Marine Mammal Rescue

Become an expert responder when dolphins and whales are beached!


Every year, whales and dolphins have been found stranded along coastlines around the world. Assessing and aiding these stranded animals is not as easy as it seems, and requires the aid of properly trained volunteers. We have established a Marine Mammal Medic Training Course in collaboration with the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) located in Atlantic Canada.

This course will train you in the role of a marine mammal medic. Your skills will range from making the animals comfortable and relieving stress, to collecting information, gathering scientific data, helping with crowd control and the media, assessing whether the animal(s) can be rescued or not, and collaborating with experts (including vets) to properly carry out the best course of action.

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Marine Mammal Rescue costs

R1, 000

The price includes:

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Accreditation
  • Gear and equipment
  • Course notes
  • Program instructors
  • Transport

Oceans Campus Programs and Edutours

Our short courses are available to participants in either our training programs or education tours. They are designed to augment existing programs without interferring greatly. Thus most of the work is conducted either in the weekends, on bad weather days or after hours.

Volunteer programs and internships in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Based in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Oceans Campus is your gateway to wild Africa. We host a wide variety of courses which are designed to bring aspiring adventure and discovery enthusiasts as close as is safely possible to the amazing wildlife of South Africa. From courses focussed on the study of and interaction with great white sharks, elephants, whales, dolphins, to internships based on education, adventure racing, environmental conservation and sky diving. We also offer facilities to make our guests and students stay as pleasant and worthwhile as possible, including a dedicated research centre, spa, lecture room, business centre, conference room, lecture room, restaurant and bar, adventure centre and more. This variety of courses and facilities makes Oceans Campus one of the most broad and exciting places to be, and your gateway to wild Africa.