Adventure WiSe Course online Oct 13/14th - SW England & S Wales focus

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Adventure WiSe Course for professional sea kayaking, wild-swimming, coasteering & stand-up paddle board practitioners - SW England, S Wales.

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The aim of the WiSe Scheme has always been to promote responsible wildlife-watching, through training, accreditation and raising awareness amongst boat operators, adventure/wildlife guides, dive boat operators, etc.

The online Adventure WiSe course is a recent addition to the suite of national WiSe Scheme professional practitioner courses. The Adventure WiSe course has been developed to be the WiSe Scheme professional standard for Practitioners running events involving:

  • Sea kayakers
  • Wild swimmers
  • Coasteering
  • Stand-up paddle boarding
  • Snorkelling
  • Coastal rock climbing
  • Coast walking

to help them minimise disturbance to marine and coastal wildlife.

Using Zoom, there will be four-modules delivered in two-hour sessions on each of the two consecutive evenings, and will be run by our highly experienced instructors. Course content will focus on interacting safely with whales & dolphins (cetaceans), basking sharks, seals and seabirds, and specifically how to minimise disturbance on these species, as well as rocky shore and foraging good practice.

The course will be structured around five key messages relating to the following topics:

  • Seasonality & Location
  • Group size
  • Distance
  • Time
  • Safety


Each of the modules will be a mixture of presentational material followed by an opportunity for questions and a short quiz on the material just presented. During the presentations you will be muted, but able to put thoughts and questions into the chat window. There will be another WiSe trainer answering questions as they appear in the chat who will answer or bring to the attention of the presenter in the Q&A session at the end. The course schedule is:

Weds 13th October 19.00 – 21.00

  • Welcome & introduction to WiSe
  • The five key messages
  • Marine wildlife legislation
  • Seals & otters
  • Basking shark

Thurs 14th October 19.00 – 21.00

  • Cetaceans
  • Shoreline – focus on rocky shore
  • Seabirds
  • Blue Health
  • Assessment based on the five key messages
  • Feedback

The final session will involve a slightly longer set of assessment questions based around the five key messages and the material presented throughout the two evening sessions.

We recognise that attending two sessions on back to back nights may be tricky. However, this is a certified training course, so attendance is required at both sessions in order to receive the Adventure WiSe accreditation.

Attendees who pay the single attendance fee and attend both sessions will:

  1. Become Adventure WiSe accredited.
  2. Commit to abide by not only national and local laws on wildlife conservation and disturbance avoidance, but also the WiSe codes of conduct, in addition to any local wildlife-watching codes.
  3. Receive digital versions of the WiSe Codes of Conduct, a certificate of attendance PDF, a waterproof WiSe Adventure sticker for their boat/craft, and electronic versions of the Adventure logo for promotional materials if required.
  4. Be listed in our accredited WiSe operator pages (if you provide your details during registration).

WiSe recommends that after three years, all accredited individuals at the Adventure WiSe level then undertake a Master WiSe course to upgrade their level of membership.

See www.wisescheme.org for further information on levels, and to access the contact form for any follow up queries.

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The WiSe Scheme is about watching marine wildlife the wildlife-safe way.

Our aim is to promote responsible wildlife-watching, through training, accreditation and raising awareness. The WiSe Scheme comprises a suite of professional practitioner courses. Our simple modular training courses are aimed at wildlife cruise operators, dive and service boats, yacht skippers, sea kayakers, coasteerers, stand-up paddle boarders, wild swimmers, etc. These groups of people are likely to come into contact with marine wildlife, as they are likely out on the water on a regular basis. We also seek to educate the general public who are keen to minimise their impact whilst out on or near the water.

See www.wisescheme.org for further information

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