We provide the training that is required for our members to participate in TDP research surveys. In order to participate in a survey, TDP members must be 16 years of age. 16 and 17 year olds must have a guardian attend training with them and sign a waiver for them to participate in research surveys.
If you are interested in learning more about the dolphins, we invite you to attend the dolphin program/training workshop, whether or not you want to participate in a survey. Please be advised that some presentation material may not be suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Out training workshops are held on the coast and in the Atlanta area. We devote the first hour to learning about the Bottlenose Dolphin and the second hour to learning about how to serve as part of the crew for our research surveys.
Check out the Calendar for times and locations of the next Training sessions.
If you are not interested in participating in surveys but would like to learn more about our estuarine dolphins, you are not obligated to attend the training workshop. There is no charge for the orientation or training.
Members do pay their own survey expenses which are tax-deductible; those costs will be explained during the orientation and are also located on the SURVEY pages. There are minimal survey fees involved for Team Leaders, Assistants and Photographers.
Practical TRAINING for the Survey Team
Each Survey Team is made up of a Skipper, a Team Leader, a Photographer and an Assistant Team Leader. In order to serve in these positions we also require some practical training.
Each person who wants to be part of a survey team joins a survey, as an Assistant Team Leader, and is trained by seasoned Team members on the survey who train the new member in their position of interest. Once a new team member has participated in several Surveys, and demonstrates that they have the knowledge and skills required, they can serve as Photographer, Skipper or Team Leader on future TDP surveys.
We welcome members who are interested in participating as part of our survey teams and expanding their dolphin knowledge and experience in the estuarine system!