Marine Dynamics Academy:

Marine-Coastal Guiding

Comprehensive training and development for prospective guides, wishing to conduct dedicated marine environment tours or gain experience.

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The Marine-Coastal Guiding experience:

The Marine Dynamics Academy , Coastal-Marine Guide Course provides professional training and development for prospective guides who wish to conduct guide experiences in the coastal marine environment.

  • Certification

    On successful completion of the course and on being declared competent for the Marine Dynamics coastal-marine qualification, you will be issued with a Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Guide Certificate and the FGASA Marine Guide (NQF2) Certificate. Your achievements will be processed and the relevant CATHSSETA Certificate will be obtained via FGASA. This will then allow you to register with the National Department of Tourism (NDT) as a legal Tourist guide being able to work in the relevant coastal-marine environments. During the course you also have the option of adding the following certificates to the Marine Nature Guide Certificate, by completing relevant workbooks, theory exams and practical assessments: Nature Site Guide (NQF2), Culture Site Guide (NQF4), The Fynbos Biome Certificate

  • This programme

    The Marine Dynamics coastal-marine course programme will be split into aspects including lectures (both classroom and outdoor) conducted by the course instructors and subject matter experts, practical training boat trips, visits to surrounding nature areas, self-study and workbook completion time and a lot of fun. You will be provided with the programme schedule at the start of the course to ensure you have a full understanding of all the requirements for the duration of the course.

  • Learning materials included

    The learning materials for the course including workbooks, logbook and Learner Manuals will be supplied as part of the course. Marine Dynamics will have a reference library for further reading and research purposes.

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Course Dates:

  • Monday, 12 April to Saturday, 8 May 2021
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Your opportunity to become a legal, registered guide

Join Marine Dynamics Academy and experience the diverse Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, Dyer Island and Walker Bay reserve areas for a personal guide development programme.

Marine Dynamics Academy will administer your membership and qualification through the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA), providing you with an opportunity to qualify and register as a legal guide.

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    Being prepared

    What you'll need to bring

    Warm clothing while at sea, Closed shoes on board vessels, Sunblock, Polarized sunglasses, Seasickness tablets, Hiking shoes, Hat, Backpack, Water bottle, Compass, Excitement, Love for nature

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    Training modules

    What you'll learn

    An introduction to coastal-marine guiding, Coastal-Marine Guiding Skills, The Coastal-Marine Environment, Coastal Geology, Astronomy, Weather and Climate, Marine Ecology, Marine Taxonomy, Sea Plants, Coastal and Marine invertebrates, Amphibians, Marine Reptiles, Marine Fish, Coastal-Marine Birds, Marine Mammals, Marine Animal behaviour, Historical Human Habitation of the coastal environment, Marine Conservation Management

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    Where you'll stay:

    Guide Accommodation

    Accommodation in close proximity to the Marine Dynamics Academy training centre. This will be shared accommodation in the beautiful Kleinbaai area, home to the densest population of great white sharks in the world, and an important breeding area for southern right whales, Cape fur seals and numerous bird species, an offshore colony of endangered African Penguins.

    You can expect to share:

    • Fully furnished with a safe and Free Wifi
    • Water is safe to drink
    • Bedding provided
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    More information about Marine-Coastal Guiding:

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      Frequently asked questions

      We've no doubt you have several questions about the Marine-Coastal Guiding program, many of which can be answered here.

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      Photos and video

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      Application Form

      You can apply to Marine-Coastal Guiding online. Simply follow the link below to complete a short online form and our team will be in touch.

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