Responsible Whale and Dolphin Guide Course ( RWD) WCA Level 1


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

Level4 - 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.


Responsible Whale and Dolphin Guide - Online Guide Diploma - NOW in 2020 Global release Special $199

Want to be a Marine Guide
Certified Guide Emma Lack
WCA GUIDE Study at Home
Certified Responsible whale watching

RESPONSIBLE Whale and Dolphin Guide 

WCA Training Level 1 


The full course with E-Ko to receive an Online Responsible Whale and Dolphin Guide Diploma ensures the best possible career start for you and a road map to success.

With this Online Diploma, you can apply for Internships of Volunteer with a WCA partner.

Or you can continue directly onto the Certified Marine Guide Course and apply for paid employment.


The Online Guide Diploma has been designed by experienced Trainers and it can be completed from anywhere in the world at your Pace in your own time 🙂

Training modules include detailed information presented in an easy to learn fashion. You can stop and playback content anytime you like so learning at your own pace in your own time frame makes this a perfect introduction to an exciting career working with Whales and Dolphins.

Our experienced team has produced a FUN and Quality online learning experience with plenty of hands-on examples of tricks and techniques to make you a fantastic Guide.


NZD $199



Online Course, 25-40 hours of WCA Training System learning, Learn at your own Pace 🙂

Available anywhere in the World, Now you can start an Exciting Career as a Marine Guide.



  • Complete WCA Specialty Courses.
  • How to Identify Cetaceans at Sea.
  • Learn how to act in a responsible and sustainable manner around wild animals.
  • Learn to understand and identify animal behaviors – particularly dolphins.
  • Learn how to apply the WCA Global Guidelines in Practice.
  • Binocular Training
  • Learn Guiding Techniques from Seasoned Professionals
  • Learn Communication and Presentation
  • How to Deliver Cetacean Content
  • Responsible Tourism and WCA
  • Boat work and Seamanship


  • Lectures and training from seasoned professionals
  • Individual Partner membership alongside the world’s experts on whales and dolphins (worth NZD $185!)
  • Option to get involved with Partner working groups
  • Access to WCA Whale Champions community for a year, offering the chance to apply for volunteer opportunities overseas with our amazing Partners.
  • Download a Copy of the WCA Training Record Book
  • Download a Copy of WCA Global Guidelines
  • RWDG Guide Certificate
  • 50% E-Ko tours for 2 years.
  • Listing in the WCA Recruitment Section as RWDG available for postions.

Our Qualified Responsible Whale Watching Guides will be able to apply for opportunities to volunteer with our 120 Partners around the world to protect and conserve cetaceans.

FREE Sample of Online Training

Ready to find out more or Book?

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

Testimonials of Graduates

WCA Recruitment Section. RWDG Guides

Certified Marine Guides on WCA Course
Certified Guide Emma Lack
Certified Guide Danni Spencer
Certified Guide Ria Loveder
Certified Marine Guide Catlin Pauling
Certified Marine Guide Emma Thomas

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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