BDMLR Western Isles : Marine Mammal Medic Course List
We would very much like to increase our numbers of active volunteers in the islands, especially in Harris and the Southern Isles. We have a lot of miles of coastline to cover.
We are looking for people to train as Marine Mammal Medics and plan to run a training course. The course will cost approximately £70, and takes a full day.
To add your name to the list, contact Julie.
The Marine Mammal Medic training is a one day course and will be run on a Saturday. You will need to be over 16 and have a dry suit or wet suit as quite a bit of time will be spent in the water - we do have a limited number of survival suits available but advise obtaining your own suit as you will need it to take part in rescues afterwards. The course comprises of lectures in the morning on basic cetacean and seal biology, species identification and first aid and assessment, followed by practical exercises in the afternoon when you will learn to use the cetacean rescue equipment and safe catching and handling of seal pups.
Youtube video link:
A TV report on BDMLR training - well worth the wait in download time.
Photograph of volunteers at a training session learning how to rescue stranded whales and dolphins using life-size inflatable sea mammals.
A BBC news article about BDMLR training.
See the training section at http://www.bdmlr.co.uk/pages/main.html for details of other courses.