White Shark Diving Co.

Watch: This Unique White Shark Research Experience

Make sure to ask for specials for
CapeTownMagazine.com readers
And give them our regards!
 
+27(0)82 559 6858
9 Kus Drive| Kleinbaai Harbour | Gansbaai
www.sharkcagediving.co.za
info@sharkcagediving.co.za
whitesharkco
White Shark Diving Company

Watch: This Unique White Shark Research Experience

From students to conservationists, here’s how to unlock the Cape’s most unique adventure-conservation apex predator experience

Unforgettable diving adventures in the great white shark capital of the world. Conduct snorkelling surveys, capturing crucial data and contributing to countless scientific studies. Learn to tag and release a variety of live sharks and contribute to the conservation of species.

This is well beyond your average volunteer programme. And whether you’re a student looking to gain real, hands-on field experience or just passionate about conservation and looking to make a real impact, you’re going to want to know about unique shark research experience offered by the Shark & Marine Institute at the White Shark Diving Company (WSDC) in Gansbaai.

WATCH: THE ULTIMATE CAPE SHARK RESEARCH ADVENTURE

 

CONTRIBUTE TO VITAL RESEARCH
What makes this shark research experience unique is that you actually take part in groundbreaking research on various species of shark and elasmobranchs, contributing to and supporting various universities and scientific journals. All empowered by unique research permits extended by various governmental departments to the institute, run by marine biologist Mary Rowlinson. 

  • Get up close and personal with great white sharks on cage diving trips
  • Experience smaller local sharks on catch-and-release tagging excursions aboard our research vessel
  • Explore our 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 ALSO HAVE FUN
You get plentiful free time to explore Gansbaai and Cape Town during your experience and go on organised excursions on bad-weather days. Some excursions may include: hiking in the local area, trips to Cape Agulhas (southernmost tip of Africa), Betty’s Bay (famous penguin colony), horse-riding trips, riverboat cruises and such.

Plus: go on regular boat trips (4 minimum per month) and also get trained in boat handling.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All accommodation while on the programme, including 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
  • 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 by preparing a CV and short letter of motivation to submit when completing the online application form on their website.

Costs: Understandably, the programme is not free. Costs start from $1900 for two weeks or $2900 for a month and a 5% discount is given for those staying on for the second month and 10% for a third month. All South African citizen qualify for a 25% discount.

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 of each month, for four weeks. In December, the programme only runs for two weeks: 1–14 Dec.

For more information about White Shark Diving Company’s shark research experience, contact on +27 (0)74 550 6654 or email volunteer@sharkcagediving.co.za or info@sharkcagediving.co.za.

---
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
October 2019
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 31

statements_5Fugard Classic “Statements” ...

Catch this stellar performance about forbidden love

VaseWhat Could Be Prettier Than A Room Full ...

An exhibition full of flowers in vases created by Cape Town’s top ceramicists

a4_arts_foundationZanele Muholi Wants You To See The ...

And it’s free at the A4 Arts Foundation

Land_RewovenSee This Fascinating Interpretation of ...

Artist MJ Lourens pairs his modern landscapes with Pierneef’s, plus there’s cheese ...

gindulge1Get To Know Your Gins At This Mid-week ...

Make your October Wednesdays about food trucks, kids activities, desserts and gin at ...

rodan_kane_hartRodan Kane Hart: Making the Most of ...

An expansive gallery and pristine outdoor landscape showcase a free exhibition by a young ...

dales_16Check Out the Everyday Lunch Menu at ...

The Milnerton family eatery also serves tapas

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition To Open At The ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

tjing_pancakesTuesdays Are Pancake Days At Tjing Tjing

A fluffy soufflé pancake (or two) at Torii at Tjing Tjing House

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Extended To 2020 ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

fpl_5Get Moving in Functional Training Class

Improve your fitness, strength and overall functionality with the Functional Performance ...

royalteaA Tuesday Treat to Share with a Friend

Royaltea at the V&A Food Market is offering a second one of their special teas at half ...

devonvale15Free With Your Food: Specials at ...

From a free glass to a free bottle of estate wine, get something extra with your lunch or ...

sgtpepper152-for-1 Burger or Pizza Deal At Sgt ...

A reason to eat out: Get a free pizza on Tuesdays and a free burger on Thursdays at this ...

Barrs14Your Pharmacy Medicine Delivered For ...

Just Whatsapp or email your request, from basics to travel medications and emergency ...

Om Revolution vinyasa poseHave an Outdoor Yoga Experience with ...

Embrace your inner yogi outdoors

asamisLove Sushi? Asami's Has The Best ...

Get two sushi plates, pay for one, plus women also get 50% off on all cocktails on ...

haskell_wine_1Save On A Gourmet Food and Syrah Wine ...

Sip the renowned wines and taste delicious gourmet food from Haskell Vineyards

OX boat rides 110% Off: See The Marine Big 5 on an ...

Whales, dolphins, penguins, cape fur seals and mola mola (sunfish), an awesome boat trip ...

date night hqPremium Date Night: Served in Pairs, ...

Planning a date, anniversary or even a proposal? Check out this Parisian-inspired ...

grub&vine_wineFree Wine Tasting Every Wednesday at ...

Grub & Vine’s #VineNight hosts a different wine farm

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

pepperclubPepper Club Hotel Midweek Movie and ...

Movies and Dinner – the perfect couple…

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips