PSO - PAM Training Course

PSO - PAM Training Course

Seiche Training and CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. are market leaders in the provision of Marine Mammal Training around the world. Together, we offer students a superior level of education that combines both classroom and vessel training opportunities. Our 2- and 3-day courses provide delegates with the tools needed to work offshore as Protected Species Observers (PSOs) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) operators.

Why is PSO and PAM Training Important?

Many sound-producing activities in the marine environment, such as seismic acquisition, LNG offshore port operations, and pile driving, require some form of monitoring during operations to mitigate the potential impacts of sound to marine fauna. The acoustic environment for marine species is complex, and the impacts of sound on these species are equally complex and even more poorly understood. Often, the link between successful commercial operations and successful protection of the environment lies with independent, third-party observers. Therefore, the training and ethics of these observers is critical to the industry-species-regulation triangle. The most advanced training recognizes that operations are global and encompass a wide range of species and monitoring techniques. Optimal courses ensure conveyance of the most recent advances in methodologies and subject knowledge rather than merely reiterating a set of regulations. Consequently, training courses are now offering specialized modules that adhere to regulatory requirements but educate delegates as professionals.

Different industries require different training regimes. Some of the most well-known and wide spread are the requirements for visual and acoustic monitoring during seismic survey acquisition. While monitoring requirements to minimize sound impact have been in existence since the early 2000s, much has been learned about the complexity of species response to sound and how to accurately to assess impacts. Recent developments in the marine sound community are likely to require an increased level of training and expertise for seismic mitigation observers.

What Does PSO/PAM Training Entail?

The training is conducted in both the classroom and in the field with specific training for real-world troubleshooting. This extensive and practical effort benefits the trainee as well as the industry by providing mitigation personnel with the most comprehensive training available today. However, knowledgeable, prepared, and tested personnel is key for mitigation requiring visual and acoustic observation offshore and provides for reliable data that are vital in future rule making and planning.

The combined PSO/PAM course provides the skills needed for a career in protected species observation during offshore seismic surveys and is aimed at delegates with a scientific background, preferably in biology and marine sciences.

Our PSO and PAM training is offered over a 5-day period and is divided into two separate modules. The final day of training takes place on board a vessel to allow delegates to gain valuable experience with marine mammal identification while at sea.

PSO Module
Protected Species Observer Training
BOEM & BSEE Compliant

This 2-day interactive course is intended for people who wish to pursue a career in marine mammal observation and mitigation for the offshore seismic industry. The course has been designed to equip the delegates with a thorough background knowledge of all aspects of working offshore.

Day 1 (classroom)

  • Introduction to Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles
  • Legislation within the Gulf of Mexico and Global Oceans
  • Introduction to Seismic Surveys
  • Permitting Requirements
  • Role of the PSO
  • Data Collection and Reporting


Day 2 (classroom)

  • Clues & Search Methods for Marine Mammals
  • & Sea Turtles
  • Species Identification
  • Testing & Certification

PAM Module
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Training

This module is intended for delegates with a scientific background in biology or marine sciences and have also successfully completed a certified PSO or MMO course. This 3-day session includes 2 days of classroom interaction and 1 day of training on board a vessel.

Day 1 (classroom)

  • Sound In Water
  • Marine Mammal Vocalizations
  • Anthropogenic Noise
  • Effects of Anthropogenic Noise
  • Local Mitigation Guidelines
  • PAM Principles and the Role of the PAM Operator
  • PAM Hardware & Operations

Day 2 (classroom)

  • PAM Software
  • PAMGuard Workshop
  • PAM Test

Day 3 (on a vessel)

  • Full day on vessel

    Course Coordinator:

    Sarah Hancock, Seiche Training Ltd
    Tel: +44 1647 270169
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