Shark Diver Workshop

 

Overview:


The Shark Diver Workshop enables participants to broaden their theoretical elasmobranch knowledge through unique practical exercises in the classroom, lab and ocean. 

 

Key Benefits:


  • Get close to sharks
  • Examine real shark and ray specimens 
  • Broaden your knowledge of shark biology
  • Learn to identify sharks more easily
  • Understand different shark species behaviors
  • Learn best practices for diving with sharks
  • Contribute to research
  • Support a long standing non-profit shark conservation organisation

 

Workshop Components:


Prerequisites:

  • Register as a student on www.learn.sharklife.co.za and complete the following:
    1. Shark Species course no.00
    2. Individual species courses no.01 - 05

  • Be an Advanced Scuba Diver or higher (dived in the last 6 months)

 

Activities:

  • Shark Snorkel Surveys x 2
    Snorkel based surveying enables participants to visit multiple sites and habitats, broadening the number of species encountered. (record species, size, behavior).
  • Shark Scuba Surveys  x 2
    Scuba diving on a selected site allows for deeper surveying of the chosen shark habitat. (record species, size, behavior).
  • Classroom Practical
    In the classroom participants review real specimens, models, videos and images as they progress through engaging practical worksheets.
  • Laboratory Practical
    In the laboratory participants examine shark and ray specimens as they learn about the sensory biology, form and function of different elasmobranch species.

 

Workshop Details:


  • Location: Sodwana Bay, South Africa
  • Duration: 2 days 
  • Cost: R 2 500  p/p

Fees Include:

  • Shark Specialist Tuition
  • Shark and ray specimen examinations
  • Workshop materials and Lab consumables
  • 2 x Shark snorkel surveys
  • 2 x Shark scuba surveys (incl cylinder and airfill)
  • Certificate of Participation 

 

Some Faqs:


  • What do I get from the workshop?

    The workshop focuses on practical exercises, using real specimens, models and worksheets. This is different from traditional shark courses which are often lecture based.

    The in-water components are varied between snorkeling and scuba which give a broader perspective into shark behavior and increase the chance of encounters.

    Most importantly, and this cannot be stressed enough, diver groups are limited to max 4 per launch. 

    Please request a workshop synopsis using the contact  form at the bottom of this page to get more info on the workshop.

  • Who is the program for?

    This workshop is suited to qualified divers who want to broaden their practical experiences with sharks.

    For example:

    • Prospective marine field guides
    • Dive instructors
    • Dive Masters
    • Advanced divers
    • Shark fanatics
    • Gap year students
    • Volunteers
  • Do I need a Scuba qualification?

    Yes, you need to be qualified to dive to 30m and have dived in the last 6 months. 

    Refresher courses or deep specialties can be arranged.

  • When is the best time?

    Although seasonal changes in Sodwana Bay are mild there is a change in the sea conditions and shark abundance during the year.

  • Do you rent out gear?

    Yes, we do have gear to rent. Just mention it in the enquiry form below and we will get back to with the options. 

    Cylinders and air are included in the price

  • Do you have accommodation?

    Yes, we can arrange accommodation for you. Just mention it in the enquiry form below and we will get back to with the options. 

  • What is the cost?

    Cost: R 2 500  p/p

    Fees Include:

    Shark Specialist Tuition
    Shark and ray specimen examinations
    Workshop materials and Lab consumables
    2 x Shark snorkel surveys
    2 x Shark scuba surveys (incl cylinder and airfill)
    Certificate of Participation 

    Fees Exclude:

    Additional dive gear
    Accommodation
    Park entry fees

 

Next Workshop Dates:


Groups of 4 can request their own start dates. 

Shark Diver Workshop AD1

Shark Diver Workshop AD2

Shark Diver Workshop AD3


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CONTACT US

Sharklife Ocean Centre

Sodwana Bay, kwaZulu Natal
South Africa 3974

Email: info@sharklife.co.za
Ph: 035 571 0417

www.sharklife.co.za