Volunteer Training for Sisters Island Marine Park

This training programme is a collaboration among NParks - National Biodiversity Centre, The Leafmonkey Workshop, Ria Tan (wildsingapore) and the volunteer guides of The Naked Hermit Crabs.

Day 1 - 1st Oct OR 7th Oct
Day 2 - 2nd Oct OR 8th Oct
Fieldtrip - 12 Oct, 6 - 9pm
Time: 6.30 pm to 10.30pm (Day 1 and 2)
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens (Day 1 and 2)

What is this workshop about?
This is a training workshop for volunteer guides at the new Sisters Island Marine Park. The workshop introduces you to the fundamentals of guiding at the Park and hopes to build your confidence to guide effectively. It is also a chance to interact with like-minded people and more experienced nature guides while coming up with new and exciting ways to share about our shores.

Who can join?
Training is open to:
  • Those 19 years and above.
  • Able to easily get in and out of a boat and to walk about 1km.
  • Participants must commit to guide 4 times in the coming 12 months at NParks public walks at the Sisters Islands Marine Park. (Public walk dates will be made available in Nov 2014 and may not always be on a weekend.)
Ria Tan
Ria Tan is an extraordinary person who is passionate about Singapore's marine life. She was involved in setting up the guiding system at Chek Jawa and Pulau Semakau and currently volunteers as a nature guide with the Naked Hermit Crabs. Working closely with NParks, she also volunteers with TeamSeagrass and the Mega Marine Survey. She regularly monitors about 40 seashore locations in Singapore and has been doing so for the past 10 years. She blogs at Wild Shores of Singapore and runs the Wildsingapore resources. She is co-author of the Chek Jawa Guidebook, Southern Shores of Singapore guidesheet and Wild Singapore coffee table book, and is currently working on new marine nature guidebooks for Singapore.


Registration is strongly advised as it allows us to better customize the workshop to suit YOUR needs! If you have difficulty submitting your registration on this website, please email us at

Spaces are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!


Day 1 (1st or 7th Oct)
6.30pm - Registration
7.00pm - Sharing by speaker
8.30pm - Activity 1: Making a difference with your walk
9.00pm - Activity 2: How to deal with difficult visitors
10.30pm - End of Workshop

Day 2 (2nd or 8th October)
6.30pm - Registration
7.00pm - Sharing by speaker
8.30pm - Activity 1: Tricky guiding situation
9.00pm - Activity 2: Dealing with unidentified critters
10.30pm - End of Workshop

Field trip: 12 Oct (Sun) 6pm-9pm (More details will be provided to those who register)
  • Priority for the field trip given to those who attended Day 1 AND Day 2. Seats are limited.
  • Each participant to prepare to talk about 5 things on the Die-die-sure-can-see list (to be provided to those who register).
  • Start practicing stories from departure from mainland.
  • Practice stories along the walk route.
  • Field introduction to effective and safe 'Seeking'.
For more details, visit the Sisters' island Marine Park blog.

Our workshops are free! Workshops are run by volunteers for volunteers. The volunteers organising the workshop are providing their services for free. NParks is providing facilities, support and the field trip for free.

Click here to read more about the workshop objectives, aims and purpose. If you are not sure if the workshop is suitable for you, read here to find out more.

Please read the workshop FAQ which aims to answer any of your other burning questions.

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