MMO Training

ORCA have partnered with leading training provider Seiche to deliver a unique training experience for prospective Marine Mammal Observers

Learn all of the skills you need to be a Marine Mammal Observer in this JNCC accredited training course delivered in classroom and at sea.

Building on the sector-leading Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) programme Seiche has been running for a number of years, ORCA and Seiche have now developed an innovative new training package that integrates ORCA’s decades of experience monitoring marine mammals.

The three-day residential programme combines classroom-based learning with at-sea practical training, giving participants the theoretical skills needed to work as an MMO before putting it into practice observing real animals in the wild.

The programme will include the following modules:

Day 1 (classroom):
Anthropogenic Noise in the Sea
Effects of Noise on Marine Mammal
Legislative Background
Role of the MMO NCC Mitigation in Practice: Seismic Surveys, Vertical Seismic Profiling, Piling and Explosives
ID of UK Marine Mammals Reporting Requirements

Day 2 and 3 (onboard vessel):
Reporting Requirements
Recording Forms in Practice
MMO and ID in Practice
Life Onboard

We have extremely limited availability for two courses in May and July 2019, so to find out more and book, visit to find out how to apply to secure your place today.