Shark Diving and Conservation

Western Cape, South Africa

$1295.00

 

The Experience

Ever dreamed of diving with Sharks? Come make this dream a reality by becoming a volunteer and participating at our Shark Diving & Conservation! The project is based about an hour from Capetown in a nice scenic coastal town. The area is considered to be the ‘Great White Shark Capital of the World’.

The project is a founding member of the Great White Protection Foundation and has been a leading voice in the call for operators to collaborate in protecting the declining number of sharks and other marine species off the coastline of South Africa. One key role of the project is to educate local and international visitors about the conservation plight of the great white shark since quite a lot of people worldwide lack the knowledge and have the wrong impressions of these amazing creatures. The project runs daily trips to educate guests/visitors about great white sharks and their current conservation initiatives. The cage diving trips give visitors the opportunity to see great white sharks in their natural environment, where their grace and beauty is most evident. Offering a minimum duration of 1 week, come now and be a part of this amazing experience!

This Is Why

  • Unique volunteer opportunity to have close encounters with a Great White Sharks and learn more about marine life and Marine Conservation!
  • Learn a new culture while working and living in small fishing town in coastal, South Africa.
  • Educate the public about the protection and conservation of Great Whites and marine life.

 
 
Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    The project is opened and available to all volunteers all year round however, the project closes from December 15th to January 15th.
  • Volunteer duration
    1 - 4 week
  • Package Price
  • 1 week 1,295 US$
  • 2 week 1,995 US$
    3 week 2,395 US$
  • 4 week 2,695 US$ 
  • Average Work hours
    You will work 6-7 hours per day (all depending on the work load and weather) for 5-6 days per week. Volunteers are allowed to have 1-2 days off. 
  • Number of Volunteers
    8
  • Volunteer accommodation
    Available
  • Housing Type
    You will stay at the Volunteer accommodation provided by the project. The house is in Kleinbaai which is about a two minutes’ drive away from the Harbour. The accommodation consists of shared rooms holding up to 8 volunteers at a time, fully furnished, well equipped kitchen, TV & DSTV provided and Wifi included. Laundry Services is also provided.
  • Internet Access
    Available at the volunteer accommodation.
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Individuals who have a passion for conservation and a great interest in marine life and nature. Being hardworking, motivated, mature and initiative are some qualities you must possess and being at sea for long periods of time must be something you can handle. Helping to raise public awareness for these amazing creatures will be one of your main tasks as such you must have good communication skills. We will not tolerate smoking, alcohol or the use of drugs. Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.

Fast Facts: South Africa

Where? Western Cape, South Africa

Country Size: 1,109 km2
428 sq mi 

Population density? 62/km2 
160/sq mi

Country Famous for? Wildlife watching, Addo National Park, Elephants, Dolphins, Great White Sharks, beaches, lagoons, friendly people, great restaurants, shopping, bungee jumping, adrenaline sports.

When to visit: All year round!

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Shark Diving and Conservation
    • Airport Pickup

      Volunteers should arrange flights to Cape Town International Airport, South Africa. The project provides transfers from Cape Town International airport to accommodation in Cape Town where volunteers spend one night, following which they provide a transfer to project accommodation the next morning. At the end of the stay they will then transport volunteers directly to Cape Town International Airport or to Cape Town if volunteers are continuing their travels elsewhere.
    • Accommodation
      You will stay at the Volunteer accommodation provided by the project. The house is in Kleinbaai which is about a two minutes’ drive away from the Harbour. The accommodation consists of shared rooms holding up to 8 volunteers at a time, fully furnished, well equipped kitchen, TV & DSTV provided and Wifi included. Laundry Services is also provided.
    • Meals
      Breakfast and lunches are provided, dinners will be prepared by the volunteers.
    • Ongoing service
      If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in the Africa after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay in Hermanus, South Africa you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: Flights and Insurance

    Package Price:
    01 Week: $1295.00 US
    02 Week: $1995.00 US
    03 Week: $2395.00 US
    04 Week: $2695.00 US

  • RESPONSIBILITIES
    Volunteers are the backbone of the research of Great White Shark and marine conservation along the coast of South Africa' Western Cape. As a volunteer at the project, you will expand your knowledge on marine life and the ocean itself and share what you learn with the locals and international visitors. Some of your responsibilities include but is not limited to:
    • Assisting with gathering important data on white sharks on board the shark cage diving tourist vessel and on board the research boat.
    • Volunteers will also learn ethical handling and angling techniques of smaller sharks.
    • Learn how to tag and take genetic samples, all of which is contributing to our baseline study on elasmobranchs.
    • Other activities include participation in community events, such as workshops and presentations for local schools and beach clean-ups.
  • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
    • Required to commit to a  stay of 1 week.
    • Must have an interest in marine life and conservation.
    • Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humor, mature, dependable, physically and mentally fit. If volunteer has any medical condition, they should notify us about his/her condition.
    • Must be motivated and be initiative.
    • Age: 16+
    • Must have a good knowledge of English.
    • Good communication skills.
    • Being at sea for long periods of time must be something you can handle
    • Must be able to work as part of a team or individually, must read and agree to abide by guidelines and ethics of the project and must be polite and courteous to the public at all times.
  • Volunteer Benefits
    • Make new friends! Meet with the local staff and many international volunteers on a daily basis.
    • Close encounters with Great White Sharks, different species of sharks and various marine life!
    • Expand your knowledge on marine life research and coastal conservation in beautiful South Africa while fully understanding these amazing creatures.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Western Cape, South Africa
    • Area Famous For
      Shark Tours & Research, Whale watching, Wineries, Beautiful and picturesque beaches, Friendly people, Diverse Culture and Cuisine.
    • When to visit
      All year round!
    • Nature, Animals and other Interests
      Great opportunities to see many different species of Sharks and it is most famous for being the home of the Southern Right Whale. Every year these gentle creatures of the sea migrate along the coast of South Africa with Walker Bay as one of their destinations, to calve and nurture their young!
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa;
    You will arrive in beautiful Cape Town. There someone will be there to pick you up and you’ll then be transferred to your accommodation in Johannesburg where you will spend the night. Someone will then be there to pick you up and transfer your directly to the project.
    For 1 week or more - Volunteer at the Shark Diving and Conservation project!
    For one week ore more you will be volunteering in a small safe fishing town 1 hour from Cape Town, South Africa shark diving and helping with marine research, Shark Conservation and educating the Public! 
    Your last day
    - You will fly back home or take the opportunity to travel through South Africa. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country. 


  • Accommodation

    You will stay at the Volunteer accommodation provided by the project. The house is in Kleinbaai which is about a two minutes’ drive away from the Harbour. The accommodation consists of shared rooms holding up to 8 volunteers at a time, fully furnished, well equipped kitchen, TV & DSTV provided and Wifi included. Laundry Services is also provided. 

    Things to bring from home

    • Windbreaker/waterproof jacket, Waterproof trousers, Warm clothing – flece or warm jerseys, Other trousers suitable for boat activities – old jeans, old shorts, short sleeved t-shirts and vests, base-layers and thermals May to October, non-slip shoes (We will provide waterproof deck boots to use on the boat, but you will not want to wear these in summer and you will need suitable shoes for the land-based projects), peak cap or wide-brim hat, Sunblock (spf 30+), hat, gloves and scarf May to October, sunglasses (preferably polarized), bag/rucksack (for days when we are out in the fild all day), casual clothes for evening/weekend/travel/activity wear (bring warm clothes in Winter), Swimsuit, Wetsuit (if you are want to, we do have suits available for you to use here) – most divers in South Africa use 7mm wetsuits as our water can be very cold, Snorkel gear e.g. mask, fis and snorkel (if you are able) – not including weight belt, SCUBA certifiation (if achieved).
    • Skippers license (if achieved), camera with spare batteries and memory card, laptop (if possible), iPod/MP3 player for travelling, head torch (if you like to read at night!), earplugs (if you are perhaps a light sleeper!).
    • Phone and charger, daily toiletries and towels and insect repellent.

    Meals

    Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies or specific dietary requirements. We will try to accommodate you but may ask you some things if what you need is not locally available.  Breakfast and lunches are provided, dinners will be prepared by the volunteers. There are also nearby restaurants and diners however, this will be at the volunteer’s own expense.

    Location

    This project is in the western cape of South Africa in a small town near Capetown. It is a small fishing town and popular tourist destination. It is known for its dense population of great white sharks and as a whale-watching location!

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