Marine Courses 

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The marine courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with marine animals and in marine environments. 

Many of our marine courses are studied online and we also offer practical placements with some of our courses. This is an ideal way of gaining valuable hands-on experience in a variety of marine animal environments.

Marine Courses Currently Available:

Marine Conservation

Marine Conservation Diploma Course

The Marine Conservation Diploma Course is for anyone interested in a career in marine conservation or for those wanting become conservation volunteers.

Course Price:  £399

Marine Biology Diploma Course

Marine Biology Diploma Course

The Marine Biology Diploma Course is specifically designed for those interested in working or volunteering in the many different areas of marine biology.

Course Price:  £399

Marine Zoology Diploma Course

Marine Zoology Diploma Course

This Marine Zoology Diploma Course course is perfect for anyone with an interest in marine life and is great  preparation for anyone wishing to pursue a future career in marine zoology.

Course Price:  £399

Ichthyology Course

Ichthyology Diploma Course

This Level 4 Ichthyology course examines the physiology, diversity and evolution of fish.

Course Price:  £399

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma Course

The Marine Animal Rescue Diploma course was designed for anyone wanting to work with marine animals or are already involved in their rescue, rehabilitation, and care.

This course includes practical training.

Course Price:  £699

Marine Conservation Practical Placements: 

These practical placements provide a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working with marine wildlife; a great add-on to any of our wildlife / conservation / marine animal courses! Practical experience is valued by employers and will improve your employment prospects.

Red  Sea Practical Marine Course

Accredited Marine  AnimalRescue, Conservation, Zoology, Biology or Ichthyology Diploma course is included with this practical placement.

This 2 week placement takes place on the undeveloped coast of the Red Sea. This is an ideal location as there are various coral reef structures, 3 nearby separate protected mangrove locations  and extensive sea grass meadows all with an incredible depth of marine life and all unaffected by the global tourism boom. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Course.

Placement & Course Fees: £1,594 for 2 weeks

Deposit Fee: £899

Mediterranean Practical Marine Course

This 1 week placement runs from May to October and takes place on a beautiful research ship in the serene bays of Menorca.  These expeditions are unique and authentic and have the  specific objective of studying and conserving the ocean's natural and cultural treasures.

Immerse yourself  in the science on board and integrate as part of the crew. Besides marine science, this is a great experience on how to live on board an expedition vessel! Resulting surveys and discoveries contribute directly to the management and creation of Marine Protected Areas around the globe.

Any accredited Marine  Animal Rescue/Conservation/Zoology/Biology/Ichthyology Diploma course is included with this practical placement.

Placement & Course Fees: £1,669 for 1 week

Deposit Fee: £899

Marine Research Station Practical Placement

Marine Research Station Practical Placement in Malaysia

Any accredited Marine  AnimalRescue, Conservation, Zoology, Biology or Ichthyology Diploma course is included with this practical placement.

This is a 4  week practical placement in Malaysia where volunteers work in a marine research station that involves the local village boatmen in conducting daily surveys to better understand the problem and empower them to protect their own islands. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Course and a Marine course. 

Placement & Course Fees: £1,850 for 4 weeks

Deposit Fee: £374

Turtle Conservation Practical Placement in Malaysia

This is a 2 week practical placement where volunteers can get involved in a meaningful turtle conservation project in a paradise beach location in the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia.

Snorkel these beautiful waters to take photos of turtles for research and conservation management. Assist with hatchling beach patrols and education for locals & tourists.

Any Marine  Animal Rescue, Conservation, Zoology, Biology or Ichthyology Diploma course is included with this practical placement.

Placement & Course Fees: £1,000 for 2 weeks

Deposit Fee: £309

We offer practical training as part of our Marine Animal Rescue Diploma course and this gives students the opportunity to learn more about seal, dolphin and whale rescue. The practical Marine Mammal Medic Training is run by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Charity (BDMLR) at venues around the country. Medic Cards and ID badges are issued at the end of the course and volunteers are able to have their details added to the BDMLR database to be contacted to assist with marine animal rescues as volunteers. 

About us, our accreditation and how to enrol on our marine courses 

At Animal Jobs Direct, we offer several Accredited Marine Courses.

Working with marine animals is a popular choice for many people and there are various career options in this sector, especially for those who have  undertaken a marine course. Many roles working with marine animals are hands-on and involve working in a marine environment. Marine animal jobs include: Marine and Freshwater Biologist, Marine Animal Rescue Officer, Aquarist, Herpetologist, Marine Veterinary and Naturalist. Jobs in these roles include: Monitoring habitats and populations, rehabilitation of sick or injured marine life, rescue of marine animals from disasters, conducting surveys and more.

Most jobs working with marine animals require candidates to be physically fit and competent at swimming. Some marine animal careers require staff to live on site. 

There are some marine animal careers that aren't hands-on with animals but most involve working in a practical way in marine animal environments.

Some industry FAQ answered by Bryony Andrews (Concept Development Aquarist- Merlin Animal Welfare and Development):

1. What qualifications would you expect someone to enter the marine animal sector with?

Qualifications are not always essential but strongly preferred in this competitive industry. Marine biology at degree level is preferred but many other subjects lend themselves to the issues covered by the industry. Good examples include marine zoology, conservation, ecology, environmental biology and animal management to name a few.

2. What routes of progression are there within the industry and what are the requirements for this?

Travel is essential to want to progress in this industry. A good attitude and eagerness to stay up to date with ever changing research is a must.

3.  What are common areas/ gaps that people do not have training or qualifications in when applying for positions which you would require?

Always experience. A lot more candidates have a theoretical qualification without credible experience. Ideally 1 year experience in total is preferred.

4. What basic advice is missing for when people are wanting to come into the industry?

It is long hours for  low pay. Lots of people expect to find their fortune and clock off at 5pm when both are merely a luxury in this industry!

Marine Animal Rescue Diploma

These accredited distance learning courses are for students who are looking for a marine animal career. All our online courses are offered to students worldwide and are studied at the learner's own pace and our Diploma courses take an average of 6 months to complete.

Marine Conservation Diploma Course

We are frequently contacted by people who want to work as 'dolphin trainers' (Marine Mammal Trainer). We haven't included this career in our Working with Animals ebook nor on our website as we are against keeping animals in captivity for entertainment. However, we do acknowledge that until legislation prevents the capture and keeping of wild animals, those animals in captivity are reliant on compassionate and well trained carers who are able to provide high levels of stimulation in order to prevent boredom and the associated problems.

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