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Project Jonah brings rescue training course to Gisborne

Those wanting to help stranded whales and dolphins have the chance to learn how to get them back out to sea this weekend when Project Jonah New Zealand comes to town.

Each year, hundreds of whales and dolphins strand on New Zealand shores.

While some are sick or injured, others are healthy and just need a helping hand back out to sea.

But saving whales is not as easy as it looks and a successful rescue often depends on properly trained volunteers.

Project Jonah NZ is holding a marine mammal medic course in Gisborne this Saturday, November 28, and another one in Mahia the following day.

The course is for those aged 15 and over. It costs $120 dollars or $85 for students with a valid ID.

Once trained you will be added to their national callout list. This means that when a stranding occurs you can be called upon.

By the end of the course you will be trained to assist in the rescue of stranded whales and dolphins, act as a role model to untrained rescuers, understand the roles and responsibilities at a stranding, and avoid potential hazards for people and whales.

To register for the course and find location details go to projectjonah.org.nz/medic