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THE SHARK ACADEMY

SCIENCE DIVER

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in marine science chances are you’ll be required to get into the water at some point. Being a certified diver has become a critical skill, even a requirement at some universities and institutes. The Shark Academy now offers professional dive training that teaches you to be more confident underwater as well as relevant in situ research techniques pertaining to the field of shark science.

  • From zero to hero – become a science diver, no matter your certification level.
  • We’re associated with PADI – the most recognized dive certification worldwide.
  • Follow our unique shark diving curriculum, developed for Southern Africa.
  • Seemlessly blend the science diver packages into your volunteer or intern program.
  • Start with the dive theory training from home before embarking on your adventure to South Africa.

YOU ARE CERTIFIED?

JOIN OUR DIVE TRIPS

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Looking to do some extra dive trips while you’re here? The Shark Lab and all of our operations are based in the coastal town of Hermanus, meaning we are conveniently located close to our inshore and offshore dive locations. From the cutest endemic catsharks to the fastest of them all, the mako shark, we have a large variety of sharks to interact with. Tell us in advance what you’re interested in and we’ll make sure we blend it into your schedule! Prices may vary – inquire for more information.

LOCAL REEF DIVES

DISCOVER OUR STUNNING LOCAL REEFS

PELAGIC DIVES

EXPERIENCE BLUE AND MAKO SHARKS

COWSHARK DIVES

DIVE WITH ANCIENT SEVENGILL COWSHARKS

GET CLOSE TO THE PUPPIES OF THE SEA

If we know one thing about blue sharks, it is that they are the most inquisitive sharks we have. When we’re diving with these slick, beautiful and interactive animals, you’ll want to make sure your wide angle lens is in place: because they will get close!

A MATTER OF SAFETY

GET INSURANCE

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We take every precaution to ensure our dives are as safe as possible – for the divers and the sharks. As with every ocean-based activity, however, there is always a small risk involved. That’s why we kindly request all our divers present proof of insurance to cover any dive related incidents. Your insurance must be valid throughout your time with us if you are hoping to dive with the Shark Academy. If you already have insurance, great (please see that it explicitly covers scuba diving related accidents). If not, no problem! Thanks to DAN SA, you can become a temporary DAN member and get insurance for as long as you need it while you’re here!