Shark And Marine Research Institute

Volunteer To Join a Research Team To See The Great White ...

Help researchers learn more about these mysterious predators
 
+27 (0)63 680 3063
9 Kus Drive| Kleinbaai Harbour | Gansbaai
www.sharkcagedive.com
institute@sharkcagedive.com
Shark & Marine Research Institute
sharkmarineinstitute

Volunteer To Join a Research Team To See The Great White Shark (Watch)

Unlock the Cape’s most unique conservation adventure of these apex predators

South Africa’s great white shark is one of the most mysterious creatures of the sea. Now, imagine getting close to these majestic predators in their own waters, and at the same time helping to understand and conserve them? 

You can do this – and find adventure and meaning – by joining the expert team from White Shark Diving Company (WSDC) as part of its Volunteer Programme.

CONTRIBUTE TO VITAL RESEARCH
What makes the Shark & Marine Research Institute’s volunteer programme unique is it’s doing groundbreaking research in collaboration with Stellenbosch University's world-renowned great white shark expert Dr Sara Andreotti, which means volunteers get to contribute to important programmes. 

The research is on various species of shark and elasmobranchs, and contributes to and supports various universities and scientific journals. All of this is enabled by unique research permits extended by various governmental departments to the institute, run by marine biologist Mary Rowlinson.

WATCH: THE ULTIMATE CAPE SHARK RESEARCH ADVENTURE

GANSBAAI IS THE SHARK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Just a short distance from the mainland, there’s an incredibly dynamic ecosystem known as 'Shark Alley', largely thanks to the thousands of seals that live and breed on nearby Dyer Island. This makes Gansbaai one of the best places in the world to study great white shark behaviour and demographics, because you’re almost always guaranteed to spot a shark from the safety of the submerged cage. 

The Shark & Marine Institute (SMRI) offers volunteers a unique opportunity to get first-hand experience of ground-breaking research studying shark behaviour, biology and conservation. Volunteers conduct snorkelling surveys, capture crucial data and contribute to many scientific studies. They play a vital role in data collection and management, as well as gain work experience on the company’s tourism boat and quality dive time with the predators.

Interested? Apply via the following online application form 

THESE ARE SIX BENEFITS YOU’LL HAVE:

  • Get close to great white sharks on cage-diving trips.
  • Experience smaller local sharks on catch-and-release tagging excursions aboard our research vessel.
  • Explore kelp forests and the creatures that inhabit them during snorkelling surveys.
  • Be involved with groundbreaking research focused on shark and marine conservation.
  • Get credits towards your degree or diploma (dependent on approval by your educational institution).
  • Benefit from our unique research permit awarded by the Department of Environmental Affairs – Oceans and Coasts and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

BUT YOU’LL ALSO HAVE LOADS OF FUN
You get plenty of free time to explore Gansbaai and Cape Town. On bad-weather days, you’ll go on organised excursions, which may include hiking in the local area, trips to Cape Agulhas (southernmost tip of Africa) and Betty’s Bay (famous penguin colony), horse-riding outrides and riverboat cruises.

Plus: go on regular boat trips (minimum of four per month) and be trained in boat handling.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All accommodation while on the programme, including in Gansbaai and one night’s accommodation in Cape Town.
  • Transport to and from Cape Town International Airport, as well as Gansbaai.
  • Breakfast and lunch on working days.
  • A welcome pack of caps, T-shirt, buff, warm top, bonus DVD with white shark footage and waterproof deck boots for duration of stay.
  • White shark cage dives, behavioural study and data collection.
  • Lectures and practical training in all running projects.
  • Elasmobranch, seal, rocky shores and marine debris surveys.
  • Data analysis.
  • Participating in outreach programmes.


Not included: Flight tickets, visas, medical and travel insurance, meals (other than basic breakfast and lunch) and any additional lodging before or after the programme. White Shark Diving Company is, however, more than happy to help advise you on any of these.

HOW TO APPLY AND COSTS
Apply via the following online application form on their website.

Costs: Programme fees are $745 for one week, $1490 for two weeks $1795 for three weeks, $2100 for one month, thereafter the cost is $400 per week, so you may join for as many weeks as you like up to 3 months. Longer stays are subject to additional Visa requirements. They offer a 10% discount to students who are able to provide a copy of their student ID. South African citizens are entitled to a 25% discount as well as the dollar rand exchange being treated as ten 10 to 1.

Tip:
As WSDC relies on good weather conditions, the company recommends that volunteers stay for a minimum of one month to obtain the full working experience and to ensure that they have adequate sea time. 

Volunteer Programme Dates: Programmes start on the 1st and 15th of each month. The programme closes completely from the 15th December to the 15th January every year. 

For more information about White Shark Diving Company’s shark research experience, contact on +27 (0)63 680 3063 or email institute@sharkcagedive.com or visit www.sharkcagedive.com.

To qualify for a discount, mention CapeTownMagazine.com when booking. 

---

Did you know you’ll never see a great white shark in captivity? They can’t be enclosed. Find more cool white shark facts here and even organise yourself a great white breaching tour.

Shark cage diving is one of the all-time ultimate Cape Town bucket list experiences. And if you’ve already done it, consider croc-cage diving at Le Bonheur in Paarl.

Also, see more cool volunteering opportunities in Cape Town as well as super unique things to do here and all the nearby adventure activities.

And take a look at all the exciting things to do in Gansbaai.

---
Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City.

Cape Town Events Calendar
September 2021
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30

Magnet Theatre_Snapped3What’s on at the Baxter Theatre

Snapped is a companion piece to the hugely successful, "I turned away and she was gone"

Investec_Cape_Town_Art_Fair_Rhizome, Dramane Diarra, Intellectual OnanismEnjoy the Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Free digital event gives art lovers access to two art fairs

Uber Go Cape Town We asked you where you would go with a ...

Your answers were delightful (plus Uber Go explained)

Wolfkop Camping Villages and Nature ReserveWolfkop holiday specials: glamp for up ...

Plus 9 activities also at half-price: bodyboard the Olifants, hike, see rock paintings ...

Escape Room Game Cape TownPlay Cape Town’s original Live Escape ...

The door closes. You have 60 minutes to get out...

Framed online escape room game HintHunt AfricaTeam building for virtual teams

Online team building every Wednesday + Thursday

Wonderdal Tree of Light Have the birthday party your child ...

Includes a colourful Amuki cake, party bag + 7 edu-zones to explore

Oasis Association Claremont coffee shopDo Good

3 ways to do it at Oasis: shop, donate or take your recycling there

Samadhi HouseUber luxury Cape Town villa at an ...

House, cottage, tennis court, gym, pool + incredible views at an excellent special

Maker's LandingMaker’s Landing, the Waterfront’s ...

Cakes too beautiful to eat, short rib dumplings and gorgeous harbour views

Zsa Zsa Cape Town Craving a wild night out? Zsa Zsa Cape ...

Nightly live performances, theatrical cocktails + decadent menu

Leopards LeapLeopards Leap serves succulent ...

It’s family friendly, has a harvest table, plus there’s a big lawn to play on

Beach barA beach bar in Paarl!

Pizza, beach vibes, cocktails, and stunning views, the recipe for a perfect day

Gabriëlskloof Wine EstateReaders special: 10% off at ...

It’s relaxed, there’s space for kids to play + dogs are welcome

Kiff Kombis Tours Kiff Kombi local special: fall in love ...

Travel, eat, drink with friends in a vibey kombi, driver included (20% off price)

Chard Grill & Wine Bar kitchenWeekly burger specials plus 2 happy ...

R99 for two burgers and R30 for all wine, beer and gin

Hermanus Guest HouseBook a luxe Hermanus stay on this ...

Colourful, central + opposite a gorgeous (safe) tidal pool

Distillers & Union Make your unique brand of gin

And there’s more: vodka, rum, fiery ginger beer plus the chance to tour this working ...

LeMottetastingVirtual and on-site wine tastings at ...

Or do this specialised La Motte wine-tasting virtually

Pierneef food and wine pairing 2Food and Wine Pairing at La Motte

Discover a match made in the divine tasting room of this Franschhoek Estate

GiveawaysTravel Tips