Mauritius Marine GUIDE PROGRAMME

The Eco-guide programme is related to the line of action that leads to protect and preserve the lagoon so that it may be utilised in a sustainable way. The skills programme is designed to enable a learner to acquire the knowledge skills and values that will enable them to organise and facilitate creative and innovative guiding experiences within the marine environment. A qualifying learner will be able to plan and implement safe tourist guiding experiences. The participant will gain knowledge about every plant, coral and animal species living in the ocean around Mauritius. Participants of the course will then be able to transfer this knowledge to tourists who spend their holidays on the island but also to fishermen, tour operators and others stakeholders. It is Lagon Bleu’s belief that by educating local communities and raising awareness it will in turn benefit the flora and fauna in the waters around Mauritius.

The Mauritius Marine Guide Programme of the Lagon Bleu Project has been set up thanks to the cooperation between FGASA and Eco-Sud. The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) was formally established in 1990, by a group of professional guides. It has set nature guiding standards for many years and continues to maintain the highest standards within the guiding industry. FGASA represents individual Tourist Guides, Nature, Culture and Adventure guides, Trackers and organisations involved in offering professional guiding services to members of the public.

A number of qualifications can be attained through FGASA including the Marine Guide qualification. The Marine Guide skills programme is based on the FGASA Level 1 Marine Guide syllabus. However, the various theoretical courses and practical trainings have been partly modified to fit with the natural and cultural environment of Mauritius Island.

The successful completion of this skills programme will result in certification by Lagon Bleu (approved by MQA and FGASA) for the Marine Guide Skills Programme. Once achieved, the recognized qualification is valid for life.

Programme Objectives

  • Provide quality-assurance for marine guiding qualifications at the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) standards.
  • Validate endorsement of and quality-assure training providers, institutions and trainers of guides.
  • Quality-assure and develop qualified guide assessors, mentors and moderators.
  • Enhance the credibility of nature, culture and adventure guiding in Mauritius.
  • Encourage guides to achieve higher level of professionalism, and thereby improve the quality of service to and safety of the visitors both local and international.
  • Keep members abreast of developments in the industry via regular communication in magazine, website and emails.

Learning outcomes

  • Conduct, reflect on and improve a guided experience within a marine site that entertains and educates customers (tourists/visitors) by providing an interpretation of the natural environment.
  • Create and plan a guided experience based on an ethical, well-informed and safety conscious approach which provides the visitor with a pleasant and memorable experience of the natural environment.
  • Present authentic and balanced interpretation of specific marine sites.
  • Apply a range of presentation techniques appropriate to the needs, limitations and expectations of the audience, context and client profile.
  • Monitor and improve their own guiding performance based on critical review and evaluation of reflected guiding experiences.
  • Reflect on what the learner has learnt about him/herself.
  • Organise a guiding activity and programme for an identified target group.
  • Interact with customers in the provision of a guided experience.
  • Execute a guiding experience with customers according to operational requirements.

Time allocation

The Mauritius Marine Guide course will be carried out over a period of 6 months for a total of 115 hours.

During the first five months the participants will attend theoretical and practical training sessions. Theoretical training will consist of a series of topical modules, each lasting between two to six hours. They will be delivered in the form of two hours lectures run twice every week. The total length of the theoretical training will be 80 hours.

Practical training days will be spread out within the five months training period. Five field trips will be organised, each lasting four hours. The total length of the practical training will be 20 hours.

During this training period, participants will be expected to organise their self study time. They will also be provided with the opportunity to complete relevant sections of their practical and summative workbooks. At the end of each module, assessment questionnaires will be handed out to be completed during self-study time.

The last month of the Mauritius Marine Guide course will be dedicated to final assessments. Practical assessment will take place during the first two weeks of the month. Each participant will be assessed on a one hour session each week.

Participants will then be given a preparation period before taking the theoretical exam. The later will consist of two assessment sessions, each lasting two hours carried out over the last two days of the month.

A First Aid training course will also be provided during this final month of the course by an accredited organisation. The date will be fixed according to the participant’s availability.

Entry Level Requirements

Before signing up for the Mauritius Marine Guide Programme, take the following into account:
  • No experience is necessary.
  • All must be aged 18+.
  • Must be able to work in conditions which can be occasionally difficult.
  • Must be friendly, communicative and confident in speaking to groups.
  • Must be prepared to be focused, dedicated and willing to put in the hours in order to pass the Mauritius Marine Guide certificate.

How to apply

  • Send an email to: lagonbleu@ecosud.mu
  • Fill and send back the application form (See attached documents)
  • To become a Marine Guide, the total membership fee is MUR 9300.
    (Registration cost = MUR 4000 + Examination cost = MUR 1300)

Further information

If you have any questions left, please refer to the following documents:

Marine Guide Programme Syllabus
Learning Outcomes
Benefits of certification
Time allocation and Workplace

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