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Shark Research Volunteer Programme Introduction

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Volunteer with Sharks!

  • Join our Shark Research Volunteer Programme for the experience of a lifetime and volunteer with one of the few Conservation-Focused Shark Diving Companies in SA!
  • Be trained as a marine research assistant, interact with sharks and gain essential research skills for your future career!
  • Students, Post-Graduates, Early-Career Scientists, Marine Biologists and Passionate Conservationists are encouraged to apply!

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Great White Shark under threat

The Great White Shark population in South Africa is at potential risk of extinction with numbers believed to be around 300-500. Our White Shark research focuses primarily on monitoring the numbers of these apex predators in our waters, with the aim of obtaining another population estimate within the next two to three years. Scientists at the institute use dorsal fin identification to identify and closely monitor the different individuals we are observing each day.  We are building a comprehensive database of fins photographed.

With other shark species also threatened or vulnerable due to over exploitation, we are also conducting studies to learn about these species. In particular the endemic shark species we have in South Africa. little is currently known about these species; hence the aims of our research are to obtain baseline data on sharks in our area. Data captured includes their diversity, abundance, movement patterns, habitat use and growth rates. Secondly, in the long-term we will be assessing the health of their populations and determining whether local fishermen play a role in shark population decline.

Get involved and help save Sharks!

Participants in the programme will assist with data collection and data management for the projects outlined above. Volunteers will gain a considerable amount of sea experience and valuable research skills, both on our cage diving boat and dedicated research vessel.

Daily activities include cage-diving trips, shark tagging trips which are conducted from our research boat and from the shoreline. Our volunteers go Snorkeling for sharks in the kelp forests and conduct beach clean ups. We regularly deploy BRUVS (Baited remote under water video surveillance) rigs to observe shark and fish population abundance first hand.

Volunteers also participate in extensive data entry and dorsal fin ID analysis. Volunteers will get to interact daily with our scientists and learn all about Great White Sharks and other marine wildlife in our area. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the local community by supporting our shark conservation, education and outreach projects.

Early Career Scientists are encouraged to join!

WSDC endeavors to make your time with us a personal and career building experience. We provide extensive training in all projects and tailor the volunteer programme to meet your individual needs. Included in the programme are several chances to be involved with cage-diving activities and come face to face with the magnificent Great White Shark in an unforgettable diving experience![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator border_width=”2″ el_class=”vp-separator”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]INTROABOUTFEESAPPLYTESTIMONIALSFAQsCONTACT US[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]