Shark conservation

Project name:

Shark Life

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

550

Marine

South Africa

Africa

Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

private room

When does the project run?

Facilities:

electricity, cooking facilities, accomoodation included, shower, local shops, wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

The program consists of four main components which build your knowledge and skills through theory, practical exercises and time in the ocean.

  1. Theory Sessions - shark species fundamentals, shark conservation tactics, diving with sharks

  2. Lab Practical Sessions - anatomical features of sharks and rays, various tagging techniques, specimen sampling techniques

  3. Ocean Practical Sessions - freediving skill development (certification), boating and beach logistics, shark encounter experience, research data collection

  4. Assessment Sessions - species presentations, conservation project abstracts, final exams, shark ID drill

 

Additional activities are varied depending on current programs at the sharlife ocean centre:

  • Assist with educating local school groups

  • Develop displays for the shark museum

  • Maintain research equipment 

  • Catalog museum specimens

  • Collate and input research data

A few key benefits:

  • Get close to sharks

  • Get an accredited Free-diving certification

  • Gain worthwhile marine field experience

  • Develop seamanship skills

  • Examine real shark and ray specimens 

  • Encounter diverse marine mega fauna

  • Dive in warm clear ocean environments

  • Visit nearby Big 5 Game Reserves (optional extra)

  • Study in a World Heritage Site

  • Support a long standing non-profit shark conservation organisation

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime