4 Week (28 Days) Marine Guide Specialization Course

The candidate must have a minimum of a Field Guide Skills Program to qualify for the Marine course

This 4-week course introduces you the learner to the coastal marine environment. The course is designed for learner’s who have already achieved a Field Guide or above Field Guiding qualification. The course is undertaken along the beautiful sunshine coast situated in the Eastern Cape. This is an area rich in marine species diversity and boasts the largest dune fields in South Africa. In addition, it is one of the best whale watching locations in the world. The marine environment is the most important ecosystem on earth and the more you know, the more you will come to understand this.

On completion of the course, the learner will be able to enhance their own guiding portfolio and open up a whole new world that links the marine and the terrestrial environment. The course will be facilitated by Marine guiding specialists.

5 Reasons Why you should do this course

The course outcomes include:

  • Introduction to Marine guiding
  • Coastal Marine Environments
  • Geology and the coastal environment
  • Astronomy
  • Coastal Weather and Climate
  • Marine Ecology
  • Marine Taxonomy
  • Sea Plants
  • Coastal and Marine invertebrates
  • Amphibians
  • Marine Reptiles
  • Marine Fish
  • Marine Birds
  • Marine Mammals
  • Marine Animal behaviour
  • Historical Human Habitation of coastal environments
  • Marine Conservation Management

The course will also include:

  • Coastal walks, exploring the inter tidal pools, sandy shores and dune areas
  • Snorkeling, under the instruction of qualified Dive instructors.
  • Rhodes fisheries department
  • Estuarine boat trips

This part of the course will conclude with a practical, theoretical and interview assessment.

Qualifications includes:

  • Marine Guide Specialist Skills Program (NQF2)
  • Marine Exam
  • Marine field excursions onshore and offshore
  • Marine Specialist Assessment

Fees include:

  • Accommodation for the duration of the course
  • All Meals for the duration of the course
  • Uniform Provided
  • External Field Trips
  • All FGASA Fees (assessment, exam, subscription, registration, moderation, manuals, workbooks, logbooks, prescribed literature, and certification) for the duration of the course
  • Formal and Practical Tuition for all the subjects
  • Organising all your FGASA liaison for you


  • 05 – 11 March 2018
  • 28 May – 24 June 2018
  • 27 August – 23 September 2018 *FULL*
  • 19 November – 18 December 2018


To apply, download the Application Form, or fill out the Online Application Form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Application Form


– Applicants are required to have a Matric certificate or equivalent High/Senior School education, to be able to qualify for the above mentioned course.