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Volunteer with Great White Sharks

From $595 for 1 week

What does the price include?

Volunteering at Marine Dynamics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain first hand experience working an eco-tourism vessel. One of the primary objectives of this project is to study the Great White Shark. 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 gains a once in a lifetime experience and be able to share your knowledge as a host.

At a glance:

  • The minimum duration for this project is 1 week
  • The minimum age is 18 years
  • Love-o-meter rating (amount of love generated by volunteer/shark interaction) is, er, let’s just say respect the Great White Sharks
  • Requirements: A love for the ocean and and a passion for marine conservation
  • Project hours: 6-8 am depending on when the boat leaves to 5 pm
  • The project starts and ends on a Monday
  • The project is located in Gansbaai, South Africa, transport from the volunteer house is provided at an additional cost

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  • 2017 Price List

  • 1 Week – $ 590

    2 Weeks – $ 1110

    3 Weeks – $ 1570

    4 Weeks – $ 1900

    Additional week – $ 410

  • Additional Info

  • Volunteers will attend interesting, informative lectures by our marine biologists and expert crew on:
    Shark biology and behavior off the coast of South Africa
    Basic seamanship and safety at sea
    Shark tagging and tracking
    Ocean conservation
    Data collection
    Dyer Island Conservation Trust projects

    Our monthly marine evenings mean you will also get to hear other conservations and shark experts share their knowledge.

    Interested and keen volunteers and those who are studying in a related field will have the opportunity to go on research expeditions and assist our marine biologists in data collection and shark tracking amongst other experiences, such as environmental surveys.

    Volunteers will also experience working with the community. We do regular beach clean ups with our local  schools, providing a great opportunity to work with children. We are involved in other projects such as:

    • Penguin nests which sometimes need placement at the colonies
    • Shark egg collection;
    • Bird surveys
    • Animal rescues
    • Penguin colonies are sensitive and it is not possible to always be involved in a rescue attempt but if possible we will do so.