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01 Feb Responsible Whale Watching Guide Course

This year, the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is holding an intensive 5-day training programme to become a certified WCA Responsible Whale Watching Guide.

Dates: Monday 17th – Friday 21st April 2017

Location: WCA Headquarters, Brighton, UK

WCA’s Responsible Whale Watching Guide Course

The course will include:

  • WCA Responsible Whale Watcher course and certification
  • Lectures and training from seasoned professionals, including WCA CEO Dylan Walker
  • Workshops
  • Guide training
  • Data collection and feedback
  • Practical activities, including boat work
  • Final presentation/assessment


After successful completion of the course, participants will be given the opportunity to gain experience with a chosen WCA Responsible Whale Watch Tour Operator Partner in another country (Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, or Africa) for a 2-6 month period, most likely over the summer. The time spent and activities undertaken with a WCA Responsible Whale Watch Tour Operator Partner vary depending on the partner chosen. Some partners offer accommodation; others have options for cheap accommodation nearby. The WCA will endeavour to place successful participants with the most appropriate partner.


  • Limited places available, so early registration 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
  • Applications will be open until 24th February, interviews will be held 1st/2nd March and places will be confirmed by 3rd March 2017
  • Successful applicants will receive a welcome pack, including a WCA t-shirt
  • A participation fee of £350 is required from all successful candidates, with a 10% discount for students and WCA members (£315)
  • Accommodation, travel and food expenses must be covered by the participants, but we can work with successful candidates to find something suitable


To apply, please email Eva Prendergast at:


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