Guide Trainer Course (GT)


Do you have a love of marine animals?

Would you love to share that passion with people from all over the world?

Then you should become a qualified tour guide - and get paid to do what you love!

The WCA Level 2 CMG Certificate is also accepted by New Zeland Immigration to allow you to apply for an Essential Skills VISA to live and work in New Zealand 🙂

NOW available in 2020;  RWDG Course Online

FREE Training Samples below 🙂


WCA Training System

Level 1 - RWD Guide

Level 2 - Certified Marine Guide

Level 3 - Senior Marine Guide

Level 4 - Guide Trainer

Level 5 - Course Director

Level 6 - WCA Global Council


WCA Quality Assurance and Global Partnership 


E-Ko Tours has been selected by the World Cetacean Alliance to offer a series of qualifications offering career progression as a marine guide. From Level 1 to Level 5.

These Qualifications be recognized by all 120 partners of the World Cetacean Alliance - meaning your qualification can take you all over the globe.

These qualifications will build on existing courses offered by WCA partners wherever possible with the intention of ensuring consistency and trust for partners, for employees and all concerned with responsible tourism.

These courses ensure maximum applicability to other work situations, to opportunities through life-skill development and, through the prestige within the quality assurance systems, to other industries, too.


Marine Guide Trainer Practical Course - NOW in 2020 - Guide Trainer Certification . Global release Special $799

Certified Responsible whale watching
Senior Marine Guide Miranda
NZ Regulatiosn around Mammals
Outer sounds islands aerial

WCA Marine Guide Trainer Course

Professional Level 4


Do you want to pass on your guiding experience and knowledge to new guides in the industry? The Guide Trainer level of the WCA Guide Career Path will allow you to achieve this, as you take on a hands-on training and supervisory role for trainee guides.



NZD $ 799



5 days running a practical course with a WCA Course Director.

You will be helping to Teach a Certified Marine Guide Course



E-Ko Tours

No 1 Wellington Street

Picton, New Zealand,

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Arrange Course Date and Book Online

Course Director available Monday to Saturday, 0800 - 2000

Appointments confirmed by email; e-kotraining@e-ko.nz

BOOK NOW to become a Guide Trainer (GT)

Pass on your knowledge and experience for the WCA


  • Continue a rewarding career, not only guiding but passing on your skills and knowledge to the next generation of guides
  • Have an active role in ensuring the WCA message is passed on, and guiding quality in the industry is maintained
  • Learn valuable teaching skills focused on real students
  • WCA Marine Guide Trainer (GT) Certificate that can be used to teach at any WCA Training Facilities across the globe
  • Gain valuable Sea time signed off as Guide Trainer.
  • Learn how to apply a Check List System to reduce stress5 Tours out enjoying Dolphin or Whale Watching worth $645
  • 50% Discount on any E-Ko Tours for 2 Years
  • Option to apply for Essential Skills Visa to live and work in NZ.
  • Listing on the WCA Guide GT Recruitment page.
  • Access to 120 WCA Partners Worldwide
  • Individual Partner membership alongside the world’s experts on whales and dolphins (worth £100!)
  • Option to get involved with Partner working groups


  • Familiarisation of the WCA guide career path and training methods
  • Full knowledge of WCA Training System
  • Knowledge of Speciality Courses use across the Globe, up to 15 items.
  • Assisting a WCA Guide Trainer on a 5-day Practical Training Course
  • Undertake a supervisory role of students in training to be Marine Guides
  • Coordinate the Trainee Guide team, pinpointing areas of both strength and weakness – working with the team to ensure consistent quality and those learning goals are consistently met
  • Ensure consistent commentary content and delivery by all Guides
  • Complete Certified Marine Guide examinations and Certify your first Students


  • Be associated with a WCA training facility
  • Demonstrate you have worked a minimum of 12 months as a Senior Marine Guide with a WCA partner
  • Have exceptional organisational and leadership skills
  • Demonstrate you have the required teaching skills
  • Have extensive knowledge of 15 WCA specialties

Location, Facilities and Course Materials

Certified Marine Guides on WCA Course
WCA GUIDE Study at Home
NZ Regulatiosn around Mammals
Certified Responsible whale watching
Wildlife Spotting
Outer sounds islands aerial

FREE Samples of Online Training Below

Ready to find out more or Book?

Contact Miranda our WCA Guide Trainer: e-kotraining@e-ko.nz

Testimonials of Graduates

WCA Guide Recruitment. Contact Direct Guide Trainers available for Work

Senior Marine Guide Miranda

Hire An E-Moped

Hire an e-moped e from our shop and take a cruise around Picton in the coolest way possible - without breaking a sweat.

We have high quality e-mopeds for hire at just $50 per hour.


The Best Experience

✓ Exclusive No SeaSickness Guarantee
✓ Experience Wild Dolphins
✓ Free Wi-Fi
✓ 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal
✓ Perfect for families - the kids will love it!
✓ Fully Guided - we don't leave you on your own


Free Coffee and Wi-Fi

We are located just minutes from the Interislander ferry terminal, and when you are at our shop, you can use our free Wi-Fi (it's fast!) and customers can enjoy a free coffee or tea.

E-Ko Tours lets you experience Picton/Marlborough better than the rest

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