Responsible Whale and Dolphin Guide. RWDG ( Level 1 )

Start Your Career as a Qualified Marine Guide?

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!

As tourism continues to boom in, E-Ko Tours, has been selected by the World Cetacean Alliance to offer an exclusive series of qualifications offering genuine career progression as a marine guide.

Certified Marine Guide, Josephine


Online RWD Guide Diploma - How it Works.

This is a self paced online-course, completed at your own pace.

To become a CERTIFIED MARINE GUIDE this is a Pre -Requisite to be completed first.

The WCA Level 2 Certified Marine Guide 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 🙂

Our training team has created hours of video content that will give you the key knowledge you'll need to gain a marine guide diploma.

The course also contains knowledge modules and quizzes you are required to complete.

Expert TuitionE-Ko is located in Picton, NZ with a combined  40 years of guiding experience and an experienced, expert, qualified course director and training manager.

Captain Paul Keating (Course Director) and Miranda Van de Linde (Training Manager) have a combined 40 years of marine guiding experience and were trusted by the World Cetacean Alliance to operate marine guide courses.

Meet Miranda - Your Training Director.

Who is E-Ko Tours?

E-Ko Tours are based on Picton, New Zealand and we offer world class whale, dolphin and marine wildlife tours to visitors from all over the globe.

While things are different due to COVID, the growth in people seeking ethical marine life tourism experiences will continue to grow - and that's why we are so passionate about training qualified marine guides.

Our courses were developed alongside the World Cetacean Alliance, and is recognised by over 120 partner companies worldwide - making this a qualification that can help secure employment in amazing destinations all over the world.

This means that you have the ability to travel the world AND share your passion for the amazing creatures you'll become an expert on.

Once you complete your course you will receive:

  • Official WCA Marine Guide Diploma
  • A digital copy of the WCA training record book

You can then approach any registered World Cetacean Alliance training facility worldwide to complete a 5 days practical marine guide course to receive the Certified Marine Guide qualification.

E-Ko does offer the 5 day practical course at our base in Picon, New Zealand. Click here for course details.


What you will learn on the online Marine Guide Diploma course.

  • Correct searching techniques for whales, dolphins and other wildlife.
  • About the Humpback whale migration path and history.
  • Seabird behaviour
  • How to spot, identify and distinguish between the species in the marine environments.
  • How to act in a responsible and sustainable manner around wild animals.
  • How to understand and identify animal behaviours – particularly dolphins.
  • WCA best practice guidelines
  • Binocular use and technique training
  • How to deliver the commentary on tours
  • The various systems used for guiding
  • Pre-tour set-up on both boat and office depending on the tour.
  • Learning safe procedures – including setting up the back deck for dolphin swimming, safety briefing, safe swim procedures, emergency procedures, a swimmer in distress procedures and communicating with the skipper.

Cost for the Marine Guide Diploma

The self paced course is just $199, and you can purchase this online now

This online course can be completed anywhere in the world at your own pace and time frame.

It should take between 10-30 days to complete depending on your available time.

Join the Course Today

To purchase the course, call Miranda (Training Manager)  on +64 223 441 946 

Or email her: e-kotraining@e-ko.nz

Miranda can answer any questions or book you onto the course.

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