Marine Dynamics in Gansbaai, Western Cape, has opened a FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) endorsed Marine Guide Training School for local and international students.
The seven-week course covers comprehensive theory on the Marine Big 5 of the area – sharks, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and seabirds.
Practical experience involves shadowing of on-board guides educating ecotourism on off-shore tours, rocky shore and dune walking, aquarium guiding, birding and marine conservation. Accommodation in provided and lectures take place at the International Marine Volunteer Centre.
Principal trainer, Grant Hine, has 30 years’ experience in the guiding industry, more than half of that spent working on developing the FGASA field guide training material. “Marine Dynamics has embarked on providing the industry with professional marine guides to the growing need of this profession. This will qualify students to register as legally qualified guides and seek employment. We are also looking forward to launching guiding certification for fynbos, culture and nature. There will also be certificate-based nature enthusiast courses which will appeal to people of all ages living in the Western Cape,” says Hine.
The Marine Dynamics Academy winter course begins on 30 July 2018 at a cost of R35 000pp. To find out more – email firstname.lastname@example.org.