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Contribute to positive conservation change. Get up close to sharks. Join the team!

Get your hands dirty

Training at the Shark Academy emphasizes lab and field work. Get hands on experience with sharks within your first week. Become an indispensable part of our team and a key member of our research operations by the end of your stay. Find out more about your experience here.

Take your time

Find inspiration. If you are struggling to decide whether a career in marine science is for you, no worries. Your time here will provide you with excellent insight into life as a marine and shark scientist. We’re dedicated and passionate about marine conservation and can’t wait to share our knowledge with you!

Experience adventure

If you are looking for a great adventure, we will help you get face-to-face with sharks. Our 2-week volunteer package and shark diving courses are designed for those who are just plain passionate about sharks!

Still not sure if the Shark Academy is for you? Let us help you decide…

Your time with us is packed with education and adventure. The Shark Academy will be an experience you never forget.
We help you develop the skills and tools you need to kickstart a career in marine science and conservation. In the lab and in the field.
With over 60 shark species reported in Walker Bay, our Shark Lab lies at the heart of some of the sharkiest waters in the world.
Throughout and beyond your stay, we give professional guidance and mentorship by our qualified team of scientists and specialists.
Finding a job in marine science is challenging. Our extensive network in the field and globally respected research can increase your chances of finding a placement.



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"I liked how everything is really hands on for the interns and we're expected to quickly learn and apply what we learn."
"Great for people who wich to make a career out of marine biology!"
"I had the most amazing time! I have learned so much since I've been here that no doubt will help me along my way through marine bio!"
"You really do a great job of getting people involved immediately and get hands on experience as soon as possible."
"SASC is amazing! Had such a great time & learned so much! Wish I could have had longer to get more involved in more research methods but I will be back one day!"
"For a program like this I though we were afforded remarkable independence, both in and out of the field."
"I am a lot more interested/aware of the complexity of ocean life now that I have had this experience. Being from the prairies, I never really had the opportunity to really get my hands dirty and learn about the oceans in a meaningful way."