junior Cycle students. Lesson plans and resources on the RTÉ Learn website explore sustainable development, the impact on the environment, the ‘Real Map of Ireland’ and the importance of our ocean territory.

The Oceans of Learning series has been supported by a wide range of government departments, state agencies and organisations around Ireland. The Marine Institute worked with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bord Bia, The Commissioners of Irish Lights, National Maritime College Ireland, Galway City Museum, GOAL, Met Éireann, NUI Galway, Port of Cork, Port of Galway, Seavite Skincare and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

To access all the Marine Institute’s learning resources visit the hub here and follow the Marine Institute on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About the Author

Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22