FAQ about whale and dolphin watch and study courses
Frequently asked questions for prospective participants
Can anybody participate in these projects?
Yes. Whether you have some kind of scientific background or you are fully amateur or non-specialised in marine conservation and research you are very welcome to join us. We are looking for people eager to learn, to give us a hand and a significant contribution to our research while having a good time and enjoying a quite unique experience.
Normally our volunteers are adults. Young participants (under 18; not younger than 15) are allowed to participate in the project only if they come accompanied by a member of the family or tutor no younger that 21 years of age. The possibility of doing an exception and welcome a participant younger than 15, would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
In the Ligurian Sea (CSR; Cetacean Sanctuary Research) you will stay on board a 21 m motorsailer, which may stay out for many hours (sometimes even at night) in order to enhance the possibilities to spot cetaceans.
In Greece (IDP; Ionian Dolphin Project) you will be living in our field station in the village of Vonitsa, in a shared loft (90 square meters). Surveys are conducted on a daily basis on board an inflatable equipped with an outboard engine.
On board the research vessel Pelagos (CSR) there is space for a maximum of 11 participants, plus at least 2 researchers and a the skipper. In Greece (IDP) groups are smaller: 5 being the maximum number of participants. Minimum are 5 (CSR) and 3 (IDP).
No. This is a research project, not a swim-with-dolphins experience. Project participants can expect to be able to observe the dolphins in their natural environment from a privileged position; frequently just a few meters away. However, all our observations will be done from our research boat following precise conduct guidelines to try to minimize the potential disturbance that we might cause to the animals.
Project participants should be able to communicate in English, which is the official language of the projects and will be used during the data collection and during the presentation/lectures. The IDP and CSR personnel speak several languages, however, this should be considered purely as an occasional support.
Any more question? Please contact us!