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MC~12 - Capture & Handling of Sea Birds

Duration: ± 4 hours | Course Code: MC~12 | Cost From: R 300 ($15) per person

This short 20 minute presentation is a COMET Corporation initiative, to explain how and what to do when finding an injured, sick or oiled sea bird. These birds can potentially be dangerous if not handled correctly.

It is necessary to have the right training, equipment and resources to deal with sea birds that are clearly in need of assistance, and this short course give an idea as to what is required to assist correctly. There is a great deal of personal satisfaction in being able to help these creatures, but on the other hand there is a great deal of damage done by inexperienced, untrained and unskilled well-meaning people.

The course consist of a short Powerpoint Presentation and two short videos that try to show some techniques. Completion of the course means you are more aware than before, but does not qualify you to go out and start rescuing and capturing sea birds - apart from doing more harm than good, there are Laws and Regulations forbidding certain such action!

On completion of the test associated with the course, we will issue you with a Certificate of Completion as evidence that you went through the theory. You still need to join a volunteer group and get Practical Experience.

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To provide a knowledge and understanding of the Equipment, Procedures and Processes used when Capturing and Handling Sea Birds that are in distress. 

There is a Practical Component that the learner will need to complete with experienced organisations before attempting this practice

Target Audience

All concerned Tour Operators, Hospitality personnel, Tour Guides and those involved with the Environment and Tourism.

Learning Outcomes

The learners are expected to understand the reasons for needing to capture and treat wild sea birds, how to go about assisting in such a process, and the Procedures to follow when dealing with injured or distressed sea birds.

Scope & Requirements

The course consists of two short Videos, a Powerpoint Presentation and Course Notes.

There is a short Quiz to complete the course, and on successful completion, a Certificate will be issued.


R 300 per person
$ 15 per person for international students
Group discounts available on request


All Material is subject to Copyright. A Certificate of Completion will be sent to those who complete the course.

Duration: ± 4 hours
Course Code: MC~12

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Comet Training is a trading name for The Penny Ferry (Pty) Ltd, a limited liability company established in 1996. The Penny Ferry has been involved in hands-on training and e-learning for many years, specializing in the Marine, Environmental, Tourism, Industrial, Health and Technical markets. Through close associations with other organizations, Comet Training was established to better promote a suite of e-learning applications to the global markets.