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.
How it works
Research our program – will we fulfill your expectations of an awesome shark adventure that contributes to shark conservation?
When you are happy, send in your booking form and receive your provisionally booked place on the program
Pay your deposit of USD500, proved a few more details and have your place confirmed on the program
Get ready for the adventure of a life time, prepare, pack and board your plane
Have a question?
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
- 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.
- Research – Volunteers collect citizen science research on our shark and diving expeditions
- Outreach – Volunteers drive our education program with school children and clients
- Crewing – Volunteers assist in daily ecotourism operations by crewing in various capacities
- 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.
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