NZ Experienced PAMO Course

course thumbnailSeiche offers a New Zealand Department of Conservation approved 3 day assessment for gaining accreditation as an experienced PAM operator.

To complete the assessment candidates will need a minimum of 12 weeks’ experience offshore as a PAM operator. Offshore experience can be from any location but those with less than 12 weeks’ experience in New Zealand waters will achieve a ‘trained’ status that can be upgrade to an ‘experienced’ status upon completion of 12 weeks as a PAM operator in New Zealand waters.

Following this course and after approval from DOC you will be recognised by the New Zealand government as a Trained PAM operator (candidates with less than 12 weeks’ experience in NZ waters) or Experienced PAM operator.

To work in New Zealand waters as a PAMO on marine seismic surveys a person will need to demonstrate that they have

  1.  “Successfully completed the respective marine mammal observation course or PAM Operator course recognised by the Director-General as being consistent with DOC standards, or
  2. Demonstrated all required competencies through an assessment process recognised by the Director-General as being consistent with DOC standards.”

(Section 3.4 of the 2013 Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations.)

The Seiche Advanced NZ PAMO Assessment (the Assessment) was developed in order to fulfil the requirements of item 2 above. The Assessment is open to PAMOS with at least 12 weeks’ previous PAMO experience on marine seismic surveys in NZ or overseas whom seek to be certified by the Department of Conservation (DOC) as ‘trained’. The Assessment includes minimal teaching/revision, rather it is focused on the in-person assessment of existing key PAMO competencies as defined in Section 3.4 and Appendix 3 of the Code.

If you wish to apply for this course please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain an application form and to find out when the next available course is running.

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  • Bob Gisiner, December 2015

    “I especially appreciated the amount of hands-on training with the data processing software and user interface. This included deployment of an actual PAM array and operation of the PAM monitoring equipment in a realistic survey scenario, complete with cooperative vocalizing dolphins.

    Hands-on practice completing the standardized data sheets used by BOEM and JNCC were also features that I thought left the potential PAM operator ready for real-world application of his or her training.

    The materials and practical training give the students all they need to succeed as a professional PAM operator.”

  • Stephanie Barnicoat, June 2014

    “Excellent. A superb mix of theory and practical. The course leader provides expert up to date knowledge, information that is both easy to absorb and follow whilst being comprehensive. I would highly recommend this course for potential MMOS.”

  • Dan Coles, June 2014

    “The practical side of the course was essential as it gave a very real experience of the role played by an MMO offshore.”