Responsible Whale Watching Guide Course

Do you want to volunteer with Whales and Dolphins in the wild? Our qualified Responsible Whale Watching guides work with our whale watching partners around the world to protect and conserve cetaceans. Working with on board researchers, as a WCA certified Responsible Whale Watching Guide you’ll be interacting with the public, educating them about the whales, dolphins and other marine life in the area, as well as raising awareness of the conservation work our partners are engaged in.


Course modules will include:

  • Cetacean research onboard whale watching platforms (including citizen science initiatives);
  • Science interpretation and conservation messaging;
  • Cetacean identification training;
  • Communication and presentation skills training;
  • Responsible whale watching standards – understanding boat operators and destinations.


The course will include:

  • WCA Responsible Whale Watcher course and certification;
  • Training from seasoned professionals, including WCA CEO Dylan Walker and Ian Rowlands from WhaleFest & Incredible Oceans;
  • Educational Activities;
  • Guide training;
  • Effective Communication and presentation sessions;
  • Practical activities, including boat work;
  • Virtual Reality Whale Watching tour;
  • Final presentation/assessment.


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


Next Course Date: April 2018

Location: WCA Headquarters, Brighton, UK



  • Limited places available, so early registration is strongly encouraged.
  • 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
  • Whilst the course is open to all, the content is aimed at participants wishing to become marine guides and educators rather than those already experienced in these areas.


  • 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 Lynne Burrell at:
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