GFNMS staff offer an annual White Shark Naturalist Training (typically during the summer) to help naturalists leading on-the-water wildlife viewing trips in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The training provides:
- An overview of the White Shark Stewardship Project;
- Information on the rich diversity of biological resources found within the Sanctuary (PDF, 28MB);
- Training on how to provide a high-quality interpretive experience for the public (PDF, 1MB)
- White Shark natural history and highlights of local research;
- Conservation messaging (PDF, 1.8MB) surrounding White Sharks;
- An overview of the regulations and permit program (PDF); and
- Outcomes of the Sanctuary's White Shark Stewardship Monitoring Program; and
- Suggested reading list (PDF) for more information on White Sharks.
If you are a tour operator who is interested in applying for an education permit for shark educational tourism, the Naturalist Training is required. Additionally, each excursion is required to have a minimum of one naturalist on-board who has completed the training.
For more information on the naturalist training program and schedule please contact Max Delaney, Permit Coordinator, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.