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The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in conjunction with Wildcare Inc will run a free first response whale and dolphin rescue training course at Orford on 13 November, 2011.

The course is part of the PWS display and activities stall at Seafest, a new festival being held in Triabunna on the East Coast from the 11 to the 13 of November 2011. Seafest is a collaborative venture between Triabunna School, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Triabunna–Orford Chamber of Commerce, Spring Bay Maritime Discovery Centre and local community and business representatives, including PWS.

The PWS display will include the model whale used for training and a Discovery Ranger will facilitate activities and provide information on Friday and Saturday with the training following on Sunday.

PWS coordinator Ingrid Albion said that Tasmania is a hot spot for Australia’s mass whale and dolphin strandings and a quick and well informed response usually achieves the best possible outcome for the stranded animals.

“The training course aims to equip members of communities around the State with the knowledge and skills to join a First Response Rescue Team that can act quickly and decisively in the event of a stranding,” Ms Albion said.

“There are many examples that have shown how quick action by local residents can be a critical factor in achieving a successful outcome.”

The course includes theory and practical exercises such as knowledge of whale and dolphin biology, why they strand and how they can be helped. A beach session will involve learning what to do at strandings and how to use whale rescue equipment including mats and pontoons.

Participants will be eligible to join Tasmania’s East Coast First Response Whale Rescue Team through Wildcare.

The training course will be held at the Orford Primary School Performing Arts Centre in Charles Street, Orford from 9am to 4pm. Bookings are required. For further information and bookings contact the coordinator Ingrid.Albion@parks.tas.gov.au or on 0428 130 022

Whale rescue training at Orford

Participants at a whale rescue training practice their newly acquired skills.

Whale rescue training at Orford

Training includes theory and practice, with plenty of opportunities for participants to test their learning and understanding.