The Captain’s Log

Derwent Hunter eco guides day trip around the Whitsundays

Eco Guides and Turtle Hospital Update

Derwent Hunter eco guide logo The business, Tallship Adventures, was one of the first tour operators in the Whitsundays to achieve Eco Certification, and now we are taking steps to ensure all our staff have EcoGuide accreditation too.

Why? Because we cherish our natural environment, want to protect the Great Barrier Reef and its inhabitants, and share our knowledge with our guests.

EcoGuide Certification is a national program, recognising guides who deliver an authentic, environmentally responsible and professional experience. The program is owned by Ecotourism Australia and operated in Australia by Savannah Guides.

What does it entail?

The certification process is quite in depth. Our guides have to undergo a written and in-person assessment of both generic and eco-specific guiding skills such as:

  • knowledge of the tourism industry;
  • roles and responsibilities of a guide;
  • communication skills;
  • safety and risk management;
  • group management;
  • developing and delivering tour activities;
  • content knowledge;
  • minimal impact principles;
  • a commitment to ongoing professional development, and
  • respecting Indigenous culture.

The whole certification process can take up to a year to complete, but our crew are steaming ahead. We have already completed the written assessments, and had the onsite assessment this week too.

Derwent Hunter crew in their new uniforms sailing the Whitsundays


Turtle Hospital Update

We’re a big supporters of the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre here are Derwent Hunter. We have a fundraising tin on board, and guests are very generous with their donations towards the hospital, especially after meeting our local turtles first hand whilst on our tour.

This week we received this lovely update from Fiona, the coordinator at the hospital:

“Hi Jo,

I hope you are well, I just wanted to let you know what an absolutely fantastic job your crew do at collecting funds for the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre. Out of all of our collection tins around town the one on Derwent Hunter does by far the best. I think this is down to your dedicated crew who always go the extra mile to mention Eco Barge and the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre to their guests and educate them of the work we do and how their donation can help. Not only does this help raise funds but it also raises awareness about the threats to marine turtles and what we can all do to help them.

According to our records, since September 2016 Derwent Hunter has raised an outstanding $2,052 for the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre.

At the moment the Whitsunday Turtle Rescue Centre is completely funded by donations only, we do not have any current funders or grants for the centre so these donations are so crucial to the care of the sick and injured marine turtles. We currently have one turtle in care, a post hatchling flatback turtle named Elmo, and we have another turtle en-route to the centre as I write this.

Fiona, Amy and Ena came and visited the centre a few weeks ago to meet Elmo which was great. If any of the other crew would like to come and visit they are more than welcome.”

We love seeing these little guys rehabilitated and released back into the wild. It’s such a rewarding thing to be a part of.

Some of our favourite turtle photos over the years


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