Great White Shark Conservation

Project Overview

This exciting project is situated in Gansbaai  the shark cage diving capital of the world -and is about a 2 hour drive from Cape Town. The coast around Gansbaai is home to multiple marine species. There are shark sightings all year, peaking in the Southern Hemisphere in winter (May – September). Southern Right Whales including their calves return every year in July and stay around until December, when they return back to Antarctic waters. Other species including seals and penguins are resident all year and we sometimes have sightings of bottlenose, humpback and common dolphins. Our volunteer programs here offer a limited number of places each year which allows participants to gain the maximum from their time working closely with biologists from our research team on our shark cage diving vessel.

What's included
  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation
What's not included
  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa

Project Itinerary

Volunteer tasks

  • Assisting the crew in the dive operations
  • Helping clients
  • Data recording
  • Observation
  • Getting the boat ready before launch
  • Help operations when boat returns to land

You will have the opportunity to gain first hand experience of working on an eco-tourism boat and the rare opportunity to work closely with the Great White Shark. Our main objective is to ensure you receive adequate sea-going time during your stay. You will have the opportunity to shark cage dive but will be expected to assist guests during their trip and duties will be assigned to you while on board. You will ensure that every guest has a once in-a lifetime experience and be able to share your knowledge as a host.

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You can expect presentations by our marine biologists and expert crew on:

  • Shark biology and behaviour
  • Basic Seamanship and Safety at Sea
  • Shark tagging and tracking
  • Whale Research and Biology
  • Ocean Conservation
  • Data collection

We host Marine Evenings from time-to-time, meaning that you will also get to hear other conservation and biology experts share their knowledge. Those volunteers who show a good work ethic, and those who are studying in a related field, may have the opportunity to go on research surveys and assist our marine biologists in data collection and shark tracking amongst other experiences, such as environmental surveys. These trips do not happen regularly and should be considered a rare opportunity. You will also experience working within the community. We do regular beach clean-ups and may even work with our local schools, providing a great opportunity to actively make a difference and possibly interact with local children.

Project highlights

  • You will work with professionals and clients in a world-class ecotourism environment,learning all about how responsible ecotourism and conservation learning all about how responsible ecotourism and conservation work hand-in-hand.
  • You will learn about the behaviours and biology of Great White Sharks and the other species in our seas
    We will help, support and encourage you to get the most out of your stay.
  • Every volunteer gets involved in our eco-tourism (cage diving) and conservation work throughout their stay
  • Everyone spends the majority of time at sea aboard Slashfin – our cage diving vessel –or our newly commissioned research boat Lwazi (“seeking knowledge”). Research trips are fully weather dependent and performance of volunteers are rated on our shark cage diving vessel, for the chance to go on our research boat. These trips are rare,depending on which project is on the go, so do not assume that you will be able to participate.
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