Training is required for participation on TDP research surveys. TDP members must be 16 years of age to participate in surveys. 16 and 17 year olds must have a guardian attend training with them and sign a waiver for the teen to participate in research surveys.
All are invited to attend the dolphin program/training workshop but be advised that some presentation material may not be suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Training workshops are held on the coast and in the Atlanta area. The program devotes the first hour to the Bottlenose Dolphin and the second hour is a workshop on how to conduct 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
The Survey Team is made up of a Skipper, a Team Leader, a Photographer and an Assistant Team Leader. In order for a TDP member to take part in these positions they need further practical training.
Each person will simply take part, as an Assistant Team Leader, in Surveys with seasoned Team members who train the new member in their position of interest. Once they have built experience over several Surveys, show the knowledge and skills required, they are accepted as Photographer, Skipper or Team Leader by TDP.
We welcome new members interested in expanding their dolphin experience in the estuarine system !