Marine Mammal Medic Training
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With so many strandings in New Zealand, we desperately need trained volunteers around the country to be on call. If a whale or dolphin stranded on a beach near you, would you know what to do?

Through the Project Jonah Marine Mammal Medic course we can give you the  skills and confidence to do the right thing and provide basic first aid to these animals in their most desperate hour of need.

Our training course consists of a full day session split into two parts.

The morning session is made up of short lectures and video presentations. We'll cover the evolution and anatomy of dolphins and whales, their behaviour and social structures and the reasons why they may strand. We’ll take a look at stranding rescue techniques - what to do and what not to do, key roles and responsibilities and personal health and safety.

In the afternoon we’ll hit the beach to put your newfound knowledge and skills to the test. We’ll practice basic first aid on our life size inflatable whale and get to grips with rescue equipment such as dolphin lifting mats and Project Jonah’s very own whale rescue pontoons.

By the end of the course you’ll be trained to:
  • Assist in the rescue of stranded dolphins and whales
  • Act as a role model to untrained rescuers

You'll receive a comprehensive handbook to work form and be issued with a Project Jonah lanyard, stranding cue card, marine mammal medic card and high vis vest. You will also be added to our national database for future stranding call-outs.

Important: Due to the inherent dangers of working with wild animals and the sea, participants must be 15 years or over. Disclaimer forms must be signed by all participants and signed by a parent or guardian, for those under the age of 18.  Please advise us in advance if this applies to you.

What to bring
You'll need to bring: Pen and paper | Lunch | Wetsuit, togs and towel | Sunhat, sunglasses and sunblock | Additional warm clothing

If you are booking on the course as a student please bring your valid student ID with you on the day.

*Important - when placing your order, please select the "No Cost" option in the delivery charges.


Marine Mammal Medic Training

Learn Basic First Aid for Dolphins and Whales
NZ $120.00

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