How can I get involved?

Dolphin Watch is open to River Guardians members. Training is provided and volunteers (Dolphin Watchers) learn how to record the time, date, location of dolphin sightings, number of dolphins sighted, presence of a calf, which way the dolphins were travelling, and any noticeable behaviour.

Volunteers learn basic observation techniques and how to ‘observe but not disturb’, in keeping with regulations in the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and Department of Parks and Wildlife protocols for marine mammal interaction. Shore-based observations are ideal as volunteers can observe animals closely without the dolphins knowing they are present.

Dolphin Watchers make a valuable contribution to Murdoch and Curtin universities scientific research, while gaining skills and networking with others involved in caring for the rivers.

When you become a River Guardian you will receive invitations to events and activities including Dolphin Watch training. We run free training sessions which enable you to learn about the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins that live in the Riverpark and how to monitor the movements and behaviours of these dolphins. The information provided by Dolphin Watchers is contributing to scientific research of these animals.

If you’re a River Guardians member and interested in participating in the next Dolphin Watch training day contact us at

The next Dolphin Watch training session

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time: 6 - 8.30pm (light refreshments served from 6pm)
Venue: Scitech, City West centre, Corner Railway Street & Sutherland Street West Perth.

To register your attendance