Sharklife Conservation Internship


"This internship is a unique, well rounded program suited to shark enthusiasts of all levels" 



Established in 2005 as a non-profit organisation, Sharklife addresses the alarming exploitation of both shark populations and ocean fisheries in South African waters. The Conservation Internship is suited to ocean lovers, divers, volunteers and aspiring marine biologists looking for additional experience in the field of shark behaviour, ecology and conservation.


Key Benefits:

  • You are funding a registered non-profit organisation
  • Develop important marine field study skills
  • Hands-on praticals with real shark and ray specimens (tiger, bull, raggie, hammer) 
  • Abundant marine mega fauna in warm clear ocean environment
  • Max four participants, so wildlife encounters are more worthwhile 
  • Nearby Big 5 Game Reserves 
  • Study area in a pristine world heritage site


"The overall goal of the program is to imprint a deeper understanding of  the shark species in the minds of participants" 


Program Components:

The program consists of four training components which build your knowledge and skills through theory, practical exercises and time in the ocean.

  1. Theory Lectures - shark species fundamentals, shark conservation, species specific breakdowns
  2. Lab Practical Sessions - anatomical features of sharks and rays, reproductive modes, sensory organs, form and function
  3. Ocean Practical Sessions - watermanship skill development, shark location and encounter protocol, field study skills
  4. Assessment Sessions - consolidate and review skill development 

Additional components are varied depending on current activities at the Sharklife Ocean Center.

  • Assist with educating local school groups
  • Develop displays for the shark museum
  • Maintain research equipment 
  • Catalog speciemens
  • Collate and input research data


Skill Development:

If you are considering a career that involves being in the ocean, then this program will benefit you. Consider the Sharklife Conservation Internship as a means of developing the following skills.

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Program Details:

  • Location: Sodwana Bay, South Africa
  • Duration: 14 days (option to extend)
  • Cost: $925  (Price incl, 13 nights accommodation, tuition, materials, certification, boating costs, gear)


Location Details:

Sodwana Bay is located in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa. The village borders the pristine world heritage site known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The park is South Africa's third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline and is home to a magnificent diversity of marine life. Sodwana Bay is a short drive from the Big 5 uMkhuze Game Reserve which you can visit on your days off.



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Some FAQ's

Who is Eligible?

- Over 18’s, in good health with an affinity for the ocean. 

Must I have a scuba qualification?

- No, the ocean practicals are all snorkel based (bubbles scare sharks!). 

What is the accommodation like?

- Your own single cabin room, self catering, linen supplied and serviced daily.

How do I get from the airport?

- We can arrange a pickup ($150) or you can hire a car ($25 per day). 

What's available in Sodwana Bay?

- Cash ATM's, Restaurants, Grocery Shop, Free Wifi, Laundry Service, Dive Shop.

Can I learn to Dive in Sodwana Bay?

- Yes, you can learn to Freedive and Scuba but you need extra time for that.

Will I see Big 5 Wild Game in Sodwana Bay?

- There are a number of Big 5 Game Reserves within 1hr of Sodwana Bay, day trips are easily organised. 

If you would like more details about this program please complete the form below and we will get back to you shortly! (24hrs)

Conservation Internship Inquiry

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Sharklife Ocean Centre

Sodwana Bay, kwaZulu Natal
South Africa 3974

Ph: 035 571 0417