Volunteer to conduct shark research and marine conservation by freediving around Sodwana Bay, South Africa – 5% off with Sea Fans.

Sharklife Conservation Group

Who: Sharklife Conservation Group

Where: Sodwana Bay, South Africa

Focus: Shark research and marine conservation in South Africa.

When: Project is open all year round:

  • December to March – Ragged tooth sharks gestating. Warmest water and best visibility.
  • July to October:  Humpback whale migration and dusky shark season.
  • October to March – Loggerhead and leatherback nesting season.

Qualifications: Pure Apnea Freediving

Duration: 2 weeks, 1 month or 3 months

Suitability: 18+

Cost: The price gets cheaper the longer you stay:

  • 2 weeks from $1,100 USD
  • 1 month from $1995
  • 3 months from $2995

To get 5% off your booking (subject to conditions) simply fill in the form below.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Get close to sharks
  • Learn about shark ecology and how to ID different shark species
  • Get an accredited Freediving certification
  • Assist with marine research projects
  • Develop seamanship skills
  • Examine real shark and ray specimens
  • Encounter diverse marine megafauna
  • Freedive in warm clear ocean environments
  • Study in a World Heritage Site known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – South Africa’s third-largest protected area
  • Visit the nearby Big 5 Game reserves (optional extra)
  • Get the chance to learn scuba diving on your days off (optional extra)


All volunteers will gain a Pure Apnea Freediving qualification which will enable you to freedive comfortably between 5-10m.

The Base

A 4-hour drive from Durban Airport, Sodwana bay is a small, friendly diving town with a few restaurants and bars. The area surrounding the camp is a world heritage sight.

Accommodation: The camp consists of 5 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a large communal kitchen. Hot water and electricity are available. The camp is on the same land as the Sharklife Museum and Ocean discovery centre.

Sleeping: Each intern gets a private room with a single bed and electricity. There are shared toilets and showers (2 bathrooms between max 5 interns).

Food: Not included. There are regular trips to the local supermarket and a well-equipped communal kitchen at the intern camp.

Working week: 5 days a week, between 8am and 4pm. Ocean days may vary. Interns get 2 days off a week.

Base size: Max 5-6 Volunteers, plus 4 staff members (2 dive instructors/ managers & 2 marine researchers).

Support: 24-hour support throughout internship.

Transport: Airport transfer included on official start and end date of internships.

Get 5% off with Sea Fans

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