Marine Mammal Science Training Courses

Marine Mammal Observer course, Protect marine mammals from being injured or disturbed by offshore construction projects or seismic surveys by training to become a qualified MMO. This two-day JNCC-accredited course combines theory and practice to give you a comprehensive introduction to life as an MMO and a professional qualification that certifies you to work in UK Continental Shelf waters. We are taking bookings for our course – June, in Devon

We’re taking bookings now for our Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Level 1 professional qualification course, 7-9th June in Devon, 14-16 June, Monterey Bay, USA. On this course, you will learn about acoustic monitoring, local mitigation guidelines and get a thorough introduction into PAMGuard and a practical vessel-based Training session. Book here:

We are running our Protected Species Observer (PSO) course 12-13th June, in Monterey Bay, USA, where you will be trained in protected species monitoring and mitigation procedures. PSOs may be placed on vessels or platforms to monitor for marine species and implement mitigation measures during geophysical and geological exploration operations. This BOEM and BSEE-approved two-day course combines theory and practice to give you a professional qualification and a thorough grounding in all aspects of the PSO role.
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Combine lectures with hands-on learning to explore the ocean environment and get to grips with the rules and measurement models used in Marine Acoustics. Bookings for our next course in Seattle 20-22 June are now open:

Discover the Singing Whales of Ireland, Join the team on board a research vessel, learning techniques to gather data about marine mammal acoustics off the coast of South West Ireland. Then, return to the research house to help with the data analysis. You’ll also get the opportunity to relax and explore remote Cape Clear Island, renowned for its bird watching and abundance of varied sea life, including whales, leatherback turtles, sun fish, dolphins and sharks. 3-10 June, to book

Marine Mammal Surveyor Training course 19-25 June, You’ll learn about marine mammal life and how to plan a marine wildlife survey. Then join a research boat off the Cornish coast to carry out visual and acoustic surveys, photographic identification, data collection and mapping. On the final day, you will contribute to the data analysis, which includes work on the local Bottlenose Fin ID Project. Join us, and enjoy the abundance of local marine life at their best this summer. For bookings go to

Learn to be a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and put your learning straight into practice on our JNCC-accredited MMO course and Mini-Cruise through the Bay of Biscay. As well as spotting a large range of UK species of dolphins and whales you’ll also gain skills in real-time mitigation and using JNCC recording forms in the field. Book now for August 15-17: