Since 2017, the World Cetacean Alliance has run its Responsible Whale Watch Guide course, which aims to provide participants with the skills to be an engaging, fun and informative guide promoting responsible whale and dolphin watching. Through assessed activities and interactive workshops, the 5-day intensive course is designed to equip participants with a wide variety of skills to educate the public and promote whale and dolphin conservation. Qualified guides then gain access to opportunities with the WCA’s amazing partners all over the world.
To date the course has been run at its Head Quarters in Brighton, UK. Until now. Working with its Partner E-Ko Tours in New Zealand, the WCA is excited to announce dates for the Responsible Whale Watch Guide Course in New Zealand!
E-Ko Tours will be offering a series of qualifications offering career progression as a marine tour guide. Qualifications that will be recognised by all 140 Partners of the WCA, meaning the qualification can take you all over the world!
The qualifications will build on the existing course offered by the WCA, with the intention of ensuring consistency and trust for partners, employees and all concerned with responsible tourism. These courses ensure maximum applicability to other work situations, opportunities through life-development and through the prestige within the quality assurance system, to other industries.
E-Ko Tours, based in Picton, have 20 years of guiding experience both on predator free sanctuary islands and Queen Charlotte Sound. In addition to the Responsible Whale Watch Guide course, E-Ko Tours are offering additional qualifications as a Sea and Land Guide.