This week, the WCA is launching a Guides Training Course for whale and dolphin watching guides. I was my privilege to help create this program. See below for a list of live programs you can access this week!
Monday 19 April: 12PM EST, 5pm BST. Virtual Guided Whale Watch
Underwater virtual whale watch in the Azores
Dive into the pristine waters of the Azores and discover its natural treasures! Guided by Rui Santos, PhD student at the University of the Algarve, and guide for Futurismo Azores Whale Watching, and Dolphin and Whale Connection. Both tour operators are partners of the World Cetacean Alliance.
Monday 19 April: 3PM EST, 8pm BST.
Interview on responsible whale watching practices.
World Cetacean Alliance Interim CEO Dylan Walker interviews three professional whale watching guides/biologists about the importance of communicating responsible whale watching practices to guests and crew.
Dyla will be discussing this with WCA partners Angie Gullan from Dolphin Encountours Research Center, Mozambique; Lorenzo Fiori PhD, from Azores Whale Watching Terra Azul, Azores, Portugal; and Rui Santos, from University of the Algarve, Futurismo Azores Whale Watching, Azores, Portugal; and Dolphin and Whale Connection, UK.
Tuesday 20 April: 12PM EST, 5pm BST. Virtual Guided Whale Watch
Land-based whale watching in Iceland
Professional whale watching guide and WCA partner Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan takes us on an exciting journey through beautiful Vestmanneyjar. Discover how to watch whales and dolphins from land, take part in citizen science initiatives, and witness Rodrigo's wonderful cliff-top footage of Iceland's whales and dolphins. After the tour, ask Rodrigo your questions about the experience!
Tuesday 20 April: 3PM EST, 8pm BST. Interview.
Are my customers listening? How to communicate marine conservation messages on a whale watching tour
WCA Interim CEO Dylan Walker and Responsible Whale Watching Guide Course organizer Cynde McInnis of the Whale Mobile discuss the importance of communicating marine conservation actions that people can take to help protect our oceans during a whale or dolphin watching tour. When is the right time? What should we say? How do we know people have altered their behavior? Join the discussion!
Wednesday 21 April: 12PM EST, 5pm BST. Virtual Guided Whale Watch
Boat tour of Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Lorenzo Fiori PhD, Azores Whale Watching Terra Azul, takes us on a boat journey to view whales and dolphins in one of the world's top whale watching locations - the Azores. Join him for the experience and ask questions afterwards!
Wednesday 21 April: 3PM EST, 8pm BST. Interview. How much knowledge is enough? How to become knowledgeable about whales, dolphins, wildlife, and people!
WCA Interim CEO Dylan Walker and responsible marine guide course organizer Paul Keating of E-ko Tours, New Zealand, discuss ways to gain the knowledge required to be a whale watching guide.
Thursday 22 April: 12PM EST, 5pm BST. Expert Panel Q&A. How to become a Responsible Whale Watching Guide
WCA professional whale watching guides answer questions from the audience and discuss the importance of the WCA's new online Responsible Whale Watching Guides training courses.