[MARMAM] Ocean Science Consulting NZ DOC-approved MMO & PAM training course

OSC Course Coordinator courses at osc.co.uk
Thu Sep 11 13:51:05 PDT 2014


Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) is running a Marine Mammal 
Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) training course, 
which has been approved by the New Zealand Department of Conservation 
(DOC), as being consistent with standards in the '2013 code of conduct 
for minimising acoustic disturbance to marine mammals from seismic 
survey operations' (the Code). OSC's DOC-approved course is currently 
the first and only combined MMO and PAM training available in the world 
for working in NZ waters. The first course ran successfully in May 2014, 
and due to popular demand, will be available to candidates again in 
November 2014, in preparation for the Antipodean seismic exploration season.

The Code is regarded as international best practice, particularly 
concerning the establishment of observer training and performance 
standards. To meet DOC's requirements, OSC had to develop the most 
comprehensive and intensive training course on the market today. There 
is a current shortage of trained MMO and PAM Operators for New Zealand 
waters, so successful graduates will therefore have a significant 
commercial advantage (PAM Operators in particular). The knowledge, 
skills and experience derived from this PAM training will also be 
applicable worldwide.

OSC's high quality course involves responsive personal (including 
one-to-one) tuition throughout, hands-on experience with 
state-of-the-art PAM equipment during classroom theory and practical 
sessions, and field practice aboard a custom-designed environmental 
survey vessel at sea.

OSC is a technology-focused marine science company with over a decade of 
experience in supplying commercial and scientific MMO and PAM services 
to the offshore and other marine-related industries worldwide 
(www.osc.co.uk <http://www.osc.co.uk>). Based in Scotland, OSC also has 
a branch in New Zealand servicing the Asia-Pacific region 
(www.osc-nz.co.nz <http://www.osc-nz.co.nz>). Our course instructors are 
highly experienced and degree-level qualified scientists, practiced MMOs 
and PAM Operators, and authors of the 'Marine Mammal Observer and 
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook' 
(www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.co.uk 
<http://www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.co.uk>), which forms the manual 
for the course. Our knowledge and expertise are second-to-none, so this 
course is the obvious choice for anyone wishing to train and prepare as 
a competent MMO and PAM Operator to work in the field anywhere in the 
world (please note additional local qualifications and experience may be 
required).

The next course will be run in Dunbar, East Lothian, UK, for 10 days 
from 10--19 November 2014.

All candidates must have their own equipment, including reticle 
binoculars, handheld GPS, ID guide, and a laptop with NZ data forms, 
software required for their GPS, and PAMGuard pre-loaded.

To register for the course, please send your CV to courses at osc.co.uk 
<mailto:courses at osc.co.uk>. The deadline for applications is 30 
September 2014, but places will likely be awarded sooner. Upon 
acceptance to the course, a £225 non-refundable deposit towards the 
£2,250 total cost per candidate is required to secure your position. 
Course costs do not include accommodation or food, and candidates are 
required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Dunbar. Once 
payment has been received, each candidate will receive an author-signed 
pre-release copy of the 'Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic 
Monitoring Handbook', which must be read prior to attending the course.

Please note that this is not simply an 'attend-and-pass course'. In 
accordance with DOC's requirements, successful candidates must achieve 
'results of 75% and above', although we will provide further 
reassessment procedures for those initially scoring less than 75%. This 
high pass mark is a key selling point for successful candidates.

This course is being organised by popular request, so we anticipate high 
demand and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

We look forward to seeing you on our course soon.


-- 
MMO & PAM Course Coordinator
OSC Limited
Ocean House
4 Brewery Lane
Belhaven, Dunbar
East Lothian, Scotland
EH42 1PD
T: +44 (0)1368 865 722
F: +44 (0)1368 865 729
W: www.osc.co.uk

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