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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

VOLUNTEER VS INTERN

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NEWSFLASH! We are currently offering a 20% discount on all bookings received between June and October 31st, 2018. Apply today and benefit from this amazing winter special.

Have you read through the “About” section and now understand what the Shark Academy is all about? Did “Why us” clarify why we are a great choice for your next life and career adventure? If so, it’s time to pick a package suited to you!

The volunteering program best suites those who are seeking a sneak peek into the life of a marine scientist. It is targeted at sharks enthusiasts who are passionate about spending quality time with sharks and learning about shark conservation. The eight week internship program is for anyone leaning toward a career in marine science, and provides deeper insights and responsibilities with our team. This is a more technical program and is perfect for your practical university placement!

Brand new: Find out about our science diver packages!

For more information on our program, research, your tasks and experience please download the program guide.

VOLUNTEERING
weekly rate. (Off season Sep-Mar: 550 USD/week)
$625
If you are time constrained but are searching for an incredible hands-on experience working with sharks, this is for you. No scientific background needed. A minimum of two weeks is required.
  • No science background needed
  • Peek into marine science
  • Contribute to conservation
  • Spend quality time with sharks
  • Have a great adventure
APPLY TODAY
INTERNSHIP
weekly rate. (Off season Sep-Mar: 500 USD/week)
$575
If you are a gap year student, trying to leave a positive conservation footprint, or a marine biologist looking for an internship placement - this is your chance. A minimum of eight weeks is required.
  • Science background recommended
  • Career development
  • Learn research techniques
  • Follow dedicated shark curriculum
  • Ideal semester placement
APPLY TODAY
POST-GRAD STUDENTS
Tailored solution, additional fees apply
$110
If you are a marine biologist looking for great research facilities, strong mentorship and excellent scientific infrastructure for your MSc or PhD, we should talk. A minimum of six months is required.
  • Full access to research facility
  • Strong mentorship
  • Tap on to our resources
  • Contribute to local research
  • Stay as long as you need
APPLY TODAY
WHY ARE YOU PAYING TO VOLUNTEER?

Like most other volunteering programs out there, our organization is 100% reliant on external contributions to finance our ongoing research and conservation efforts. Your fees will support our operational costs for boats, transportation, shark tags, lab equipment, housing, and more. From the smallest light bulb to the biggest shark tank we couldn’t run our activities without you, so this is as good time as any to say: thank you!

YOUR EXPERIENCE

SCIENCE HANDS ON

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As a small team, we work hard to ensure you get the most out of your experience at the Shark Academy. You will spend days at sea, assist with shark tagging and deploy baited remote underwater video (BRUV) systems. You will help with ecological surveys, run focal surveys on Great White Sharks, contribute to database management and data analysis, participate in lectures, workshops, and so much more.

Have a look at the summary of different activities you may participate in during your time. These are embedded in a flexible weekly schedule, which is very much weather-dependent and changes often.

  • Ocean & Coast in SA
  • Shark Evolution & Ecology
  • Sharks & Fisheries
  • Shark population dynamics
  • Science Comms. workshop
  • Trophic Ecology & Sharks
  • Shark handling
  • Shark husbandry
  • Data entry and management
  • Shark dissection
  • Shark sampling
  • Shark diversity surveys
  • Underwater shark census
  • Shark tagging
  • Sharks after dark
  • BRUV Deployment
  • PADI Courses
  • Science Diver Curriculum
  • Tagging & External Monitoring
  • Shark Monitoring and Census
  • Blue and Mako Shark Diving
  • Seven Gill Diving

PEEK INTO THE LIFE OF A SHARK SCIENTIST

Have a look at how our volunteers and interns perceived their experience with the Shark Academy here in Hermanus, South Africa.