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Please read the following terms and conditions carefully before you proceed with your application as they contain important information you ought to take note of. Once you have read and agreed to these terms and conditions, you may download the application form at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

terms and conditions


Purpose of the programme
Application process
Personal contribution
Courses general
Catering and accommodation

Purpose of the programme

The aim of The Black Fish Training Programme is to enable motivated individuals to become actively involved in marine conservation work by facilitating and supporting their ongoing development and broadening of skills. Please ensure that you have read the Training Programme about page and watched our short video.

All courses will cover a wide variety of issues and subjects related to marine conservation. The training courses provide like-minded individuals with a unique opportunity to meet and brainstorm on possible future plans and projects.

The courses are not meant as one-off training opportunities. Rather they are meant as long term development plans of individuals interested in engaging in marine conservation work. More advanced courses will be offered in the future, and we encourage participants to keep learning and improving their skills. Taking part in one of our courses does not imply an entry into The Black Fish crew.

Application process

Anyone over 18 years of age can apply and applications will be considered free of bias based on nationality, ethnicity or gender. Applicants aged between 16 and 18 may also be considered for certain courses. Please contact us directly for more information.

Applicants can apply to ONE course each year. Instead of choosing different courses, The Black Fish encourages individuals to dedicate themselves to a specific area of interest and obtain specialist skills within the next few years.

Due to limited available spots and a high volume of applications, The Black Fish is incapable of facilitating to all interested to take part.

No rights can be claimed over submitted applications.

Applicants must inform us of any known medical conditions that may affect them during the course.

Successful applicants will be notified by email. Payment of the contribution fee and submission of further documentation is required before confirmation of a place on a course.

Please ensure to be available during the application and selection process as we may need to contact you for other inquiries. Should there be a period wherein you are , please let us know in your original application.

Applicants will be selected based on their motivation, affinity with the issue and ability to utilise skills to aid marine conservation work.

All applicants are required to submit a completed waiver of liability with their application.

Crew members and full-time staff of The Black Fish are excluded from taking part in the Training Programme.

Personal contribution

We aim to make all courses as affordable as possible by working together with funding partners to support the Training Programme. However, all successful applicants are required to pay a fee to cover a part of the costs, which covers accommodation, food, equipment, and certification fees. The standard fee set for the courses in 2014 is € 350, except for the online course which is € 150.

All successful applicants will be required to pay the contribution fee through bank transfer or online payment before their attendance can be confirmed. Failure to make the payment in time may result in your application to be rejected.

Accommodation and food are included in the contribution fee.

Travel to and from the training locations are not covered by the contribution fee and are the participants' own responsibility.

Courses general

The Black Fish training programme is run on a limited budget and managed by volunteers. Course details may be subject to change.

All courses are taught in English

Catering and accommodation

All catering during the courses will be vegan. In case of allergies or special diets, please notify us about this in your application.

Accommodation will be provided for the duration of the course. The type of accommodation will depend on the nature of each individual course and could either be on a vessel at sea or at a campsite. In the latter case you may be required to bring your own tent or a sleeping bag to sleep in a larger communal tent.


If an applicant cancels his or hers participation, a full refund of the personal contribution is only possible if the cancellation is received and confirmed by the Training Programme coordinator at least 28 days before the start date of the course. If cancellations occur within less than 28 days prior to the start date of the course, we can unfortunately not guarantee that the personal contribution can be refunded.

If a course is canceled by The Black Fish, applicants will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund of the contribution fee will be provided.

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