BDMLR Marine Mammal Medic Training Course
The course is a full day's session, usually with 20-30 delegates. The course fee is £90 - this includes your first year’s supporter’s fee and third party insurance while on a rescue. You do not need to be a diver and the minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old.
The morning lecture session
This session usually starts at 9.30am (sometimes earlier at specific venues - please check when booking) with an introductory talk from one of the course directors and a short video showing the work of BDMLR. Three lectures are then given by the course trainers.
The first lecture is on marine mammal biology and sea and cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) identification.
The second lecture is on cetacean physiology, first aid and rescue techniques.
The third is on seal physiology, first aid and rescue techniques.
The final lecture covers Health and Safety for all rescue / training work.
This is not provided - please bring your own packed lunch if not available at the venue.
The afternoon practical session
Held at the waters edge. Delegates are asked to bring along a dry suit as you will be in the water for most of the afternoon. If you do not have a dry suit and are wearing a wetsuit, please ensure you have trainers or boots (not wellingtons) on that you do not mind getting wet. You should also take a windproof jacket to stop yourself getting chilled on the beach.
This session is split into three modules:
Trainees are taught how to handle and lift an injured or stranded seal safely. Each delegate will have the chance to try out their newly learned skills on a life sized model of a seal.
Trainees are taught how to assess the animal on the beach and handling, lifting and first aid techniques using a life sized water filled model of a Common dolphin.
Trainees refloat a two tonne life-sized model of a Pilot Whale. The model is filled with water and is very life like. It is not unusual to have members of the public offer to help as they believe it is real!
You can see a short video of recent practical sessions by clicking here.
The course finishes when everyone has completed each of the modules, or are freezing - usually about 16.30.
A final de-briefing is held where certificates, medic ID cards and badges are handed out to delegates from 1700 hrs to 1730 hrs.
The course fee includes hire of a lifejacket and your first year’s supporter fee and third party insurance cover while on rescue. Delegates will also receive:
- A Marine Mammal Medic Handbook
- A photo ID card
- A Marine Mammal Medic woven badge and car stickers
- A certificate proving that you have done the course
- One year's personal and public liability insurance cover
Please note that we strongly advise you to bring a dry suit for this course, whatever the weather. For the practical sessions you will be in and out of the water and if you only have a wetsuit you will chill quite quickly.
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If there are no courses listed in your area, please email us with your details and we will get back to you when one becomes available.