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Monday, November 28, 2011

Tourist Dhow Operator training workshop

This last weekend KWS organised a refresher training for the guides and captains who operate the dolphin watching tours out of Mkwiro. We often work quite closely with these individuals, accompanying their tours at least once a week and living in the same village as most of them.

The training ran for two afternoons and explained the Code of Conduct for dolphin watching and hopefully provided the guides with an understanding as to the purpose and importance of the guidelines. We also gave presentations on the main dolphin, turtle and reef fish species seen, as well as key behaviors and traits, so they can pass this interesting information onto their guests.

Hamisi trains the boat captains and tour guides on local dolphin species

Each guide or captain who attended received a badge stating they have received this training and recognition of their commitment to sustainable and educational tourism.