Sharks are intelligent and vulnerable, deserving of sympathy and respect. Education helps people to lose the `Jaws phenomenon and gain the realisation that sharks are a complex and precious species, living in the water – just doing their best to survive.
This Project is dedicated to the exploration & conservation of the Great White Shark & it`s environment. The project works with students, eco-tourists, scientists, conservation organizations & marine resource users to gather data on Great White Sharks, correct negative misconception and stop the needless slaughter of over 100 million sharks annually. `Everything we do, we aim to do in harmony with nature and the environment we are working in.” - Project Manager
Weather permitting you will go to sea frequently. At sea, you`ll get involved as much as possible with all aspects of sea work. This will be focused on working with the sharks from above and below the water. Much emphasis will be placed on observing behaviour and the interactions of sharks around the boat. You will be taught how to get in and out of the cage and how to remain secure and safe in the cage. Participants in the cages will record observations of the White Sharks. This will include sex, size, markings and behaviour.
This training is designed to educate you to a level of competence of a field assistant. During the training, you will be evaluated on how you handle teamwork, take your own initiatives, take interest in the work and activities, show interest in learning.
The first 3 days are spent in Cape Town for orientation and the you will then move to the project on Sunday
Departure every Sunday
Understanding great white sharks in their natural setting
Gaining experience on the open sea
Encounters with other sea creatures
A student of marine biology is a bonus.
Interest in sea life
- Welcome and induction by team leader
Daily lectures on:
o Basic seamanship (includes anchoring positions, wind directions, currents)
o Cage diving procedures (procedures in the cage with and without regulator)
o Basic shark biology
o Shark behaviour
o Research & conservation
o Shark attacks
o How to film white sharks
o Boat and cage inspection
o Participation in data recording and weekly collation
o On bad weather days, local excursions could include Cape Aghulhas, Hermanus, Betty`s Bay, and the Birkenhead
o Weather permitting, you will go kelp snorkeling near Dyer Island
o You edit your own video-diary
o On certain days, the boat is chartered exclusively for you
+ Two volunteer T-shirts
+ Our Shark Project cap
+ Your welcoming pack
- Extra activities
The house is fully equipped with cooking facilites, inside braai area and all utilities. The house is dedicated to volunteers, and has 4 bedrooms with 2 beds in each.
Gansbaai is renowned for its sharks and not it`s night-life! Gansbaai is a very small rural town, while you will find all essentials there, Internet Café`s, Post Office, a few pubs, it does not offer much entertainment wise, so be prepared to spend evenings quietly.
- Laundry services:
We have arranged with the Local Laundry to pick up your laundry at a pre-arranged time, wash and iron it for R9 per kg. If you want to make use of this, speak to Liz at the Lodge. This is only your personal laundry, we will wash bedding etc.
We have internet access for your convenience at the Lodge – you can ask Liz what computer you are allowed to use. Be considerate with your time on the PC, as it is there for the use of all volunteers and crew.
- Neatness In the House :
You will be responsible for keeping your room clean, and as a combined effort the rest of the house. A cleaning lady will come in twice a week to do a thorough clean-up, but we do request that you do your part in making the atmosphere as neat as possible.
- Packed lunch on sea days, tea and scones on sea days.
- Dinner not included