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