Shark conservation

Project name:

Shark Life

Project purpose:

Shark conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching


South Africa


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Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • gain qualification and/or credit

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:


private room



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

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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