[MARMAM] 2018 WCA Responsible Whale Watching Guides Course - dates announced

Dylan Walker dylan at worldcetaceanalliance.org
Tue Nov 28 08:30:39 PST 2017

Dear Marmamers,

Next year, the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is holding a number of
intensive 5-day training programmes to become a certified WCA Responsible
Whale Watching Guide. The dates of the first two courses are outlined below.

*Dates:* Monday 22nd January to Friday 26th January 2018
 and     Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February 2018
*Location:* WCA Headquarters, Brighton, UK

*WCA’s Responsible Whale Watching Guide Course*

Course modules will include:

* Cetacean research onboard whale watching platforms (including citizen
science initiatives)
* Science interpretation and conservation messaging
* Communication and presentation skills training
* Responsible whale watching standards - understanding boat operators and

The courses will include:

* WCA Responsible Whale Watcher course and certification
* Lectures and training from seasoned professionals, including: WCA CEO
Dylan Walker and Ian Rowlands from WhaleFest and Incredible Oceans
* Educational Activities
* Guide training
* Practical activities
* Final presentation/assessment

After successful completion of the course, participants will be placed on a
database of qualified guides from where WCA Partners and affiliates will be
able to select suitable candidates for internship and guiding
opportunities. Any successful placement will be subject to the terms and
conditions of the WCA Partner or affiliate.

* Limited places available, so early application is strongly encouraged.
* Please send a full CV (maximum two pages) and a cover letter, including:
previous experience, why you would like to participate in the course and,
what you hope to achieve after completing the course to
projects at worldcetaceanalliance.org
* Applications for both courses will be open until 7 December 2017 and
places will be confirmed by 14th December 2017. Full payment will be
required by 31 December to secure your place on the course

* Successful applicants will receive a welcome pack, including a WCA
* A participation fee of £350 is required from all successful candidates,
with a 10% discount for students and WCA members (£315). Refunds will not
be given in respect of any cancellations made after 1st January 2018 for
the Janaury course or 1st February 2018 for the February course. Refunds
will be made in respect of cancellations made before this date, but will be
subject to a £50 cancellation fee.

* Accommodation and travel expenses must be covered by the participants,
but we can work with successful candidates to find something suitable.

* Whilst the course is open to all, the content is aimed at participants
wishing to become marine guides and educators rather than those who are
already experienced in these areas.

To apply, please email Lynne Burrell at: *projects at worldcetaceanalliance.org
<projects at worldcetaceanalliance.org>*

Dylan Walker

Chief Executive Officer

World Cetacean Alliance

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*The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is a Partnership of over 70 non-profit
organisations, whale and dolphin watching tour operators and individuals in
35 countries worldwide working collaboratively to protect cetaceans and
their habitats. World Cetacean Alliance, the Secretariat to the
Partnership, is a UK registered Charity no. 1160484. *

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