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Marine Dynamics Academy is based in Kleinbaai just a few minutes drive from Gansbaai. The Academy offers marine and nature enthusiasts a range of life-changing courses and experiences that are each designed to improve the skills and employability prospects of the students and attendees. The Guide Training Courses are endorsed by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and are designed and presented by Grant Hine who is well-known in nature and culture guiding industries. The courses provide a platform not only for the education and recognised qualification of guides but for the local community to improve their knowledge of the natural environment around them. If you're unsure which of the Marine Dynamics Courses best suits you, please contact Marine Dynamics Academy directly.

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Marine Dynamics

  • Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Award - Best for Wildlife Conservation
  • Features on National Geographic, BBC and Discovery Channel
  • Offers industry-leading marine wildlife activities
  • Manages The Dyer Island Conservation Trust

Grant Hine (Guide Training Manager - Marine Dynamics Academy)

  • Master's Degree in Psychology
  • National Nature and Culture Guide (specialising in dangerous animal guiding, birding, palaeoanthropology, biome and marine life)
  • Lodge manager in several “Big 5” game reserves bordering the Kruger National Park for 12 years
  • Director of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) for 17 years
  • Chairman of the Standards Generating Body (SGB)
  • Developed the curriculum for FGASA that includes guide training manuals, workbooks, assessment tools and strategies for guide training
  • Established a ZenGuiding programme (a combination of psychology, Buddhist philosophy and nature guiding)
Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Nature Guide Course

Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Nature Guide Course

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The Coastal-Marine Nature Guide Course is a six-week full-time course and is perfect for those who aim to become full-time Nature Guides on a professional level.

Cost:

  • R35,000 per student (includes accommodation)
  • R25,000 per student (excludes accommodation)

Certificate:

After final assessments competent guides will be awarded the following certificates:

  • FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
  • CATHSSETA (Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority)

These certifications will allow you to register as a legal guide with the National Department of Tourism and allow you to guide in an area that you have been declared competent to guide in.

Additional certification:

If you would like to add additional certificates to your Coastal-Marine Nature Guide Certificate, Marine Dynamics Academy offers training at an extra cost. Courses include:

  • Nature Guide (NQF2)
  • Culture Guide (NQ4)
  • Fynbos Biome

The course includes modules on:

  • Guiding skills
  • Coastal marine environment and the two oceans
  • Geology and the coastal environment
  • Astronomy
  • Weather and climate
  • Ecology
  • Basic taxonomy
  • Plants and sea plants (algae)
  • Marine and terrestrial invertebrates
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal behaviour
  • Historical human habitation
  • Conservation management
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The Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Nature Guide Course Programme will entail:

  • Indoor and outdoor lectures
  • Practical training boat trips
  • Visits to surrounding nature areas
  • Self-study
  • Workbook completion

The learning materials for the course include:

  • Learner manuals
  • Workbooks
  • Logbook
  • A full reference library available for further reading and research purposes

For more information about the Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Nature Guide Course dates for 2019, contact Marine Dynamics Academy directly.

Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Naturalist Certificate Short Course

Marine Dynamics Coastal-Marine Naturalist Certificate Short Course

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The Coastal-Marine Naturalist Certificate Short Course is a seven-day, part-time course.

Cost:

  • R1,500 per student

Certificate:

Marine Dynamics Academy will issue a Coastal-Marine Naturalist Certificate to all participants who attend the course and successfully complete the workbooks.

The course includes a brief introduction to the following topics:

Introduction to the biomes of South Africa

  • Introduction to the Fynbos biome
  • Coastal marine environment and the two oceans
  • Geology and the coastal environment
  • Astronomy
  • Weather and climate
  • Marine and Fynbos ecology
  • Basic taxonomy
  • Plants and sea plants (algae)
  • Marine and Fynbos invertebrates
  • Amphibians
  • Marine and Fynbos reptiles
  • Marine and Fynbos fish
  • Coastal-marine birds
  • Coastal-marine mammals
  • Animal behaviour
  • Historical human habitation
  • Conservation
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The course will entail:

  • Lectures
  • Practical excursion
  • Species identification
  • Workbook completion

For more information about the Coastal-Marine Naturalist Course dates for 2019, contact Marine Dynamics Academy directly.

Marine Dynamics Tourism Industry Coastal Environment Staff Course

Marine Dynamics Tourism Industry Coastal Environment Staff Course

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The Tourism Industry Coastal Environment Staff Course is a one-day course (8:00 - 17:00)

Cost:

  • R600 per student

Certificate:

Marine Dynamics Academy will issue a Marine Dynamics Coastal Environment Knowledge course attendance certificate to all participants.

The course includes a very brief introduction to the following topics:
  • Introduction to the Fynbos biome
  • Coastal marine environment and the two oceans
  • Geology and the coastal environment
  • Marine and Fynbos ecology
  • Marine life
  • Fynbos life
  • Historical human habitation
  • Conservation

Introduction to Marine Dynamics:

  • Shark cage diving
  • Whale watching
  • Dyer Island Cruises - Eco Tours
  • Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
  • Marine Dynamics Academy

For more information about the Tourism Industry Coastal Environment Staff Course dates for 2019, contact Marine Dynamics Academy directly.

Discover Your Ecological Self Retreat

Discover Your Ecological Self Retreat

Cost:

  • R650 per person

Marine Dynamics together with Zen Guiding invite you to discover your true ecological self by reconnecting to nature through meditation, awareness and mindfulness. The retreat duration isn’t set in stone and you can join for a day (or a few days) to discover your own true nature on an awareness journey that includes:

Awareness exercises:
  • Sounds as music meditation
  • Leopard walk
  • Find my tree again
  • Blind walk
  • Developing curiosity
  • Paying bare attention
  • Mindful eating
  • Freeing ourselves from thinking
Connecting exercises:
  • Personal space
  • Tree energy surfing
  • Forest bathing
  • Stethoscope listening
  • Grounding experience
  • Animal connections
  • Non-conceptual awareness
Personal exercises:
  • Shedding leaves
  • Letting go
  • Fire exercise
  • Message in a bottle
  • Dealing with anger
  • Dream integration
  • Turning toward death

A better understanding of your true nature will allow you to approach your day-to-day living with happiness and contentment. If you are interested in joining a retreat, contact Marine Dynamics Academy directly.

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