Marine Animal Rescue Course

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma Course

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma Course

Course Price:  £699

£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90 (includes optional practical)

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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Continued Professional Development

      This course counts for 80 hours CPD

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Marine Animal Rescue Diploma with Practical

Level 3 (Advanced)

The Marine Animal Rescue course is for those who want to work with marine animals and for those already involved in their rehabilitation, care and rescue. 

It is also relevant for anyone who would like to gain the basic skills and knowledge required to assist marine animals in an emergency.

The  course includes an optional 1 day practical British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medic training session. This training includes 4 lectures and practical training at the water's edge with 3 modules dealing with seal rescue, dolphin rescue and whale rescue.  Please note that all participants on this practical must be 16 years old
or over.

Working in Partnership with the BDMLR

Module 1

Responding to injured marine animals

Module 1 of the marine animal rescue course explores when and how to assist with man made and natural disasters as well as sick, abandoned and injured animals.

Learn how to recognise signs of ill health and disease and all about the Health and Safety of emergency responders; the resources needed for a rescue response, first aid kit essentials and how to improvise.

Module 2

Identification, Handling, Transportation, Care and Rescue Centres

Learn about identification and record keeping, understanding animal behaviour in rescue situations, handing and transportation of injured marine animals, recovery, rehabilitation and safe release of marine animals.

This module includes information about marine animal care and welfare centres. Learn about the roles of these organisations and who does what - where to take injured marine animals, who to contact for advice and help.

Module 3

The Ocean as a Habitat

This module explores basic oceanography and the marine environment. Learn about the formation of the earth's oceans and zonal classification of the marine environment. The module also explores the physical and chemical properties of seawater and how these properties make the ocean a suitable habitat. 

Module 4

Impact of non-native species

When working with any species of marine life, it is imperative to know the types of and effects that non-native species can have upon the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem. This module explores not only the concentration and effects of non-native species, but also the impact of it upon habitats of the native species.

Overfishing is another current and major issue that can have serious implications upon marine life and its’ success, and this is also explored within the module. All of these issues can be a contributing factor when planning and looking at the reasons behind marine animal rescue. 

Next available practical training dates and venues (2017)

14th May 2017:  North Berwick, Scotland

14th May 2017: Bewl Water, Kent

4th June 2017: Ullapool, NW Highlands

10th June 2017: Croyde, North Devon

11th June 2017: Holt, Norfolk

2nd July 2017: Studland, Dorset

15th July 2017: Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway

30th July 2017: Findhorn, Moray

1st October 2017: Upminster, Essex

14th October 2017: Newquay, Wales

15th October 2017: Anglesey, Wales

Free with this course 2 ebooks - over 600 pages of exclusive content - Volunteering with Animals and Working with Animals, compiled and written by the Animal Jobs Direct team of animal care professionals.

£699.00 (includes practical training)

£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90 (includes optional practical)

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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