Blue Wilderness’ shark volunteers and shark interns learn the snorkeling, diving and scientific techniques to collect data that is vital to the management of some of the world’s vulnerable shark species. As well as diving and snorkeling with five species of incredible sharks shark volunteers get the chance to work in the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, one of South Africa most pristine and important marine biodiversity hotspots. You directly contribute to our conservation, research and education programmes on Blue Wilderness's shark volunteer and internship program.

This last month was the best of my life! I spent around 20 days snorkeling and diving with blacktips and raggies, the team taught my how to collect data and video footage of the sharks and environment. Also talking to and educating the guests made me know that I was helping in changing perceptions towards sharks. Totally awesome

Alicia K

September 15

A totally awesome experience – shark, sharks and more SHARKS! For me, the best part (other than the shark diving) was having the chance to talk sharks to the local school kids and see their perception changes. Totally stoked I did this program

Brent M

June 16

I have had a passion for sharks for as long as I can remember! Not been able to formally study marine biology made me feel I could not help with their conservation. But this all changed with Blue Wilderness! Not only did I have a month of diving with sharks, but I now know how I can continue to make my contribution to their conservation.

Sasha L

June 16

How it works

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Get researching

Research our program – will we fulfill your expectations of an awesome shark adventure that contributes to shark conservation?

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Get provisional

When you are happy, send in your booking form and receive your provisionally booked place on the program

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Get confirmed

Pay your deposit of USD500, proved a few more details and have your place confirmed on the program

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Get flying

Get ready for the adventure of a life time, prepare, pack and board your plane

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How much does it cost?

The base cost of the 1 month program is $2000. If you want to do additional accredited courses such as SCUBA qualification or shark speciality courses this is additional.

I'm not a diver - can I still come?

YES! Most of our research and crewing work is done on snorkel rather than SCUBA. Many non-qualified volunteers come and get qualified in SCUBA on course.

What does the fee cover?

The $2200 fee covers the following

  • Dorm accommodation with fellow volunteer
  • Three meals a day for duration of program
  • All program related diving, snorkeling and other activities
  • Expert guidance and tuition throughout the program
  • Local transport (including airport pick up and drop off)

The fee does not include

  • SCUBA qualification courses
  • Shark speciality courses
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • International flights to and from Durban
  • Recreational activities and excursions

 

What do volunteers do daily?

Volunteers contribute to four sections of Blue Wilderness’s daily operation.

  1. Research – Volunteers collect citizen science research on our shark and diving expeditions
  2. Outreach – Volunteers drive our education program with school children and clients
  3. Crewing – Volunteers assist in daily ecotourism operations by crewing in various capacities
  4. Conservation – Volunteers drive our shark conservation campaigns

Every shark ecotourism company should contribute to shark research, education and conservation. This program does exactly that. Through their projects the Blue Wilderness shark volunteers make a huge contribution to the conservation of South Africa’s sharks.

Ryan Johnson

TV host; Shark Biologist; and Chief Scientist for OCEARCH’s Shark Wranglers

Your Projects

Research

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Outreach

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Crewing

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Conservation

Shark volunteers on beach cleanup