PAM Level 1

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Seiche’ s three-day PAM course provides the skills needed to become an offshore PAM operator.

Run by our highly experienced team with thorough support material, interactive PAMGuard workshops and a boat session, this course will expand delegates’ knowledge of acoustic monitoring and provide insight into industry requirements for environmental mitigation.

This course provides the skills needed to use all equipment currently in the marketplace and is aimed at delegates with a scientific background, preferably in biology and marine sciences.

A certificate for offshore work will be awarded upon successful completion of course.

5% student discount for one course on proof of full and valid student status.

10% student discount for two courses (when booking in conjunction with JNCC MMO or PSO course) on proof of full and valid student status.

About the course

Our internationally-respected PAM Level 1 course combines classroom study with practical experience at sea to equip delegates with the all the skills required to become a professionally qualified Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operator.

Run by Seiche Training’s highly experienced team, delegates on this threeday course will acquire a thorough grounding in acoustic monitoring, an insight into industry requirements for environmental mitigation and learn how to use Seiche PAM equipment, which they are highly likely to use whilst working offshore, including PAMGuard software.

The course starts in the classroom with a comprehensive look at the role of a PAM Operator and an in-depth introduction to PAM software, including an interactive PAMGuard workshop. On either the second or third day (weather dependant), delegates put the theory into practice by boarding a vessel and getting a real insight into how a PAM system operates whilst at sea. You will learn how to set the PAM system up whilst offshore, deployment in real-time and also, hopefully, get acoustic data from some real-time recordings. Detailed course support material provides continual reference.

A certificate for offshore work will be awarded upon successful completion of this professional qualification.

All PAM operators working offshore on the UK Continental Shelf are required to have been trained on a JNCC-accredited Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) course.

Course requirements

Delegates should have a scientific background, preferably in biology and marine sciences.


Day 1

  • Sound in Water
  • Marine Mammals
  • Anthropogenic Noise in the Sea
  • Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Marine Mammals
  • Local Mitigation Guidelines
  • PAM Principles and the Role of the PAM Operator

Day 2

  • PAM Hardware and Operations
  • PAM Software
  • PAMGuard Workshops

Day 3

  • Set up and Deployment of PAM Systems and Visual Observer Stations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Real-time Mitigation and Reporting


Loraine Grantsmall






Loraine Grant has an MSc in Environmental Science from University College Dublin, Ireland and is hugely experienced in conducting visual and acoustic marine mammal surveys all around the globe.


Lorenzo Scalasmall






Lorenzo Scala has specific expertise in the installation, maintenance and deployment of acoustic hydrophone systems on seismic surveys and offshore piling and explosives decommissioning projects. He also has experience in sound source verification (SSV) surveys. He holds a Masters in Marine & Fisheries Science from the University of Aberdeen.


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Stephanie Barnicoat spent several years working as a PAM operator using PAMGaurd and using various types of PAM systems. She is confident in the installation of equipment and deployments of acoustic hydrophones. Stephanie carries out a lot of data analysis for marine mammal detection using PAMGuard and Raven. She has a MSc in Biological Diversity from the University of Plymouth.

What next?

After completing the Level 1 Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) course, delegates are often keen to extend their knowledge. Seiche Training now offers an eLearning course on ‘Getting to grips with PAMGuard’, which aims to extend your knowledge. With this online course you are able to build your knowledge at your own speed, wherever you happen to be in the world.

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